Our Team

 

AVS BOARD MEMBERS

 



Dr Clive Noble

 

BAgrSci (Hons), PhD, MAICD

 

Clive is managing director of AgInsight Pty Ltd, a consulting firm that provides science and technology advice to government, industry, the university and private sectors. Clive spent over 30 years working in the public sector in agriculture and primary industries, most of this period as a senior executive. Clive’s background is in research conduct, research and development strategy and management, corporate strategy, governance and technology commercialisation. Clive joined the AVS Board in 1998 and was appointed chairman of the Company on 1 August 2008. Clive is also a director of AVS subsidiary entity Phytogene Pty Ltd.

 

                  

 

Peter Turvey

 

BA/LLB, MAICD

 

Peter is the former Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and Executive Vice-President Licensing of specialty biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd, having retired in 2011. He is currently a principal of Foursight Associates Pty Ltd, and a non-executive director of Starpharma Holdings Ltd, Admedus Ltd and Viralytics Ltd. Peter played a key role in the transformation of CSL from a government-owned entity through Australian Securities Exchange listing in 1994 to the global plasma and biopharmaceutical company that it is today. He also had responsibility for the protection and licensing of CSL’s intellectual property and for risk management within CSL.

 

 

 

Kathryn Adams

 

BSc.Agr (Hons), LLM, M.Bus, M.Env.Stud, Prof Cert Arbitration, FAICD 

 

Kathryn is an Agricultural Scientist and a Lawyer.  She has extensive experience in industry focussed R&D investment for agribusiness having held senior executive and Board positions in the public and private sectors, including CEO of 2 R&D Corporations and Director of the Queensland Horticulture Institute. She was the first Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights in Australia and an Executive Director with the Queensland EPA.  After retiring she became a part-time Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) at Griffith University and is on a number of agribusiness Boards. Kathryn is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

 

 

 

Dr Richard Aldous

 

BSc (Hons), PhD, GAIDC

 

Richard’s background is in energy, resources, public policy and research management in both the public and private sectors. He had 10 years with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries as a senior executive and Deputy Secretary responsible for Energy and Earth Resources.  

 

Richard held senior executive roles in resource companies focused on exploration, research and development. He was also a director of the Cooperative Research Center (CRC) Association, CEO of CO2CRC and Chairman of CRC for Clean Power from Lignite. He is currently chairing the Ministerial Advisory Council for Earth Resources in Victoria.

 

 


 

Sandra (Sam) Andersen

 

LLB, CPA, FAICD, F Finsia

 

Sam holds a law degree and held senior executive positions with ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and National Australia Bank.  Following a successful career in banking and finance, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at a number of ASX listed IT companies leading transformation initiatives.  She led the initial public offering for, and was Managing Director of, a listed allied health services company which trebled in size in its first 2 years of operation.  She currently serves as a director on a number of government, public unlisted corporations and member owned organisations.  Mrs Andersen is Chair of Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Limited, and a director of Chisholm Institute, Beyond Bank Australia, Australian Hearing Services, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, and Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee for the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Victoria.

 

 

Dr Amanda Caples

 

BSc (Hons), PhD, GAIDC

 

Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is Victoria’s Lead Scientist with broad experience in technology commercialisation (intellectual property management, licensing and joint ventures), public policy development and governance of public and private entities. Most recently as Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs, Amanda was responsible for the development of Future Industries strategic sector growth plans and for support of the Victorian science, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Amanda has delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and has established international collaborative technology alliances.

 

 

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

AVS is accountable for the delivery of DEDJTR’s intellectual property protection and commercialisation program.  The Company provides an effective portal through which DEDJTR technologies and capabilities are taken to the marketplace via a means that maximises the economic benefit to Victoria.  The executive and operational structure that has been developed recognises the commonality of goals between AVS and DEDJTR and seeks to provide a seamless progression for a technology as it follows its route-to-market.

 

Employees of AVS responsible for enabling and delivering the Company's strategic objectives are as follows:

 

 

 

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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

David Liesegang

Chief Executive Officer

 

B Bus (Marketing), GAICD

 

David leads the AVS team of 15 professional and support staff, prior to which he served as AVS’s Chief Operating Officer (from September 2014) and as Director of the Technology Commercialisation Branch within the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (from 2011).   David is responsible for leading an experienced team of AVS technology commercialisation, intellectual property and legal professionals and ensuring effective delivery of AVS services for the transfer of commercially valuable research inventions and science capability of the Department to the private sector.

 

He has extensive expertise in the protection and commercialisation of agbio technologies; the negotiation, establishment and commercial management of contract and collaborative R&D agreements; the investment of company funds to accelerate the transfer and adoption of commercially-valuable research outputs; and intellectual property and commercial risk management and compliance.  

 

David assumed responsibility as company CEO on 30 November 2015 (following the retirement of Bruce Lang).

 

 

 

 

Shane Cagney

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

 

BAcc, CPA

 

As company CFO, Shane is responsible for AVS financial planning and performance which includes budget preparation, management and reporting, financial systems, human resources, and information technology.  As Company Secretary he is responsible for AVS's governance, risk management and corporate compliance frameworks and procedures, and for providing board secretariat services to AVS and Phytogene.  Shane has over 20 years’ experience in private and public sector financial and governance leadership positions and is a qualified accountant and member of CPA Australia.


 

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Jarett K Abramson

Chief Operating Officer

 

BA,  MSc Chemistry (Biological), JD (Law)

 

Jarett is responsible for leading AVS's operations team of specialist commercialisation, intellectual property (IP) and legal professionals with responsibility for delivering effective protection and commercialisation of DEDJTR created technologies to maximise industry adoption and economic benefits to Victoria.  Prior to joining AVS, Jarett led IP management and global public-private partnerships for Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (CIMMYT) and has managed IP commercialisation strategies, commercial seeds and traits, related seed policies and procedures, patents, trade secrets, freedom to operate opinions, and plant variety protections in working for both private agbio industry and patent boutique law firms.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Grace

Senior Commercialisation Manager

 

B.App Sc (Agriculture), MBT, GAICD

 

Andrew is responsible for managing a broad range of plant-based licences including barley, canola, lentils, field peas, pears and pasture seeds, as well as technologies including Livestock Tag & Trace.  Andrew has worked in the private and public sectors within the environmental and agricultural industries.  Andrew has responsibility for the commercialisation of intellectual property generated within Agriculture Research & Development.

 

 

Dr Ernesto Vargas

Senior Commercialisation Manager

 

PhD MBA

 

Ernesto has experience in IP commercialisation and early stage investments. He worked at University of Melbourne Commercial Ltd (UoMC), where he was responsible for managing the protection and development of IP across a range of technologies (e.g. biotechnology, biomaterials and medical devices), and for managing valuations, marketing initiatives and IP licence negotiations. Ernesto also worked at Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund Pty Ltd, assessing investments in early stage technologies. Before working in technology transfer, Ernesto worked as a scientist at the University of Melbourne and the Howard Florey Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VACANCY

Senior Commercialisation Manager

 


 

 

Jane Banovac

Commercialisation Manager

 

BSc, Hons

 

Jane is responsible for the commercialisation of DEPI-created intellectual property and the ongoing management of licensed plant-based intellectual property. Jane has developed a broad range of experience in plant research and agribusiness. 

 

 

 

 

Maryann Gassert

General Counsel

 

LLB (Hons), BA, LLM


Maryann provides legal advice, contract development and negotiation services to support the Company’s commercialisation activities. She has a background of many years’ experience in providing legal advice to statutory authorities and government departments.

 

Dr Ian McCauley

Intellectual Property Officer

 

BSc (Hons), PhD, LLM

 

Ian administers the Company’s intellectual property portfolio including patents, Plant Breeder’s Rights and trademark registrations. Ian has an extensive background as a research scientist and a Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Law.

 

 

 

 

Elisse Buchlak

Legal Counsel 

 

LLB, BSc, GradDipLegPrac

 

Elisse provides specialist legal advice on contract development and intellectual property issues for matters ranging from scientific research and development through to commercial licences.

 

 

 

 

Tenille Saffin

Human Resources Manager
 

BSc, GradDip EnvSci, MIR&ER



Tenille supports and provides advice on a broad range of company human resource policies, procedures and frameworks which include advising on AVS employment agreements, recruitment, occupational health and safety, learning and development, workplace culture and performance and key stakeholder engagement.


 

 

 

 

Helen Liu

Accountant

 

B Com (Acc), CPA

 

Helen is responsible for providing a broad range of financial services, management reports and the company’s consolidated Annual Financial Statements to ensure compliance with applicable Accounting Standards.

 

Jodie Holmes

Executive Assistant

 

Dip Bus

 

Jodie provides executive support to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary and Executive Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Magurie

Contracts Administrator

 

Jasmine is responsible for supporting the design and delivery of AVS’s contract and IP administrative processes and systems, as well as providing general administrative support to AVS's commercial operations, clients and stakeholders.

 

Rosanna Mastrolorito

Finance Officer

 

Cert Accounting

 

Rosanna assists the AVS Accountant to deliver AVS financial reports and provides general office support services, including accounts payable/receivable records management and payroll.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Date Modified: 13/02/2017