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.
Andrew Rothery was a co-founder and a former Executive Chairman of the private equity firm Archer Capital and a former Chairman of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL). He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Koda Capital, Andreasens Green, and General Thinking. In addition he sits on the Global Advisory Board and the Fund 2 Investment Committee of LeapFrog Investments, the Advisory Boards of Blackbird Ventures 2012, L.P. and 2015, L.P., and the Investment Committee of the MLC Private Equity Program. Andrew holds a B.Comm (with Merit)/LLB (University Medal) from the UNSW.
CEO at ATP Innovations and Director
BSc, MA, MBA
Petra is a multilingual corporate strategist with a proven track record of building and growing tech businesses in Australia, Europe and the US. She has worked extensively with startup founders and investors turning incredible ideas into successful businesses and beyond.
In addition to her work at ATP Innovations, Petra serves on several boards, lectures entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School and is a business mentor and program advisor for numerous business incubator and accelerator programs in the Australian startup ecosystem. Prior to joining ATP Innovations, Petra was the Australian based MD of a global Swiss biopharmaceutical company, Octapharma.
Professor Michael Cardew-Hall
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Advancement), ANU
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.
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.
Deputy Director, Research Engagement, Research Engagement, UTS
BSc (Hons), MTech
Martin has more than 18 years’ experience in innovation management, new product development, commercialisation and technology transfer across a number of sectors.
Martin’s foundation in design management led to a diverse career in technology, innovation and commercialisation, through various private and public sector roles. During this time Martin has worked with hundreds of innovative companies, providing assistance in bringing new products and services to the market. The growth in research-led innovation and commercialisation from publicly funded institutions led Martin into the world of university commercialisation and technology transfer and since 2005 he has worked for universities in the UK and Australia in the field of industry innovation, commercialisation of new technologies and research engagement.
Martin is currently the Deputy Director, Research Engagement at the University of Technology Sydney, with responsibility for developing research funding opportunities, collaborations with industry and commercialisation of UTS intellectual property.
Director, Commercial Development and Industrial Partnerships at The University of Sydney
BA, MA, DPhil
Andrew has over 30 years of experience in IT and telecommunications working in the Defence, Space, Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities sectors. During his time running Logica UK Limited’s Space business he was responsible for the team developing the on board software for the Huygens spacecraft that successfully landed on Titan a moon of Saturn on 14 January 2005. From 1997 to 2003 he was CEO of Logica Pty Ltd in Sydney, the Australian Subsidiary of the UK FT100 publicly listed company. Following this Andrew was Managing Director, Services for Cable and Wireless UK Limited.
Dr Barry Westlake
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.