Dr Peter Isdale

Director, Intergyre Pty Ltd

Dr Peter Isdale AM has always been somewhere on the spectrum between a lab-coat, wet suit and a business suit. Along the way, he helped turn science discoveries into investment platforms for others on which to build.  He’s been involved in the genesis, governance and management of a dozen companies, large and small, successful and vanished, ending his formal executive career in an ASX150 corporate suite at Transpacific Ltd. He now works with people and organisations to solve strategic and organisational dilemmas, and believes that he learns more from mentoring than his mentees do.

Author/co-author of more than 50 papers in the literature of marine science,  Peter has served on 29 corporate boards over three decades, and been Chair or Deputy of a dozen of those. Now “retired” to a world of select consulting, governance and advisory service to industry and researchers, he hopes to be counted among those who helped to bring innovation, entrepreneurship and commercial sustenance to the circular economy, and who are now building the foundations of those enterprises.  Beginning with the first stewardship of commercialisation from marine compounds at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the 1990s, as the CEO leading the translation of scientific discoveries from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience during the Smart State era, and more recently, QUT’s Bluebox, Peter has always been happy to be the “bridge” between the bench and the bank. 

In 2006 Peter was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia, and is an Outstanding Alumnus 1970-2010 of James Cook University, where he earned a PhD in marine science in 1982.

Dr Kirsten Baulch

Dr Kirsten Baulch

Founder and Medical Director of Medimobile Pty Ltd (Director)

Dr Kirsten Baulch is the Founder and Medical Director of Medimobile Pty Ltd and Extension Education School for Gifted Children (Director). Kirsten is a General Practitioner with over 16 years’ experience in clinical medicine and business and is the Founder and Medical Director of Medimobile Pty Ltd, an award-winning, nationwide workplace and community influenza vaccination service and the Founder of Extension Education School for Gifted Children.

Medimobile has been the recipient of a Telstra business Award, a finalist in three categories of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (including the QLD Government Innovation category) and was listed in the BRW Fast Starters in 2009 and BRW Fast 100 for the past 2 years. Medimobile was listed by BRW as the 88th fastest growing company in Australia for 2011. Kirsten is a passionate advocate of using innovation and IT systems as means for the entrepreneur to create an enterprise that delivers and efficient, consistent result.

Ms Julie Anne-Mee

Ms Julie-Anne Mee

BBus C.Qld., MAdmin Griff., FCPA, JP (Qual) (Director & Company Secretary)

Julie-Anne is a member of the University Council and is a qualified accountant who has held senior operational positions in commerce, the public sector and the university sector over the last 30 years. In 2006, Julie-Anne commenced working with the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (CPNS) on a part-time basis in the rollout of the Standard Chart of Accounts project, initially in Queensland and subsequently throughout other jurisdictions within Australia.

Other work has included writing and presentation of accounting related units for CPA Australia, Accounting Sessional work at QUT and she is the Parish Secretary for the Stanley River Catholic Parish (Kilcoy and Woodford).

Mr David Foster

Mr David Foster

David Foster is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a diverse portfolio of Directorships and Advisory roles. With 25 years’ experience in Financial Services, Retail, Local Government, Education and Professional Services, David has a broad range of skills and experiences to assist a variety of industries.

David’s last executive role was CEO of Suncorp Bank. He assumed the role shortly before the Lehmann Brothers collapse and led the Bank through a highly volatile period. This included the turnaround of its Retail, SME and Agribusinesses and managing down $18b in problem and non-core assets to maximise shareholder capital outcomes.

In addition to 5 1/2 years as CEO of Suncorp Bank, David had other senior roles such as Group Executive, Strategy during the acquisition of Promina Limited – one of Australia’s largest financial services transactions. Prior to Suncorp David had over 14 years at Westpac Banking Corporation in a number of senior roles in Sydney and Queensland. David is qualified with: B.AppSci, MBA, SFFin, FAIM, GAICD and has also attended programs at Kellogg, Wharton, IMD, MIT and Insead.

Professor Roland De Marco

From July 2001 to December 2010, Roland De Marco contributed significantly to leadership and management at Curtin University progressing from Head of Chemistry to Dean of Research in Science and Engineering culminating with his final appointment as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy).  He is presently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) after serving as USC’s inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) from January 2011 to December 2015.

Roland has many years of experience in governance applied to State and National research and research infrastructure.

Professor Mike Clements

Professor Mike Clements

Professor Mike Clements brings a wealth of management and academic leadership experience. Over the last 15 years he has held various academic positions in Australian and New Zealand Universities along with international teaching positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Scotland and New Zealand. Prior to academia he had over 17 year’s industry experience in various senior management roles. 

Professor Clements has secured numerous research grants, along with an ARC Linkage and an ALTC Citation, has published numerous articles and holds positions on several editorial boards.  His research specialisation has been in supply chain management and industry engagement, with his current position leading the School of Business, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at USC.  He is strongly focussed on building upon innovation and entrepreneurship whilst engaging all stakeholders as part of a holistic and relevant approach to student learning and business engagement.

Mark Ferris Portrait

Mr Mark Ferris

After practicing commercial law in South Africa, Mark spent the bulk of his career in Tokyo, Japan. Over an 18 year period, he founded or co-founded ventures offering services and solutions in Information Technology, Business Process Outsourcing, Market Research and Marketing Solutions. He is experienced in business development, corporate strategy, fund raising and team building and, on three occasions, he completed trade sales to third party investors resident in USA, Hong Kong and Japan.

After relocating to Australia in 2012, Mark is active as an angel investor, business mentor and board member of for profit and not-for-profit entities.