mike ridout

Mike Ridout brings 30 years’ experience in business development and building partnerships amongst academia, business and government. He has built up many research groups and expanded their impact nationally; formed international relationships; and guided R&D activities through to commercialisation.

He has worked in various roles within CRCs over the last 20 years, including establishing new CRCs, and consulted to several other CRCs in formation phase.

He has strong experience in research-based collaborations for end-users, and a proven capacity to rapidly form strong relationships among participant organisations.


mick Keogh

Mick Keogh brings his extensive domain knowledge, experience and networks to the Food Agility CRC Board. Mick’s extensive network will contribute to developing and sustaining the Food Agility CRC’s reach and reputation with its wide range of stakeholders and communities.

Mick's experience as a farm manager, agribusiness consultant, agricultural lobbyist and policy advisor informs his strengths in stakeholder engagement. Mick’s involvement in research across a wide range of issues impacting the agricultural sector in Australia and internationally attests to his professional curiosity and capacity for independent thought.


Leonie Hellmers

Leonie is a delivery focussed all rounder who loves the dynamic culture of start ups. She led communications and marketing for start up Intersect Australia, and led digital programs in start ups the National Portrait Gallery and daao.org.au

Leonie has for most of the last 12 years led communications initiatives in the research sector. She has also worked extensively as a writer across both arts and sciences, most recently for the Academy of Science and the Australia Council. Details at LinkedIn