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Rick Nieuwendijk  
Rick Nieuwendijk

Qualifications and Professional Development
Commerce Graduate (Distinction) Netherlands


Rick has a rich and varied business background. He spent his early years in Papua New Guinea. On returning to Australia, he moved to WA gaining experience in underwriting. Later on Rick moved back to NSW broadening his experience with time in the hospitality and electrical appliances industries.

The 1980's saw Rick move into the corporate world, working initially for Wormald which at that time were one of Australia's first truly international conglomerates. A series of aggressive industry takeovers initiated first by Racal, then Chubb Plc saw Rick gain experience in restructuring businesses. His Commerce qualifications were put to good use as he took up the position of Accountant for the ACT operations. Well before there was such a thing as a "Human Resources Manager" Rick was across all staff related issues pleasant and unpleasant.

With Rick on board as an integral part of management the Canberra branch accelerated to the point where they were regarded nationally as Australia's premier operations in terms of revenue, margins and net profit. This was a position the branch was to sustain for the rest of the decade, no mean feat in terms of the competition it faced..

In 2002 Rick was promoted again, this time to Commercial Manager for a national division comprising 50 branches around Australia with 300 staff, hundreds of subcontractors and a turnover approaching $A50 million. Following a sea change, Rick was asked to fulfill the following senior positions concurrently;

  • Chairman of a food processing company
  • Director of a sunrise enterprises finance company.
  • Regional Manager for a NSW Development Corporation
  • Business facilitator for a business enterprise centre
Rick's positions during this period saw him review numerous businesses seeking assistance. In this way Rick became well versed with applications for government grants which ultimately manifested itself in his high success rate.

Rick comes to Periscope with some 35 years of business experience and heads up the Administrative arm of Periscope Management Consultants.