Our Board

Dr Stephen Rodda, Chair

Stephen is Chief Executive of UniSA Ventures Pty Ltd.

 

He has 16 years of experience in scientific research, research management, technology commercialisation, investment management and corporate governance. 

 

Stephen has a successful track record in Australia, the US and Europe for attracting funding, publications in peer reviewed journals and generating patentable innovations for commercialisation. He has been involved in technology commercialisation at every stage of the process including implementation of technology development and intellectual property (IP) strategies, capital raisings and executive management in early stage companies.

 

Paul Atkins, Director

Paul is CEO of ZEALANDIA, a world-first fenced urban eco-sanctuary in Wellington.  In addition to being a director of Ferronova Pty Ltd, he chairs the board of directors of Boutiq Science Ltd, a nanotechnology company; Mevo Ltd, New Zealand's first electric car share company; and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national network of top New Zealand materials scientists.

 

Paul holds an MSc and has post-graduate qualifications in both business and marketing management.  He is a Chartered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and, until late 2015, was inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Smart Grid Forum and Vice-chair of the IEA’s Demand-side Implementing Agreement.

Tijs Robinson, Director

Tijs was inaugural CEO of Ferronova and has almost 20 years' experience in commercialisation and market development of industrial technologies at management, executive and governance levels.

 

Tijs has spent the last five years with a pre-seed investment firm shaping, creating and growing new technology ventures. Prior to this he spent six years managing new product development and business growth in international markets at HTS-110 Ltd, a high-tech scientific instrument manufacturing company. Previously, Tijs worked at a New Zealand Crown Research Institute for seven years where he was involved in business development, market validation and capital raising.

Bruce Tilbrook, Company Secretary

Bruce  is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of UniSA Ventures.

 

He has over 25 years experience in commercial management, finance and corporate governance areas including board experience, both in an executive and non-executive capacity, across a range of technology businesses.

 

Bruce is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and represents UniSA Ventures in its capacity as a shareholder in a number of its investee companies.  In his role at UniSA Ventures, Bruce has established 14 new spin-out companies, overseen investment in a further 12 early stage businesses and exited six investments.