Meet our innovation team
Inventium is the only innovation consultancy in Australia that uses a scientifically proven approach. Our clients include a large number of ASX 200 and Fortune 500 companies from around the world. Aside from all our scientific geekiness and awesome clients, we are obsessed with business and for us, commercial outcomes for our clients are a must-have. We combine the fun (let’s face it – how can innovation not be fun?) with ensuring we get results that will drive a commercial outcome for our clients.
Dr Amantha Imber
Dr Amantha Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. Inventium has been recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies in the BRW Fast 100 list, and was also awarded the BRW Client Choice Award for Best Management Consultancy in Australia.
With a PhD in organisational psychology, Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, McDonalds, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. Amantha was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year awards.
Amantha is the co-creator of the AFR Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that Inventium compiles, ranking Australia’s top innovators. She has written for publications including The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Australian Business Solutions and Smart Company and is the author of the best-selling book “The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically proven creativity boosters for work and for life”. Her second book “The Innovation Formula” was released on April 1st 2016 & is already in it’s second print run.
Amantha had an international record deal for her debut album Like Samantha without the S, prays to the God of Kevin Spacey and claims to have once been freakishly good at table tennis.
Dr Shelley Logan
Immersing herself in the latest innovation research keeps Shelley on her toes at Inventium. Possessing a strong background in Organisational Psychology, having completed her Doctorate of Organisational Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Shelley is passionate about bridging the gap between what science is telling us and the organisational practice of her clients.
Shelley’s expertise lies in understanding what drives innovation at the individual, team and organisational levels. Shelley has worked with clients from just about every sector to help unlock transformational change and growth through innovation. A knowledge sharer at heart, imparting this information to others in seminars, workshops, and keynotes gets her out of bed in the morning.
A proud New Zealander, Shelley loves to inject some kiwi ingenuity into the Inventium team. Outside of work she is generally preoccupied with visiting weather forecast sites to find the best days to kitesurf. She loves the outdoors and likes to balance activity with equivalent amounts of eating and sleeping.
The place where innovation, strategy and people development meet is where you’ll find Mel at Inventium. Mel has a passion for growth – in organisations and people – and loves unlocking both through innovation. Her specialty is working with Senior Leadership teams to help them create the conditions for innovation to thrive.
Mel has worked in senior Product and Innovation roles for some of Australia’s best-known organisations including NAB and Suncorp. Her global experience includes time with HSBC and AT Kearney in the USA. Today her work spans a wide range of industries including Financial Services, Technology, Not-for-Profit and Insurance. Mel is also a member of the Board of Management for the Cerebral Palsy Support Network in Victoria.
Mel’s academic background provides a natural complement to her practical experience. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
According to her latest personality profile, Mel is motivated by breaking new bounds, shaping the future and producing the unexpected. Outside of Inventium Mel loves to run and play acoustic guitar (not at the same time) and dreams of a record contract in Nashville.
Working with organisations to transform them into customer-centric innovation powerhouses is Bart’s focus at Inventium. Drawing on his experience in both academia and industry, he is most passionate about bridging the gap between what science says and business does. In addition to a Master’s degree in economics, Bart also has tertiary qualifications in applied finance.
Bart’s expertise lies in placing innovation at the heart of organisational strategy. With over a decade of innovation experience in innovation research, strategy development, marketing and venture capital, Bart has a deep appreciation for the challenges organisations face when transforming to be more innovative. He has promoted innovation in a diverse group of companies, ranging from startups at a US-based innovation incubator through to exchange-listed multinationals in Europe, North America and Australia.
True to his Dutch heritage, Bart enjoys riding his bike and having a kick of a soccer ball. His passion for innovation extends to his private time, reading the latest books and joining online courses on innovation and strategy. On weekends, Bart likes to spend time around the dinner table with family and friends or going out to explore Melbourne’s next best Sunday brunch café.
Michelle Le Poidevin
Michelle (or Mish) is our operations guru and general efficiency expert; managing HR, resourcing and all things Inventium! Mish oversees all projects to ensure that our clients always get the very best results in relation to their specific needs. Having gained a Bachelor of Business (Exercise Science/Sports Management), she is currently completing a specialist MBA (Technology) at The University of New South Wales (AGSM) – just to keep her extra busy!
Mish thrives on achieving practical outcomes at both strategic and applied levels; drawing on her diverse experience in marketing, communications, education and sport. As Inventium’s General Manager, she is a solutions focussed process fixer, fun maker, people planner, forward thinker and detail aficionado.
Never one to stop learning, the challenge-loving Mish proved her completely inflexible, ‘office-worker body’ wrong by becoming a Studio/Rehab Pilates Instructor – a significant mental and physical test! An avid ‘Melbourne fan’, you might also find her brunching at a funky café, critiquing a coffee, walking her dachshund (Rory), or completing a creative craft project.
Working with people and organisations to realise their potential through innovation is Helen’s focus at Inventium. Helen brings a passion for ideas, collaboration, strategy and positive change to any project on which she works. After studying a BA Business specialising in entrepreneurship (where she won the RMIT Deloitte Innovation Prize and represented RMIT at the Annual Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organisation Conference, USA), Helen has spent much of the last 10 years building a diverse range of experiences in business operations, strategy development and commercial application of niche science and technology.
Helen has worked across government and business as well as on her own start up initiatives. When it comes to what energises her most, working with people and facilitating groups takes the cake.
Helen’s energetic and enthusiastic character sees her involved in many an activity outside of Inventium. When not jumping around a netball court she can be found riding her bike, exploring the “profit for purpose” movement, learning a new skill, soaking up sunshine in a local café or adventuring to the great outdoors.
Helping people and organisations to generate, prototype and scale their ideas is a focus of Judy’s at Inventium. One of her major motivations is being able to demystify innovation for people, creating an army of innovators in her wake. Her business degree focussed on Entrepreneurship, during which she studied International Business at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in France and represented RMIT at the Annual Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organisation Conference in Chicago, USA.
Before joining Inventium, Judy was a Senior Innovation Consultant at Deloitte where she worked with employees at all levels through the ideation, synthesis and development phases of innovation. She has managed program initiatives aimed at improving the ways in which people work, as well as improving business processes, technologies, and products and services. Judy excels at connecting people and projects, breaking down silos and fostering collaboration. She is experienced in facilitation, having run workshops for clients across Australia and overseas.
In her time outside of Inventium, Judy immerses herself in the social entrepreneurship and start up scene and is a board member for the Awesome Foundation. Known (unashamedly) for her dad jokes, you can often find her crooning away behind the keys of her piano. Judy is also proficient in the baking of brownies, but don’t let her chocolate addiction fool you, she’s a Tough Mudder finalist to boot!
Creating an environment for collaboration and sustainable change is core to Steph’s role at Inventium. Steph is passionate about integrating innovation into everyday work and is always amazed at the power innovation has in solving complex business challenges. In addition to completing a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Adelaide, Steph has also completed her MBA at Melbourne Business School.
Over the last 10 years, Steph has worked across the private and not-for-profit sectors in business operations, marketing research, project management and business model development. Steph has also worked on a number of start-ups including cafes, restaurants and social enterprises.
Outside of Inventium Steph likes to embrace the Melbourne hipster lifestyle with filter coffee, vintage markets and an occasional music gig. She also likes to embrace her inner dancer with classical ballet, and on days where she’s not feeling so graceful, you can spot her running along the Yarra.
Uncovering the key drivers of innovation to inform business growth and strategy is core to Frances’ role. She is passionate about empowering organisations to achieve innovation excellence, whether it’s in delivering outstanding customer experiences or cultural transformation. Across her double-degree in Commerce and Arts from Melbourne University, Frances graduated with quintuple majors.
With her marketing and research expertise, Frances has been a trusted advisor to her clients’ branding, service quality and product development needs. She brings experience across a broad number of sectors including telecommunications, FMCG, education, energy and real estate. What excites her is using evidence-based methodologies that generate actionable strategies for organisations. She is most fulfilled when these strategies inform commercial decision-making and new growth opportunities.
When she’s not shooting goals on the netball court (or for her clients), you can find Frances in class, learning her sixth foreign language. Outside of work she also loves exploring the constantly evolving Melbourne foodie scene, catching the latest movie or just reading a good book in the sun.
Amy is motivated by the universal importance of innovation, and is passionate about embedding innovation in every business every day. Inspired by a lifetime of science and invention, Amy became a qualified process engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours, top GPA and the RMDStem prize for best student.
Having spent several years working as a consultant and technical advisor for clients across the water, pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries, Amy concentrated on building her career in business management; focusing on Strategy and Growth in the Engineering industry. Her strong technical grounding means her approach to innovation is one focused on predictability, sustainability and repeatability – with absolutely no room for fluff.
A compulsive reader, Amy always has a new novel in her bag, unable to shift completely over to her kindle. On weekends, you can typically find her in a café in Prahran, happily surviving on a diet of carbohydrates and coffee.
Dr Christine Brown
Dr Christine Brown’s primary focus at Inventium is to help organisations meet their strategic objectives through innovation. Christine is a psychologist and executive coach and has spent the last decade facilitating her way around Australia helping employees and people leaders in the public and private sector to think, act and do better.
Throughout the course of her career, Christine has learned to speak a number of languages including police, counselling, corporate and theatre. Having trained and worked as an actor, she brings her improvisational techniques to navigate tricky conversations and uses her performance background to enhance her facilitation skills.
In order to balance her tendency to research day and night, she has recently taken up karate. In her spare time, she listens to podcasts on screenwriting, entrepreneurship and whatever Tim Ferriss is on about. She is also passionate about gadgets, musical theatre and coconut milk cappuccinos (but don’t tell anyone).
Sarah Van Dam
Sarah is the office wingman, she supports the team so they can always deliver awesomeness. There are no jobs too big or too small for this dynamo.
Sarah has a strong background in science with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and is currently completing her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Monash University. Understanding how people think and how this motivates them to act is her core area of interest. She is passionate about adapting the latest findings from psychology and neuroscience to real world problems.
In her spare time Sarah can often be found cruising the running tracks of Melbourne by either foot or bike. Depending on the season you might also spot her on the slopes skiing or boarding.
Jess is an event and marketing superhero; managing Inventium’s in- house function room, the Odd One Out (OOO) Australia’s most innovative workshop space. She is a turbocharged force of good, providing outstanding customer service to all who come into contact with Inventium and the OOO. Having studied a Bachelor of Education at Swinburne University of Technology, Jess possesses the patience and calmness that can only come from working with children.
Before joining Inventium, Jess worked in advertising for an Australian television network and was the marketing and events guru for a rapidly expanding start-up company. Using her obsession for social media, constant curiosity for all things digital, and love for organisation and structure, Jess has made a career of realising people’s event dreams.
When she’s not busy perusing Instagram for the latest in bridal gowns and home designs; with a wedding and new house on the way- you can find Jess exploring local art and design markets, catching the latest movies, browsing bookstore shelves to add to her ever-growing book collection, or enjoying the sun at Melbourne’s best beach (but she won’t tell you where that is!).
Sarah is our AFR Most Innovative Companies List extraordinaire! She ensures that the highly prestigious List, for which Inventium is the research and methodology partner, runs without a hitch. Delivering awesomeness through great customer service is what makes her happy.
After flying the coop from country NSW, Sarah went to uni in sunny QLD where she studied a Bachelor of Business majoring in Event Management and Sport Management. She has over five years experience in a variety of roles ranging from working in Outback QLD on tourist events to event coordination at a professional sporting club. The satisfaction of implementing a plan for an event and seeing it through is what makes Sarah tick.
For fun, Sarah loves to go on adventures and explore Melbourne, bake (given her surname, it’s meant to be!) and sew where she has a wealth of experience in creating fun accessories for babies and kids.
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