The Centre for Transformative Innovation Advisory Board includes the following members.
Dr Alexander Gosling, AM
Principal, Capstone Partners
As founding director of Invetech, Alexander has been working in the field of process and product development and related R&D, for clients ranging from high tech start ups to “smoke-stack” industry global companies, for nearly 40 years. This has provided an exceptional base of practical experience on what it takes to progress new technologies to commercial success. He was part of the management team that led Invetech firstly to public listing (as Vision Systems Ltd) and then to its acquisition by the US Danaher group for over $800M.
Dr Gosling is a Past National President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group, a Past National President of the Australia-Malaysia Business Council, a Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.
Textor Technologies Pty Ltd
Phillip Butler is a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of CSIRO Manufacturing Division, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and chairman of Textor Technologies Pty Ltd.
Textor is an example of a highly successful textile company in Australia which manufactures components for diapers, femcare and incontinence products. The company has been transformed through constant innovation into a state-of-the-art operation supplying multinationals operating throughout the world. The business is a family owned SME that has learnt to collaborate with the Australian research institutes and take world-class innovation into global supply chains. Currently, the business exports fabrics to 18 countries around the world.
In addition to leading this transformation, Phillip has been the Chair of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries Innovation Council; member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce; member of the National Placed Base Advisory Group (Department of Human Services); Deputy Chair of the National Precinct Board; and Chair of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.
Chief Economist, Department Industry, Innovation and Science
Mark Cully commenced as Chief Economist for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in September 2012.
Mark has a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide. From 1992-95 he was a British Council Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick obtaining a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations, while working at the Warwick Business School.
Mark has had a varied career in applied economic research at the intersection of government and academia. In 1995 he was appointed head of research on employment relations for the UK Government, where he ran what was the world's largest survey of working life. He returned to Australia in 1999 to join the National Institute of Labour Studies as Deputy Director, and was then General Manager at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research for six years, running its statistical then research operations. In 2009 he was appointed Chief Economist at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and in that role chaired the OECD’s Working Party on Migration. He is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.
Dr Leonie Walsh
Leonie Walsh has more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in a broad range of industrial applications both locally and globally with a focus on the development and commercialisation of technology. Dr Walsh has previously represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists andcurrently sits on a range of advisory committees spanning innovation, education and advanced manufacturing.
Dr Walsh held the honorary role of President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) from 2011 to 2015, with the recent transition to Immediate Past President. In this role Dr Walsh established international collaborations through a new World Federation of Industrial Research Associations and as a founding partner of the Australian Government’s SME to Researcher collaboration (CAESIE) between Australia and the European Union.
Leonie Walsh received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Swinburne University, a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.
Dr Benjamin Mitra-Kahn
Chief Economist, IP Australia
Dr Mitra-Kahn has been the Chief Economist at IP Australia since November 2012, where he provides evidence-based policy advice on Intellectual Property. IP Australia is responsible for legislation, enforcement, international negotiation and granting of patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeders rights. Previous to IP Australia he was the senior economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office, where he covered areas as diverse as the EU patent, patent funds, thickets, backlogs, as well as business performance and IP rights. He also led on economics for the UK’s Hargreaves Review of intellectual property. Benjamin’s background includes time as an academic, consultant and company director, and a number of expert panels with the OECD and other organisations.
CEO, Optix Advisory Pty Ltd
Penelope has held leadership positions in Australian and international biotechnology and healthcare companies for over 20 years. In addition, she has held positions within the Victorian State Government in the Department of Health as the Lead of Global Health Melbourne, and as the Senior Investment Manager (Healthcare, MedTech and Pharmaceuticals) for Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources.
Penelope’s career has focused on the development of healthcare, biomedical and technology strategies for global organisations, investment communities, and rapidly growing young technology companies. Her experiences include technology commercialisation, international expansion strategies, capital raising and acquisitions, the development of global healthcare programs, and the facilitation of advanced government and large investor projects.
Penelope is currently the CEO of Optix Advisory Pty Ltd, a provider of detailed strategic advice, innovation and commercialisation for the biomedical and healthcare industries. Penelope holds several board positions, is actively involved in Melbourne and SCALE Angel networks, and has worked for international and global projects including BlueStar (across South East Asia), Marie Stopes International Women’s Heath and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Managing Director, MtM Pty Ltd
Mark Albert is the Managing Director of MtM Pty Ltd, an automotive components manufacturer in South Oakleigh, Melbourne.
Founded in 1965 as “Melbourne Tooling Co.”, MtM has quickly expanded to include manufacturing before moving onto component design, specialising in complex value added automotive and non-automotive components. MtM’s innovation is driven by the desire for comprehensive functionality embodied in simplicity. As a recognised supplier of high quality components, MtM supplied the original five local customers of Ford, Holden, Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi for over 30 years.
Director, Tauraqua Pty Ltd
Tony is a CEO with a demonstrated track record of achievement in both Industry and Commerce. Following eight years building a broad financial skill set at Price Waterhouse, he then moved into industry, holding a diverse range of roles within Olex Cables (later Nexans Olex), a power cable solutions business servicing the building, energy, infrastructure and resources sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Tony has led a number of major business transformation projects and turnarounds, including the closure of a major factory in Australia (and the establishment of resultant supply chains out of Asia and the USA) plus the complete redesign of the sales function into Value Streams to deliver customer service excellence.
Between 2001 and 2006, Tony was heavily involved as a shareholder in the private equity buyout of Olex Cables, leading both its acquisition from Pacific Dunlop and subsequent divestment to Nexans. At the time, this was the most successful Private Equity divestment in Australian history.
Professor Michael Gilding
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Michael Gilding is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The Faculty includes Swinburne Business School, Swinburne Law School, the Centre for Transformative Innovation and the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. Michael is an economic sociologist who specialises in innovation and networks, families and business, and the interface between economic and social behaviour.
He has written three books, and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. His research has attracted more than $3 million in National Competitive Grants, including partnerships with Boeing, CSIRO, Pitcher Partners and AusBiotech.
Professor Tom Spurling
Professorial Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology
Tom Spurling is a scientist with experience in managing the process of translating research into commercial products. Professor Spurling’s current research interests include the use of social network analysis in understanding how best to commercialise public sector research, the use of economic analysis to understand why some firms invest in innovation, and the use of case studies to tell the story of Australian innovation.
Professor Beth Webster
Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Impact and Policy.
Professor Webster holds a B. Economics and M. Economics (Monash University) and a PhD in economics (University of Cambridge). She has authored over 100 articles on the economics of innovation and firm performance and has been published in RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics and Research Policy. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base Funding Review; CEDA Advisory Council; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; Board Member, European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; and Board Member, Asia Pacific Innovation Network.
Associate Professor Alfons Palangkaraya
Deputy Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Alfons Palangkaraya is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Transformative Innovation. His current research is in the area of innovation, intellectual property rights, globalisation, and firm performance. Associate Professor Palangkaraya is one of the foremost experts on Australian IP datasets and has provided research consulting services to various Australian and international institutions such as the Department of Industry and the ASEAN Secretariat.
Research Centre Manager, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
Mitchell Adams is the Research Centre Manager for the Centre for Transformative Innovation and is also a Research Fellow. As a Research Fellow he is involved in conducting empirical research into the various Australian intellectual property registration systems. His current projects include examining the registered trade marks and designs systems.
Mitchell is a registered trade marks attorney and an Australian solicitor who has a passion for intellectual property and entertainment law. He comes from an intellectual property law background, having worked at CSIRO in the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation group and graduated from Monash University with Law honours in the area of intellectual property law. Mitchell previously worked at a prominent entertainment law practice in Melbourne that covered a broad range of work within the entertainment and media spheres.