When Ben Twynham, Managing Director of Chatoyer Environmental, joined the company in 2006, it had three employees and a 100-square-metre warehouse. Just eight years later, the business has grown so much that it has a purpose-built manufacturing plant, national offices, and more than 20 staff.
Part of this success is due to Ben's previous experience in the banking world, where he learned a lot from a young age. "When I left school, I went to university and did a Bachelor of Business degree, and not long after got a part-time undergraduate role with ANZ in their corporate lending arm. This was dealing with companies between $10 million and $100 million in revenue. I was placed as the assistant to the BDM, which was a really great experience, becoming familiar with financial statements and undertaking industry and business analysis."
"I was with ANZ for about three years while I was completing my studies, and then moved into the investment banking side of the ANZ bank where I worked in the private equity team, which just taught me an incredible amount further about cashflows, understanding financial structuring, evaluating strategy, and writing new strategy to help these companies continue to grow."