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Our Team



Mary James

Franchise Central’s Managing Director, Mary James 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 design & development. Mary is a creative and forward thinker and brings to the table a wealth of business acumen and dynamic leadership skills – she is very ‘hands on’ and places strong emphasis on goal achievement. Mary is instrumental in the direction of all areas of the Franchise Central business.


Nickolas James

Nick James is a leading Franchise Consultant/Advisor and has over 25 years experience in the franchising industry. Nick brings with him a background in finance and business. He has local and international franchise experience for businesses at start up level right through to multi-national businesses. As a highly skilled professional, he is able to demonstrate a successful 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.


Nova Syahrial

Nova has worked on several projects as a freelance web designer/developer with over four years of professional experience since completing her Master of Multimedia Technology studies. She also has two years professional experience working for AGL Solar Energy where some of her responsibilities included web design & development, graphic design and video filming and editing (with You Tube channel management). As a freelance designer and developer, she has also produced a wide variety of websites from static HTML to interactive (Flash) and Content Management Systems (CMS) based. She has an excellent knowledge of the following languages: HTML, CSS, XML/ XSL, MySQL Database, Action Script 3; a basic understanding of: Javascript and PHP. Nova is highly skilled in the Adobe Master Suite of programs including Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator and Flash.


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 focussed 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 copywriting and has extensive knowledge of web based solutions including static & dynamic websites (LAMP), CMS based and e-commerce websites.


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.


Sue Bottrell

Sue is the founding Director of Simple OHS Solutions and has worked in occupational health and safety and rehabilitation and for over 10 years. She is also a fully qualified and admitted lawyer specialising in occupational health and safety law. She has significant experience in OHS systems development, stakeholder and project management. Particular areas of expertise include senior management/board OHS training on due diligence and the challenging area of occupational stress and bullying.


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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