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What is Innovation - Is it just a word?
Business Lunch

13th Oct 2017
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What is Innovation - Is it just a word?


Friday 13th October 2017


Innovation is about change, be it radical or incremental. It is a vital source of competitive advantage. Innovation transforms novel ideas into products, processes and services that create and expand business opportunities.

There are several different forms of innovation:

  • Product innovation consists of changes or inventions in product attributes which lead to changes in how the product is noticed by consumers.
  • Process innovation consists of changes in the production process through technological or other efficiencies, but does not necessarily have an impact on the final product.
  • Business model innovation implies changes in the way a product is brought to market, without necessarily implying a change in product.

Join the discussion as our guest speakers discuss the effect and importance of innovation on the Australian market and businesses.

The Guest Speakers

Andrew R. Banks, Shark Tank

Andrew Banks

Andrew commenced his career as an Actor in England and Sydney with The Old Tote Theatre Co (adopted by NIDA) and this is what inspired him to get involved in movie producing with Lila 9th.

His core business activities which came from his corporate HR training, have been involved with building and growing companies in the recruiting, training and HR outsourcing space.

Andrew co-founded Morgan & Banks in early 1985, seeing an opportunity to change the then 'cottage industry' and grew the company to become the dominant recruitment force in Australia and Asia, with a whopping 17% market share! The company went public in 1995 and sales grew to over A$900 million, before it merged with TMP/ in 1999, a US listed company on the NASDAQ.

Morgan & Banks was an early adopter of the www with the No 1 Australian website in 1996 which led to the merger with Monster and contributed significantly to that company's early format - the searching of resumes rather than a simple listing of jobs.

After the merger, Andrew spent three years with TMP in New York as Global Director, participating in explosive growth and TMP's market cap reaching $6 billion during which time I was responsible for more than 50 acquisitions and 4,500 staff operating in 32 countries.

In 2004 Andrew launched Talent2 International, a publicly traded company on the ASX, focusing on HR Outsourcing and Executive Search and Selection, with a team of 1,600 professionals operating in 20 countries, a result of both organic growth and 15 acquisitions. The acquisition of Talent2 by The Allegis Group, Inc of Maryland, a $16 billion US staffing giant, was finalised in July 2014.

Dividing his time between the US and Australia, Andrew now focuses on general investing; being a US Film Producer as Lila 9th Founder (Syrup/Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter/Submergence); and an investor in a few "start-ups" leading to involvement in Shark Tank Australia on Network TEN.

In September 2014, Andrew became the first member of the International Board of Age of Learning ( and the Board's purpose is to actively help to recruit, partner and grow Age of Learning outside the USA.

The Edison Awards monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year and Andrew joined their Steering Committee in August 2016.

In February 2017, Andrew joined MyMentor ( as an Advisory Board Member. MyMentor is the on-demand destination channel for leader insight and crowdsourced advice on how to get ahead.

Craig Scroggie, Chief Executive Officer, NEXTDC

Craig ScroggieCraig Scroggie is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NEXTDC, Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider.

Mr Scroggie has substantial leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries, having held senior positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu.

NEXTDC has grown from a start-up in late 2010 to an ASX200 company, currently serving more than 700 customers across five cities and hosting many of the world’s leading enterprises, cloud platforms, IT and telecommunications providers. NEXTDC achieved first place on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia and third place on the BRW Fast 100 list for 2015.

Mr Scroggie holds the position of Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law at La Trobe University, serves on the La Trobe Business School Advisory Board and recently served as Chairman of the La Trobe University Graduate School of Management Board.

Mr Scroggie is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Sales & Marketing Institute. He is a Graduate of the University of Southern Queensland, with an Advanced Certificate in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, and a Master of Business Administration.




Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

Steve Worrall

As Managing Director, Steven Worrall is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. He ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.

Steven joined Microsoft in March 2014 as Director, Enterprise and Partner Group, responsible for driving business growth and building strong customer and partner relationships in the Australian Commercial and Public Sector markets. In this role, Steven worked with organisations to drive innovation and business improvement through the application of technology in many areas, including productivity solutions, mobility and cloud services.

Previously Steven worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles in the services, software and financing segments of the organisation. Most recently, he led IBM’s software business in Asia Pacific region where he built organisational capability in diverse markets across the region and drove the business towards more cloud delivered services.

Steven holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.



Andrew Hirst, Territory Sales Manager- QLD, Xero

Andrew Hirst

Andrew spent the first 10 years of his career as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, focusing on mergers & acquisitions with corporate and family groups selling to private equity groups.

He saw first-hand the opportunity that technology presents for small and medium businesses. Andrew is passionate about helping business owners, and their advisors, to make work life easier and focus on providing more value and better service to customers.

Having worked with Xero since March 2014, customer numbers have grown from 400,000 to over 1,000,000 businesses globally. Nationally, Xero has partnered with over 16,000 accountants, bookkeepers and financial advisors and Andrew leads the QLD operations.





The Moderator

Jock Fairweather, Founder and Director, Little Tokyo Two

Jock FairweatherStarting his career as a luxury women's shoe designer in Europe, Jock sold his business to a Swiss equity conglomerate at the age of 21. After returning to Brisbane, he founded Little Tokyo Two, Brisbane's largest and most collaborative co-working and event space.

Little Tokyo Two started as a place where a group of friends could get together, do business and drink beers. Almost two years later, Little Tokyo Two is one of the largest and most dynamic communities of entrepreneurs, innovators and creators in South East Queensland.



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