Our Team

GrowEQ is made up of a team of outstanding individuals who are experts in their field:

Matthew Murphy

Matt Murphy is a Consultant and Lead Auditor in:

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems.
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.
  • ISO 45001 OHS Management Systems.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.

Matt has owned and managed small businesses for over 20 years. With a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Sydney University, he has hands-on practical experience in dealing with all aspects of running a successful business.

“Running a veterinary hospital has given me the unique experience of dealing with incredibly complex medical and surgical cases, whilst still managing a thriving business. Without embedding successful systems and teams into all facets of the business you just cannot succeed. I think it has given me an amazing array of skills, as well as an absolute passion for the simple solution.”

Since moving into the consulting and auditing sphere, Matt has worked with businesses in industries as diverse as construction, food processing, agriculture, sports management, security, archaeology, labour hire . . . the list is long. He has conducted audits on, and on behalf of one-man businesses through to multinationals such as McDonalds, Apple, Coca Cola, L’Oréal, Woolworths and Coles.

In addition to being a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001, Matt is a Certified Social Compliance Auditor (CSCA). This is the pinnacle of achievement awarded by the APSCA, the peak worldwide body for Social Compliance Auditors. As such Matt is one of only a handful of auditors in Australia to have achieved this accreditation.

Matt has also developed and maintained a multi-spectrum management system for turf farms, known as Turf Plus, and is the Administrator of the turf quality certification system TurfCert.

All this experience has led Matt to believe in a two-word motto when it comes to management systems for businesses: “Simplify it.”

“My goal, when helping a business to develop and maintain a management system, is to make it as painless as possible,” says Matt. “If I can break it down into its simplest form, then I know it will get maximum buy-in from management and staff. We all want our jobs and our lives to be simpler, I am passionate about making that happen.”

Karen Monaghan

Karen Monaghan has over 20 years of operational experience in small to large organisations from supervisory to senior management roles. With a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Environmental Engineering Science, Karen combines excellent technical expertise with her strong communication skills to provide high quality solutions in the areas of quality, safety and the environment.

Karen has worked within businesses across a variety of industries including: food and beverage manufacturing, pet food manufacturing, food ingredients processing, construction, chemical, metal, transport including ports and airports, and infrastructure.  Karen has also worked within consultancies and in various local, state and Federal government departments.

Karen is passionate about protecting people and the environment, and seeks to partner with organisations in order to identify and develop pragmatic and risk reduction solutions.  She understands that they key to sustainable business improvement is simplicity and employee engagement.  Karen’s achievements have been as a result of her ability to communicate and work effectively with personnel from the CEO to front line operational staff.

Karen has developed and delivered training in the areas of Safety, Health and Environment (management systems), auditing, risk assessment, sustainability and carbon management to facilitate improvements through empowering employees and team facilitation.

Karen’s experience also includes: developing quality, safety & environmental management systems (for meeting certification or internal requirements) developing strategies to meet internal policy requirements and objectives, auditing, compliance management and reporting, developing sustainability & SHE performance strategies, sustainability reporting, carbon management, stakeholder and employee engagement plans,  employee and auditor training, developing environmental (including resource and waste) management plans, and managing environmental impact statements.

Outside of work Karen enjoys playing hockey, scuba diving and playing at the beach with her kids.

Amanda Evans

Amanda is dedicated and passionate about food safety and food compliance with over 20 years’ experience in the food industry. Starting her professional life as a food inspector with NSW Health, Amanda has built upon this solid foundation to design, develop and implement food safety compliance initiatives to promote a safer food supply for consumers.

Amanda specialises in the following areas:

• Food safety and compliance – training, auditing and consulting.

• Food labelling.

• Nutrition panel calculation and development.

• Development and delivery of food training programs.

• Business systems development and implementation.

• Project management.

With a strong belief in the power of education, Amanda has developed training material and has facilitated training for private and public sector businesses and the Government.

As an expert in her field, Amanda has presented at Food Safety Live in 2013, 2014 & 2015, the 2012 SQF International Conference, the 2013 SQF Information Day and the 21st Annual Australian HACCP Conference. She has also delivered and facilitated food safety and auditor training in Samoa as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for food safety compliance in developing countries.

In her next life Amanda wants to be an astronaut.

Peter Weston

Peter has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems and tertiary qualifications in Electrical Engineering. For 15 years he was the NSW & ACT Systems (WHSEQ) Manager for a large multi-national company and before that held various positions which included electrical design draughts person, project manager and systems commissioning engineer at organisations such as Sydney Water and O’Donnell Griffin.

Peter is also a qualified Quality, WHS and Environmental Lead Auditor with Exemplar Global (formally RABQSA) accreditation and audits companies from the very small to the very large across Australia and New Zealand.

During the last 3 years Peter has consulted to a variety of businesses in a multitude of industries both private and public sector such as electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, excavation, construction, professional services, project management, manufacturing, infrastructure, and water services to name a few.

Peter’s focus has been on the preparation, planning, writing, implementation and continuous improvement of Quality, Work Health Safety, and Environmental Management Systems. This includes project (site) systems management to ensure companies meet, maintain and exceed their contractual and legislative obligations including those pertaining to work, health and safety and the environment. He also assists companies with the writing and lodging of tender submissions.

Peter enjoys working closely with clients to deliver solutions that will reduce risk, improve efficiencies and increase productivity. He takes a collaborative approach, providing ideas and options, then helps the organisation to choose the ones that best meet their specific needs. He is passionate about helping small to medium businesses with their quality, environmental and work, health & safety obligations in their dealings with big business.

The other passion in Peter’s life, besides his wife and grandchildren, is building a wooden 1:80 scale model of Henry VIII’s 16th century Tudor flagship the “Mary Rose”, where a good scalpel blade, tweezers and glasses are essential!