Meet Our Team
“There is no sincerer love than the love of good food.” George Bernard Shaw
Every member of our team is an asset because they truly live and breathe food and love what they do. It was Aristotle who said: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” At Heyder & Shears we feel this exemplifies us as a team. We each bring something different and of real value to the table. When we get together to discuss your event needs everyone contributes their ideas and perspectives; and it all comes together beautifully. Catering by design for each and every client. Brilliant strategies and execution – every time.
Athan Mirmikidis, Managing Director
Athan is the proud owner of Heyder & Shears. Backed by two decades of invaluable experience he shares his knowledge and passion for all things catering. Athan continually inspires his team to produce some of the best events ever staged in Perth. Leading by example as a “hands-on” event manager, he pushes the boundaries, consistently surpassing client expectation.
Stephen Watson, Executive Chef
Steve began his career 16 years ago as an apprentice training in some of Perth’s best restaurants – Balthazar, Duende and Emporio, develoiping throughout his career as Sous Chef for 8+ years of Jak’s of Applecross and Nic & Kolo has lead him to be a highly experienced chef. He has extensive food knowledge and relishes at the opportunity to expand this, his great skills allows him to adapt to any environment he is faced with. An advocate for WA Produce, he is our experimental culinary scientist and really enjoys trailing innovative ways to present quality produce with a strong dislike of waste. He believes there is a use for every inch of the produce he is using, this leads to endless experiments transforming unwanted “rubbish” into garnishes, stocks and other inventive products. As a respected Executive Chef, he is the perfect mentor to all our Chefs and Apprentices who work under his calm and gentle guidance, encouraging them to blossom and helping them develop their own skills. His entire kitchen team and all departments of the business, respect and look up to him as he continues to progress in a direction that inspires them. Steve is always seeking opportunity to learn more from others, experiences, travel and stay ahead of the 8 ball. He gets great satisfaction out of teaching others what he has learnt and is a strong believer in training others with respect and patience.
Fleur Cornish, General Manager
Fleur has been with Heyder & Shears for 10 years, developing within the business from Event Manager through to her current role. Fleur is backed by a degree in Accounting and 20+ years in hospitality, she has an expert understanding of the business and industry. Fleur oversees all departments within the company whilst seeking new opportunities; successfully securing tender contracts, opening venues/cafes, managing key client accounts, as well as coordinating and managing her own events. A rainbow of hats worn by this sensational manager with a precise attention to detail and delicate temperament, as she coaches the team to produce excellent outcomes.
Lauren Rhodes, Senior Event Manager & Digital Media
Lauren’s strength is precision and pursuit of perfection, after being with the company for 10+ years it is true to state that she is a huge contributor to the success of the business. As a career caterer, passionate stylist and event manager she can visualize exactly what the client wants and turns dreams into reality at the drop of a hat. Lauren is passionate about aesthetics, from venue and décor to colours, tastes and textures – and she pulls it all together like a symphony. Lauren’s senior role within the team is as support to the General Manager, assisting with the management, guidance and development of the sales team and their skill set. Her experience is colossal as she manages key corporate accounts, large scale, major events and private clients to achieve expert outcomes surpassing expectations.
Morgan Preece, Senior Event Manager
Morgan is a vibrant and passionate team player with a love of good food who is totally committed to the hospitality industry. Her dedication and passion bears fruit in the form of beautifully crafted menus and innovative events.
Event management is Morgan’s passion and she loves nothing more than being part of a complex, large scale projects with high stakes and crucial outcomes. Highly organised and motivated with an impeccable work ethic she is able to deliver the events others can only imagine. Morgan’s experience includes working on some of WA’s largest and most important events including the Ord Valley Muster, Palace J Music Festivals and Gourmet Escapes brings invaluable experience to our team.
Alice Taylor, EA to the MD & Event Manager
Alice has quite clearly demonstrated that she was the missing piece to our office jigsaw puzzle. Alice has quickly adapted to the Heyder & Shears team in a multi-disciplined capacity, beginning as a casual front of house staff member she quickly progressed to managing functions and quicker than a flash was coordinating events of her own. All clients love Alice, she is smiley, bubbly and kind and fills everyone with confidence. Alice efficiently looks after a number of our corporate accounts, which is exactly what is required for our clients who often have tight deadlines. Alice is excellent at developing a close relationship with private clients to help them evolve their ideas and vision into a reality – this evolution takes skill and patience and she graciously exerts both.
Sarah Tardrew, F & B Venue Manager for Perth Concert Hall
Energetic and dynamic, Sarah is our superstar venue operations manager. Applying her vast experience to provide the highest standard of service at the Perth Concert Hall, Sarah is an avid foodie with great wine knowledge to boot. Whether developing menus, enhancing the venue or liaising with corporate clients, Sarah knows her stuff.
Indi Harwood, EA to the MD
The role of EA was created for Indi as we were positive that we needed her in the team. Her time management, event coordination and organisational skills keep Athan in check as she calmly orchestrates his work calendar guiding him to conquer. For the rest of the team, Indi channels lines of questioning and facilitates positive self-management. Her wealth of experience in the structured corporate world has enabled her to bring to the team some order in the office. She teaches her colleagues through encouragement and subtle management which is an exceptional skill to possess. A true asset to our team, she focuses inwardly on the team even though her core priority is to assist Athan in all aspects of the business.