Who We Are
BSc (Hons), MBA, FAICD, CMC
Robert Weller B Sc (Hons) MBA has extensive experience in sales, marketing, management and consulting to industries such as manufacturing, oil & gas, petroleum & petrochemicals, agriculture, food, steel making, mineral processing, power stations and recycling. He has been professionally involved in the construction, operations and maintenance of these types of processing plants.
He has gained this experience from assignments with National Starch and Chemical (ICI (U.K.) & Unilever) Orica, and Nalco Chemical Company. These have taken place in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and China.
He has prepared and implemented a large number of strategic plans for multinational Corporations and has a strong background in commercialising innovation. Robert was directly involved in the commercialisation of over 20 new products deployed into highly capital-intensive industries. Robert is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Fellow of the Australian institute of Company Directors. He has been National President of the Graduate Management Association of Australia and a member of the Victorian Government’s Services Export Advisory Committee.
Post Graduate Dip. Program Evaluation
Dip. Photograph, Design & Advertising
Gary Isaacs has experience in publishing, advertising, animation, magazines, business development, Internet application development and consulting.
Gary is a qualified Program Evaluator. Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analysing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs. Stakeholders often want to know whether the programs they are funding, implementing, voting for, receiving or objecting to are producing the intended effect. Important considerations often include how much the program costs per participant, how the program could be improved, and whether there are better alternatives. Evaluators help to answer these questions.
He has worked for Australian Consolidated Press, styling and photographing countless books and magazine projects. Gary has also worked on animated TV series the Flintstones, Scooby Doo, TV commercials and rock videos as a production manager and art director.
His consulting experience includes projects in the TAFE sector completed for the Victorian Government and TAFE Colleges. He has also researched and written funding proposals for manufacturers in electronics, food, chemicals and plastic moulding.
Gary has held positions on Advisory Boards for the Victorian Government, Local Government and Deakin University. Gary was founding Chairman of CollabIT for three years. He was a committee member, for eight years, of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) a national ICT industry body representing the interests of Australian companies and lobbying Government.
In 2007, Gary was awarded the Australian Business Arts Foundation award for a collaborative project with Swinburne University which required the Netagi team to develop a website and system for the National Institute of Circus Arts.
Adam Perkins B.Sc. (Hons), Grad Dip Law (Intl Prop)
Adam specialises in business and technology commercialisation for the FMCG and Agribusiness sectors.
Adam is an executive with 25 years’ experience in the FMCG Food,Professional Services, NFP- Foreign Aid and Consulting sectors. He has worked locally and internationally in South East Asia, North America & Africa for the following organizations:
- Watermark Intellectual Property: (Australia)
- AVI / Australian Government: (Africa)
- Cadbury - Kraft: (Australia / New Zealand)
- H.J Heinz Australia: (Australia / New Zealand)
- Masterfoods: (South East Asia / Canada / North America)
In previous roles Adam has managed divisions of up to 50 staff with budgets in excess of $6.0 million. A former R&D / Technical executive in companies, Mars, Heinz and Cadbury / Kraft, his subject matter strengths cut across almost all food processing and packaging innovation, quality and regulatory affairs.
Adam has been a member of Australia’s peak food body, the AFGC.
He has been engaged as an expert witness on a food related patent dispute.
Adam has overseen company use of the R&D tax concession program as well as successfully securing a major Federal Government innovation grant.
He has worked as a consultant for law firm FoodLegal on variety of technical and practice management issues.
Diploma Applied Chemistry; Diploma Management
John O’Callaghan has had extensive experience in the areas of Innovation and R&D having managed the Research and Development function for Amcor for many years. This culminated in the role of GM of the Research & Technology Centre for Amcor which included a rebuild of the Research centre at Alphington. In this role he provided support for Innovation and Product Development activities to Amcor businesses across Australia and New Zealand and was part of the Global Innovation team that drove the Innovation agenda across Amcor businesses in Europe, USA, Asia and Australasia
In more recent times he has been part of the KPMG R&D team where he has used his considerable experience and background in the R&D area to assist businesses in identifying eligible R&D and to ensure they take maximum advantage of the Government R&D Tax Concession program. His focus has particularly been in the manufacturing area with an emphasis on the Food and Packaging industries. He has also had experience with a range of companies across sectors including Medical, IT, Forestry, Transport and Finance.