As you review the backgrounds of our talented team, you’ll see they come from a mixture of psychological science and franchising practice. In addition to their professional training and experience, you’ll also find a refreshing quality of genuine commitment, care and enthusiasm for the work they do.

Greg Nathan

Founder and Director

Greg is a business psychologist and has been recognised globally for his pioneering educational and research work to support the franchising sector. He is the recipient of the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) inaugural National Contribution to Franchising Award, an inductee into the FCA Franchising Hall of Fame, and recipient of the International Franchising Association’s (IFA) Crystal Compass Award for Outstanding Leadership in Franchising. Greg is a dynamic educator and is regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses at franchise sector conferences around the world. He brings a pragmatic perspective to his presentations, having been a multi-unit franchisee and a senior franchisor executive. Greg is also the author of five best-selling franchising books, including Profitable Partnerships, and has developed a number of groundbreaking models such as The Franchise E-Factor.

As Greg is a passionate blues musician and collector of stringed instruments, he often finds ways to incorporate a bit of music into his educational sessions.

Jan Easton

CEO

Jan is an experienced Executive, facilitator and Advisory Board Chair. She has held senior leadership and Advisory Board roles in Australia and North America with a specific focus on supporting franchised, licensed and membership-based organisations. Combining her Bachelor in Business & Information Systems with real-world experience, Jan loves to commercialise new ideas by closing the gap between strategy and execution.

In addition to her role with FRI, Jan actively supports entrepreneurship as a mentor for the Australian Governments’ Boosting Female Founders Initiative, Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth, Young Change Agents, Accelerator for Enterprising Women and UQ Ventures. Jan’s insatiable curiosity means you will often find her reading, listening, watching and discussing while enjoying sport, travel and the outdoors with her family.

Katrina Vo

COO

Kat is our go-to girl for all aspects of the business, especially our business systems. As with many of the FRI team, Kat has an undergraduate degree in psychology and is nicely grounded in her approach to work and life due to her real-world experience helping her family with various businesses from a young age. You’ll find her a delight to work with.

When Kat is not busy keeping our systems humming, you’ll find her enjoying fine food or putting her natural planning skills to work organising sports activities for her friends.

Ree-Anna Chatman

Psychologist and Client Relationship Manager

Ree-Anna is a registered psychologist with extensive experience working with hundreds of franchise brands. She has a deep insight into what drives healthy franchise relationships, and is an engaging facilitator with a knack of connecting with both franchisor and franchisee audiences. Ree-Anna ensures the needs of our clients are properly understood and that we have all bases covered.

Speaking of bases, Ree-Anna is also a State Level Softball Coach with a keen interest in applying the principles of sports psychology to business success.

Dr Nicole Simpson

R&D Consultant

Nicole is one of the longest long-standing members of the FRI team, and has worked across all areas of the business. After completing her honours degree in psychology, she decided to pursue a career in medicine and is now also a qualified medical practitioner. Nicole puts her big brain to work helping our Founder to improve our various assessment tools and training programs.

Nic is also an accomplished musician who plays the French Horn in various orchestras and bands.

Alexis Mitchell

Research Assistant

Alexis is a provisional psychologist who enjoys working in private practice supporting clients of all ages to boost their mental health, wellbeing, and resilience. Alexis also has practical franchising and business experience working as a former regional manager to a large chain of health clubs, a business consultant to start-up franchisees, and a former small business owner in wholesale and retail fruit and veg.

Formerly a soccer star, Alexis was a member of the Queensland Sting, who topped off an undefeated season by winning the Grand Final of the Women’s National Soccer League in 2000. Alexis went on to become a squad member for the Matildas before taking her soccer career to the States.

David Thorpe

Survey Manager

David leads the survey division of FRI. He comes from a market research background and has conducted quantitative and qualitative research for many international brands. He holds a Masters in Management (Marketing) and a Masters in Business (Research).

Self-diagnosed as being addicted to learning, David is constantly researching and studying to build his skills, especially in programming, psychological sciences and written communication.

Emily Gray

Survey Coordinator

Emily has a Masters in Business (Research) with industry experience in market research and has worked with a broad range of consumer-packaged goods and services brands. She joins David on the survey team and brings extensive knowledge in data analytics and survey management.

When Emily is not at work, she is normally on the footy field, trying to find the next backyard project to work on or running after her border collie, Parker.

Ann Nathan

Publications Director

Ann has a degree in English literature and for many years worked as a Research Fellow at Monash University’s Department of Higher Education. Ann oversees the dispatch of our publications, so if you are ordering books, chances are she will be looking after you.

Ann is the wife of our Founder, and loves to contemplate and complete crosswords and Sudoku puzzles.

Anneliese Lomboy

Team Assistant

Anneliese is a Philippine-based Virtual Assistant with extensive work experience in various administration, sales, marketing, and project management roles. She has been a VA since graduating from university in 2011 and has served as editor-in-chief in their official university publication.

Anne is passionate about the important link between communication and psychology and how it resolves conflict with others and oneself. She is looking to earn further studies in the field while exposing herself to a vast learning opportunity at FRI.

Adrian Sunners and Kas Apostolidis

Finance Managers

Adrian and Kas are our finance guys who keep the cash flow running and ensure we stay on top of our numbers. We contract their services through their business, FinData.

We are also grateful to have the following people as part of our extended team of advisors and consultants:

Dr Gavin Didsbury and the team at Psych Press help to keep our Nathan Profiler and various franchise assessment tools up to date and reliably humming along.

Dr Stacey Parker, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, helps us ensure our research is maintained at world-class standards.

Michael Burke, our accountant from Burke Advisory Chartered Accountants, ensures our financial and tax affairs are kept in tip-top shape.

Professor Chris Jackson, an international expert in the design and use of psychological tests, works with our R&D team on the development and validation of our assessment products.

Simon Fifield, Founder of Starting Block Lawyers, who’s got our back when it comes to our legal and Intellectual Property needs.

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