Board.

The ATP Innovations Board brings together strong experience in the management and development of high-growth businesses, a broad range of technological understanding and in-depth knowledge of the commercialisation of R&D outcomes from public and private sector entities.

Graham Cook
Non-executive Chairman
BCOM, MBA, FAICD, SIA (Aff)

Graham is an experienced CEO who is now devoting his time to non-executive directorships and corporate advisory services. His CEO roles included founding managing director of E*Trade stockbroking service, managing director of IOOF Group Ltd, Le Fort Capital Ltd and general manager-consumer banking group for Chase AMP Bank.

Graham spent a number of years with American Express in sales/marketing and general management positions in Australia and Asia. He has been the chairman of a NSW State Government corporation, a listed environmental company and a joint venture between two international companies.

He is a non-executive director of the Pain Management Research Institute and has served on the Boards of The Foodbank and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.


Professor Michael Cardew-Hall
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Advancement), ANU
BSc(Hons), PhD

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Advancement) at ANU. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineers Australia. He has held technical and management positions with GEC and Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in the UK prior to joining the ANU in 1993. He has been an active researcher in the area of CAD, Computer Aided Manufacture, application of machine learning and knowledge based systems to manufacturing and optimisation of manufacturing processes, in particular sheet metal forming. Much of this work has been carried out in collaboration with industry partners, particularly in the automotive sector. He is involved with the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology (AutoCRC) being a member of their expert panel.

He has ongoing interest in technology transfer, commercialisation and industrial policy and has been involved in a number of spin off start up companies. He is currently CEO of ANU Connect Ventures, a pre-seed venture capital fund associated with the ANU.

Professor Cardew-Hall has held the position of Head Department of Engineering, Deputy Dean, and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University.


Dr Kevin Cullen
CEO, New South Innovations
PhD, RTTP

Kevin was appointed CEO of New South Innovations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in August 2011. He is responsible for developing the UNSW model for knowledge exchange and commercialisation, with particular emphasis on supporting the translation of the university’s excellent research outputs into use by society.

Dr Cullen brings extensive international experience to this position, having been active at board level in the leading Technology Transfer Associations in the UK (Praxisunico), Europe (ASTP) and the US (AUTM). He is the current Chairman of the global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) and has a long-standing interest in economic development, spin-out companies, and developing the University interface with SMEs (small and medium-sized companies).

Prior to joining the university sector Kevin worked for Procter & Gamble in the UK and Belgium, in the fields of technical brand management, product development, and technology development, covering Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. He has acted as an external expert and consultant in a number of international projects, particularly focused on knowledge transfer. His qualifications include a PhD in physical-organic chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.


Professor Les Field
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UNSW
BSc (Hons), PhD, DSc

Professor Field was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales effective 29 March 2005.

Professor Field is a graduate of the University of Sydney (PhD in Chemistry in 1979) then, following Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles and at Oxford, he took up a position at the University of Sydney in 1982. He was awarded a DSc in 1991 by the University of Sydney.

He was Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney from 1997 to 2001 and he has served as the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science from 1998 to 2001, Deputy Chair of the Academic Board and Chair of the University Research Committee (1999 to 2001). He was the Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2001 to 2003 at the University of Sydney before resuming his position as Professor of Organic Chemistry until March 2005. His main areas of research are organometallic chemistry, catalysis and NMR spectroscopy.

He was the recipient of the Organic Chemistry Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1994 and was elected as a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science in 1996. He was the Deputy Director of the successful Cooperative Research Centre for Molecular Engineering and Technology from 1992 to 1998.


Michael Rook
Associate Director – Debt Investments, USyd
BEc, LLB

Michael was appointed to the position of Manager Investment Markets in August 2004 at the University of Sydney. He has more than 15 years’ experience in investment markets, with direct exposure to the management of all major domestic and international asset classes. This includes six years as fixed interest portfolio manager for a listed Australian general insurance group, with investments in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, the UK and the US. More recently Michael successfully completed consulting engagements with the NSW racing industry and NRMA Motoring and Services. Michael is a member of the Asset/Liability Committee.


John Haining
Deputy Director (Research Engagement), UTS
LLB, Grad Dip. Legal Practice, MBus

John joined the board in 2013, He has over 15 years’ experience working with new technologies and has delivered tens of millions of dollars in increased value to both growing and mature businesses throughout his career. John helped them articulate their strategy, raise capital, complete trade sales and alliance deals, improve their marketing and operations and generate cash flow through R&D tax concession program. His specialties include: Management, Technology and Telecommunications Industry Knowledge, Government liaison and purchasing, Small Business Management, Leadership and Strategic business planning.


Dr Barry Westlake
Independant Director
BE, PhD

Barry is an entrepreneur in residence at ATP Innovations and was until recently, a member the Advisory Committee for the Federal Government’s New Industries Development Program and the Advisory Council for the CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector. He has held a number of non-executive directorships in unlisted companies and has been actively involved in 14 start-ups and 3 corporate turnarounds.