Board of Directors
David Miles AM
Former Chairman Innovation Australia and Chairman Legal Super (Independent Chairman)
Mr David Miles is a lawyer and company director whose career spans three key areas of interest – law, business and the community. He was appointed Chairman of Innovation Australian from September 2007 to September 2014, having chaired its predecessor, the Industry Research and Development Board from March 2003.
Mr Miles’ broad business interests include positions as independent Chairman of Uniseed Management Pty Ltd and LegalSuper Pty Ltd, Director of ASC Pty Ltd, membership of the Council of the Australian National University, Deputy Co-Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne and Chairman, National Stakeholder Steering Committee for the National Smart Electricity Meter Project. He is also an executive coach with Global Coaching Partnership and Chairman of the Australian Motor Sport Appeals Court (AMSAC).
Mr Miles was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of the national Law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a past President of the Law Council of Australia and also previously the Australian representative on the Council of the International Bar Association. He was previously a member of a three person Expert Group that conducted a Review of the Australian Venture Capital Industry in 2005, Chair of the National Innovation Summit of 2000, the National Summit Implementation Group, the Innovation Awareness Council, the National Innovation Council, is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and a member of the Commercialisation Australia Interim Advisory Board.
Mr Miles Holds a Bachelor of Laws and was awarded membership of the Order of Australian in 2007 and an Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.
Former Chief Scientist of South Australia (Independent Director)
Dr Leanna Read joins as an independent board member and brings a wealth of executive, board and start-up investment experience to the role. As CEO and Chair of the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CTM CRC) until Oct 2019, she had oversight of research translation programs focused on cancer immunology as well as smart surfaces for implanted medical devices. Leanna also has an ongoing role as chair of CTM CRC’s spin-out companies, Carina Biotech Pty Ltd and TekCyte Pty Ltd. Under its new name, CureCell Ltd, CTM CRC is continuing as a charity to support research into curative immune therapies for childhood cancer.
Leanna recently completed a four-year term as Chief Scientist for South Australia. She is a current board member of Biosensis Pty Ltd, RSPCA SA and Playford Memorial Trust as well as a member of the Federal Government Biomedical Translation Fund Committee. She also chairs the Agtech Advisory Group, established in 2019 by the SA Government to promote uptake of Agtech into the farming sector and grow the SA Agtech industry. Her most recent appointment is chair of Health Translation SA, a collaborative network which brings together nine academic, research and health care agencies within South Australia to foster health applications of research in the state. She is a longstanding member of the Angel investment network, BioAngels/Southern Angels.
In addition, Leanna is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2006 South Australian Premier’s Award for Science, Technology and Innovation Management Excellence and the 2006 South Australian of the Year (Science and Technology).
Dr Read holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide and a Doctor of Philosophy – Biochemistry from Flinders University. Dr Read is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Director of Commercial at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. (CSIRO nominee)
Laurence currently holds the position of Director, Commercial CSIRO. He brings to the Board extensive experience in senior executive leadership roles in strategy development and implementation, Business Development and Commercialisation over 15 years at CSIRO.
Prior to Laurence’s current role he held the position of Director, Business Development & Commercial (BD&C) responsible for CSIRO’s ‘customer first’ and ‘commercialisation’ strategies as well as delivering Intellectual Property, Contract, Commercial Legal and Business Development services to secure CSIRO’s external revenues and to deliver impact from CSIRO’s research through collaboration initiatives and commercialisation.
Prior to CSIRO, Laurence worked as a senior legal counsel for the Commonwealth statutory corporation – Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC). Laurence has a Master of Law (Sydney University), Bachelor of Law & Economics (Macquarie University) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Law Society of NSW, Australian Investment Council member representative for CSIRO, CSIRO Trustee and leadership program mentor for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) at the University of Queensland. (UQ Nominee)
Professor Joe Shapter is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) at the University of Queensland. Professor Shapter is responsible for the strategic leadership of the University’s research infrastructure. The role ensures the effective operation, development and financial sustainability of the university’s extensive range of research infrastructure, as well as sourcing external funding to support large scale purchases. The role also oversees the University’s eResearch strategy.
Joe received his PhD in Reaction Dynamics from the University of Toronto in 1990. He subsequently held an NSERC Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a position at Flinders University. He took up his position at UQ in February 2018. Joe served as Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for six and half years and headed the Flinders involvement in both the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and was SA Director for AMMRF. His major interests are in the area of novel nanomaterial production, nanometer scale of these materials and their applications in for example sensors or solar cells.
Professor Shapter holds a Bsc (Hons) Nfld., PhD Tor., FRACI.
Vice-Principal (External Relations) at the University of Sydney (USYD nominee)
Tania Rhodes-Taylor is the Vice-Principal (External Relations) at the University of Sydney. In addition to overseeing the University’s engagement with industry and community, Tania has direct responsibility for the University’s Marketing and Communications, Museums and Cultural Engagement, Government Relations, Media, Events, Admissions and Global Student Recruitment and Mobility.
Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Tania was the Director or Marketing and Communications at Queen Mary University of London where she had overall responsibility for eternal relations and reputation development. Tania has previously worked in the corporate and government sectors and began her career with Unisys, including a period working in Asia, before moving to work for government agencies and, since 2007, within the higher education sector.
Tania holds a BA (Hons) OU MBA UCL PGDIP Marketing CIM.
Director of Research Partnerships (Division of Research) at the University of NSW. (UNSW nominee)
Warwick Dawson is the Director of Research Partnerships (Division of Research) at UNSW Australia. He has 20 years experience in strategic leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. In addition to various positions in research intensive universities, he has held legal and commercial roles in the engineering, construction and IT sectors supporting a wide range of clients ranging from multi-nationals to SMEs. Key achievements include building effective partnerships enabling successful execution of high impact projects, and delivery of effective customer focused services.
Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Melbourne (UoM nominee)
Allan Tait is Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Melbourne. His portfolio includes finances, human resources, IT and facilities. Allan chairs the University’s commercial subsidiary and is a member of a number of other boards.
Prior to joining the University he was a partner in the corporate finance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and finance director of the local investment banking subsidiary of the Toronto Dominion Bank.
Allan is a chartered accountant and a member of the institutes in both Australia and the UK. He has a degree in economic history from the University of Birmingham (England).
Allan was the winner of Oracle’s ‘Leadership in Finance (Asia Pacific)’ award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s ‘CFO of the Year’ in 2013.