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, 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.
Ben Ferguson, General Manager
Ben is a hospitality professional with over 20 years’ experience in large scale, multi- site operations across Australia and New Zealand with a key focus on best practice across all areas of the business. The Mirmikidis family have appointed Ben to manage the day to day operation of Heyder & Shears, supported by the Heyder & Shears management team to ensure our commitment to delivering exceptional events and service to our valued clients, alongside our trusted and supportive suppliers and staff.
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, developing throughout his career as Sous Chef for 8+ years of Jacs 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.
Indi Harwood, EA to The Directors
The role of 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 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 & Imogen in all aspects of the business
Alice Taylor, Office Manager | 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, and a Diploma of Event Management, 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 clients to help them evolve their ideas and vision into a reality – this evolution takes skill and patience and she graciously exerts both.
Julie Thai, Event Manager
Julie has been with Heyder & Shears as a Senior Function Manager for many years. Her experience in delivering and working on some of our most highly regarded events, along with her Diploma in Event Management has seen her pave her own career pathway within the business. Julie is kind, approachable and meticulously organised with an extremely hard work ethic. Her experience “on the floor” for so many years has resulted in a very rational and detailed understanding on how events and catering best operate. She is just a delight and everyone that meets her thinks so too.