From first employee to chief executive: Fishburners appoints new boss Pandora Shelley as Annie Parker steps down

Australia’s largest not-for-profit co-working space Fishburners has got a new chief executive, with Pandora Shelley to take the reigns from interim chief Annie Parker at the end of February.

Parker joined Fishburners early last year taking over from long-time boss Murray Hurps, moving into the role after her plans for Sydney-based startup hub Lighthouse fell through.

Six months on, Parker will be stepping down for Shelley, who moves into the chief executive position from her current position as Fishburners chief operating officer. Speaking to StartupSmart, Shelley revealed she was one of the co-working space’s first hires way back in 2011.

“I came on board when it was still community run, so you’d have the founders and members there, taking out the rubbish, doing bookkeeping. I think they realised they definitely needed help to get it in shape, so I started as a casual office manager while I was still studying at UTS,” she says.

“Ever since then, I’ve grown as Fishburners has grown, doing marketing and everything in between. I’ve been chief operations officer for the past three years, leading our expansions into Shanghai and Brisbane. Read more

Dominic Powell – Smart Company –  23 Jan 2018