METS Ignited is an industry-led, forward-thinking organisation with key executives with industry, research and government background, experienced in national and global markets. The team is governed by an experienced Board from various sectors of the METS innovation ecosystem.
Chief Executive Officer (A/g) - Ian Dover PhD FAICD
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Ian's national and international career has included metallurgical process and research group management in the international aluminum industry as well as senior, interim and turnaround executive roles for mid-sized manufacturing, IT and resource industry suppliers. He spent 12 years as a project manager, then managing director, of a consulting firm specialising in technology-intensive businesses and value chains.
During this time he developed and introduced the agile 80/20 business strategy and operations improvement methods for companies in rapidly changing business environments. He was commissioned to implement this approach for the development and growth of the ICT sector in Queensland during the 90s. He later extended this to value chain improvement in the manufacturing, heavy engineering, telecommunications, healthcare and energy sectors.
Ian led CSIRO's Minerals Business Development and Commercialisation activities for a number of years. He has 20 years' experience as a company director with board roles including a major Australian university, Austmine and a national health services charitable group. Ian has long-held interest in technology development and commercialisation and has personally invested fund and expertise into eight start-ups, with two of these being highly successful.
General Manager - Education and Leadership Skills - Sarah Boucaut
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Sarah is a global business person; a senior executive with international experience in business development and marketing. Her experience includes business development in the health sector, telecommunications service, apparel and mining sectors in corporate roles to founding successful start-ups. Initially based in Australia, Sarah held a number of roles in the Asian region for 15 years from the mid 90s to 2011. During this time, Sarah worked with public and private sector companies as well as Australian missions and Austrade.
A skilled global networker with demonstrated depth of strategic and marketing knowledge, Sarah balances her contribution with commercial acumen. Most recently Sarah led the establishment of a not-for-profit global industry body advancing the awareness of energy productive strategies in mineral processing. In her role as the CEO, Sarah chaired industry meetings, presented at global forum and conferences and facilitated workshops around the globe. Sarah is a philanthropist with a strong interest in the visual arts.
General Manager - Industry Engagement - Peter Clarke
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Peter Clarke has a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Western Australia, 1974, and a Master of Science from the University of Surrey, 1978. He has spent most of his career in technology development and commercialisation in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. He has been a co-founder of four companies, a robotics and engineering business, a computer vision company, a refrigeration product design company and a mining services company.
He was awarded the WA Innovator of the Year in 2007, made a University of Sydney Innovation Hero in 2011 and accepted the Australian Museum Eureka Commercialisation prize for this work with Scanalyse Pty Ltd in 2013. Peter has worked closely with the innovation and start-up space and is a mentor on several accelerator programs including CSIRO ON, Uneartherd, Vocus Upstart, Curtin Ignition and Start Something. He has an extensive network throughout the global mining industry with a good knowledge of the METS markets in Australia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, USA, Canada, Europe, Central Asia and Africa.