Vicki Prout, managing director
Vicki’s professionalism and drive has earned her a glowing reputation in global franchising circles.
Voted South Australian Franchise Woman of the Year for a record four years (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010), Vicki helped establish Sherpa Group in 2009, adapting a ‘leadership partnership’ working style with clients throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Before this she worked with Cartridge World, expanding its presence to encompass over 1600 stores across 42 countries. This gave her valuable insights into the challenges involved in expanding and growing a franchise business.
These insights, along with her in-depth understanding of franchise marketing, strategic development, legal frameworks, documentation and reconciling the expectations of entrepreneurs in widely differing cultures, has helped her to grow and expand the Sherpa Kids business.
Vicki is a former FCA National Chair for Women in Franchising. She is also managing director of Sherpa Kids England, Scotland and Wales.
Ted Nguyen, area development manager, New South Wales
Ted is an energetic and innovative project manager with expertise in delivering transformational change across a variety of business functions. He believes that effective leadership qualities are critical to career success and his professional style is based on this approach.
Ted has worked with household Australian brands like TNT Post Group and Woolworths Limited, helping to transform and streamline the logistics and operations sides of these businesses.
Most recently he was a management consultant at Logistics Bureau, a supply chain and logistics consulting firm with offices across Australia and SE Asia. He provided specialist consulting services to SMEs, delivering cost and operational benefits via the improvement of the supply chain and logistics functions.
Michael Rasmussen, area development manager, Victoria
Michael Rasmussen (Mick), formerly a teacher at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Camden, New South Wales, has taken on the master franchise for Victoria following the success of his own Sherpa Kids local franchise.
Mick started his career in the police in New South Wales. He then managed a few small businesses before deciding that teaching was where his real interest lay. So he ditched the world of commerce and headed off to uni to obtain his teaching qualification.
He taught between 2007 and 2016. One day in 2012 he found himself on bus duty, calling out the names of pupils boarding busses for various after-school day care centres. A Year 6 boy approached Mick and asked him not to call out the name of his day care as he found it embarrassing that he had to go to a ‘pre-school’ at his age.
That was Mick’s light-bulb moment. He looked at the 12 busses that were taking children to day care centres that did not specialise in school-aged care and thought: “why can’t we do something here, on site, that is more suited to the needs and interests of our own pupils?”
A discussion with Vicki Prout of Sherpa Kids sealed the deal for the school, and Mick’s relationship with Sherpa Kids developed from there.
Today Mick runs his own Sherpa Kids service in Narellan, NSW, in addition to owning the master franchise for Victoria.