Meet the Team

BNI Adelaide North Regional team


Simone Douglas

Executive Director

Simone Douglas is the Executive Director for BNI Adelaide North, Publican & Licensee of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel, Co Founder of the Hospo Owners Collective and CEO of Social Media AOK.

A bestselling author with her first book “Seriously Social – turning your online game into real-world gain” and now her second book “The Confident Networker”

She is also Deputy President of the State Chapter Committee of the Franchise Council of Australia and serves on the franchise advisory council and the marketing advisory group for BNI Australia.

In her role on BNI Adelaide North’s member support team she is committed to ensuring that every member has the full support of the entire BNI Adelaide North Family so that their BNI Membership forms a successful element of their business growth strategy.

She does this in a number of ways not least of which by making meaningful connections within her network that create mutually beneficial outcomes for both the members and her wider community.


Maria Mignone

Support Director Consultant

BNI Edge

Maria started Conveyancing while working at Hindmarsh Building Society after many years in the Banking industry and a short stint being self-employed. Throughout her 30+ years experience either in banking or conveyancing, Maria has gained a vast working knowledge and thorough understanding of many aspects of the conveyancing industry. This knowledge includes residential conveyancing, family transfers, deceased estates, business and commercial transactions, property division and community title applications. Maria also has extensive knowledge in Leasing and drafting Contracts for private sales.

Along with her understanding of conveyancing, Maria has a commitment to maintaining attention to detail, is consistently thorough, and always works to ensure her clients best interests are paramount. Maria enjoys meeting her clients and making sure their settlements are met on time. Maria speaks Italian (her dialect anyway).

Maria is a member of the Institute of Conveyancers and retains the accreditation of Certified Practicing Conveyancer (CPC). This accreditation is renewed annually and can only be renewed with continued professional development throughout the preceding year.

She is a member of BNI Elite

Michael Eid

Support Director Consultant

BNI Storm

Michael Eid has been a Chiropractor since March 2012 and partner at The Chiropractic Works, Norwood since November 2016. He is passionate about helping optimise their health and performance, reduce injury risk and improve recovery.

He has been involved with BNI over the last 5 years holding various leadership team roles, and is always willing to lend a helping hand 

He is a member of BNI Elite

Thomas Hendrick

Support Director Consultant

BNI United

Tom Hendrick is a Director of Talent Academy, a multi-award winning communication coaching business. Talent Academy provides coaching and multi-media services. 

We help individuals and organisations achieve outcomes in every presentation or conversation.

Our clients include schools, universities, publicly listed companies, politicians, business owners and professionals. We are the in-house pitch consultants for Adelaide Uni ThincLab (Australia’s most successful business incubator), and have helped Australian entrepreneurs acquire more than $10million in funding.

We also use the latest technology for coaching and preparing presentations, including an artificial intelligence program that detects speaking habits (pacing, pauses, umm & ahhs, etc).   

He is a member of BNI Elite

Michelle Forte

Support Director Consultant

BNI North Star

Michelle Forte is the Director of Eye Dropper Designs and a member of BNI Achievers, Adelaide North since 2017.

Michelle has a passion for creativity. This complements her role within Eye Dropper Designs – providing web design, graphic design, photography and video services to her clients.

Michelle enjoys living and breathing the givers gain philosophy and as a result, often finds herself as a role model and support for others within her BNI and broader networks. Within BNI, Michelle has enjoyed helping others through the Visitor Host Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Membership Committee member and President roles.

She is a member of BNI Elite

Bob Glyon

Support Director Consultant

BNI Apex

Bob Gloyn Photography has been providing Australian businesses with full time photography and videography services for the past five years. Based in Adelaide, Bob Gloyn Photography does not limit itself to just one city. Bob Gloyn Photography have customers across the country, from Brisbane to Melbourne and across to Perth.

Providing clients with a professional service using the latest in high-quality equipment, it’s common for Bobs customers to use his services again and again. Bobs customers realise the benefits his services, skills and the passion he provides them.

Bob Gloyn Photography provides its clients with Corporate, Commercial, Event Photography and Videography as well as live video streaming services. Bob is driven by his passion for all things photography. Producing results that exceed client expectations is his constant goal.

Bob Gloyn Photography moto is… “Your image is my focus”.

He is a member of BNI A-Team

Garry Nau

Support Director Consultant

BNI Prime

Garry is an active BNI member since 2016 and has served in nearly every role. In 2022 he has become a founding member of BNI North Star.

Garry and his wife Mishi founded GESA Electrical in 2005, one of only 13 Gold Master Electricians and the only one in the northern suburbs. 

While his  company specialises in the domestic market, they also assist many commercial clients with their general electrical, data cabling, antenna and CCTV security camera needs.
Garry’s aim is to help other BNI members and trades to become the best version of themselves and succeed in their professional and private life.
He is a member of BNI North Star

Simon Latta

Support Director Consultant

BNI Elite & Business Plus

Simon Latta is Director of Gilberts Accounting Pty Ltd, which he has owned and operated for 15 years, but prior to this he worked with the same firm as a Senior Accountant, all up for over 30 years.

Being with the same firm shows his commitment to tasks that he believes in. As a registered tax agent, application to rules in place is paramount.

For 9 years Simon filled most leadership roles within his previous chapter, which he co-founded. He also contributes further to BNI through his role as an Director Consultant to multiple chapters.

He always looks to apply a pro-active approach to ensure beneficial connections are made within his network.

He is a member of BNI Apex


April Hobbs


BNI Business Plus

British born April Hobbs, has the type of lived experience of a thoroughly modern world traveller. April has lived and worked in the major economic powerhouses of London, Barcelona, Istanbul, Dubai and everywhere in between. With 25 years corporate sales and marketing experience, she is accustomed to leading high performance teams and is passionate about elevating brands.

Since arriving in South Australia in 2016, April has been determined to find a way to shine the spotlight on the city that recently claimed the fame of one of the world’s most liveable cities with the launch of INNOVATE™ Adelaide, a publishing ‘first’ which will showcase the innovation and entrepreneurship of the city she calls home and is on a mission to celebrate Australia’s innovation ecosystems – one city at a time.

April is also passionate about the NDIS sector and consults in the SDA (specialised disability accommodation space.

She is a member of BNI Storm

Sam Parsons


BNI Apex

Sam is a 25 year-old entrepreneur that founded a mobile car cleaning service called WoWo Washing in Adelaide in the midst of 2021.
Being the latest Givers Gain award recipient, Sam has kickstarted his BNI membership and has recently become an ambassador for BNI Apex.
Sam’s number one goal is to utilise the BNI system to evolve his business into the leading mobile car cleaning service in Australia.
His aspiration is to make happy cars, easy and simple.
He is a member of BNI United

Dave Coleman


BNI North Star

Dave is the owner of SEO Web Creative and has been working in website design, development and optimisation since 2008. 
Having adopted habit #2 “Starting with the end in mind” from the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as a pillar in his business, Dave has built long term successful client relationships and partner referral networks throughout the digital industry in Australia, and through these connections has built websites for companies all over the globe. 
When he is unchained from his desk, you will find Dave with family and or friends bushwalking, mountain bike riding, surfing or trail running. Dave loves the philosophy of Giver’s Gain and thrives on the benefits of creating positive relationships with all business types. 
Dave is a member of BNI United.

Alice Pennington


BNI United

Alice founded Paliant Design, a graphic design studio based in Adelaide in 2008. She loves design and all the creative challenges it provides and has been honing her skills for over 20 years. Through this she has been fortunate to develop some incredible long-term relationships with her clients, ultimately becoming an extension of their team.

She is passionate about branding, the personality, functionality and how consistency plays a pivotal role. As we are surrounded by everything design, inspiration is everywhere.

Alice has been involved with BNI for a year and has served as visitor host, and currently is part of the membership committee for BNI A-Team.

Betty Bouras


BNI Elite

Betty is the Owner of Beltana Conveyancing and is passionate in her role as a Registered and Certified Practising Conveyancer. She is also an active user of E-conveyancing and a PEXA certified user.

Betty specialises in all aspects of conveyancing including residential and commercial property transactions, various land divisions, family transfers, deceased estates, commercial leasing and private sale contracts.

Betty has over 25 years’ experience and active within the property industry and is a Quantum member of a professional real estate educational group.

Regular professional development training ensures Betty provides the most up-to-date expert advice for her clients in a professional and reliable manner ensuring a smooth and stress-free process. This is her number one priority to ensure her clients have all their property concerns addressed right up to settlement.

She is a member of BNI A-Team

Diala Jamal


BNI A-Team

Diala has been an Arbonne independent consultant since 2019,

After working as a radiographer in the medical field for 16 years, consulting as a holistic Ayurvedic  consultant for 6 years, she finally found the perfect opportunity for her  interest and skill sets.

Through her Arbonne business and primarily the monthly health program, she is able to help people flourish and discover a new level of well-being.

She’s passionate about empowering people with the right tools, techniques and products so they can feel confident in their bodies, have abundant energy,  ageless glowing skin and be part of an uplifting community. 

Her goal is to help as many people as possible have a healthy mind, strong body, beautiful skin  & live well in a holistic manner

She is a member of BNI United

headshot of MARK FERDINANDS from BNI A - team

Mark Ferdinands


BNI Edge

Mark Ferdinands – We all know him as Fonz!

Mark is the Managing Director of Cinderella’s Commercial Cleaning, a B2B cleaning company he started in 1990. A former sailor in Her Majesty’s Royal Australian Navy. Fonz also worked in Hotel Management for 13 years, but always had a burning desire to own his own business.

He was the Inaugural President of BNI A-Team and was the first BNI member in South Australia to be thanked for over $1 Million dollars of Closed Business to fellow BNI members.

Mark is the drummer in Adelaide party bands Planet Square and The Beach House Boys and once played to over 26,600 people at AAMI Stadium. He has an Australian Defence Medal and served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1992 to 2020.

He loves coffee so much, he has a café inside his cleaning supplies shop! So feel free to drop in anytime for a coffee, cake and a 1:2:1! 

He is a member of A-Team.

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