With more than thirty years’ experience in the food and beverage industry in various senior commercial and research positions, Russel has an inherent ability to connect companies, research organisations, financial institutions and Government and understands how to manage the innovation process and the steps required to commercialise innovative ideas.
Currently Russel is Director and Founder of Food Innovation Partners Pty Ltd, a company that makes the connections between commercial companies, research organisations, Governments, Finance providers, marketing and Industry Bodies. Food Innovation Partners provides business, innovation and commercialisation services to the food industry, along with business development services for companies and research organisations.
Through his ability to translate research outcomes into a commercial competitive advantage and back translate commercial opportunities into a research strategy, he is able to match food companies with research providers; develop pre-competitive, syndicate projects with multiple commercial partners to; assist companies to access Government support programs; assist companies to assess equity and make acquisitions; and helping food businesses innovate and commercialise new ideas.
Russel is entrepreneurial in his thinking, having recently established with his partners a number of new businesses to take new innovative food and beverage products to market.
Prior to starting Food Innovation Partners, Russel was General Manager – Innovation with the National Food Industry Strategy: a Federal Government initiative established to provide leadership to Australia’s food industry. He has also worked for CSIRO for more than 25 years in the area of food research before venturing into the commercial arena.
Russel is currently Chair of the Australian Research Council’s Robotics Vision Centre of Excellent End-user Advisory Board; Chair of Queensland Department of Agriculture & Queensland University of Technology’s Agricultural Robotics program Advisory Board; Member of SA Government’s Advisory and Assessment Board for their Advanced Food Manufacturing program; Director of The Food Market Company (TFMC); Member of the Advisory Board to KFSU Pty Ltd, a company making dietary fibre from sugar cane.
Previously Russel has been a Board member of the Clean Technology Food & Foundries Investment Program, an initiative of AusIndustry in the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. He has also been an Advisory Board Member for Oski Drinks Pty Ltd.