Meet the Team

The Enablers

Gemstar’s team represents the skills set and experience that any start-up or scale-up business requires. From strategic marketing, to commercial finance, to general business management, the team has it covered. A compelling combination of experience, networks, connections and insights that are hard to find elsewhere.

Gemma Manning

Founder and Managing Director


Gemma is an Australian female entrepreneur, and by ‘trade’, a strategic marketing and communications professional. She has established two businesses over the last several years including GemStar Technologies.

Gemma started her first business, Manning & Co, a full-service strategic marketing consultancy in 2008 and has been responsible for the fast growth of the company ever since. Manning & Co, has evolved to being a full service consultancy providing a range of services from strategy, thought leadership and content marketing, creative design, digital, development and videography. The company, under Gemma’s leadership, has a solid reputation and was announced as State Finalists in the Australian Institute’s Marketing Excellence Awards in 2014.

As Manning & Co has grown, the company has been approached by many technology companies requiring go-to-market assistance. With the growing need for technology companies to master clearer and more effective brand, marketing and communication strategies as well as to be connected in with the right people, Gemma has since launched her second business Gemstar Technologies. Gemstar’s vision is to unearth Australia’s best technologies.

Gemma is a passionate advocate and enthusiast for female entrepreneurs and for harnessing and nurturing the amazing talent that we have in Australia. Her mission is to shine light on the great innovations being developed in Australia and take these innovations into SE Asia – its makes sense. She is an active member of the Australian Women’s Business Network and the Australian Marketing Institute and has presented webinars and written articles on Strategic Marketing. She was short-listed as Telstra Young Business Woman of the year in 2011 and has received various awards during her career.

Before forging her career as an entrepreneur, Gemma’s held key senior roles in the corporate sector. She was Head of Business Identification for Proudfoot Consulting – a global management consultancy. Prior to this, she was Asia Pacific Marketing Manager for Covance – a drug development firm. During her time at Covance, Gemma focused on growing the company’s brand presence across Asia Pacific.

Outside of being a dedicated business woman and entrepreneur, she is mother to two girls – a key part and driver for her in her business ventures.

The Team