Robotics Australia Group is governed by industry leading experts. Find out more about our Board below.

SUE KEAY
CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sue is an experienced R&D leader with a focus on disruptive technologies. She is a trained scientist with highly developed strategic, analytical and business skills. Her background in commercialisation helps me successfully bridge the gap between ideas and implementation. Sue is the CEO of Queensland Al Hub, after leading cyber-physical systems research for CSIRO’s Data 61. She previously set-up the world’s first robotic vision research centre and led the development of Australia’s first robotics roadmap, the Robotics Australia Network and the Queensland Robotics Cluster.

SHARNA GLOVER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sharna is an experienced executive leader with over 20 years’ experience in mining. Currently the CEO of Imvelo, she has expertise in the application of step-change innovation enabling safety and productivity leaps. Coupled with her experience in business development, organisational change management and project management, Sharna passionately leads new ways of thinking and delivery in the mining industry.

LAUREN STAFFORD

Lauren is currently the Deputy Head of Robotics and Production Technology at Woodside Energy. Originally from Brisbane, Lauren’s career has been focussed on the commercialisation of technologies to improve the performance of resources operations in Australia and across the world. Lauren contributes to innovation policy as a Director on the Board of Industry Innovation Science Australia and was a member of the Expert Working Group to produce the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.  In her spare time, Lauren enjoys camping, trail running, and mountain biking.

NATHAN KIRCHNER

Nathan has a proven and demonstrable track record of uncovering and imagining emerging real world, opportunities for cutting edge robotics research intentions and forging viable R&D to Deployment (R&D2D) pathways to their realisation. Over 15+ years in industry, and 10+ years in academia, initiating, shaping, establishing, driving and leading cutting-edge research driven enabling, transformative, and disruptive innovation.

ADRIAN BEER

Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer for METS Ignited. As a global industry leader, he brings extensive experience in the application of technology to the mining sector. He is passionate about collaborative transformation, business efficiency, and maximising the effectiveness of operations for the benefit of all stakeholders.

With a technical background in mineral processing, Adrian’s career spans project delivery, product technology strategy, small-scale technology start-ups and mining operations. Most recently, Adrian has held global executive strategy roles within two of the world’s largest industrial technology organisations.

CHRISTIAN RUBERG

Christian has a background in Engineering and Research Management, as an Automation specialist with over 30 years experience. As the R&D Program Manager (Processing Automation of Meat & Livestock Australia, Christian has demonstrated multiple project management abilities, ability to communicate technical detail to all levels of an organisation, and strong interpersonal skills which fosters collaboration and innovation between colleagues, suppliers, and customers.

KATHIE VAN VUGT – COMPANY SECRETARY

Kathie is driven by a passion for deep tech and is committed to advocating for Australia’s technological capabilities to amplify our nation’s competitive advantage. As a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Senior Executive MBA, Kathie has significant experience as a governance and risk professional, including as a Founder, Executive, Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary. She also brings 20 years’ senior leadership and commercial experience across a range of industries including tech startups, coworking, health regulation and tourism.

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