Directors

Iain Kirkwood

Iain Kirkwood
Non‑executive Chairman

Iain was appointed to the Board in November 2007 and is currently serving as Chairman.

Iain is an experienced private consultant, investor and non executive director. He has considerable practical and operational experience gained from a successful financial career spanning over 35 years in a range of industries including auditing, resources, manufacturing and latterly healthcare in Australia, Britain and the USA. After graduating from Oxford University he started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co in London and then held a range of senior financial and general management positions in Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Santos Ltd, Pilkington plc, F.H. Faulding & Co Ltd and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Iain is also the current Chairman of ASX listed Simonds Group Ltd (ASX:SIO), former Chairman of Novita Healthcare Limited (ASX:NHL) and non executive director of Vision Group Holdings limited (ASX: VGH) and Medical Developments International Limited (ASX:MVP).

 

Andrew McLellan

Andrew McLellan
Managing Director

Andrew brings to Bluechiip vast experience in innovation and commercialisation combined with significant technical and operational experience. Prior to joining Bluechiip, as CEO of the Advanced Manufacturing Co‑operative Research Center (AMCRC), Andrew focused on bringing together industry and research to develop and commercialize ground breaking innovations. He has held a range of senior positions including Director at Leica Microsystems (previously Vision BioSystems a division of the publicly listed Vision Systems), Vice President of Marketing and Business Development North America and Director of Product Management at Vision BioSystems Pty Ltd.

Andrew is a non‑executive Director at AMCRC and holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) and an MBA (Strategy) from Monash University. In addition, he is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Michael Ohanessian

Michael Ohanessian
Non‑executive Director

Mr. Ohanessian is the CEO and Managing Director of Praemium Ltd, a provider of portfolio administration and SMA technology to financial services providers in Australia and around the globe. Mr Ohanessian’s executive experience in technology‑related businesses brings a mixture of operational, strategic and leadership capabilities to his role at Bluechiip. Following a ten‑year career at Mobil Oil, Mr. Ohanessian joined the Boston Consulting Group where he consulted to clients in a wide range of industries including banking, aviation, mining, packaging, sports, oil and gas, retailing and importantly, biotechnology.

During his seven years as CEO of Vision BioSystems, a division of the publicly‑listed Vision Systems, he transformed the business from a small, unprofitable contract manufacturer into a vertically integrated, profitable and growing medical diagnostics business with distribution to over 60 countries. More recently he served as the CEO of Genetic Technologies and was involved in investment management and corporate advice with Lion Capital prior to joining Praemium Ltd.

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox
Non‑executive Director

Andrew Cox is a finance professional with experience in emerging and international markets. He was a co‑founder and former chairman of private equity‑funded media/technology business Inlink (sold to ASX‑listed oOh! Media Ltd in 2015), and is a co‑founder of Rezex Pty Ltd and Xperior Pty Ltd. Andrew began his career with KPMG in Melbourne before moving to China and Hong Kong, where he spent seven years with SG Warburg, the Australian Trade Commission and Ernst & Young. He is a member of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Development Board and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Blair

Blair Healy
Non‑executive Director

Blair Healy has spent the past 17 years establishing, growing and selling technology companies, both publicly and privately. After graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon, Blair served in the Australian Army for 8 years in various technical and command positions. He was then a systems engineering consultant in several large defence and public transport projects. He worked for Fujitsu Telecommunications (R&D Manager) and Canada’s Nortel Networks (Director of Business Developmnet & Operations Asia Pacific in Singapore) and was CEO of KUSP Limited until its sale to Senetas, and Innovonics Limited, which was sold to private US company Integrian. Between 2008 and 2013 he was founder and Managing Director of private company Cogent energy, Australia’s first low carbon distributed co‑generation energy company, which was acquired by Origin Energy, and then Managing Director of Maxx Engineering, a private mechanical engineering services company which was sold to Thyssen Krupp in 2015.

Lee Mitchell

Lee Mitchell
Company Secretary

Lee is a partner at Convergence Legal, a full service commercial law firm based in Melbourne, Victoria. Prior to this he was a partner at Logie‑Smith Lanyon.  He is a qualified solicitor practising principally in corporate and commercial law advising on corporate and securities regulation, equity capital raisings, formulation and implementation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and company secretarial matters.