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Meet our Innovation Consultants

Meet Our Team of Innovation Consultants

With over 360 years of collective experience, our innovation consultants have both the knowledge and practical expertise to guide you to achieve 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.

Our innovation consultants will help you take new technologies to the market, create new business models, design effective innovation processes, express your strategy and support innovation champions.

    Queensland (QLD) & Northern Territory (NT)

  • Brian Ruddle

    Managing Director

    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 25 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. With a diverse team of innovation consultants, 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 CSIRO, Life Sciences Queensland, and the AI Group.

    Brian also sits on several boards, advisory boards and committees. This includes positions as Chair of the AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Panel which supports the establishment of next generation ag and food industries and Chair of the Innovation Management Standards committee (MB-279) for Standards Australia where he is working with innovation specialists from 43 other countries to develop international innovation management standards.

    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, construction

  • Cameron Johns

    Cameron Johns

    General Manager - Capacity Building

    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 100 Industry to Research Collaborations to assist in the commercialisation and translation of research into outcomes and impact. Cameron has a wealth of experience in providing commercialisation and innovation training and consulting in many Australian and international research organisations, as well as in helping these organisations to drive their innovations out into the industry. 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. As an experienced innovation consultant, he has supported 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 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

  • Alexandra Connors

    Alexandra Connors

    Innovation Programs Manager

    Alexandra’s expertise lies within extensive problem solving and communication skills transferable to strategic business development, innovation systems and programs, and management roles. She has specialised in Business and Sustainability before completing her Masters of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The University of Queensland. Her ability to bring clarity to ambiguous tasks and passion for innovation translates to helping organisations implement systems and processes that produce positive outcomes and create impact. Her dynamic communication and people skills reflect a strong customer service management background in the telecommunications sector. To date, she has more than five years of experience in managing strategic partnerships and delivering effective project management and quality and assurance to a dedicated client base. 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 innovation solutions.

    B.Bus. Mgt (Sustainability), M. Bus. Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Technical specialities: Business Processes & Strategy, Innovation Systems, Program Management, Partner & Client Relationships

    Sector specialities: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Professional Services, Sustainability, Telecommunications, Government

  • Isaac Tucker

    Isaac Tucker

    Project Coordinator

    Isaac brings to the Impact Innovation Group 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

  • Karissa Treloar

    Karissa Treloar

    Operations Coordinator

    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 Wyvill

    Leanne Wyvill

    Senior Associate

    Leanne is the founder and lead trainer of Presence Communications, a specialist corporate training consultancy for the innovation and technology transfer sector as well as government and SME clients. Her training programs focus on helping teams work effectively through better communication. 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 the University’s 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. Leanne is the lead facilitator and mentor for Impact Innovation’s Ideas to Outcomes Cert IV in Small Business Management, delivered with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions.

    B.A. (Hons), Grad.Dip Communication, Cert IV Small Business Management, Cert IV Training & Assessment, ATCL, Certified True Colors Facilitator

    Technical specialities: Communication, Learning & Development, Event Management

    Sector specialities: Small Business, Research Centres, Arts, Education, Health

  • Heather Buys at Impact Innovation

    Heather Buys

    Project Coordinator

    Heather’s strategic focus is validated solution development, commercialisation processes, and innovative insight mining across a range of sectors. Heather completed a Bachelor of Business Science, and then went on to complete her Master of Business specialising in Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Marketing at The University of Queensland. Heather’s core strengths lie in her ability to understand complex concepts and business challenges, and action these with precision and speed while bringing her unique point of view to life. Heather’s ability is rooted in being both highly strategic and displaying agile creativity in her execution. She brings energy and a deep-seated curiosity for understanding the dynamics of competitive advantage through innovation, a keen eye to create new knowledge through effective research practice as well as an engaging style of contributing to effective team performance. As an innovation consultant, Heather brings an enthusiastic approach, commitment to quality outcomes, and creativity to achieve the business-driven goals for clients.

    B.Bus. Mgt (Marketing), M. Bus. Innovation & Entrepreneurship & Marketing

    Technical specialities: Innovation Programs, New Product Development, Commercialisation Processes, Project Management

    Sector specialities: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Marketing, Food & Alcohol, Telecommunications, Translational Medicine

  • Lewis Atkinson

    Dr Lewis Atkinson

    Senior Associate

    Lewe is a unique innovation and design-thinking professional and international Strategic Management facilitator. He has 30 years’ experience in knowledge production and transfers 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 providing Strategic Planning & Management, Innovation Consulting, 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

  • Kellie Dyer

    Kellie Dyer

    Innovation & Commercialisation Strategist

    Kellie is a creative and enthusiastic innovation consultant with a diverse range of experience. Kellie has applied her highly regarded skills in business, technology, and innovation to support 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 a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    B.Bus. (Mgt & Mkt), MBA (Tech Mgt), GAICD

    Technical specialities: Commercialisation processes, R&D, research collaborations

    Sector specialities: Financial services, local government, research centres

  • Pushpa Bakshi

    Pushpa Bakshi

    Senior Associate

    Pushpa brings over 25 years’ experience, and has honed her skills as an innovation consultant on international stages in Government, Education and Multinational companies. Her Directorship and Governance strength have demonstrated her abilities in 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 in 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

  • Howard Nielsen

    Howard Nielsen

    Senior Associate

    Howard helps build sustainable businesses and communities and has designed and facilitated large scale national projects engaging multiple levels of industry, community and government. He has also facilitated local projects to meet the challenges of innovation, climate change and deep human engagement in social and economic progress. Howard is one of the few ‘specialist generalists’ in the sustainability field and facilitates the innovative Sustainable Startup Hub as part of an Advance Queensland initiative. His work has been recognized by appointment as a Global Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. Howard has conducted review and development processes with government, business, educational institutions and communities. His approach is inclusive and optimistic and is underpinned by the most recent neuroscience and change management strategies. He has been both CEO and board chair of a national network of social enterprises and other community-owned businesses and has had a number of board membership roles.

    M.Ed.Admin, MBA, B.Ed.St, Dip.Env.Sust, Dip.T,

    Technical specialities: Sustainable business development, environmental management systems, innovation, inclusive engagement strategies

    Sector specialities: Health, SME, education, government, environmentally sustainable systems

  • Suzy Roden

    Suzy Roden

    Senior Associate

    Suzy is a trusted innovation 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

  • Annemaree Walton

    Anne-Marie Walton

    Senior Associate

    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 a quality fun time together, Anne-Marie is a 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

  • Tracy Stanley

    Dr Tracy Stanley

    Senior Associate

    Tracy is a Social Scientist with expertise across intrapreneurship, organisational change and employee engagement. She has worked across the 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 several 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

  • Mike Avey

    Mike Avey

    Senior Associate

    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.

    New South Wales (NSW) & Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  • Angus Crossan

    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 led 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 Filby

    Mitchell Filby

    Senior Associate

    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

    Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA) & Tasmania (TAS)

  • Gonzalo Jara

    Gonzalo Jara

    Innovation Strategist

    Gonzalo is focused on empowering people through innovation. He obtained a Telecommunications major while completing his studies for Electronic Engineering and later underwent a Master of Engineering Management at the University of Melbourne, which reignited his passion for understanding how new ideas are developed and how to create a thriving culture inside corporations. He later worked as an innovation consultant in South America where he gained insight about how companies address innovation amongst different industries and cultures, successfully helping implement over 30+ innovation projects of different sizes and specialized on managing large innovation programs using Brightidea.

    He is currently located in Melbourne, from where he supports companies around the APAC region in implementing their innovation strategies as well as Brightidea, while generating an alignment between them to obtain better outcomes.

    Technical specialities: Communications, Innovation Management, Lean Management, Innovation Strategy

    Sector specialities: Telecommunications, IT, Innovation Consulting, Retail

  • Richard Oshanesey

    Richard O'Shanesy

    Senior Associate

    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.

  • Delyth Samuel

    Dr Delyth Samuel

    Senior Associate

    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 strategic 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

Sector Experience

The Impact Innovation Group has successfully delivered commercialisation, intellectual property and innovation training, services, and management advice, across key projects in such sectors as: