Table9 is a real, invite only network for authentic leaders in the marketing communications space.

Concieved by Ben Walkenhorst in 2010, Table9 is a ticketed not-for-profit event, it's an opportunity for an interesting group of senior leaders to meet and share business insights and ideas in a structured leadership luncheon.

Business insights are then circulated within a fortnight of the luncheon and more in-depth papers from guest presenters within a month.

We don't push sales of our products or encourage aggressive pursuit of new business but have created a space for leaders to share valuable and profound insights.  This is not a 'talk fest'.

There are over 100 business leaders across government, private and not-for-profit sectors on the invite list. The first nine to book and pay ($50 INC GST) are awarded a seat at this exclusive, high value luncheon.

Table9 meets quarterly on Friday's for a two hour luncheon every quarter at Bok Choy Tang in Federation square Melbourne, with members paying a discounted rate for Yum Cha (menu).  Seats are strictly limited and available on a 'first book. first in' basis.

The addition of Special Guest Presenters commence in 2014 and has attracted some of the highest calibre business, government and education leaders in Australia.

Special Guest presenters

Luncheon Format

12:30pm    Arrival & networking

1:00pm      Commencement & Introductions

1:15pm       Yum Cha Lunch served & sharing of business insights

1:45pm      Special Guest Presentation

2:00pm     Q&A and networking

2:30pm     Close

Table9 Profile

Initially, members were invited from our principal, Ben Walkenhorst's private network.

However the network saw value in bringing more like minds together and extended invites have been allowed each member's network, providing they go to people who are:

  • In the 'C-Suite' (or above), preferably in the marketing communications space
  • An interesting, quirky, entrepreneurial or an "outside-the-box thinker"
  • A fountain of knowledge, on average in their later mid-stage of life
  • A "Swimmer" - able to be left in a crowded room

and not:

  • A young plastic PR pumped full of botox, wearing stilettos, a power-suit or the latest metro-sexual shirt - from a "Fay-Gency" (Fake Agency)
  • A pushy salesperson or self promoter
  • Behind the times and information
  • Needing their hand held


Some of the Table9 invitees:

Alicia White, Head of Communications, Victorian Taxi Commissioner

Alison Fraser, Director, Key Response

Angel Ng, Manager Business Marketing, AMP

Ant Gaddie, Director, Green Ant Marketing

Ben McEwing, Director & Producer, StoryLab

Bill Dee, Director, Compliance Solutions

Caroline Doherty, Melbourne Airport

Charlie Porter, Principal & Creative Director, Burning House

Diana Wolfe, Director, Wolfe Words

Dan Rotman, Communications Manager, Beyond Zero Emissions

Darren Taylor, Managing Director, Taylor & Grace

Fran Harper, Head of Sales and Marketing Australasia, Paramount 21

Gary Lewis, CEO, Promotem

Gill Victor, Manager Marketing and Development, VicDeaf

Gene Stark, Managing Director, Stark Reality & The Marketing Network

Gavan Woinarski, CEO Mercy Health Foundation

Helen Booth, Assistant Director, ACCC

Hugo Ortiz, Chief Operating Officer, Advantage Pharmacy and Chemist Discount Centre Group

Janie Schwartz, The HR Owl

Jen Burrows, Director, Value For Life

John McMorrow, Cr, City of Stonnington and Ledership Management Australia

Jon Michail, CEO, IGI Worldwide

Judy Hacker, Director, Maxim Marketing

Karren Fuller, Communications Manager, SCA Group

Kirsten Carmen, Head of Marketing, Peregrine Tours

Kylie Harker, Squirrel Business Hub

Laura Bomer, Director Marketing, Movie Network Channels

Leann Brown, Strategic Projects Officer (Tourism) PR, Marketing & Tourism, Moorabool Shire Council

Leanne Henderson, Director Best of Breed Communications

Linda Garnett, Plan Australia

Linda Loose, Director, Linda Loose Marketing

Liz Adams, Director, Liz Adams Management

Margot Gorski, Director, PR Matters

Matthew McDonell, Marketing Manager National Stroke Foundation (Fmr) Marketing Manager, Yarra Trams

Matt Coldrick, Creative Producer

Michael Gray, Director,  Advantage Pharmacy and Chemist Discount Centre Group

Michelle Robin, Consultant & Business Coach

Nicky Eakins, Melbourne Airport

Nat Abood, Digital Manager, Origin Energy (Fmr) Digital Director, Three's A Crowd

Paul Harmer, The Brand Surgeon

Paul Wheelton OAM, Managing Director, Wheelton Group

Peter Forbes, Director Communications, Moorabool Shire Council

Peter Burch AM BM, Musica Viva Victorian Branch Manager (Retired)

Robert Gibbs, PR & Fundraising Director, 3MBS

Rum Charles, Director Indigo Training

Sam Elam, Director, Media Manoeuvres

Shamus Hoare, Director, Gozer Studio

Simon Wheelton, New Business Director, Wheelton Group/Budget Car & Truck Rental