Corban & Blair
Gillian is Managing Director of Corban & Blair Pty Ltd, a product design firm specialising in the creation of leather accessories, corporate gifts and lifestyle related products. Since its establishment in 1988, Corban & Blair has seen continued success with its retail lines and cleverly translated marketing concepts and gift solutions for corporate clients in Australia and overseas.. These include: banks, insurance, lawyers, fashion, travel & airlines, advertising, hospitality and tourism. Products are designed to match company image as well as reflect the uniqueness of Australia.
Corban & Blair pursues a values-based approach to business and is dedicated to the creative process, through knowledge, experimentation, care and strategy. Their current trend is to collaborate and cluster with other like minded businesses across a diverse range of products & services. Selling Corban & Blair, as well as other Australian companies clean, green, well designed product into China is a current goal. Gillian is a progressive thinker and a thoughtful and active leader - and is enormously generous to others in business and in the community with her time and energy. Past membership of boards includes TAFE NSW, NSW Small Business Development Corporation and the National Procurement Board. Gillian has sat on numerous community and government committees, the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Olympic Studies UNSW, and The National Student Design Awards Committee. Currently Gillian is a mentor for McCarthy Mentoring and a member of the Management Committee for Detour House an inner city Women's Refuge. Gillian participated in the Artsupport Indigenous mentoring initiative. Gillian has worked with Euraba artists and paper makers, (www.eurabapaper.com.au) this involved business strategy as well as mentoring business managers, the chairman, staff and elders. Corban & Blair continue to have a relationship with Euraba and have had much success selling their designs in the on-line market place. Gillian is a past member of Council of Chief Executive Women (CEW). Gillian received the Centenary Medal for her contribution to society in business leadership. Gillian has degrees in Arts and Media and has attended numerous management, marketing and financial courses and seminars in Australia and overseas. Her main strength is her ability to make things happen using her experience, expertise and people connections, combined with a firm belief that most things are possible if you apply intelligence and passion.