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. In 2016, Amantha was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame.
With a PhD in organisational psychology, Amantha has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LEGO, Red Bull, American Express, Virgin Australia, Commonwealth Bank and many others innovate more successfully. Amantha was a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women of the Year awards.
Amantha is the co-creator of the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Companies list, an annual list that Inventium compiles, ranking Australia’s top innovators. Her thoughts have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Forbes, and Fast Company and she is the author of two best-selling books: “The Creativity Formula” and “The Innovation Formula”.
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.
As a consultant, operator, or advisor, Rachael has worked with some of the most prominent category leading and category killing companies across Australia and the US. She’s passionate about helping companies scale and increase their impact impact through differentiated customer experiences, new market entry and new product development. At Inventium Rachael drinks a lot of peppermint tea and tries to avoid the frequently served mini cupcakes (when she’s not leading strategic projects for our clients and internally for Inventium).
Previously, Rachael was a leader at Eventbrite, a global, Silicon Valley-based tech company in the online ticketing space. As Managing Director of Eventbrite Australia, she launched the Melbourne-based office to further serve the local Australian market.Rachael is passionate about start ups and technology, and serves on the Board of Directors of LaunchVic – a new government initiative seeking to solidify Victoria as a global destination of choice for entrepreneurs, start ups, and innovative companies. In pursuit of that mission, she sits on the investment committee, charged with distributing $60m to build out and strengthen the ecosystem. She’s also an investor/mentor with Startmate, Australia’s leading accelerator program for start ups.
Educated in the States with an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and two Masters degrees from Columbia University, Rachael has lived between Australia and the US since 2009. And despite her best efforts, both of her children love Vegemite. In her down time, she can be found sweating it out in a spin class, or chasing her kids around the park.
Michelle Le Poidevin
Michelle (or Mish) is our jack of all trades. Having previously been General Manager, Mish has moved into a specialist role, managing our new digital products. Given her people savviness, she also manages all things HR. Having gained a Bachelor of Business (Exercise Science/Sports Management), she has nearly finished a specialist MBA (Technology) at The University of New South Wales (AGSM) – which has kept her extra busy!
Mish prides herself on having a healthy mix of ‘book smarts’ and ‘street smarts’ and thrives on achieving highly practical outcomes at both strategic and applied levels; drawing on her diverse experience in marketing, communications, education and sport. She is a solutions focussed process fixer, fun maker, problem solver, efficiency seeker, 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.
Helping people and organisations to identify breakthrough opportunities for innovation and experiment with 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 Australia 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 to generate creative solutions to client challenges & rapidly prototype & scale their innovations. She has managed program initiatives aimed at improving the ways in which people work, as well as improving business processes, technologies, products and services. Judy excels at making complex concepts simple. She is experienced in facilitation, having run workshops for clients across Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.
In her time outside of Inventium, Judy immerses herself in the Australian startup environment. Known (unashamedly) for her dad jokes, her warped sense of humour will make its way into most conversations. 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!
Charlotte has a great passion for understanding the science behind the way people think, behave and feel, and how this translates to either success or failure in an organisational sense. She is inspired on a day-to-day basis by the opportunity to harness the power of psychology in all types of organisations. Educating people on best-practice, scientifically proven innovation, harnessing the power of individual creativity and democratising innovation is how she seeks to add value to her clients at Inventium.
The amalgamation of business and science has always been a passion of Charlotte’s, which led her to study Business and Psychology in her undergraduate years. She is now a registered Psychologist having completed her Masters in Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience in the legal industry, having recently worked in the National Talent team at MinterEllison. It has also ignited her passion for helping organisations to create and embed a culture for innovation.
Getting out to the country and visiting her parent’s farm on the South Coast and her sister’s farm in Warren is one of Charlotte’s favourite ways to spend her free time. She lives by the mantra “Try Anything Once” and is constantly striving to try new things, experience something worth a good story, and meet inspiring people. She is a lover of the Italian language and enjoys a good pizza whilst practicing her verb conjugations.
Imogen is a science communicator with extensive experience designing and facilitating public-facing science and technology programs – first for a science museum and then in the university sector.
It was a stint at the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department which brought about her innovation epiphany. Working with some amazing colleagues in designing public facing products and services, she saw the true power of innovation tools and techniques in reaching strategic customer-engagement goals!
Imogen’s expertise lies in applying complex science to everyday situations – she has a Masters in Science Communication from the Australian National University and an undergraduate degree with majors in Geology and Political Science. In her spare time Imogen loves doing the rounds of Sydney’s pub trivia nights with her friends and going exploring, whether it be in a far-flung place, or in a part of her suburb or city she hasn’t seen before!
Helping organisations evolve from talking the talk to walking the walk when it comes to innovation is how Nick describes his role to friends and family. Nick sees innovation as a critical driver of organisational performance as well as an essential element to sustainable economic development.
An experienced advisor to the corporate world, Nick’s experience comes working with finance and strategy executives across the APAC region. Building on the belief that everyone has a role to play when it comes to innovation, some of his recent work involved the creation and facilitation of a CFO meeting series to advance understanding of Finances Role in Innovation. Not one to favour unnecessary complexity, his work with clients strives to make the complex, simple.
In his spare time, Nick can usually be found exploring the hills of the South Coast on a bike, sleeping on the beach or teaching his kids where food really comes from (not the supermarket).
Sarah Van Dam
Sarah is the office wingman, she supports the analyst 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.
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. As well as being Inventium’s Event Superhero, Sarah assists our team of Facilitators. 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.
Georgia initially joined Inventium as the office Beancounter, but driven by her love of process management and creating efficiencies to help those around her work effectively, she was super keen to take on the role of Finance and Operations Manager.
Having studied Public Relations, it didn’t take long for Georgia to realise that her real passion was office and business management. She has spent the last 10 years gaining a tonne of experience in these areas, always being drawn to enterprises which are at the cutting edge of innovation, both in terms of what they offer their customers, and how they manage themselves internally.
While most of Georgia’s spare time is taken up with two gorgeous (but demanding) young children, sometimes, when the stars are aligned, she might find just enough minutes in the day to complete the Good Weekend quiz over breakfast with her husband.
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