Bendigo Business Stories - Creating a positive work environment with Kate Mannix

Bendigo Business Stories - Creating a positive work environment with Kate Mannix

Bendigo Business Stories is a Be.Bendigo podcast. Season 1 was produced and hosted by OAK Magazine. 

Kate Mannix, Chief Executive Officer of AFS & Associates Chartered Accountants, shares valuable insights on fostering a positive work environment in a compelling conversation with our host, Kimberley Furness from OAK Magazine.

Kate was appointed to CEO in 2017 after 10 years with AFS working in audit and as General Manager Corporate Services. Prior to working at AFS Kate gained experience at PwC and Blockbuster Australia. Outside of work, Kate loves spending time with her three children and the community they live in through volunteer work. Kate and her husband also operate a small residential and commercial building business.

Kate is currently a VCCI Non-Executive Board member, Regional Chair – VCCI, Bendigo Health Foundation and Fundraising Board Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors Regional Advisory Group member, and Member - Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

In this episode, discover how Kate led transformative changes at AFS to support their employees' wellbeing at work following a significant cultural shift in terms of leadership, values, and visions. Kate has listened to her team to make it a truly supportive environment for all.

Kate also provides practical tips for micro and small businesses working from home, helping you enhance your own work environment.

Gain valuable perspectives on creating a thriving workplace culture and optimising your work surroundings.


Kimberley Furness is the national award winning publisher of OAK Magazine, a proudly independent media publisher dedicated to sharing stories and amplifying voices of female change makers and women in business in regional and rural Australia. Kimberley is a long time content creator for print and digital, a social media trainer for rural business owners and the host of chart topping podcast A Friend of Mine


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