Our Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals shaping the new generation of entrepreneurs, and creating a flexible end-user-focussed approaches to early-stage commercialisation to build new industry based on QUT initiatives.

Tim McLennan | CEO

Tim McLennan has over 25 years of experience in technology and research innovation and commercialisation sector. He has first-hand involvement in leading industry sectors such as resources, METS, energy, water, automation, aerospace and technology funding. He has held senior positions in research and innovation management, commercialisation, international business development and strategic partnership management.

Tim was previously the CEO of the International Energy Centre and prior to that held senior roles in CSIRO including, Director of Business Development and Commercial for CSIRO's mineral resources Flagship and Executive Manager of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies. He has in-depth experience in the co-operative research arena including a period as Assistant Director of the AGCRC and establishing collaborative international research entities.

He has extensive experience in the Australian METS sector including roles as a Board member of Austmine Ltd and the Federal Government Resources Technology Innovation Centre. He is a director of the Australian Federal Government's Council of Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), Vice Chairman of the Australian Latin American Business Council (ALABC), Board member of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence Ltd and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Futures Institute energy subcommittee.

Phone: +617-3138-9420

Email: t.mclennan@qutbluebox.com.au

Brent Watts | Director Ventures and Investment

Brent has over 20 years of experience spanning tech, startups and investment in Australia, Europe and the United States. He specializes in developing ecosystems to support innovation, new venture creation and early stage investment, and in guiding management teams as a company director, advisor and/or investor in a range of high growth, globally focused startups.

As the Director of Ventures & Investment at QUT bluebox, Brent leads the QUT Venture Fund and a range of entrepreneur programs including the QUT Accelerator, QUT Foundry and QUT Innovation Challenge. He mentors a portfolio of startup companies ranging from sports and health technology to social media analytics, and is an international ambassador for Silicon Valley based hardware accelerator Highway1 / PCH and robotics startup initiative Robot Launch / RoboHub / Silicon Valley Robotics.

Brent was formerly the Director of Innovation and Engagement at QUT bluebox and was also a US Tech Commercialisation Fellow at Boston University. He has also held roles in engineering, investment banking, management consulting and government funding in organisations including Queensland Investment Corporation, AusIndustry, RWTH Europe, Burchill VDM, John Wilson & Partners (now WorleyParsons), and Golding Contractors.

Brent holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Engineering (first class honors), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Business Innovation Association Institute. He is also completing a Venture Capital Executive Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Phone: +617-3138-9431

Email: b.watts@qutbluebox.com.au

Dr Denise Hodge | Director, Commercial Operations

Denise brings a variety of experience in commercialisation, licensing, Intellectual property strategy and protection, business development, industry engagement, commercial development and intellectual property law to her role at QUT bluebox.  She has a BSc (Hons) Biology and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of York, in the UK and a Master of Industrial Property from University of Technology Sydney. Denise completed a post-doctoral research position at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane and has been registered as a patent and trademarks attorney in Australia for 7 years. Denise has specialised in IP protection and the commercialisation of research outcomes from initial concept through to market for over 15 years, 10 of which have been within a University environment.

As Director, Commercial Operations, Denise is an integral member of the executive leadership team and responsible for managing all commercial operations, whilst supervising a team of Commercial Managers and IP professionals. Denise provides commercial strategy and advice to all levels of the University, including researchers, students and professional staff.

Denise’s experience in both the strategic and operational aspects of research and commercialisation as well as a strong technical background, provide her with the capability to add value to all aspects of the successful commercialisation and partnering of university research outcomes.

Phone: +617-3138-9430

Email: d.hodge@qutbluebox.com.au

Dr Timothy Evans | Senior commercial Manager

Tim has a research background in genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. Prior to joining QUT bluebox, Tim spent two years in commercialisation roles at UniQuest Pty Ltd, The University of Queensland’s (UQ) main commercialisation company. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the School of Biochemistry at UQ, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (UQ). After his PhD, Tim worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and was the recipient of the Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Among various research roles at UQ, Tim has also worked at Progen Pharmaceuticals (Brisbane) in Research and Development. At QUT bluebox, Tim bring his expertise to provide commercialisation support for researchers from a broad range of areas at QUT.

Phone: +617-3138-9426

Email: t.evans@qutbluebox.com.au

Dr Tim MacTaggart | Chief Entrepreneur in Residence

Tim is a forward thinking entrepreneur, business leader and student of disruptive innovation. He has been involved in a number of industries over the past 20 years. He is a doctor of business administration (Deakin University) where he studied diffusion of innovation, focussing on the diffusion of disruptive technologies within technological systems. Tim is the inaugural QUT bluebox Entrepreneur in residence, founder of Smart Sensor Technologies, a company looking to bring intelligent environmental sensors to market, a casual lecturer in innovation at The University of Queensland and a regular blogger on issues relating to innovation and technological change. He has an engineering degree, and MBA and a Professional Doctorate from Deakin University.

Email: t.mactaggart@qut.edu.au

Dr Patrick Dwyer | Commercial Manager

Patrick has a research background spanning molecular biology, epigenetics, cancer genetics, immunology, proteomics, genotyping, diagnostics, plant and animal physiology and crop science. Prior to joining QUT bluebox in 2015, Patrick also spent over four years in contracts and business development at QIMR Berghofer and the Baker IDI.

Patrick holds an Honours degree in Botany and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago. He is also a registered patent attorney, having worked in two patent law firms in Australia over four years providing intellectual property services to local companies and large multinationals across a range of technologies.

Patrick is a Commercial Manager at bluebox and is responsible for providing commercialisation support for researchers, mainly within the faculty of Science and Technology but also across a broad range of disciplines. Patrick also works with innovative start-up teams, providing mentorship and advisory panel support to entrepreneurs and start-ups in the QUT community.

Phone: +617-3138-9411

Email: p.dwyer@qutbluebox.com.au

Callum Hickey | Commercial Associate

Callum is an early career chemical engineer with professional experience as an engineer and analyst in process development and techno-economics. He has worked on technical and commercial projects within a large multi-national engineering company and the university sector, experiencing technology transfer from a variety of situations. He has first-hand start up experience having worked on two university spin-offs, one of which he was a key contributor and investor, Callum appreciates the challenges researchers can face in commercialising their technology.

At QUT bluebox, Callum is a Commercial Associate. As a member of the broader QUT bluebox commercial team he provides advice on commercialisation matters for researchers as well as innovation and start up processes for early stage start-ups from students and staff across a range of areas within QUT.

Phone: +617-3138-0742

Email: c.hickey@qutbluebox.com.au

Fiona Ashmore | Finance Manager

Fiona is responsible for managing the daily administrative and financial activities of the company. She has 23 years' experience in finance, governance and HR functions. After 12 years in public practice she moved to the Not-for-profit sector and has worked across a large range of organisations and disciplines providing experience in RTOs, Australian Financial Services Licences, and auditing requirements.

Phone: +617-3138-9429

Email: f.ashmore@qutbluebox.com.au

Te Iwi Walker – IP Administrator

At QUT bluebox, Te Iwi is responsible for supervising the IP Administration Officer and provides administrative support for intellectual property in the bluebox team. Te iwi has an extensive background in the legal services, Insurance, and HR industries, both in senior and executive support roles and administration. Te Iwi has worked with a range of companies including TressCox Lawyers, Clayton Utz, Moray & Agnew, Avant Insurance Ltd and Spruson & Ferguson IP. Te Iwi brings to this role extensive current industry practice in IP systems and operations.

Phone: +617-3138-9432

Email: t.walker@qutbluebox.com.au

Doxia Nicholls | IP Administrator

At QUT bluebox, Doxia is responsible for administrative support across our operations team, finance and intellectual property. Doxia has over 20 years of administrative and finance experience spanning across the Oil and Gas Industries where she has worked with companies BP and Saunders. Prior to joining QUT bluebox, Doxia managed the front of office in an administrative role with Walz Group. Doxia brings to this role extensive administrative practice in office processes and systems.

Phone: +617-3138-9420

Email: d.nicholls@qutbluebox.com.au