Fishburners, Australia’s largest tech startup co-working space, has finally found a replacement for pioneering startup leader Annie Parker, promoting the organisation’s Chief Operating Officer, Pandora Shelley, to CEO when Parker steps down next month.
Shelley has worked for Fishburners for six years – joining not long after it first kicked off with 30 desks in 2011. The organisation now has offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Shanghai, with 176 tech companies under its wings.
Parker, best known as co-founder of the muru-D accelerator program, took over from Murray Hurps as interim CEO last July and helped it move to the new Sydney Startup Hub in York Street in the CBD, doubling its capacity. The organisation, claims Koala and GoCatch among its success stories, now has more than 700 desks.
Fishburners chairperson Katherine Woodthorpe called Shelley’s appointment “fantastic”.
“I cannot think of anyone who represents our brand more than her. Her commitment to building world class co-working spaces and developing vibrant and collaborative communities is unparalleled, she really is Fishburners through and through,” she said.
Shelley said she’d built up “a lot of insight on what works” during her time at Fishburners.
I can’t wait to put all this into action as CEO, and to keep our focus on building the best community of founders in Australia,” she said.