Kelly Wilkes

Kelly Wilkes - Chair

Kelly grew up in Perth, Western Australia and had the luxury of a free range childhood, moving to Sydney in her teenage years. Travelling extensively in her youth, she has had a wide variety of experiences, opportunities and setbacks.

Kelly has spent the last 20 plus years working in a variety of IT and business roles ranging from Insurance and Banking to Government and Education, from global giants to a 3-person technology
start-up in Australia, Sri Lanka, Africa, Europe and the US. She is currently the Vice President of Operational Excellence for Vela Industries Goup.

Kelly is passionate about using what she has learnt to help people work better together and enable them to realise their full potential.

Kirsten KielChisholm

Kirsten KielChisholm

Kirsten is an experienced governance professional and lawyer.  Kirsten commenced her career as a lawyer working in private practice in both Australia and the United States before moving to in-house legal and governance roles.  A strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, for the past 15 years Kirsten has been fortunate enough to advise companies who contribute to the community through education, medical research and sustainability.

Kirsten holds degrees in Law and International Business Relations as well as having a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.  She is In-House Counsel Certified by the Association of Corporate Counsel, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a professional member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Kelly Addison

Kelly Addison - Director

Kelly is an accomplished CPA with over 20 years’ experience in Finance and Software Implementation. She has a proven track record of leading successful finance teams across multiple industries, including listed companies and not-for-profits.

Kelly’s passion for innovation and emerging technology has been a driving force throughout her career. She has a deep understanding of how technology can enhance processes and create efficiencies and is constantly exploring new ways to leverage technology to improve outcomes for clients.

Over the past 8 years, Kelly has focused on innovation projects, software design and architecture within the legal industry. Her expertise has enabled her to develop cutting-edge solutions that have improved operational efficiency and delivered significant value to her clients.

Iyari Cevallos

Iyari Cevallos - Director

Iyari has over 15 years of global experience managing unique and complex engagements in the resource, banking, telco, energy and tourism sectors. She has a proven record of delivery in operational performance, digital transformation change, governance and risk management in both the public and private sectors.

As a passionate leader in fast paced and evolving environments, she has been fundamental in influencing and leading positive change, contributing to a more equitable, just and sustainable society.

Iyari’s approach to personal growth and intellectual curiosity continues to drive her to seek out new challenges and ways of doing things differently. She is committed to the development of individuals, and frequently mentors and supports others to make an impact on culture within organisations.

Iyari is a regular speaker at corporate enterprise level conferences and is frequently called on as a lead facilitator for engagements aimed at blue sky thinking, strategy development, innovation or cross network industry think tanks.

Bronwyn Venus

Bronwyn Venus - Director

Bronwyn was a senior researcher for more than 30 years with organisations including CSIRO, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the University of Queensland. She is passionate about the agriculture and food industries, and now heads the partnerships and grants program for Sugar Research Australia (SRA).

Bronwyn brings industry and legislative knowledge and insight (particularly with relevance to the agriculture sector), along with an excellent working knowledge of the research and academia sectors. As the Head of Partnerships and Grants for SRA, Bronwyn’s focus is on identifying partnerships to support the delivery of SRA’s innovation and commercialisation agenda, building long-term, strategic partnerships aligned with the delivery of transdisciplinary systems and solutions to address industry priorities.

Petriea Skitek

Petriea Skitek - Director

Petriea returned home to start a new initiative here in STEM in Australia from 20+ years in Japan where she had her own food, educational and consulting business supplying services to peak government bodies, leading international hotels, supermarket chains, marketing industries and independent schools both in Australia and Asian regions.

Petriea has a depth of experience on boards starting with Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Japan (ANZCCJ), International Working Women’s Association (IWWA) and ending as a specialist in international policy and a planning consultant over 8 yrs for the World Association of Cooks Societies (WACS 63 member nations) and the Asia Continental Director (15 countries).

Petriea is currently a volunteer member for Zonta International, Brisbane South, an organisation of professionals that empowers women through service and advocacy that aligns alongside UN women for strategy and delivery.