Business Enterprise Centre NT

The BECNT Team

Phillip Loader from Business Enterprise Centre NT

Phillip Loader

General Manager

 A serial entrepreneur known for his practical and solution-based approach, Phillip is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes and industries make more money. His areas of expertise include strategic development, strategy implementation, business planning, executive coaching, marketing and business growth modelling.

Phillip has been actively involved in the business sector since starting and selling five businesses, as an angel investor and as a business consultant focused on business development both domestically and internationally in three countries. He is a regular judge for business competitions and was awarded the New Zealand International Business Advisor of the Year. Phillip enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences at business workshops and conferences, with his strategic development methodologies acknowledged as innovative, thought-provoking and inspirational. 

Phillip brings his knowledge, experience, and passion for strategic revolution as business is evolving and you must change with it or else you will be left behind!

“It’s simple, no matter where you are on your business journey, we can help you analyse and optimise your results, we can even model the results before you spend a cent.”

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Tony Wood from Business Enterprise Centre NT

Tony Wood

Business Advisor

Tony has over 30 years’ experience across several industries in a variety of roles including general management, sales & marketing, advertising and distribution & logistics. He has also established and successfully managed two businesses as an owner operator – Tony is passionate about small business in the NT especially indigenous businesses, helping people to get a good start is key to their full business potential.

What I enjoy most about my role with the BECNT is engaging with our clients and the longer term journey we take with them, whether they are just starting out with an idea or an established business the BECNT can provide such a wide array of support, guidance & advice to assist our clients with their business needs. My aim is to help our clients to become better business operators, through gaining an understanding of their needs & capacity and by providing a mentoring & education approach to their development.

The most rewarding part is helping people with developing their business pathway.

“Change starts with you but only you can start the change”

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Clare Corfield


Clare provides the administrative support for the busy BECNT team.

Whether it be facilitating the Small Business workshop (ITSBW), or processing the financial reports & keeping budgets on track, or from CRM maintenance and e-marketing she brings a wealth of experience with her from the years she has spent in business commerce and operating her own small business.

Her motto ‘act locally, think globally’ is behind her drive to help the business community and the environment.

Qualifications & Relevant Experience

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Small Business owner > 10 years

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Tony Wood from Business Enterprise Centre NT

Grant Whan

Business Advisor


Grant was born in Alice Springs and has thirty years experience working within the tourism industry. This includes owning and managing a business for five years as well as fifteen years working in commercial business management.

In addition, Grant has five years experience working in Business and industry development for both Tourism NT and the NT Government Department of Business.

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    Teresa Holdsworth

    Business Mentor

    Teresa is a supportive and dedicated business management professional with a background in people management, learning and development, project management, change management and sales and marketing. Success has been driven by the ability to build collaborative partnerships throughout all facets of organisations. A skilled communicator with a strong focus on building relationships and influencing diverse groups to achieve a common goal.

    Teresa has a diverse working background and experience, with a successful career working across  large multinationals, the not for profit sector, Government and most importantly, small business.

    “It is exciting to be working in such a dynamic environment and supporting small business through their journey”

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    Tony Eggington from Business Enterprise Centre NT

    Chris Moorfoot

    Business Advisor

    Having spent Chris has been involved and worked with all levels of business for much of his life. From that first job in retail just out of school his passion for business grew. He has worked with Sole Traders, Small to Medium Enterprises and Large Corporate Organisations in diverse industries including, Finance, Events & Hospitality, Mining and Transport.

    Chris’ work has been focused on Training, Business Coaching, Sales & Marketing, Conference Organisation, WH&S and Personal Growth.

    Having lived in the Top End for over a quarter of his life, Chris understands the rewards of remote life and the unique opportunities and challenges faced by business in the NT.

    Chris has recently joined the Team in Darwin and is passionate about the health & wealth of businesses, with which he works.

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    Rhiannon Plume

    Administrative Officer

    Rhiannon has been working in the administration and customer service fields for over 8 years.

    Her areas of specialty are in Tourism and Transport/Logistics; and she has an advanced knowledge of practises from a small business through to corporate level.  

    Being a Darwin local she is passionate about seeing the Territory continue to grow and adapt; whilst understanding the emphasis required on supporting local businesses and highlighting all the Territory has to offer.

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    Evey Temple-Bree

    Business Mentor

    Evey has over 20 years’ experience in the Northern Territory across many industries including hospitality, community organisations, private enterprise, and Federal and Territory governments.  Most recently, Evey was a small business champion for just under ten years with the NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation and is a passionate ‘champion’ for small business operators in the NT. 

     “Helping people is what I do.  I love to problem-solve as well, and really that is at the heart of the value that I add to small business owners – to help them solve a problem in their business.  There is so much information out there, it can sometimes be overwhelming for people to know what assistance is available.  By connecting them to the right people, services, and expertise, I work hard to help people to improve and grow their business.

    Having grown up and lived in the NT for over 40 years, I am grateful to continue to provide the best possible service to business owners in the NT.”

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    Peter Shepherd

    Business Mentor

    Peter has lived and worked in the Kimberley and Top End NT of northern Australia for over 30 years.  This has included experience of living in Indigenous communities, small towns and now 20 years in Darwin.

    He has completed a wide range of general management and business consulting activities completing around 20 per year.  Over this time he has developed an extensive range of training programs suitable for small business operators and ‘not for profit’ organisations.

    He has extensive experience with Industry associations and ‘not for profit’ organisations throughout the NT and provide strategic mentor services to a number of peak organisations. 

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    Barbara Clifford

    Business Mentor

    Barbara Clifford is known as The Time Tamer.  She is the Northern Territory's leading expert on personal time management and emotional resilience and is a graduate of the Stress Management Institute.  Barbara has over 20 years experience working in time precious, stressful industries such as film & television, hospitality and marketing.  Recent partnerships have included Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and the federally funded Australian Small Business Advisory Service.  She is an expert guest speaker on P&O cruises and is a weekly columnist for the local Newspaper  'The Centralian Advocate' but has also been featured in the Australian Woman's Weekly and ABC National.  Barbara is a regular resident expert for the Weekly Wrap on ABC Alice Springs and is an active Board Member for Red Hot Arts Central Australia. Barbara recently won the Chamber of Commerce Customer service award, for "Best Customer Service through Social Media Platforms". 

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    Robert Ferguson

    Business Mentor

    Having spent my major learning years at one of Scotland’s finest boarding schools, I then spent the next 35 years, working across many industries and market sectors in Sales and Account Management. This experience has included working in both above and below the line agencies, dealing with many blue-chip clients and helping them to deliver marketing strategies, sales campaigns and promotions. Clients have included the likes of British Airways, Audi Volkswagen, Procter & Gamble and Cadbury’s to name but a few.  I have assisted in developing brands, their presence, their sales and ultimately their success. Throughout the years I have found that that relationship is the key element to making things happen. Whether that be with the client, the customer or your colleagues, it is paramount. My family and I moved to Australia in 2007… and now as citizens, we call Australia home.

    “This is a brand new challenge for me and I very much look forward to doing what I do best ……helping people. Helping people to believe, helping people to be inspired and helping people to  succeed.”

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    1800 229 500

    Alice Springs
    08 8951 5788

    Darwin Office

    Lower Level
    20 Catterthun Street 
    Winnellie NT 0820 

    PO Box 37192, Winnellie NT 0821

    Alice Springs Office

    Central Australia Development Office (CADO), 55 Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT 0870 

    PO Box 81, Alice Springs NT 0871

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