Mr David Burt

Mr David Burt, Executive Manager, ON Innovation Program  ©CSIRO, KARL SCHWERDTFEGER

Executive Manager, David Burt, first joined CSIRO’s Strategy team in 2012 before helping to design, found and scale the ON Program back in January 2015. David’s role within ON is varied, working as a designer, facilitator and coach across both ON Prime and ON Accelerate programs. Over the last three years David has helped teams in every domain of science and in every scale - not many people work across both nanotechnology and astronomy – and keeps close watch of ON alumni, helping them along the path to success in creating new business ventures based on their technology and research. Outside of ON, David sits on the board of Planet Ark as a Non-Executive Director and teaches strategy and innovation at the University of Sydney.

Alisa Becker

Having joined the team in January 2017, Alisa Becker is ON’s Relationship Manager for the areas of New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, and is responsible for engaging with and striking up new partnerships with organisations within Australia’s research ecosystem, such as universities and research institutes. Alisa is passionate about research and innovation – she is a chemist by training with a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering from the University of Melbourne – and loves that the ON program provides a framework to achieving impact in science and technology; pushing research as far as it can go!

Cameron Lutton

Cameron Lutton is ON’s Relationship Manager for the states and territories of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. Having joined the team in January 2017, Cameron is responsible for engaging and procuring new partnerships with organisations within Australia’s research ecosystem, such as universities and research institutes. Working for ON, Cam relishes the opportunity he has to engage with and encourage universities - and their developing research teams - to get ‘ON’ board, meeting new people and networking across the country. Cameron’s history in innovation goes way back to his time at university, where he was part of a team that won QUT’s inaugural innovation competition for the design of a novel orthopaedic tool.

Amanda Tsioutis

Amanda Tsioutis, Incubation Manager

Incubation Manager, Amanda Tsioutis, joined ON in July 2015 as part of the founding team, helping with the design and operational concepts of the ON program. Amanda works closely with teams and continues to develop new offerings, partnering up with the broader innovation ecosystem to help scientists achieve maximum impact. Prior to her role at CSIRO, as a lawyer, Amanda advised start up clients in emerging tech and has helped scale a start-up – giving her a unique insight into deep-tech start-ups. Outside of work, Amanda is part of a global mentor network that helps early stage start-ups address social, economic and environmental problems.

Karen Li

Karen Li, Prime Experience Manager

Joining the program in April 2016, Karen Li is the ON team’s Prime Experience Manager, which has her in command of the ON program’s part-time pre-accelerator: ON Prime. Karen’s role sees her at the helm of ON Prime’s content and delivery, coordinating its numerous nation-wide sessions, overseeing communications and directing its skilled army of facilitators. Like all of ON Prime’s participants, Karen is passionate about making a difference within the innovation community and contributing to the future of Australian science and technology. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Karen’s hobbies include playing piano and building her collection of succulents and cacti.

Jessica Hildyard

Jessica Hildyard, Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Jessica Hildyard is the ON team’s resident digital communications expert and spiritual ON brand ‘guardian’. Based in Brisbane, Jess joined the ON team in June 2017. Responsible for ON’s digital strategies along with creating and managing the team’s communications, marketing, media and social; Jess relishes her role and is honoured to share the stories of the incredible innovators who pass through ON with the entire nation. Jess is a massive metalhead, with a huge collection of band t-shirts, records and ticket stubs; and spent the preceding five years before her tenure at ON living and working in Manchester UK under the guise of a true northern lass. You can find Jess at the helm of the @ONaccelerator social.

Kate Milton

Kate Milton, Communications Officer

Kate Milton joined the ON team in February 2018, in the role of Communications Officer. No day is ever the same with this creative team, with Kate working on anything from program content, web development and event planning. Even the location doesn’t stay the same, as the team could be in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane on any given week! With a background in journalism, she enjoyed diving into the world of innovation during her time living in London, running strategic innovation workshops for corporate teams. She’s excited to get to see innovation at the source working with the ON research teams. In her free time, Kate likes to eat and travel – if she’s doing both at the same time, even better!

Tennille Vanderstaay

Tennille Vanderstaay, Program Manager

Joining the team in October 2016, Tennille Vanderstaay is ON’s Program Manager and is responsible for the program schedule, its planning, data control, finances, reporting and internal logistics. Process-driven and a natural-born planner, Tennille plays an integral role in keeping the ‘ON’ program running and the busy team on track. Tennille (or ‘T’ to her colleagues) loves working alongside the inspiring people at ON and contributing to an incredible program that’s affecting real world change. Outside of work - and as a creative soul - Tennille enjoys creating her own ceramic pottery, amateur photography and is currently studying graphic design part-time.

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