Our Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Associate Professor Cori Stewart

Cori Stewart spearheaded the ARM Hub initiative, leveraging Queensland’s global leadership in advanced robotics and design-led manufacturing to create this not-for-profit company with a mission to accelerate the uptake of advanced manufacturing in Australia. Dr Stewart is a recognised leader in developing large-scale partnerships between industry, research institutions, governments, and the community, where she has successfully developed new approaches to pressing challenges in industry and society. She has previously held senior university and government appointments delivering industry development, digital economy and innovation policies and programs. She was awarded the prestigious Women in AI Awards Australia and New Zealand for 2022 for AI in Manufacturing.
Chief Operating Officer

Samuel Jesuadian

Samuel Jesuadian serves as the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the functions of the Business Operations, Facilities Management and Finances of the ARM Hub. Samuel has worked for Mater Research (Mater Health Services) since 2013 and has consolidated experience in Operations Process Design and Management within Clinical and Bio-Medical Research industries. Prior to this, Samuel held different research support positions within the University of Queensland; the Translational Research Institute; and Griffith University. He is an experienced operational professional who has a focus in business acumen on managing risk, driving strategic direction through systems innovation and a passion for business improvements.
Melissa Nugent
Business Development Manager

Melissa Nugent

As Business Development Manager, Melissa develops relationships that enable small to medium manufacturing enterprises to access innovation opportunities within and across Queensland, and the nation’s, industry growth sectors. She brokers industry’s access to the ARM Hub network of experts, facilities, collaborating partners and a multitude of funding opportunities. In Melissa’s role, she also supports commercial project development and investment in research and development to securing the market advantages of innovation for industry.
With an early career in environmental science technology, policy and community engagement, Melissa has since held various senior roles in communication, stakeholder engagement, business development marketing and advancement in Queensland’s Higher Education and Government sectors. Most recently, Melissa led International and Engagement strategy and operations for QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, enabling her to bring a wealth of experience in leadership, mobility, industry and community partnerships to her role with the ARM Hub.
Executive Officer

Catherine Leather

Catherine Leather has extensive experience in providing high level executive,
project, governance, stakeholder engagement and administrative support to
senior executives in research and scientific organisations, academia, and state
government. Prior to joining ARM Hub, Ms Leather worked closely with the
Executive and Research Leadership teams at the Institute for Future
Environment (IFE) and QUT. Before joining QUT, she worked at CSIRO for over
14 years providing executive management support to Flagship and Divisional
executives and their teams, across a wide range of research areas and
disciplines.
Principal Adviser

Ann Maree Willett

Ann-Maree Willett is an expert in strategic partnership development with international experience and has worked in the area of strategic partnerships in the Creative Industries for the past 20 years. Ann-Maree holds the position of Principal Adviser with ARM Hub. She applies her business development, strategic partnerships and people skills in developing and maintaining high-level and important relationships for the business.

Ann-Maree was awarded the Churchill Fellowship for her work as a Designer and has shown in Europe, Asia and the USA. Ann-Maree holds a dual collaborative position with both ARM Hub and with UAP.

Head of Project Services

David Hedger

David Hedger has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) from QUT, and leads field robotics and safety in industrial automation in ARM Hub’s industrial workshop in Brisbane. He has worked as a Robotics Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, where he worked on full-scale robotics prototypes for various aerospace, logistics, and government organisations, with a focus on river erosion management for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He also assisted in the delivery of prototypes of self-driving vehicles, safety and interface systems for autonomous civil engineering projects, and industrial automation systems.
Project Coordinator and Industrial Designer

Anthony Franze'

As an Industrial Designer, Anthony has led advanced manufacturing projects in Australia and abroad, collaborating with Milford Automotive, Icarus Industrial Design, Local Motors, EGR Group & UAP. In addition, he provides consulting services to the broader industry through Anthony Franze` Studio and volunteers as a mentor to SEQ energy start-ups at EnergyLab and as a designer for Positive Change for Marine Life (Bryon Bay). He has been awarded multiple international and national design awards, including the BMW Urban Mobility Challenge for 2025. Anthony is currently undertaking a PhD with QUT in conjunction with the ARM Hub. His thesis entitled Augmented Fabrication: An Industry 4.0 XR Framework for Mass Customisation explores how augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies can enhance Australian manufacturers’ design-to-fabrication capabilities.
Mechatronics Engineer

Troy Cordie

Business Support Officer

Harry Marles

Harry Marles is a final year Undergraduate Engineering and Commerce student at the University of Queensland. Currently employed in the role of Business Support Officer, he utilises his multi-disciplinary skills to provide support directly to the COO and other team members. Mr Marles is completing his undergraduate thesis with the ARM Hub, looking at distributed networks of sensors, and how to effectively collect and analyse weather and pollution data.
Business Development, Project Delivery, Engineering

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly is an internationally experienced aeronautical engineer with 20 years of industry experience. He worked on programs such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Airbus A350 in Los Angeles, Nashville, Munich, and Rotterdam. He has expertise in business strategy, program development and project management, team management, aircraft design, design and engineering for advanced manufacturing including digital twinning, CNC machining and aerospace composites, and business systems development. Mr Kelly has an MBA, a lean six-sigma green belt, and is a Chartered Engineer and RPEQ. He runs the Sunshine Coast manufacturing peak industry body and Not-for-Profit, the Manufacturing Excellence Forum.
Communications Manager

Margaret Puls

Margaret Puls is a journalist by training and specialises in developing highimpact
communication tools and programs for science and technology
organisations. She has over 30 years’ experience in technology communications
and has worked for research organisations such as CSIRO, universities,
government, CRCs and as a specialist consultant. Ms Puls is an expert in media
for research and technology groups and in communicating key messages
through different media platforms. She has worked in the energy, construction
innovation, digital and bioinformatics sectors, and managed technology product
launches. She has significant experience in agriculture and food research, and
during her time at CSIRO was part of a national biosecurity communication
planning group for managing animal disease outbreaks (such as Foot and Mouth
Disease) in Australia.
Communications Coordinator

Megan Pope

Megan Pope has a degree in industrial design and 10 years’ experience in digital
communications, brand management, advocacy, communications and
marketing across a range of manufacturing, technology, defence and
engineering industry sectors. Ms Pope has experience and interest in new
technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Laser Scanning. A
seasoned digital designer, photographer and videographer, she has extensive
experience in multimedia tools and platforms, and experience in the
management of communications, products and promotional activities for both
government and private sectors.

Our Board

Emeritus Professor Roy Green

Roy Green is a leading thinker and commentator on innovation policy and has been at the forefront of efforts to help Australian industry harness the benefits of research and development in order to forge ahead in the global economy of the twenty-first century. He was Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Business School at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and is currently Special Advisor and Chair for UTS Innovation Council, at the University of Technology Sydney.

Professor Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey is Vice-President (Business Development) at QUT, and a current Director of Sunsuper and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Southern Queensland. Professor Harvey brings a wealth of knowledge in the fields of business strategy, business development, and technology transfer.

Jenni Lightowlers

Jenni Lightowlers is a founding Partner of Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL). Prior to establishing FAL in 1993, Ms Lightowlers worked for CSIRO and Allens Linklaters. She is arguably Australia’s leading authority on establishing research entities such as industry growth and innovation centres, and Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). She is also recognised as a leading lawyer in the life sciences (health, biosecurity, biotechnology and medical devices), commercial and intellectual property sectors. She advises ASX listed entities on mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and advisory services for intricate transactions. Over the last two decades, Ms Lightowlers has advised on some of the most complex Australian technology and R&D projects, including the CSIRO ARIES satellite project. She was appointed Acting Head of Deakin Law School in 2017 and is considered one of Australia’s leading advisors to universities (both in Australia and the South Pacific).

Matthew Tobin

Matthew Tobin is co-founder and Managing Director of the Urban Arts Precinct (UAP), the world’s largest manufacturer of high-value customised design elements for construction projects. Mr Tobin has over 18 years’ experience in customisable manufacturing, collaborating with artists, architects, designers & developers to bring uncommon creativity to the public realm.

Jackie Taranto

Jackie Taranto is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience across a range of industries including technology, advanced manufacturing, international trade, medical, finance and investment, research and infrastructure. She specialises in creating business collaboration opportunities and extracting and building value out of timely deployment of technology and talent. She founded and built several companies, including Hannover Fairs Australia - the Australian/New Zealand subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the world’s largest venue owner operator, and has successfully launched global brands CeBIT and CeMAT in Australia. In addition to her board role at ARM Hub, Ms Taranto has served on the boards of German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, IOT Alliance Australia and the Bright Alliance Advisory Committee – NSW’s first cancer-dedicated hospital.