Startup community and co-working space Fishburners has appointed Dany Milham, Founder and Director of Koala and business leader Andrew Thornton, Director of Bridge Street Consulting to their board.

Dany Milham of Fishburners alumni Koala is one of the most successful and high-profile startups to come through Fishburners doors, as well as being one of their founding members back in 2012.

Milham launched several successful businesses including Mude Creative, Toppit, Seed the Change, Byron Bay Skincare before growing Koala to $13 million revenue in their first 12 months and $100 million in the first three years.

Also joining the board is Andrew Thornton, Director of Bridge Street Consulting and Co-Founder and Director of The Customer Edge, a specialist practice working in the user experience space. Thornton is also a Non Executive Director and Immediate Past Chair of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI).

He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Deputy Chair and Non Executive Director of the Australian Society for Progress and Wellbeing. Prior to moving into consulting, Thornton held senior executive positions with organisations including Transurban, Pacific Micromarketing, St. George Bank, Optus and AMP.

A graduate of the Harvard Leadership Program and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Thornton brings his unique marketing and consumer-centric experience skills to the Fishburners board.

Fishburners Board Chair Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO welcomes both Thornton and Milham to the board.

“I’m thoroughly pleased to see Dany and Andrew join our board, to drive the progress of Fishburners in collaboration with our recently appointed CEO Nicole O’Brien. Both Dany and Andrew bring a great breadth of experience in their respective fields at a time when we are growing rapidly and expanding our operations and member offerings. It’s an honour to champion Australian startups and innovation alongside such a diverse and dynamic board,” said Woodthorpe.

Milham said, “Fishburners was where the Koala brand was first born so I’m thrilled to be able to come full circle, joining the Fishburners board and giving back to the awesome startup community we have here in Australia. Fishburners has grown exponentially in it’s offering since first joining back in 2012 and I’m excited to see where we can take it in the future. Expect to see the next unicorns come out of the Fishburners doors!”

Thornton said, “I’m excited to join the Fishburners Board. Fishburners provides best practice infrastructure, learning, support, mentoring, collaboration and connections that start-ups need to successfully bring their ideas and businesses to market. Dedicated to inspiring and supporting start-ups to grow and succeed, Fishburners is creating the jobs of the future and innovative products and services that are vital to a healthy and competitive Australian economy. I’m looking forward to seeing Fishburners members create the jobs, products and services of tomorrow.”

Existing members of the Fishburners board include Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Bilyana Smith, Nick Smith and Sally-Ann Williams. Nicole O’Brien recently joined Fishburners as CEO.

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