Our Board

Hamish Findlay, Director 

Hamish is General Manager, Commercialisation of Wellington UniVentures, responsible for managing Wellington UniVentures' Intellectual Property Commercialisation team as they work alongside Victoria University of Wellington’s researchers to bring research with commercial potential out into the market where it can have the most benefit.

 

Hamish brings a wealth of commercialisation experience to the role having worked in management roles for Otago Innovation, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and, most recently, as the General Manager, Commercial and International, for the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).

 

Hamish holds a double degree in Management and Psychology from the University of Auckland, and a DipGrad in Accounting from the University of Otago.

 

 

Russell Yardley, Director

Russell has been a professional Non-Executive Director and Chairman for the past decade following a career in the informational technology and communications sector. He is Chairman of ASX listed Tesserent Limited, on the boards of two WPP companies Wunderman and Bienalto, Chairman of the Australian Federal Government funded National eResearch Collaboration Resources and Tools project, a member of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board as well as being an honorary member of the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

 

After spending more than 7 years at IBM he founded his first company Decision Engineers that was merged with ASI to form Applied Learning that was then listed on the ASX in 1993. Russell was the Victorian State Chair 2010-2011 and the National Treasurer 2011-2014 of the Australian Information Industry Association.

 

 

Geoff Thomas, Director

Geoff is the Principal of Axant, a boutique corporate advisory company, headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia.

 

Geoff has worked in many business areas, from defence, construction and manufacturing, through to electronics, information technology, life sciences and the finance sector. He has worked across all areas of the business lifecycle, from startup, to exporting, to improving a mature company, to the sale of the business.

 

He has extensive business networks across Adelaide and in the private equity and venture capital sectors in Australia, and is an experienced director of listed and private companies.

 

 

Dr Viraj Perera, Director

Viraj is the CEO of UniSA Ventures – the wholly-owned technology transfer company of the University of South Australia (UniSA). He was previously the CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures – the national technology commercialisation platform of Malaysia, Government of Malaysia.

 

His expertise lies in technology transfer, innovation and commercialisation of early-stage technologies. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field by  working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick as well as organisations in the private sector.

 

Viraj holds a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology.