InnovationAus.com provides news and commentary on public policy issues related to the ICT sector in Australia. The local market has a well-earned reputation for producing sophisticated users of technology, but has had only mixed success of developing and commercialising products for world markets.
Governments can play an important role in creating a business environment in which innovative ideas can flourish. Policy levers related to education, skills, access to capital, taxation, intellectual property protection, technology procurement, and export industry support can all play a role in assisting small Australian companies to become large Australian companies.
InnovationAus.com aims to provide the Australian industry with news and insights into the government policies that can help or hinder the development of the local technology sector. Armed with a better understanding of policy development, it is hoped the indigenous tech industry can then engage more successfully with governments and policy-makers.
Our focus is on Australian technology and innovation, and how smart, effective public policy can help create an environment in which this important sector can flourish. The tech sector is a horizontal industry. Its well-being is influenced by the policy decisions of a broad range of portfolios - from Immigration to Education, Communications, Industry, and Trade.
We write about the tech and innovation ecosystem and aim to make a positive contribution to policy discussions both through our own editorial and the insights from our partners and contributors.
InnovationAus.com also undertakes advocacy work on behalf of its partners, making representations to governments and policy makers at all levels where issues and opportunities arise. This advocacy includes the facilitation of government briefings and the creation of policy submissions on behalf of industry.
InnovationAus.com is a part of Hello Espresso, an independent and diversified communications company. InnovationAus.com is a separate entity within the group both from a commercial and operational perspective. It maintains its own contractual relationships with suppliers and clients.
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James Riley – Editorial Director
James Riley is Editorial Director of InnovationAus.com, having joined the Hello Espresso Group after a 25 year career in journalism, government relations and marketing communications.
James began his career as a reporter in trade publishing at a weekly industry newspaper called Computing Australia. He has written for a range of media outlets in Australia and Asia, including the South China Morning Post, PC Week, InformationWeek, ITNews, Business Spectator, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, BRW and The Hong Kong Standard. He spent seven years at The Australian, where he reported at various times from the paper's Sydney and Melbourne bureaus, as well as the Press Gallery in Canberra.
Prior to InnovationAus.com, James worked as a government relations consultant, including a role as Director of Government Relations and Protocol for the global trade fair group, Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in Australia. He has been engaged by corporate and government clients to help shape external messaging strategies, and to develop a range of strategic content.
Corrie McLeod – CEO Hello Espresso
Corrie McLeod founded Espresso Communications in 2004 and over the past decade has built the business into a thriving, internationally-recognised communications consulting company. Her expertise in guiding some of the world’s top brands and new market entrants alike in their cross-discipline communications initiatives is widely respected in the Australian market.
In recognition of the challenges modern businesses face in communicating effectively with public and private stakeholders, Corrie spearheaded the creation of two additional business units under the Hello Espresso brand in 2015. InnovationAus.com and One Part Idea sit under the Hello Espresso umbrella to provide public advocacy and creative services respectively to Australian and international businesses.
Corrie oversees all operational and commercial aspects of InnovationAus.com.
Annick Bertini – Program Manager
Annick Bertini joined the Espresso Group of companies in early 2014. Having kick-started her communications career in the well-regarded agency N2N, Annick’s time at Hello Espresso has been spent in a diversified role, supporting all aspects of client service, event management and media relations.
At InnovationAus.com, Annick provides support publishing and picture editing, event management, and coordinating all aspects of sponsor and member activity.
David Havyatt is a seasoned telco industry professional who has spent more than thirty years in the sector in a variety of roles. From December 2011 to June 2014 he was a senior adviser to the Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (both Senator Stephen Conroy and Anthony Albanese), and then Labor’s Shadow Minister (Jason Clare).
He has now resumed his consulting career as a public policy professional, blogger and freelance columnist with focus on the Digital Economy and ‘traditional’ telecommunications and media regulatory issues.
David's career in telecommunications started with Telstra (then Telecom Australia) in roles covering customer service, corporate sales and strategy, before a stint consulting, when his principal client was Austar. For the last fifteen years he has been in lead regulatory and corporate affairs roles at Hutchison, AAPT and vividwireless, as well as a fixed term assignment with the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
David holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Economics. He is a former Board member of the TIO, ACIF (now Communications Alliance) and AMTA, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is also an active member of the Australian Labor Party, and was an ALP candidate for the seat of Epping at the 2015 NSW State election.
Graeme Philipson is a communicator and researcher into high technology and its effects on business and society, and one of Australia’s best known and most experienced technology journalists and speakers.
He is founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist.
Previous credits include: Editor of CommsWire, founding editor of MIS Magazine and co-founder of Strategic Publishing Group, IT columnist in The Australian and Fairfax publications, Research Director for Gartner Asia Pacific, Editor of Computerworld Australia, and Research Manager for Yankee Group Australia.
He is a recipient of the Kester lifetime achievement award for contributions to technology journalism.
Michael Sainsbury is freelance journalist based in Asia with deep experience writing about technology, telecommunications and the media for newspapers and trade publishers across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Michael has also written extensively about venture capital, private equity and general business, and has a flair for political reporting.
He began his writing career in the tech sector working at and then co-editing Australia’s communications bible Communications Day and was one of a small team of journalists who set up iTNews.com.au, one of Australia’s leading online technology news services. Michael was a senior telecommunications and private equity reporter at The Australian from 2002-2009, before moving to Beijing as the paper's China correspondent. He left The Australian at the end of 2012, choosing to remain in Asia.
Michael has received a range of awards for his reporting and analysis in the technology sector, including a nomination for a coveted Walkley Award for his work on Telstra. Most recently he won the award for excellence in environmental reporting the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in Hong Kong. Prior to commencing his career in journalism Michael worked in politics and business.
As well as being on the InnovationAus.com team, Michael writes regularly for News Corporation and Fairfax Media publications in Australia, as well as Crikey.com.au. He also writes for the Tokyo-based regional publication Nikkei Asian Review as well as The Sunday Times and The Times in Britain.
Beverley Head has been a business journalist since the 1980s, initially in London, then Sydney. For a decade she was the information technology editor of the Financial Review before becoming the newspaper’s features editor.
She focusses on way technology affects and shapes business, education, industry and society.
Now a freelance writer Beverley has written for a wide range of publications including The AFR, The Age, BRW, Banking Day, Campus Review, Education Review, In The Black, ITnews, Government Technology Review, and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2004 she was awarded the Kester Cranswick lifetime achievement award for her work as a journalist.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials from Oxford University.