Our 360 years of collective experience represents practical expertise and support you can trust to deliver a higher return on innovation investment.
We simplify innovation, so your business can differentiate and grow faster with next generation technologies, upskilled people, and smarter business models. We’ll help you take new technologies to the market, create new business models, design effective innovation processes, express your strategy and support innovation champions.
With broad experience in a variety of industries and various senior roles, our management team are specialists in asset management consulting and maintenance management, particularly when it comes to heavy mining and mobile equipment.
Brian has been involved in the innovation sector for over 25 years across Australia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. He founded Impact Innovation Group in 2006 which has grown to a 20 person team providing innovation, commercialisation and collaboration services for large multinationals, SME’s, startups, Not For Profit’s, universities, incubators and accelerators, and government agencies. The company helps clients across all sectors navigate the complexity of turning ideas into profitable products and services.
He heads up a range of initiatives including collaborations with TAFE Qld, International Workplace Group, CSIRO, Life Sciences Queensland, Deloitte and BDO.
Brian also sits on a number of boards, advisory boards and committees including the Engineering, Construction and Resources Innovation Hub, AgriFutures Emerging Industries Panel, and Nexgen Plants which is commercialising new trait development technologies.
B.App.Sc. Hons (Rural Management), M.Ec., Dip. Export Management, GAICD
Technical specialities: innovation systems, start-up governance & management, business modelling
Sector specialities: biotechnologies, health & medical devices, mining
Cameron has worked for over 20 years assisting business, ASX-listed companies, research organisations, not-for profits, social enterprises and global Fortune 500s to take ideas and turn them into products, services and impact. Cameron has assisted with over 65 Industry to Research Collaborations to assist in the commercialisation and translation of research into outcomes and impact. Cameron has trained many Australian and International research organisations in commercialisation and innovation, as well as working with these organisations to drive their innovations out into industry. He is the co-author of the Research Innovation Canvas; an innovation evaluation tool which several National and Australian research organisations use when developing new commercially-viable projects. Cameron is also a master of lean canvas methodologies and has implemented these skills in many projects.
Cameron’s proven experience in delivering innovation training and his experience in commercialisation across Australasia was key in him being part of a small team that created the learning blueprint for training new patent attorneys for IP Australia and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has consulted on the go to market strategy of numerous innovations and IP portfolios from research organisations and industries. Cameron has also founded and run start-ups and also created and managed a private equity firm to invest in early stage innovations. He has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, and for himself, which gives him end to end understanding of commercialisation and innovation.
B.App.Sc. (Aquaculture), Grad.Dip. Commercialisation, Cert IV Project Management, Cert IV Small Business Management
Technical specialities: commercialisation, university-industry collaborations, capital raising, business models and innovation systems
Sector specialities: food & agribusiness/aquaculture, professional services, research sector and not for profits
Senior Commercialisation Strategist
Kellie is a creative and enthusiastic person with a diverse range of experience. Kellie has applied her highly regarded skills in business, technology, and innovation to supporting large infrastructure organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, academia, and other research centres. Working as the Adoption and Commercialisation Manager for a research-based organisation allowed Kellie to appreciate different commercialisation strategies. Pragmatic, versatile, adaptable and with a strong sense of determination are qualities that have naturally drawn Kellie towards activities that involve bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve mutually beneficial business objectives. Kellie is a non-executive director of a financial services organisation and a national research organisation. She has been involved in a number of strategic projects, including launching spin-offs and re-branding and re-positioning other types of organisations. Kellie is a certified Innovation Facilitator and is both a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
B.Bus. (Mgt & Mkt), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD
Technical specialities: Commercialisation processes, R&D, research collbaorations
Sector specialities: Financial services, local government, research centres
Corporate Programs Manager
Alexandra specialised in Sustainability when completing her Bachelor of Business Management and is currently undertaking a Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The University of Queensland. Her dynamic communication and people skills reflect a strong customer service management background in the telecommunications sector. She combines her natural ability to adapt and relate to people of all ages and interests with extensive problem-solving skills transferable to strategic business development, sales, and marketing. Alexandra has more than five years of administration and support service experience in delivering effective project management and delivering quality and assurance to a dedicated client base. Her highly evolved team management skills make Alexandra an integral part of the Impact Innovation Group team. Alexandra brings an enthusiastic approach and an all-inclusive understanding of financial, social and natural environment aspects of a firm’s activities to achieve sustainable and innovative outcomes.
B.Bus. Mgt (Sustainability), M. Bus. Innovation & Entrepreneurship (current study)
Technical specialities: Business processes, event & program management, marketing, customer service
Sector specialities: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, sustainability, telecommunications, government
Isaac brings to the Impact Innovation team a comprehensive understanding of the unique aspects involved with science translation and commercial development pathways. He specialised in Nanotechnology and Innovation Management before completing his Biotechnology Honours in Bio-Insecticide development at The University of Queensland. This generated a myriad of experiences in the worlds of science, technology and entrepreneurship. He is passionate about developing novel biotechnological solutions to impact real-world problems using his strengths in both the chemical and biological spaces. Working for four years in the service industry under a large multinational corporation, Isaac developed an understanding of management, quality assurance and business structure. His flair for commercialisation strategy coupled with high level communication skills culminated in Isaac writing and lecturing a third year cornerstone biomedical course on commercialisation and industry communication.
B.Biotech. Hons (Dual major: Nanotechnology & Innovation Management with 1st Class Hons, Dean’s commendation)
Technical specialities: Organic & Bio-Chemistry, Biotechnology, Product commercialisation & Design, R&D
Sector specialities: Agritechnology & Bio-insecticides, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Nanoscience & Nanomaterials, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Emily brings with her over 10 years’ experience in automating processes and supporting businesses, founders and corporate executives within the technology, finance and automotive industries. Her passion for understanding customers pains and business needs has successfully contributed to launching innovative technology products. Emily has 4+ years in supporting IT product development and is currently completing a Master of Information Technology through Deakin University. She also holds a Bachelor of Business & Professional Communication, Diploma of Accounting and Cert IV in Frontline Management. Emily was a winner of the 2017 Queensland Urban Utilities Water Hackathon and has been featured on SBS Insight for her thoughts on how government policy shapes social opinion.
B.Bus (Communications), M. Information Technology (current study) Dip. Accounting & Cert IV Frontline Management
Technical specialities: Accounting, Communications, Information Technology, Business Management
Sector specialities: Automotive, Information Technology, Government, Food & Beverage, Retail, Financial & Professional Services
Karissa’s strength lies within growth and development, building solid relationships with all her clients and creative problem solving though being flexible in a constantly changing environment. Prior to joining Impact Innovation Group, Karissa worked in global organisations providing services in client relationship management, project administration and sales support. Karissa pairs her specialisation in Human Resource Management from the University of Queensland with her ability to manage strategic partnerships to build a strong and credible reputation within the industry and amongst her peers.
Karissa brings a high level of organisation and a comprehensive understanding of clients needs to achieve innovative, quality outcomes.
B. Bus Mgt (Human Resources)
Technical specialities: Business processes, Client Relationship Management, Project Co-ordination
Sector specialities: Human Resources, Administration, Communication, Sales
Leanne is the founder and lead trainer of Presence Communications, a specialist corporate communications training and services consultancy for the innovation and technology transfer sector as well as government and SME clients. Leanne supports Impact Innovation Group’s marketing of commercialisation services, innovation programs, and client ventures. Her expertise in this sector was honed whilst working for UniQuest, The University of Queensland’s main research commercialisation company. She still works with University of Queensland researchers in various schools, faculties, centres and institutes, to promote their scientific discoveries, many of which have commercial applications. Leanne is a member of Firestation 101, the Ipswich innovation hub, and the board of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce. She is also a regular poster and participant on numerous LinkedIn groups, including GRID, Life Sciences Queensland, Ausbiotech, Women in Technology, Australian Association of Angel Investors, KCA, Australian Institute of Commercialisation, ilab Accelerator, Queensland Science Communicators Network, Training and Learning Australia and Brisbane HR Professionals.
B.A. (Hons), Grad.Dip Communication, Cert IV Small Business Management, ATCL, Certified True Colors Facilitator
Technical specialities: Communication, Learning & Development, Event Management
Sector specialities: Small Business, Research Centres, Arts, Education, Health
Dr Lewis Atkinson
Lewe is a unique innovation and design-thinking professional and international Strategic Management facilitator. He has 30 years’ experience in knowledge production and transfer through both commercial and public-good innovation pathways to market. He started his boundary-spanning career in FMCG operations, planning and research with Unifoods Australia. In 1993 he became Research and Information Services Manager for Australian Meat Technology Pty Ltd, a CSIRO technology start-up and management consulting company. He joined a team that started a new industry-owned innovation and marketing services company – Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd – where he has held several senior executive positions over the past 16 years. Lewe’s solid technical and financial grounding, combined with a strong creative side, enables him to see patterns, pathways, and solutions that others often miss. He works with clients all over Australia facilitating and consulting in Strategic Planning & Management, Innovation, Cross-boundary Collaboration and Research Leadership Development.
B.Sc. (Health & Biological Sciences), Chartered Engineer, Chartered Chemist
Technical specialities: Innovation Systems, Product Development
Sector specialities: Meat & Livestock, Agribusiness, Profit-for-Purpose & Community Organisations
Pushpa over 25 years has honed her skills on international stages in Government, Education and Multinational companies. Her Directorship and Governance strength has demonstrated her abilities developing industrial relations and long-term partnerships with associated projects. With know-how in compliance and sitting on various Boards both profit and non-profits, Pushpa reported to diverse Executive Committees, Council, Government and Stakeholders. Being a performance-driven, forward-thinking, multi-lingual Business Executive, Pushpa has accumulated far-reaching expertise in facets of leading profit-generating operations through innovative team development and a superior understanding of client needs. Her leadership organisation endeavours to meet customers’ needs in all aspects. Pushpa enthusiastically empowers audiences, taking projects on a journey of dependable progression. As a Coach, Speaker, Author and Transformational Leader, Pushpa’s mission is to inspire, lead and transform organisations through their people. She provides mentoring in Entrepreneurial and Innovation Leadership to Corporates, SME’s, Professionals, Millennials, Women, and Individuals resulting countless successful outcomes.
ACCA, CPA Ass., Cert. International Trade, NPL Master Practitioner, Ass. Accredited Coach, BTEC AUDIT, Certified TAE, Grad Diploma in Project Management, Business, Management & Leadership
Technical Specialities: Leadership & Innovation, Business Essentials, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Excellence
Sector Specialities: Education & Training, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Professional Services & Insurance, Commercialisation
Suzy is a trusted consultant, coach and facilitator to top 100 ASX companies, government and entrepreneurial businesses. Her passion is creating innovative, high-performing, customer-focused organisational cultures, with a strong focus on developing strategic, authentic leaders. Suzy partners with colleagues and clients to develop customised programs around interdependent business drivers such as leadership, cultural architecture, innovation and entrepreneurship, strategy and execution, team and talent, customer experience and organisational design. Suzy has worked with a wide range of public and private organisations, and industries across Australia, including mining and related services, education and training, construction and engineering, health, retail, associations, and government. She consulted at the Centre for the Development of Entrepreneurs (Graduate School of Management, UQ) and with UniQuest. Suzy is an accredited consultant and author or co-author for several people and organisational diagnostic tools, including one that builds balanced start up teams recently used successfully at MIT’s Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (Cambridge USA).
B.HMS (Ed), MBA
Technical specialities: Entrepreneurship, leadership development, innovation culture
Sector specialities: Education & training, construction & engineering, health, retail, associations, government
Anne-Marie brings a first-hand understanding of entrepreneurs’ needs through her immersion in the startup sector as; a founder; former Community Manager of Fire Station 101 (one of Queensland’s leading innovation hubs; and via the University of Southern Queensland as part of the development team of an entrepreneurship program for women. Anne-Marie’s knowledge is supported by 20+ years’ experience in corporate, small business and community ventures. She has a large network of contacts in the government and private sector and a strong background in human resources, business operations and effective stakeholder engagement. This has come from a track record in event management, driving partnerships, maximising resources and streamlining processes. As the founder and CEO of KidsWantu, a marketing and social impact platform that helps busy families have quality fun time together, Anne-Marie is an working example of how to take an idea and scale it to the world.
Technical specialities: Business Strategy, Community Building, Presentation Skills
Sector specialities: Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Communication
Dr Tracy Stanley
Tracy is a Social Scientist with expertise across intrapreneurship, organisational change and employee engagement. She has worked across Asia Pacific and Europe in consulting and senior human resources management roles. Through her work in multi-national companies she has advised clients on end-to-end innovation processes, coached individuals and facilitated workshops designed to build skills in creativity and innovation. She co-founded the Nice-Cote D’Azur branch of the European Professional Women’s Network dedicated to the career advancement of women. More recently she has been a mentor for Start-up Weekend at River City Labs and Women in Digital. Always keen to learn, she’s a speaker and participant in events within the Queensland innovation ecosystem and was chuffed to be a member of a winning team at the department of Transport and Main Roads, Bike Hackathon. She has a number of start-up projects and loves helping others to be successful with their entrepreneurial activities.
PhD, M.B.A. MBus (Research), GAICD, B.Bus
Technical specialities: Creative Problem Solving, Intrapreneurship, End-to-End Innovation Process
Sector specialities: Technology, Travel & Professional Services
Wilma has a passion for growing successful companies. She has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how great science and innovative technology need to be nurtured and translated into products and services.
Wilma’s experience includes being CEO of Bravehearts, a national NFP leading Australia in the safety of children that exposed her to the community services sectors. She worked as a Senior Director, UniQuest (UQ’s commercialisation company) for nine years delivering 4,000 industry partnerships. Wilma is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia with 10 years of governance experience.
Wilma works with companies to ensure they know where they are going, how they are going to get there and how to stay focused. She knows that technology and the idea is not enough! Being able to create an innovative culture is essential to a company’s success and sustainability. Wilma helps businesses create cultures that attract great employees, investors and customers.
B.Bus (Mgmt, HR Mgmt), PgDip Corporate Governance and Risk Management, FGIA
Technical specialities: Business Strategy, Growth, Culture & Team Development, Operational Effectiveness
Sector specialities: Community Services, Healthcare, Education, Material & Manufacturing, Environmental, Water Management
Stephanie is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience developing innovative products for global markets, within companies ranging from large multinational enterprises to venture capital funded start-ups. She has particular expertise in energy-related technologies, having worked on hydrogen fuel cells in Canada and Germany, automotive engine systems in France, solid state hydrogen storage systems and lithium ion battery materials in Australia.
Stephanie has successfully raised multi-million dollar equity investments, and now sits on the other side of the table as an active angel investor. She mentors for several start-up accelerators and incubators around Australia and serves on a number of boards and advisory committees for larger organisations. Contracting to the government she has assessed over 150 innovation grant applications in a wide range of industries.
B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics), M.Bus. (International Business), GAICD
Technical specialities: Strategy and Risk, Product Development, Global Collaborations, Managing Rapid Growth
Sector specialities: Engineering, Science, Energy, Manufacturing
Best described as a “deep generalist”, Mike’s expertise has been gained across many industries over many years and is how the clients to whom he provides advice get real value. He has managed all business operating functions including Marketing, Sales, R&D, Manufacturing, Production and Finance. He has learned the benefits of strategy and its application to every aspect of business and life. His governance experience includes being Chair of three public-unlisted companies, and Director of several others. He has lead Management Buy-Ins and has been instrumental in the sale of companies and Intellectual Property. He has Venture Capital experience in deal structuring, and investee management; actively contributing to the strategic planning and financial and operational governance of investee companies. Mike also managed a public offer of shares on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX).
AMP, AdvDipMgmt, GradCertBA
Technical specialities: Commercialisation of Innovations; Strategic Management; Investment Banking
Sector specialities: IT, Communications, Publishing, GIS/LIS, Photogrammetry, Alternative Energy.
Hazel is a specialist in Innovation, Commercialisation and Organisational Change and Transition. As a senior commercial consultant and mentor, she has advised Executives and Boards across a broad spectrum of Industries and Government and is honoured to have been a Queensland Innovation Grant Assessor over multiple years. With over 20 years’ experience, she has also held lead roles in multi-million-dollar nation-wide projects including the IT sector, health informatics, finance, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing and more. Similarly, she has owned and successfully grown her own companies to experience various learning curves firsthand. Hazel has undertaken extensive international travel attaining an excellent understanding of current international environments, cultures and trade agendas. Her forte is to drive organisational wide change using best practice design-led thinking and has transitioned companies to be more innovative and profitable by instigating partnering along with collaborative and creative environments.
B.Ed – Further and Tertiary Education (Dean’s Award), A.Dip (Bus), Cert. Prosci Change Management, Cert. Project Management, Cert. IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
Technical specialities: Change & Innovation, Commercial Business Modelling, Project Management, Education
Sector specialities: Health Informatics, IT, FinTech, Manufacturing, Education, Hospitality & Real Estate
Queensland (QLD) & Northern Teritory (NT)
Dr Angus Crossan
General Manager - Commercialisation
Angus is passionate about supporting Australian business’ to thrive by implementing the best innovation and commercialisation practices. Beginning his career as an academic at the University of Sydney, Angus quickly realised he was most interested in how R&D efforts could be practically applied and commercialised.
With experience leading the Australian egg industry’s R&D program, and driving Australia’s food innovation initiatives while working with Food Innovation Australia (FIAL), Angus excels at developing leading-edge strategies that align with business objectives. He also is highly skilled at leveraging investments, stakeholder management and encouraging best practice design-led thinking in external organisations.
Angus has also co-founded six start-up ventures in the biotechnology, services and digital space. His expertise and ability to influence has lead to his appointment to a number of government and university economic development and innovation advisory committees and he has become a commercial advisor to a new digital medical platform start-up. He has won a Federal Government Science and Innovation Award for Young Scientists in 2007 and an International Specialised Skills Fellowship in 2011.
B.Sc. (Hons), PhD, MAICD
Technical specialities: Business modelling, Entrepreneurship, Start-up Venture Building, Strategy, Program Management, and Commercialisation of R&D.
Sector specialities: Food and Agriculture, Chemistry, Environment, Biotechnology, Research Sector, and Digital.
Mitchell has an extensive and balanced career that encapsulates the corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors across a variety of vertical markets and industry sectors. He has held and continues to hold senior executive roles as well as board memberships relating to these sectors. Today Mitchell spends much of his time working with small business entrepreneurs and CXOs in the large enterprises and government organisations to accelerate the process of commercialising innovative ideas. He has developed a practical approach framed in an agile innovation methodology that helps validate and test product and business model solutions, while at the same time reducing their exposure to financial risk. Mitchell is also an author, global speaker, publisher, business and industry journalist, business analyst, business mentor and coach as well as a serial entrepreneur.
MBA, ADip (Business)
Technical specialities: Commercialisation Pathways, Innovation Systems, Interim CEO & Management
Sector specialities: Information Communication Technologies & Software, Manufacturing, Marketing, Communications and PR
Steve made the decision over 18 years ago to address the unmet needs of many Australian businesses by giving them access to qualified, specialist innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurial services that create new technologies and markets, ultimately added measurable value, and increase competitiveness nationally and internationally. He has since assisted hundreds of Australian and international innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, early stage companies, research organisations, federal and state government departments, industry associations and large companies to understand and transition through their innovation and commercialisation paths. This includes helping them successfully raise funds from highly competitive government grants, venture capitalists, private investors and via ASX IPO. He has worked with companies across diverse industries and sectors to design, develop and commercialise products, services and technologies to global markets. Bridging the government and commercial sectors, Steve has also negotiated and facilitated trade sales, distribution and licence agreements, and collaborative joint ventures for such initiatives as (re)innovation, Women in Business, and Young Entrepreneurs Stepping Up workshops and programs with industry partners.
MBA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation), B.Sc. (Computer Science, Information Systems & Applied Mathematics), GradCert (Quality Management), GradCert (Statistical Analysis using Minitab), GradCert (Statistical Control Chart Principles), GradCert (Quality & Productivity), GradCert (Design of Industrial Experiments – Quality Improvement).
Technical specialities: Creativity & Strategy, Project Management, Operations
Sector specialities: All sectors that have medium to very high technical needs, technologies and/or environments.
New South Wales (NSW) & Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Richard is a business executive with broad experience across large corporates, SME’s and start-ups. In addition to performing Chief Executive and Business Unit GM roles, Richard has held functional General Management roles in Operations, Sales and Finance. The majority of his experience relates to product development; however, he has also held senior positions within businesses serving agriculture, events, and sustainability markets. Richard is a customer-focused leader with excellent problem solving, communications and interpersonal skills. He has a passion for innovation and change and has led several major initiatives across these areas
Advanced Management Program, MBA, B Eng (Mechanical) DDIAE
Technical specialities: Creativity & Strategy, Project Management, Operations
Sector specialities: All sectors that have medium to very high technical needs, technologies and/or environments.
Martin is an experienced intrapreneur and part-time entrepreneur. Has started and run business units globally for large multi-nationals (US$30B+) that aim to introduce innovative new products and services to market. He has a strong business focus, both in generating growth and in optimizing costs. Martin has founded several small startups, primarily in the technology space, and brought innovative new products to market. Has worked effectively across Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, dealing with different cultures, growing technology and professional services businesses, and building cross-geography teams.
Martin is passionate about building winning teams, using agile principles and lean thinking to deliver value.
BSc. (Hons), MEng., GAICD, AFAIM, PMP
Technical specialities: Business Model Innovation, Project, Program & Operational Management, Agile Coaching, Sales & Service Management
Sector specialities: Defence, Oil & Gas, Logistics & Supply Chain, Retail
Dr Delyth Samuel
Delyth has a strong focus on strategy and organisational performance with a successful track record in general management, strategy, research, commercialisation, innovation, business development and governance across a broad range of disciplines. She has led and managed significant growth in the delivery of commercial education services, implemented large efficiency and change programs and worked with senior leaders in several organisations on strategy planning and implementation.
With specialist experience in the “Voice of the Customer” research methodology, she has completed several projects to uncover customer requirements as the key input to strategy development and business model planning.
She has been a judge for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and a member of several boards and committees, including the Cooperative Research Centres Committee, and is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) and Secretary of the local tennis Club.
BA (Hons), PhD, MBA, GCAID
Technical specialities: Strategic project management, New product/service development, organisational and customer focused design
Sector specialities: Tertiary Education,Textiles, Agriculture
Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA) & Tasmania (TAS)
The Impact Innovation Group has successfully delivered commercialisation, intellectual property and innovation management advice, services and training across key projects in such sectors as: