Kate has a strong and successful track record in innovation. She’s advised start-up, small and large firms, as well as public policy agencies, and has managed mission-critical projects for clients including IBM, Bank of New York, Philips and PwC in Europe and Australia. She has been actively involved in consulting for fifteen years and has experience in technology and management consulting. She’s worked across various sectors including financial services, food, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, software, electronics, tourism, engineering and government.

Kate holds a first class Honours Degree in Economics and subsequently received two post-graduate scholarships to engage in research, including one from the Australian Centre for Complex Systems. She is published in several academic journals and has served as co-editor of the journal Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice.  She was the primary researcher and analyst for two major Queensland Government reports on industry and innovation. Kate has also represented Australia at the APEC Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit (2010) hosted by the United States Government in Japan.


Tim is a long-time innovation authority, advisor and advocate. His blog The Discipline of Innovation is read by more than 2500 people a day, he boasts a Twitter following of 12,000 and he has made the top ten of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers on multiple occasions. Tim is Associate Professor in Innovation Management at The University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) and Academic Advisor for the Global Consulting Practicum program, which UQBS facilitates in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School).

Tim is committed to translating his research and teaching into practice, so he actively engages with industry. He is in high demand as a consultant, and has completed work for a range of organisations including Merck, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Lorna Jane, BlueSteel, Laing O’Rourke, GroundProbe, Brisbane City Council, Ergon Energy Corporation, Queensland Health, GHD Engineering, Fairfax Digital, Rio Tinto and Hatch Engineering. Tim holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD (Business). 


Jacqui is a management consultant who has held senior roles with advisory firms in Australia and internationally. She has designed and implemented a diverse range of programs for public and private sector clients including. Lego, Cathay Pacific, Indian Railways, Carlsberg Tetley, Royal Bank of Scotland, JP Morgan, Compaq, Hewlett Packard  and Local, State and Federal Government organisations. Jacqui’s strengths lie in assisting leadership teams to break down and solve complex business challenges and engage their teams in implementing those solutions. She now works with clients to build innovation capability and align that capability to the strategic priorities and performance of the organisation.

Jacqui’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Accounting and Finance, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Trustee of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Jacqui held a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) qualification for 12 years. She is also an Advisory Board Member with a social enterprise and an Independent Board Member of Building Queensland.

Elisa Janiec | Innovation Consultant

Elisa is a former litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with over eight years of business and start-up experience in Australia and overseas. Having consulted with industry, non-profit and government, Elisa has helped organisations solve complex problems, develop sustainable capabilities, manage change and growth. She also has extensive strategic project management experience, having worked on projects in construction and cyber security.

Elisa excels at drawing insight from ambiguity and bringing people together to build creative solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of International Relations and is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration, where she has been recognised on the Dean’s Academic Merit List.

Amanda Mead | Innovation Consultant

Amanda has spent the majority of her career in the leadership development and corporate education sector where she has held a variety of roles in strategic marketing, communications, events and project management. As a program coordinator for a large not-for-profit organisation, she has designed experiential learning activities for senior managers and executives from the financial services, property development, human services, tourism and government sectors.

Most recently, Amanda held a senior marketing and project management role in one of Australia's largest tertiary institutions where she was responsible for the development of marketing, engagement and partnership strategies, including high-impact brand campaigns.

Jack Andrews | Innovation Consultant

Jack began his career in the employee engagement space, where he advised both private and public organisations at a strategic level. Jack has worked across a broad spectrum of industries, including some of Australia’s largest hospitals, helping them to drive corporate strategy, minimise inefficiencies, develop novel solutions to complex problems, and effectively manage their human capital. He is also an experienced qualitative researcher, having successfully managed diverse research teams on projects of national significance.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in Philosophy and Literature. He brings his passion for deep thinking and creativity to the Era team.

Edgar Brea | Innovation Consultant

Edgar is currently a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland (UQ) Business School where he is researching the dynamics of business model innovation in the IT sector. Edgar brings a deep technology and innovation expertise, as well as strong research, modelling and analytical skills.

Edgar holds a Masters of Technology and Innovation Management from UQ, and a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. He has previously worked as an information systems specialist in the banking and energy sectors, and has held a variety of roles in strategy, innovation and commercialisation at CSIRO and UQ.