Get strategic advice from an expert with real-world experience in innovative, high growth enterprises.

Growth and Scale Navigator Coaching Program for ACE Members

Develop and implement your fast-track scaleup strategy

Successful ACE member applicants will receive three, free, one-hour consultation sessions over a period of four months, from February to May 2021, using a guided application of the Impact Innovation Group, Growth and Scale Navigator tool to build a tailored, practical growth-action-plan.   This program is suitable for established enterprises, during their high-growth phase that aim to:

  • Commercialise new products or services
  • Expand into new markets (either new geographical markets or a new market segment)
  • Develop a clear plan to scale up business operations in 2021

To be eligible for the ACE Growth and Scale Navigator Coaching Program, your business must:

  • be an Advance Queensland ACE Network member
  • at minimum, have an innovative, commercialisation ready product(s) or service(s) or be seeking growth via sales of its existing innovative product(s) or service(s) into new markets
  • provide relevant information requested by the ACE Coaching Service
  • provide feedback and progress reports as requested by Advance Queensland

Apply for the ACE Growth and Scale Navigator Coaching Program today!

Note: Due to current circumstances, consultations can only be delivered either online (via Zoom or Microsoft Teams) or by phone call.


Innovate Queensland’s ACE Coaches

Dr Lewis Atkinson

Dr Lewis Atkinson

Lewis 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. He has 30 years’ experience in knowledge production and transfers through both commercial and public-good innovation pathways to market. Lewe 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

Dr Tracy Stanley

Dr Tracy Stanley

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 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

Cameron Johns

Cameron Johns

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. 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 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

Kellie Dyer

Kellie Dyer

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. 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 non-executive director of a financial services organisation and a national research organisation as well as 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

Wilma James

Wilma James

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 works with companies to ensure they know where they are going, how they are going to get there and how to stay focused. 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 and knows that technology and the idea are 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

Dr Angus Crossan

Dr Angus Crossan

Angus is passionate about supporting Australian business’ to thrive by implementing the best innovation and commercialisation practices. 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. Angus has also co-founded six start-up ventures in the biotechnology, services and digital space. He also is highly skilled at leveraging investments, stakeholder management and encouraging best practice design-led thinking in external organisations. 

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.

Richard O'Shanesy

Richard O'Shanesy

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.


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The ACE Coaching Service is an Advance Queensland program provided by the Impact Innovation Group under contract to the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI).

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