Business Navigator Western Downs is a business growth advisory service partnering with owners of new and developing businesses in the Western Downs to accelerate their growth.  The service is a partnership of Shell's QGC business and

Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.

Our team provides strategy, finance and marketing advice as well as hands-on assistance to help develop strategy and achieve business objectives.  

Jim Donohue
Lead Business Coach

Jim draws on a wealth of innate experience to effectively coach others in navigating the full continuum of business management and operations. From business start-ups and optimization of established businesses – to guiding owners through succession and exit planning.

His philosophy and ‘real-world’ style of coaching is underpinned by a diverse career in both family-owned enterprises and international companies. Spanning the mining, agricultural, retail and construction sectors and locating Jim in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan environments. His roles have encompassed general management, business development, project management, strategic networking, sales, marketing and TAFE teaching. Jim also participates in the State Government Mentoring for Growth and ACE Programs (advisory panels for small to medium businesses).


Consequently, Jim is well acquainted with the changing terrain of business ownership and is focused on assisting clients to navigate their business potential, with practical ‘know-how’ and sustainable goals.

Jim lives in Chinchilla.

Reach out to Jim at jim@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au


Suzie Wood
Business Coach

Business Coach Suzie Wood is a senior finance professional with a unique blend of Australian and International business experience in a wide range of industries, across both large and small businesses.


Suzie is a Chartered Accountant, and has a sound ability to understand holistic business financial requirements and to help drive efficiencies and innovation across various business functions.

Successfully delivering a diverse array of financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting and business case proposals, Suzie is very adept at rapidly establishing working relationships with local networks and key stakeholder groups and businesses. 


Suzie lives in Jandowae. 

Reach out to Suzie at suzie@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au

Ailsa Cass
Digital Marketing Advisor

Ailsa Cass is a qualified and passionate marketing professional with experience working with a diverse range of organisations, from FMCG/Food Companies, Professional Services to home-based Online Businesses.


With a sound knowledge of both consumer and trade marketing along with experience in branding and website development Ailsa brings a good hands-on approach to the team.


Fastidious with details, Ailsa is also a strong project manager ensuring clients are well looked after and projects are delivered to the highest standard. 


Ailsa is originally from Oakey and has lived and worked in Chinchilla for the past ten years.

Reach out to Ailsa at ailsa@navigatorwesterndowns.com.au