Introducing Shelley Cox from Compass Collective.

Her career to date as a winemaker with St Hallett has had many ‘pinch me’ moments, but for Barossa local Shelley Cox, business operations and people are the perfect blend.

Launching Compass Collective last year, Shelley offers a coaching service for businesses that is focused on finding solutions and acting as an extension of a business’ in-house team.

Lauren Zwaans from KIS Communications quizzed our May Business Partner about some of those fabulous ‘pinch me’ moments, her diverse skill-set, and of course, what wines we should be sampling!

// Thanks for being our May Business Partner of the Month!

Tell us about Compass Collective. When did you start your business and what services do you offer?

I started my business in July of 2018 – and as a lot of people do, it was in our home office and local cafes.

Primarily my vocation is to offer solutions – whether it be in business settings or personally.

I love to coach and mentor others in whichever direction they’re heading; to help give people the skills they are looking for to achieve their goals. I am strong in partnering with people to get things done – I love that I am welcomed into businesses as part of their team, even for a short while!

I offer three main pathways for businesses to grow: those who are starting out, those established and growing, and finally, those who want to take on a strong leadership role.

My business is evolving, and I love that it is teaching me new things every day.

// It sounds like you’ve had an amazing career in the wine industry!

What were some of the most memorable ‘pinch me’ moments throughout your career to date?

I’m so lucky to have travelled around the globe for ‘work’ in my role as a winemaker for St Hallett Wines.

Some memorable ‘pinch me’ moments for me and my hubby Sam (who was gladly my chaperone!) pre-kidlets included a two week tasting of Italy, a four month secondment to Marlborough NZ, and a 6 star cruise from Sydney to Hobart…although not all at the same time!

I offer three main pathways for businesses to grow: those who are starting out, those established and growing, and finally, those who want to take on a strong leadership role.

Shelley Cox, Compass Collective

// You have so much business expertise in the wine space. Do you work with a lot of businesses in the wine industry? And what other industries do you work with?

The beauty of being based in a region like the Barossa is that everyone is connected to this great industry, and it’s a connection I’m proud of. I love that my casual position as a Tourism Services Officer helps me share my love of wine, to stay connected with what’s happening in the region, and to promote Brand Barossa.

// You offer a lot of support with setting up systems and processes. Is this a particular area where you find businesses need a lot of support?

Most certainly. I have heard from so many small and medium businesses that there just isn’t enough time in the day to work ON their business.

From my experience in production, planning & operations, I naturally consider if something can be made simpler or easier for the user and business’ sustainability.

// Your husband Sam has a complementary IT skillset. Has this offering been useful for your clients too?

Sam is the most patient and kind guy there is. His support has been unwavering, and his extensive programming and technical expertise has been invaluable. We both want to help others, and this is in his nature too.

// How do you balance your workload?

Although I am not in a full-time career anymore, I feel that I am constantly working, however I’m so passionate about what I do, it doesn’t feel like work and that is key.

// You’re also a mum to two boys. How do you get that elusive ‘balance’ right?

What the past few years of many long vintage hours away from my boys has taught me is that when I’m with my boys – I’m present. 

Working in your own business requires discipline and accountability – something that’s hard to delegate to yourself!

// Why did you decide to join the SA Woman community and what do you like most about being a member?

I quite honestly stumbled across the community in one of my ‘I’ve got to get networking for my business to grow’ moments.

I absolutely love the understanding, support and confidence it’s given me working with such passionate women. I feel that we are so much stronger together.

//Tell us more about the region where you live! What do you love most about the Barossa?

I love that the Barossa is a welcoming and supportive community, and we’re surrounded by many passionate business owners who are proud and inspiring.

We certainly do pinch ourselves that we are amongst such natural beauty, great food and wines!

Finally – and perhaps most importantly – when we visit the Barossa, what wines should we be trying?

My favourite wine is a Barossa Shiraz – I love that as a region we have so many different expressions of this grape variety, from full-bodied to fragrant & elegant – and neither style is wrong!

I loved our philosophy at St Hallett, which was to ‘find what you love and do it well’. For the wines it was Shiraz, and for me personally it’s business operations & people!!

Thanks for chatting with us Shelley!

 

Find out more about Shelley:

Facebook: Compass Collective

Instagram: @compasscollectivepty

Websitewww.compasscollective.com.au

“I absolutely love the understanding, support and confidence it’s given me working with such passionate women. I feel that we are so much stronger together.”

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