Joint Managing Director
Natasha Cannon commenced her career over 22 years ago within a public relations business before taking a role in the city with a corporate finance company as an Executive Personal Assistant.
Natasha stayed in the finance industry for over ten years, working in many roles as she progressed her career, including time spent as a Private Client Stockbroker and then as a Business Development Manager, first for a stockbroking business and then for an investment management business.
In 2003 she established an events management business called Adviser Conference Services. The mission of Advisor Conference Services was to design and produce specialist educational seminars and training days for financial planning dealer groups, funds management businesses, stock broking firms and accountancy practices.
In 2005, at the bequest of many friends and contacts across Australia who worked as Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants and who lamented the lack of any specific business community or organisation created specifically to meet their needs, Natasha established EAN with her business partner Jonathan McIlroy.
Joint Managing Director
Jonathan graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 1993 with a Master of Arts degree in Politics. Post graduation, his first career move saw him take an internship in Washington DC, indulging his passion for politics and learning the fundamentals of campaign management and interest-group fundraising.
After returning to the UK, he took a role with one of the world's largest financial institutions in a sales capacity. Two years later he took his finance and political experience and embarked on an eight year career within management positions in several global companies responsible for producing research driven, high quality conferences and training programmes for the finance, banking, investment and funds management communities.
From 2001 to 2005 he was General Manager of an Australian business that designed and produced over 20 large finance and investment related seminars and exhibitions in Australia and overseas each year. During that period he grew the pre-tax profit of the business by over 800% and also successfully managed the business through a transition of ownership after a corporate buyout, all the time continuing to grow profit and turnover year on year.
In 2005, after achieving the goals he committed to achieving during a two year structured buy-out, and seeking a change from the finance sector, he established the Executive Assistant Network with co-director Natasha Cannon.
From a humble start working in his father’s restaurant while still at University, Jason went on to make a significant mark in the Australian hospitality industry, becoming a champion flair bartender (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail) before establishing a successful bartender training school in Broadway, Sydney in 1997.
After selling the college in 2000, he partnered with Diageo Australia to design and implement what was then the liquor industry’s largest national training initiative of its time – the Perfect Serve® program. He also co-founded Barmetrix Training, a hospitality consulting business, which has since expanded internationally.
In 2007, in recognition of his achievements over the decade, he was presented with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award at the Australian National BarAwards.
In 2008 Jason restructured his businesses and launched a professional speaking career, focused on topics close to his heart, namely customer service, employee engagement and workplace performance. He has spoken for clients including Google, Aviva Investors, Pernod Ricard, Tyco Security, STW Group, CMAA and of course…The Executive Assistant Network (EAN).
After speaking at EAN conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, Jason was asked to facilitate EA and Executive panel discussions at the Sydney Conference in 2012 and then to join the EAN senior management team full time. Having not had a ‘real job’ in 13 years, Jason thought EAN was worth hanging up his entrepreneurial boots for!
Manager Education and Training
Marie-Charlotte studied Law in France at the University Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne and specialised in European Private Law and Competition Law. After having held various positions in the legal industry, she spent two years teaching law in Hungary where she discovered that education and teaching was her passion. She joined Executive Assistant Network when she moved to Australia and is now Manager for Training and Education, a role that fulfills perfectly all her aspirations and goals.