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

 
 
David Beins
Portfolio Manager, ASI
 
 

Professor Attila Brungs
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UTS
 
 

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall
Pro Vice-Chancellor, ANU

 

Professor Lawrence Cram
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU
 
 

Dr Kevin Cullen
CEO, NewSouth Innovations
 
 
Greg Fernance
Head of Investment & Capital
Management, USyd

 

Professor Les Field
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UNSW

Hamish Hawthorn
CEO, ATP Innovations
 
 

Michael Rook
Associate Director – Debt Investments, USyd

 

Dr Barry Westlake
Non-executive director

 


 

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.
 
He 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.
 


 

David Beins

Portfolio Manager, Australia Solar Institute
BSc (Hons), MBA
 

David has recently taken up the position of Portfolio Manager at the Australian Solar Institute, a $150 million commitment by the Australian Government as part of the expanded $5 billion Clean Energy Initiative, to support solar thermal and solar photovoltaic research and development.

 

David’s interest in transformative research developed while working at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) where he led the Industry Engagement and Commercialisation Team in the university’s Research & Innovation Office.  At UTS he was responsible for technology transfer including industry liaison, technology assessment and development, negotiation and securing of commercial terms for collaborative and contract research, and new business development initiatives across the university’s research domain.

 

Prior to joining UTS David was Managing Director and CEO of BioLayer Corporation, an ASX-listed material science company, and before that held a number of senior roles in Swiss multinational Hoffman la-Roche, including Country Manager of its diagnostics business in Indonesia, and regional Business Development manager across 14 countries in the Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.
 


 

Professor Attila Brungs

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UTS
BSc (Hons), DPhil
 

Professor Brungs, Deputy Vice- Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Technology , Sydney, has responsibility for research policy development and general oversight of research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialization at UTS.

 

Prior to joining UTS he was General Manager, Science Investment, Strategy and Performance at CSIRO where he was responsible for the determination of broad research direction and resource allocation, performance monitoring of CSIRO research programs including its flagship programs, and the development and implementation of organisational strategy. Before joining CSIRO Professor Brungs was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

 

He has also been on the board of a number of entities including notfor- profit organisations such as Greening Australia NSW. Professor Brungs is a Rhodes Scholar, with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from UNSW.
 


 

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.

 


 

Professor Lawrence Cram

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU
BSc(Hons), BE (Hons), PhD
 

Professor Cram is the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research) at The Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this Professor Cram was Executive Director for Physics, Chemistry and Geoscience at the ARC. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as a member of the American Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union and the Astronomical Society of Australia.

 

Professor Cram was previously Head of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, and Chair of the University’s Academic Board. He was also the University of Sydney’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research in 1995 and 1996.

 

Professor Cram has worked for the CSIRO’s Division of Applied Science, and has been a member of the Australian Gemini Board since 1998. He was a member of the Anglo- Australian Telescope Board from 1991 until 1997, and was Chair of this Board from 1995 to 1997. Professor Cram was also the Inaugural Chair of the Steering Committee for the Australia Telescope National Facility.

 


 

Dr Kevin Cullen

CEO, NewSouth 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.

 


 

Greg Fernance

Head of Investment & Capital
Management, USyd
BEc, MCom (Prop Dev)
 

Greg was appointed to the position of Director of the Investment and Capital Management Office in January 2005, following an extensive career in the private sector spanning more than 20 years. During the mid-1990s he was Head of the Australian Fixed Interest Division of AMP Investments Pty Ltd. In 1998, Greg moved across to the Private Equity Division of AMP Investments where he spent several years as a Director within the investment banking team.

 

Since joining the University of Sydney in 2003, he has fulfilled a number of roles including that of Manager of Private Equity and Commercialisation. Greg is chairman of the Asset/Liability Committee, a member of the Gift Advisory Board and an integral part of the Investment and Commercialisation Committee (a committee of Senate).

 


 

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.

 


 

Hamish Hawthorn

CEO, ATP Innovations
BEng, MBT
 


 

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.

 


 

Dr Barry Westlake

Non-executive director
BE, PhD

Barry Westlake specialises in working with emerging high technology companies. He has a successful track record of over 25 years in managing both early stage and mature technology-oriented businesses in a number of different industry sectors. During the past 13 years he has been involved in the financial services industry, firstly in venture capital and then with the Australian Securities Exchange where he was instrumental in expanding Australia’s private equity industry.

 

Barry Westlake holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney and was awarded an Advance Australia Award for his contribution to computer technology.

 

He 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.