As Australia’s PR Warrior Trevor Young put it best in his blog ‘The importance of cultivating a ‘village of support’ for your personal brand’ :

It’s one thing to have a network of professional contacts – friends, peers, and acquaintances that you can call upon for all manner of favours: such as making introductions on your behalf, tipping you in to new business or career opportunities, or simply inviting you to the corporate box to watch your favourite major sporting event!

But it’s another matter entirely to have a vibrant and engaged ‘village of support’ underpinning YOU.


I’m incredibly lucky to have an extraordinary village of support. The people mentioned here are all extraordinary talented kindred spirits and I’m incredibly blessed to have them both in my life and in my village.

@TrevorYoung – Keynote Marketing Speaker, Strategist & Advisor.  Specialising in Social Media, Content Marketing and Thought Leadership www.trevoryoungme 

@SteveVallas – Social media junkie. Obsessed by all things tech. Online all of the time. A resource for those that ask – aka Melbourne’s social barkeep 

@DavidBaileyMBE – co-founder and Executive Advisor:

Karan White aka @Pod_Legal – Business Director + Owner, Pod Legal, an award winning Intellectual Property, Technology and Social Media Law Firm. 

Jamie White aka @PodLegal – Solicitor Director, Speaker, Expert in intellectual property, technology & social media law. Owner of Pod Legal, an award winning law firm. 

Steve Baker aka @RouletteLeader – former Australian Air Force pilot and leader of the Roulettes Aerobatics team, specialist consultant in High Stakes Leadership and Followship.

Jordana Borensztajn aka @JordanaOz -Creative Consultant, Writer, Humourist, Content Producer: 

@JoshRowe – Digital Entreprenuer and CEO of @GetRealAs

@DionneLew – CEO of The Social Executive® a consultancy advising boards and professionals on social media.

@Yvonne_Adele  – Professional Conference MC / Speaker / Social Media Producer

Carolyn Hyams aka @chyams -Marketing Director at Aquent (incorporating Firebrand Talent and Vitamin T)- and the team at @FirebrandTalent.

Ben Motteram aka @CXpert – Customer Experience Specialist:

Kevin Dwyer and the team at @ChangeFactory :

@Ric_Cole – Former Royal Marines commando and Infantry officer; Combat Camera/Media Ops, IO analyst, doctrine writer. Now working at the Joint Info Activities Group.

Mark Wenham aka @MHWenham – All things  and – advisor to @MarsOmega1

Serge Da Deppo aka @SergeDDS– Human Sciences Project Officer at NATO Transformation Command at

Bruce Foster aka @AlexandreBruce – Simplifying Complexity through Leadership,  Training,Public Relations, Contingency Planning and Systems Engineering.

Follow my Village of Support via my Twitter List here.