Founding Chrysalis in 2016, Nick is an experienced management consultant and executive with almost 20 years’ experience working with large enterprises, government, private high growth ventures, not for profits and SMEs. Read more
With a diverse commercial, consulting and entrepreneurial background, Nick has a speciality in helping leaders and executives to think strategically, create value and navigate the difficult decisions and choices that inevitably arise during periods of growth and change.
His expertise includes strategic growth and transformation, operational excellence, organisational development & strategic HR, workplace investigations, facilitation & mediation, IP commercialisation, corporate finance and M&A.
Nick has extensive experience in helping boards and executive teams to manage complex and high risk matters and to originate and complete value adding deals, including having raised over $100 million in corporate, venture, grant and philanthropic funding.
Nick has significant experience in the following industries / sectors:
- health, life-sciences and medical devices
- higher education
- research & development
- professional services
- technology & high growth ventures
- not for profits / social enterprises
Prof Nik Zeps
Nik brings over 20 years of experience working in senior leadership in healthcare research. Read more
A cancer biologist by background Nik has most recently led national initiatives to develop and implement research infrastructure, policy and practice. He has been an expert adviser to the TGA, served on the Research Committee and Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and serves on national and International advisory boards across a diverse range of clinical trials and biomedical research activities. His expertise includes a deep practical knowledge of conducting research in health services and a demonstrated capability of implementing functional change in organisations that improve productivity through positive and sustainable cultural change.
Nik retains an academic role through the Eastern Health Clinical School of Monash University where he is an adjunct Professor and is Clinical Research Lead of Monash Partners through engagement with Chrysalis. He is a current Chief Investigator on grants of over $5million and still co-supervises post graduate students and publishes academic papers.
As an experienced coach, workplace investigator and mediator, Allison is passionate about working with her clients to get to the bottom of the most challenging workplace matter. Read more
Allison's current clients include corporates and NFPs across all sectors, government departments and law firms. Prior to specialising in workplace investigations and mediation, Allison held senior HR/ER roles in blue chip companies in both Australia and offshore, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Rio Tinto. Allison holds a Masters of Labour Law and Relations from Sydney University, is an accredited mediator having trained with the Resolution Institute and is qualified in the use of the Human Synergistic suite of tools for personal and professional development.
Allison is experienced engaging at all levels, including with Boards and has gained directorship skills and experience is a qualified company Director through completing the AICD Company Directors Course. In addition, Allison is Company Secretary for Eudaemon Technologies an innovative Med-Tech start-up.
Amber Johns is a multi-disciplinary researcher working at the connection of science and technology, bringing together the traditionally segmented fields of clinical practice, basic science and policy. Read more
The focus of Amber's career in the health industry has been to establish and lead complex, large-scale international research programs. Amber has played a lead role in project development and management for several landmark cancer research projects, including the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative and the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). Through these projects Amber has been delving into the complex areas of international data sharing, regulatory barriers and interoperability of technology and data systems for many years. Amber's work to date has played a global role in the ethical, societal and legal aspects of genomic research through her involvement in the ICGC and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). Amber is passionate about facilitating the sharing of information and creation of cross-disciplinary communities and networks. Amber has co-authored over 56 articles in major journals and contributed to seminal works on cancer, genomics and policy. Amber holds an academic appointment with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and continues to serve on the Executive committee of the Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative (APGI)
A/Prof Tam Nguyen
Tam has over 20 years of working in the healthcare, health and medical research and research management sector including tertiary teaching hospitals, medical research institutes and universities across Australia. Read more
Tam serves as non-executive director on various NFP, healthcare and aged care boards providing his broad range expertise including strategy, governance, and stakeholder engagement. He also advises numerous medtech and health tech start-ups on their overall strategies, clinical trials strategies, project management and execution.
Shane brings over 10 years’ experience in the commercial biotechnology and drug discovery space, and is a strong advocate for linking scientific and business strategies towards realistic translation and commercialisation of academic research. Read more
His experience ranges across the drug discovery and development landscape from target validation, screening, and molecule optimisation to in vivo validation, with the focus on developing programs to strong IP positions and potential commercialisation. Shane also advises on scientific strategies and program direction for start-ups in the bioscience space
Gordon specialises in areas of clinical trials strategy development; human and animal ethics; research governance; corporate governance and research integrity. Read more
He is also the chairperson of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), the University of Queensland HREC, and a member of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service HREC. Much of Gordon's expertise was gained while working at the National Health and Medical Research Council on projects related to improving clinical trials in Australia. Gordon holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, and he is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prof Robert Gorkin
Rob is an engineer and entrepreneur passionate about transforming innovative concepts to commercial reality with a strong focus on social good. Read more
His experience includes work on five continents with world-class institutes and companies, varying from international corporations to entrepreneurial startups and not-for-profits. His work has navigated the academic-industry interface through research, project management and advocacy for advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.
Lily comes with diverse experience and has undertaken both support and leadership roles in administration, internal and external client services, operations management, communications and marketing in Australia as well as offshore in a range of industries such as fashion retail, mining, education and consultancy. Read more
She is passionate about meeting the needs of her clients, supporting managers and executives to achieve their goals and vision and contributing to the operational efficiency and sustainability of the companies she works with. Lily holds a Masters of Business Administration with specialisation in Marketing from the University of Southern Queensland. She has worked with both large corporations and small businesses in support and leadership capacities and has contributed to business growth, client satisfaction, operational quality and efficiency, integrated communications and cost control among other initiatives.
Helen has over 10 years' experience supporting clinical research in healthcare, academic and commercial settings. Most recently she was the Clinical Trials Governance Officer at the University of Melbourne and prior to that was the Research Development and Quality Officer at Epworth Healthcare. Read more
Helen is passionate about supporting high quality research and has practical experience in coordinating clinical trials, advising on research governance matters and developing and implementing research governance and quality frameworks to best support these activities.