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Our Team


Nick James

Nickolas James

Nick James is a leading Franchise Consultant/Advisor and has over 28 years experience in the franchising industry. Nick brings with him a background in finance and management leadership. Nick has local and international franchise experience for businesses at start up level right through to multi-national businesses. As a highly skilled professional designing and implementing Franchise/Business models and systems, Nick is able to demonstrate a successful proven career in Franchise & Business Development, Sales & Recruitment, Franchise & Business Management, as well as executive level negotiating with major accounts and clients at a local, national and international level. Nick is instrumental in bringing together many of Australia’s best people to achieve the goals of his clients. Working closely with them Nick has been leading and setting a high standard in Franchising in Australia and abroad. Nick is instrumental in the direction of all areas of the Franchise Central business.


Sue Bottrell

Sue is a fully qualified and admitted lawyer specialising in franchising & occupational health and safety law. Sue prides herself in working closely with clients in achieving desired results efficiently & effectively. Having practiced law and run her own businesses for over 15 years. Sue has significant experience in legal documentation, systems development, stakeholder and project management. Sue has worked hands on and provided expert advice, including systems development and implementation, organisational culture change and auditing to over 200 businesses across Australia including manufacturing, transport, heavy industry, aviation, aged care and government agencies.

Nic Riciutti

Nic Ricutti

Nic brings with him many years experience at the cutting edge of building businesses via online and media presence to build our clients franchise systems and turnovers.
Franchise Central clients deserve to have profitable inbound marketing solutions. Nic will help you to increase your brand awareness, get more customers, more sales and high search engine rankings. Nic will allow your business to gain the perfect balance between ‘PUSH’ and ‘PULL’ marketing. This ensures you capitalise on cost effective results. We focus on the right balance between long term marketing outcomes and explosive short term marketing results for our clients franchises/businesses. Nic will provide you with solutions that are holistic in nature, scalable and tie-in synergistically to any already successful marketing strategies to build your business into another success story. Areas of particular specialty include SEO, Google Services, Social Media, Business Expansion and much more.

Nick Ikonomou

Nick Ikonomou 

Nick is one of Australia’s leading franchise/business coaches specialists having mentored for over 16 years across all industries through in excess of 290 one on one business coaching clients. Many of those being franchises as franchisors or franchisees. Nick’s business development/coaching specialty has helped so many in Franchising which means that Nick understands the intricacies of what the psychology of this model provides. You can be rest assured that you will receive top shelf level business mentoring to ensure that your franchise business is running to its best potential which is suitable at the franchisor and franchisee levels.


Mary Giannakoulias

Mary began her career working in the fashion industry whilst studying for a Bachelor of Arts Degree (double major Psychology and Literature). After several years in senior management within the fashion industry, Mary made the strategic move into the franchising industry in the early 1990s with particular focus on franchise system marketing design & development. Mary is a creative and forward thinker and brings to the table a wealth of business profiling , marketing and administration – she is very ‘hands on’ and places strong emphasis on goal achievement and dealing with clients.


Michael Amler

Michael Amler has been involved in the retail and property business for over 20 years and was instrumental in setting up the Verimark Group in South Africa with over a 100 retail stores. The company is now listed on the South African stock market. After arriving in Australia in the late 1990s, Michael set up a similar business with over 50 retail stores being opened. He has since then been in the property business owning his own chain of stores. Michael’s real passion however, is retail property. He is currently representing some very big brands in Australia including but not limited to Max Brenner, Charlie Lovett, Eagle Boys Pizza, Ollie’s Place kids wear and Harry’s Cafe De Wheels. Michael assists retailers with site identification, lease negotiations, site disposals and retail strategies. He has a firsthand knowledge of the Australian market and has very strong relationships with all major landlords. He can assist retailers that require sites in both shopping centers and strip site locations.


Paul Kiosses

Paul has over 20 years experience in sales & marketing and business development and has held senior executive and management roles in several organisations. In recent years he has focused on delivering superior graphic design solutions, logo and brand development, company collateral design and deployment, custom design work and print media adverting. Paul also specialises in complete multimedia solutions including content and copyrighting and has extensive knowledge of web based solutions including static & dynamic websites (LAMP), CMS based and e-commerce websites.

Max Monahan

Max Monahan

Max has over 32 years experience in IT roles since completing his Bachelor of Applied Science(double majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics). He has worked in system administration of Mainframe systems, Supercomputers, UNIX systems and personal computers in a Government organisation. In the latter half of his career he concentrated on programming across various platforms including web front and back end systems. He has experience in many more aspects of computing, far too many to mention. Even his hobby is computer related, currently writing computer games in his spare time.


Nancy Guo

Nancy is our partner in China and heads Franup International Franchise Center (Franup), headquartered in Beijing. A leading franchise consultant in her own right, Nancy specialises in assisting franchisors wishing to expand into the Chinese market. The consummate professional, Nancy deeply understands the needs of international franchisors and Chinese investors and is committed to assisting franchisors in expanding to China, and guiding investors to find suitable franchise concepts in Australia.



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