Entrepreneur, Chair, Non-Execitive Director
Founder & Chair of Simpli Sourcing
Chair of Bravehearts
Vanessa Garrard is a serial entrepreneur, mother to four young children and a leader in the consumer products industry.
She is currently the Founder and Chair of Simpli Sourcing, a sourcing company focusing on eco-friendly products and packaging for small businesses and corporates. Vanessa is also the Chair of Bravehearts and an Advisory Board member for Guardian Angel Security. She has founded 17 companies over the past 25+ years, 8 of which have grown to be multi-million-dollar ventures.
Products designed by her teams can be found in more than 5,000 retail stores covering more than 30 product categories. In fact, one in 2 Australians owns a product that her companies have produced.
Vanessa’s passion for business and commercialising products has seen her ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs list 5 years running. She was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year for Industry, Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year for Qld, and more recently, Vanessa was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.
With more than 25 years’ experience in building businesses across Australia, China, the UK, Europe and the US, Vanessa understands what it takes to build and grow a global business and is a passionate advocate for helping other Australian start-ups and entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses.