On the couch with: Cathie Reid

5:30 pm Free L2/155 Queen Street, Brisbane

Cathie Reid AM is one of Australia’s leading businesswomen, having been inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and named in the Australia Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence. As co-founder of multiple Australian healthcare companies including Icon Group and Epic Pharmacy Group, Cathie knows a thing or two about growing a business, understanding operational challenges, and identifying key business opportunities. Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to healthcare and philanthropy, Cathie has a wealth of knowledge to share with Brisbane’s business community.

Join Fleur Madden, founder of Freelancing Gems as she chats with Cathie, On the couch at the Brisbane Business Hub.

Cathie will share her insights on:

  • Taking risks: How to know when to step outside of your comfort zone
  • Entrepreneurship, growing and scaling: And the importance of delegation
  • Going global: Making your mark in other markets
  • Investment advice: How to secure investment in your idea and story
  • Women in leadership: Imposter syndrome and why women in leadership is important for the future of business

This session will include a networking opportunity with food and beverages provided as well as a short Q&A with Cathie.

About Cathie Reid, AM

Cathie is the co-founder of multiple Australian healthcare companies including Icon Group and Epic Pharmacy Group.  Icon Group is Australia’s largest dedicated provider of cancer care, operating centres across Australia and in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and New Zealand, employing more than 3000 people, and last year providing services to nearly 3 million patients.  Epic Pharmacy Group delivers pharmacy services to the hospital and oncology sector from more than 30 locations across Australia.

She has also built and successfully exited two other businesses,  a GMP Licensed medication compliance manufacturing business in Australia (APHS Packaging, now known as DoseAid) and a digital health business focused on integrating and aggregating data from disparate clinical systems (Epic Digital).

Cathie’s long-term interest in technology-driven solutions has also seen her expand her business interests and roles beyond the healthcare sector.  She worked alongside the founder of an AI driven fintech product to take the business from concept to listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), and currently serves as Chair of ASX listed sovereign cloud IaaS provider AUCloud.  She also serves as Deputy Chair of the Australian Federal Government’s Cyber Security Industry Advisory Committee.

Cathie has won multiple business awards throughout her career, and in 2019 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to healthcare and philanthropy.

About Fleur Madden, Freelancing Gems

Fleur Madden has spent her whole career creating opportunities for women. She is an award-winning businesswoman, experienced CEO/Founder, recognized industry expert, and women in business speaker with 18 years of experience running her own businesses. Fleur started her first company The Red Republic at 23 that she sold 14 years later to a multinational. Along her journey, she has acquired other businesses, founded an online beauty company Lulu and Lipstick that she sold in 2016, where just prior her makeup brushes were in the gift bags for the 2016 Oscars.  She has sat on an international board and since her semi-retirement in 2018, she has been advising other CEO’s on growth strategies and preparing for a business sale. It was during her ‘ retirement’ that Freelancing Gems as a concept started to come to life.

Fleur has spent her whole career leading teams of women, being passionate about the advancement of women at work and creating opportunities for women to grow and evolve. You might have seen Fleur over the years in articles in The Collective, Marie Claire, Latte, Today Extra, Studio Ten, and The Urban List. She has spoken at conferences around the world, including at home here in Australia as well as in Hong Kong, LA, NYC, Atlanta, and South Africa.

Fleur is also a mum to Josiah and Theodore, and wife to Jimmy, she lived in NYC in her early 30’s,  loves Pina Coladas, and has a Camilla fetish. Her favourite saying driving her at Freelancing Gems is “Don’t Play Small.”


5:30 pm • 90 mins

Presented By

Brisbane Business Hub



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