Alison is Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Research & Innovation Precinct at La Trobe University. The Research & Innovation Precinct is a flagship of La Trobe’s $5 billion University City of the Future initiative transforming the Melbourne campus and delivering economic benefit across La Trobe’s communities. Alison brings years of experience in research engagement, innovation and commercialisation working closely with start-ups, SMEs and large corporates. Alison has developed strategy critical to the activation of the Precinct and Office of Industry Engagement and led successful industry research bids including a $9M Digital Innovation Hub, $8M Bio Innovation Hub, $3.5M Glasshouse and Omics Platform and supports a growing ecosystem of co-located industry partners. She has also taken a leading role in the development of La Trobe’s sustainable agriculture and future food strategy and was instrumental in establishing La Trobe’s $25M ARC Medicinal Agriculture Industrial Transformation Hub. Current projects include a $325M facility to support agri-food innovation in Australia and the development of additional research and manufacturing facilities across the Precinct to support biotechnology.
Alison works with a range of industry, academic and government stakeholders to broker productive partnerships that support innovation and deliver research impact. She has worked across a range of sectors and industries in private, government and not-for-profit organisations spanning roles in health related service delivery; her own research in the disability and welfare reform sector; stakeholder engagement and mediation; Innovation Precinct design and activation; research commercialisation and support for start-ups and SMEs; and strategy and organisational development. Her client centred approach and ability to work across academia, government and industry are key to her success in securing investment in research and in building a diverse network of industry research partners.