Board of Directors

 
 

D R   L A U R I E  H A M M O N D

C H A I R M A N  & 
N O N - E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

Laurie has over 20 years' experience as a research director and scientist (biology and environmental science), and 10 years as chief executive in a number of organisations in Australia and New Zealand. He holds multiple national board and advisory roles for innovation policy and programs, and pursues research interests in early-stage equity capital markets and impact of public investment in research.

He is currently an investor and manager of investments in early-stage technology-based companies through  iQ Capital Management, of which he is Founder and Director. He also consults to technology companies and public sector clients on commercialisation and management of intellectual property through his advisory business, the KNODE Partnership.

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D R   J O H N   P I C K E R I N G

C E O  &  E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

John is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Behaviour Innovation Pty Ltd. 

Prior to founding Behaviour Innovation in 2016, Dr Pickering was based at The University of Queensland (UQ) where he led the establishment of the Triple P Innovation Precinct - a unit dedicated to investigating the application of behavioural change principles at a population level.

Dr Pickering is an Industry Fellow at the UQ School of Business, served on the The University of Queensland Senate in 2014 and was also appointed to the inaugural Entrepreneurial Education Working Group. 

 

F I O N A   N I C H O L L S

N O N - E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

Fiona is an experienced executive and non-executive Director on public company, private and not for profit boards with a successful track record of adapting change management principles to deliver sustained outcomes in large scale, multidisciplinary and geographically diverse internal and external stakeholder groups. Building on tertiary qualifications in natural resources and business over 30 years, her experiences developed from field work to the executive committee in the resources industry. 

Fiona is the Executive Director of F.N. Sustainability, and through it, seeks to provide sustainability support to businesses, implementing practical solutions that are innovative, effective and scalable.

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D R   G E O F F   G A R R E T T   A O

N O N - E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

Geoff has recently completed six years as Queensland Chief Scientist. He previously led, as Chief Executive, two of the world's major national science agencies, the CSIRO in Australia (2001 to 2008) and CSIR in South Africa (1995 to 2000).

In his Chief Scientist role he was accountable for science policy, and providing strategic guidance across a range of Qld government departments. A Cambridge graduate (in metallurgy) he was also a University Boxing Blue. He was an academic for 13 years.

Geoff is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through science, and was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 2008 ‘True Leaders’.

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R H Y L L   G A R D N E R

N O N - E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R

Rhyll is an accomplished professional director with a background in finance, banking and investment.  Rhyll’s expertise at the board table encompasses finance, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, governance, risk management, people and culture across a diverse range of organisations.

Rhyll’s current portfolio includes directorships of Foresters Group, Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) Ltd, The Blue Space Ltd and Expressions Dance Company. She is a past director of QueenslandSymphony Orchestra, St. Margaret's School and the YWCA.

Rhyll holds qualificatons of Bachelor of Commerce (UQ), Bachelor of Economics (UQ), Masters of Applied Finance (MQ) and an Executive Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.  She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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P R O F  M A R K  D O D G S O N

N O N - E X E C U T I V E  D I R E C T O R

Mark is Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland Business School, and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. 

Mark has advised numerous private-sector companies, and to UK, US, Australian and Asian government departments and agencies. He has researched and lectured widely throughout Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Latin America and have been an invited participant at international conferences in over 60 countries.

Mark has written or edited 16 books and over 100 academic articles and book chapters on innovation. Mark has been a Board or Advisory Board member of two multi-billion dollar companies and three start-ups. He has advised numerous companies and governments around the world and has researched and taught innovation in over 60 countries. His website can be found at www.markdodgson.org

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Our Team

 
 

D R   J O H N   P I C K E R I N G

C O - F O U N D E R  & 
C H I E F  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T   

PhD (Psychology) • BPsycSc (Hons)

John is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chief Behavioural Scientist of Behaviour Innovation. John is a behavioural scientist with over 10-years’ experience in the analysis, design, delivery and evaluation of behaviour change programs for large scale and complex problems. He is the Project Director of multiple projects, including Project Cane Changer, one of Australia’s largest agriculture behavioural change initiatives.

Contact John
E: john@behaviourinnovation.com
T: +61 407 007 744

J I N N Y   H O N G

C O - F O U N D E R &
C H I E F O P E R A T I N G O F F I C E R

BPsycSc

Jinny is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Behaviour Innovation. As Head of the Operations team, her daily aim is to make BI an excellent place to work, and an excellent company for others to work with. 

Jinny also has a background in psychology and is experienced in the analysis, design, delivery and evaluation of behaviour change programs for large scale and complex problems. Jinny continues to have an active role BI's projects, and regularly undertakes field work.

Previously, Jinny held positions at The University of Queensland's Parenting and Family Support Centre for several years, where she assisted with the development of an innovation lab based around the globally acclaimed Triple P-Positive Parenting Program.

 

M I C H E L L E   A M I E S

F I N A N C E   M A N A G E R

BBus (Accty) • CA

Michelle has over 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant working in both domestic and international corporations in varying industries and assisting medium sized businesses with their financial and taxation issues.

As Finance Manager of Behaviour Innovation Pty Ltd, Michelle provides the CEO with advice and guidance in the company’s overall strategy in financial management and compliance in taxation and corporate governance.

K A T R I   H A A N T E R Ä

S E N I O R  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

BBusMan (HR) • BA (Psychology, Hons)

Katri is a Senior Behavioural Scientist at BI and oversees the training portfolio for the company. Her work focuses on identifying skills gaps and opportunities and synthesising data to develop training programs relevant to individuals and groups

As a Senior Behavioural Scientist, Katri is responsible for the design and delivery of behaviour change strategies that our projects are based on. Her primary area of focus is the creation of training programs aimed at enhancing the productivity and efficiency of teams through behavioural and psychological skills. Katri also contributes to the Innovation Network Strategy and the Women and Families strategy of the Cane Changer Project which involves training and upskilling members of the industry to enhance productivity and lifestyle.

Katri also specialises in consultation and on ground engagement and frequently meets with prospective clients.

 

T O N E Y A   M C I N T O S H

S E N I O R  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

BSc (Hons) • BA (Psychology, Hons) 

Toneya is a Senior Behavioural Scientist at BI and the manager of the Cane Changer Project, an industry-wide behaviour change program for the Queensland sugarcane industry. 

As the project manager, Toneya is responsible for the implementation of all five project strategies throughout the Wet Tropics districts. These include the Leadership and Ownership strategy, Scientific Communications strategy, Women and Families strategy, Innovation Network strategy and the Monitoring and Evaluation strategy. Toneya plays a central role in the design of workshops for industry groups and government bodies, and heavily informs the communications and media of the project, from news publications to online content.

Toneya spends a lot of her time in Far North Queensland working in partnership with members of CANEGROWERS district offices alongside her Cane Changer team.

G U Y   P R E S T O N

S E N I O R  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

BPsycSc (Hons)

Guy is a Senior Behavioural Scientist at BI and oversees the digital content creation portfolio for the company’s active projects. Guy also plays a central role in the conceptualisation and production of digital material for seminars and workshops.

Guy co-ordinated the creation of the "Be a Mate" campaign designed in collaboration with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission to reduce rear-end crashes on Queensland roads. Guy is also chiefly responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation strategy of the Cane Changer Project which involves redesigning the way farming data is provided to individual growers in the Queensland cane industry to motivate further practice change. Guy regularly undertakes fieldwork to monitor the implementation of these tools.

Guy is also a Member of the UQ statistics society, UQ FMAA, and the UQ Idea Network, and member of Brisbane AI.

 

E R I K   S I M M O N S

S E N I O R  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

PhD Candidate (Psychology) • BA (Psychology) 

Erik is a Senior Behavioural Scientist at BI and PhD candidate at The University of Queensland.

As a Senior Behavioural Scientist, Erik is primarily responsible for the development of metric tools and measurement systems for project strategies. He also contributes to the systems level conceptualisation complex problems to inform the evidence base and design of behaviour change strategies.

As a PhD candidate, Erik leads a research agenda set by the World Bank pertaining to the behaviour and social functioning of low-resource coastal communities in Indonesia and the Philippines that rely on marine ecosystems for sustenance. Erik and his team design, construct, implement, and evaluate behaviour change programs as interventions to modify maladaptive behaviour toward marine ecosystems and enhance desirable behaviours. Beyond instilling core psychological competencies, the program primarily focuses on behaviours regarding waste management and the empowerment of women.

I R E N E   W I N   L A W

S E N I O R  B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

BPsycSc (Hons)

As a behavioural scientist, Irene has the core responsibility of informing the development of behavioural science strategies for our many projects. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Queensland.

Irene is the central manager of all internships and placement programs hosted at BI. BI currently offers placement positions for fourth-year students of UQ, as well as and annual summer and winter internships for undergraduate students and new graduates of psychology. Our Summer internship is one of our most popular programs and attracts over 50 applicants from major universities all over Brisbane.

 

S A M   M O O R E

B E H A V I O U R A L S C I E N T I S T

BPsycSc (Hons)

Sam is a Behavioural Scientist at BI and part of the Cane Changer Project team, an industry-wide behaviour change program for the Queensland sugarcane industry.

As part of the Cane Changer team, Sam is primarily responsible for Scientific Communications strategy. His role includes the creation and preparation of content for dissemination across several platforms for a range of audiences. More specifically, Sam authors articles about the positive practice change of growers for dissemination in the Cairns Post, Cassowary Coast Independent News, Herbert River Express, Innisfail Advocate, Post Douglas & Mossman Gazette and The Tablelander.

As a Behavioural Scientist, Sam has specialist skills in behavioural analyses and identifying the underlying psychological and behavioural factors required for behaviour change. Sam frequently informs the evidence base and design of strategies across all projects, and prepares project work for publication and presentation.

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S A L L Y   P R I W I T Z E R

B E H A V I O U R A L  S C I E N T I S T

BPsycSc (Hons)

Sally is a Behavioural Scientist at BI and part of the Cane Changer Project team, an industry-wide behaviour change program for the Queensland sugarcane industry.

As part of the Cane Changer team, Sally specialises in in-house and on ground engagement with growers and industry groups, and is responsible for coordinating and hosting workshops across all five behaviour change strategies. Sally plays an active role in delivering workshops for the Women and Families strategy in the field, and engaging new growers and families in the project. Sally also provides support to all strategies by gathering evaluation data to further inform strategies and their effectiveness.

As a Behavioural Scientist, Sally has specialist skills in behavioural analyses and identifying underlying psychological and behavioural factors required for behaviour change. Sally frequently informs the evidence base and design of strategies across all our projects, and prepares project work for publication and presentation.

 
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A L A N A H J E N N E R

B E H A V I O U R A L S C I E N T I S T

Completing BPsycSc (Hons)

As a Behavioural Scientist, Alanah informs the design and development of training programs and workshops as part of BI’s training portfolio. Alanah is also actively involved in BI’s projects and broadly assists with the research, design and development of different strategies.

Alanah is currently completing her Honours in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland. Her thesis focuses on performance-based pay, and its implications for performance outcomes and stress. Alanah is passionate about taking a systems-based approach to understanding behaviour, and hopes to achieve positive behaviour change at the population level through the application of behavioural science.

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N I N A R U Z S I C S K A

A S S I S T A N T T O T H E
C H I E F B E H A V I O U R A L S C I E N T I S T

Completing BPsycSc (Hons)

As the Assistant to the Chief Behavioural Scientist, Nina is directly responsible for providing research and administrative support to the Chief Behavioural Scientist. She is also actively involved in BI’s projects and works collaboratively with the team as a Behavioural Scientist.

Nina is currently completing her Honours in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland. Her thesis focuses on sexual dimorphisms and mate value. Her passion for Psychology stems from the fascinating science of the brain and what motivates peoples behaviour. She aspires to apply her knowledge of scientific and psychological practice to enrich and change the world.

 
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G E O R G I A L O W

O P E R A T I O N S A S S I S T A N T

Completing BPsycSc (Hons)

As the Operations Assistant, Georgia assists with the growth and day to day running of the company. She is primarily responsible for coordinating field trips for project teams, in house events, and working collaboratively with the Finance Manger and the broader BI team. Georgia also receives exposure to inner workings of BI’s projects and contract work.

Georgia is currently in her third year of studying and completing her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland. She looks forward to commencing her Honours thesis in 2019. Georgia is interested in using behavioural science to create lasting change for populations.

 
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