Meet the Innovate Queensland Team



Brian Ruddle

Brian Ruddle

Program Director

Innovate Queensland Project Director Brian Ruddle is the Managing Director of Impact Innovation Group, which he established in 2006 to serve an unmet need for independent specialist commercialisation services. He has since helped form four start-up companies based on university technologies, which have raised between $450,000 and $2 million in seed rounds.

Cameron Johns

Cameron Johns

Program Manager

Cameron develops strategies for meeting the rapidly changing marketplace all business finds itself in. He is an experienced professional who has helped numerous inventors, start-ups and SMEs with business model development and capital raising; and empowered not-for-profits to generate commercial success and sustainability. He has clients from high growth start up to global organisations and specialises in turning ideas into thriving businesses or new products.

Alexandra Connors

Alexandra Connors

Program Co-ordinator

Alexandra Connors is an open-minded and driven opportunist with a background in customer service management and delivering effective project management. As an integral part of the Innovate Queensland 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.

Isaac Tucker

Isaac Tucker

Program Co-ordinator

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 while 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.

Leanne Wyvill

Leanne Wyvill

Facilitator and Communications Lead

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 delivery of Innovate Queensland, commercialisation services, innovation programs, and client ventures.

Kellie Dyer

Kellie Dyer

Facilitator and Advisor

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. Kellie is a certified Innovation Facilitator and is both a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lewis Atkinson

Lewis Atkinson

Facilitator and Advisor

Dr Lewis Atkinson 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.

Anne-Marie Walton

Anne-Marie Walton

Advisor

Anne-Marie brings a first-hand understanding of entrepreneurs’ needs through her immersion in the startup sector as; a founder; former Community Manager 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.

Suzy Roden

Suzy Roden

Advisor

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.

Steve Brady

Steve Brady

Advisor

Steve has assisted hundreds of Australian and international innovators, 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. He has worked with companies across diverse industries and sectors to develop and execute commercialisation strategies for new products, services and technologies.


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