Meet the team
Robyn Hobbs OAM
As the NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, leads a team that provides advocacy, dispute resolution and business support services for small businesses in New South Wales.
Robyn has worked in a diverse range of sectors and has held senior executive positions with the State Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, and the City of Sydney and is a passionate place maker.
Robyn received an OAM in 2009 for her services to the community founding Carols in the Domain and raising funds for the Salvation Army.
Kylie Bryden-Smith, Director of Advocacy
Kylie Bryden-Smith is the Director, Advocacy for the Office of NSW Small Business Commissioner. As a passionate advocate for small business, Kylie's team supports and champions the needs of NSW businesses and works to address barriers businesses face starting up, growing and operating in NSW. One of the key initiatives to address these barriers, Easy to do Business was awarded a NSW Premier's Public Service Award in 2017 for Creating Jobs and was a finalist in the 2017 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
Kylie has over 25 years’ experience working as an advocacy, marketing and communications professional in a diverse range of industries from the performing arts, tourism and major events, to consumer goods, healthcare, executive leadership, financial services and government. Kylie is especially passionate about small business, having run her own for 15 years and her father, a pharmacist, also running a small business for many years.
Josh Begbie, Acting Director of the Dispute Resolution Unit
Josh Begbie is the Acting Director of the Dispute Resolution Unit in the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner. Josh understands that disputes can be a significant drain on small businesses, not only because of the time and costs spent resolving them, but also the mental toll they impose. Josh’s team is dedicated to helping small businesses find the most efficient way to resolve their disputes, including using Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques, to help avoid the expense and effort of a court or tribunal. Those disputes may be between a small business and another business of any size, or between a small business and government.
Josh has 20 years’ experience working with government, not-for-profit and commercial sectors, helping parties communicate well and work together for mutual benefit. Josh is passionate about helping small businesses, and those who work in them, thrive and grow.