Work experience

Work experience
2006 - Present


Business Development Council of South Australia

The Business Development Council's main role is to advise the South Australian Government of key issues in the business sector and to work on projects aimed at supporting the growth of small and medium sized businesses in particular. Conor is the Chair of the Business Development Council's Sub-committee for Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is also a Member of the Sub-committees for Funding Small Business and for Family Business.

Aug 2004 - Present


Kid Sense Child Development

Founded in 1998, Kid Sense Child Development is South Australia's leading provider of private Paediatric development services. Kid Sense vision is to create the most trusted brand in child development, globally. Its mission is to own and operate a portfolio of purpose-built child development centres across Australia and license its brand and business model to established partners in key overseas markets.

Mar 2000 - Present

Managing Director

Twoeyes Venture & Advisory

Twoeyes Venture & Advisory helps business owners develop, grow and sell their enterprise.Twoeyes focus is on preparing emerging ventures with high growth potential to successfully raise venture funding and grow; and on preparing more mature SME's (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises) for a strategic sale to an industry buyer, thereby providing an exit for the business owner(s). Twoeyes also works with Family Businesses in developing growth and succession strategies.

Jul 2006 - Dec 2007

Vice-president & Director

Playgroup S.A.

Playgroup SA is the South Australian division of Playgroup Australia, the largest not-for-profit support group for new mothers, infants and toddlers in Australia.

Jan 2002 - Mar 2004

Executive Chairman & Marketing Director


ZORK is a revolutionary wine closure with the convenience of screw cap & the pop of a cork. ZORK has been developed as a solution to the problems of cork taint & random oxidation. These quality issues present the global wine industry with its greatest technical challenge: how to seal the bottle without spoiling the wine. Conor was the inventor, founder & venture developer of ZORK.

May 2002 - Dec 2003

Founder & State Convenor (South Australia)

Australian Venture Capital Association Limited

Conor established the South Australian division of AVCAL, organising and convening the first 5 networking events. Once established, he handed over operations to Ernst & Young, AVCAL's major sponsor.

Sep 2000 - Dec 2003

Founder & State Convenor

SA Ventures & Investors 'First Tuesday' Network

Conor established one of Australia's largest and most successful formalised venture networks comprising entrepreneurs, technology innovators, business owners, service providers, angel investors, strategic corporates and venture capital investors. He also created the 'Innovator of the Year Award' and the iBall - the annual networking dinner and awards event for the South Australian venture community. He successfully delivered 35 venture networking events to over 5,000 attendees.

Sep 2001 - Jun 2003

South Australian Program Coordinator

Australian INNOVATION Festival

The Australian INNOVATION Festival (AIF) was created to celebrate the development and implementation of new ideas and applaud and promote better ways for operating across all industries, nationally. Conor established and co-ordinated the South Australian program for its first two years.

1998 - 2000

National Accounts Manager (Wine & Spirits)

ACI Glass Packaging

ACI Glass Packaging (Part of the Owens Illinois Group) was at the time the sole Australian manufacturing supplier of glass containers to the food & beverage industry. Conor was responsible for an annual sales budget of over $50M (100M units) and reported to the Executive Management Group on a total wine industry volume of over 1B units.

Jul 1995 - Jun 1997

Founding Partner

Olearus Pty. Ltd.
Multi-award winning project originated from the National Enterprise Workshop Business Planning Competition. Joint venture with commercial arm of the University of South Australia to commercialise University-developed super-critical CO2 technology for use in the extraction of essential oils from seeds. Project failed Commercial Viability Assessment with company eventually wound up in 1999.
Nov 1991 - Jun 1997

Marketing & Administration Manager

Rowater Australia

Conor was the first employee and '2IC' of multi-start up, ROWATER AUSTRALIA, a manufacturer and supplier of water desalination and membrane purification systems and superior quality water products, both packaged and bulk delivery. Rowater Australia operates under three distinct, yet complementary, business units; 'Rowater Australia - Water Purification Systems' specialising in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of membrane desalination and purification systems for domestic, commercial, industrial and marine applications. 'Rowater Australia - High Purity Water' focusing on the production and distribution of superior quality packaged and bulk water products for a wide range of applications from pharmaceutical to drinking. 'The Pure Water Shop', a concept retail store specialising in the sale, installation and servicing of domestic and corporate drinking water and whole-of-house water filtration systems.Developed out of a strong customer focus and market understanding, Rowater's unique company structure ensured maximum market coverage and the ability to deal with any water purification application, large or small, locally, nationally and internationally.


2009 - 2009


Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Institute of Company Directors is Australia's membership institute for directors. It is dedicated to making a positive impact on the economy and society by promoting professional directorship and good governance. AICD delivers knowledge and continuing learning in the field of directorship; enriches the capabilities of members with information, services, events and networks; influences the corporate governance environment in Australia; and promotes understanding of and respect for the role of directors. 'For directors, by directors', the Company Directors Course (CDC) is a comprehensive director education program leading to a qualification recognised by the director community both in Australia and overseas.
2008 - 2008

Graduate of 34th VCI

Venture Capital Institute, Atlanta, GA USA
The Venture Capital Institute (VCI) is the Educational Foundation for Venture and Private Equity Professionals Worldwide. VCI is an intense, four-day, in-residence program conducted by experienced venture capital managers, investors and attorneys who are recognized experts in their fields and committed to sharing their knowledge and experiences. The Institute attracts attendees from around the world who benefit not only from the practical knowledge they take from the program but also from the relationships they form with their peers in the venture capital industry.
2003 - 2007

MBA (Advanced)

Adelaide University School of Business
2002 - 2002

AVCAL Foundation Course

Australian Venture Capital Association Ltd.
1994 - 1994

Executive Diploma

South Australian Enterprise Workshop
1993 - 1994

Graduate Diploma

University of South Australia
1992 - 1992


Clements School of Management
1986 - 1990

Bachelor of Arts

National University of Ireland, Galway
1979 - 1985

Leaving Certificate

Clongowes Wood College