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interviews with leaders of innovation

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westpac / operations of innovation


Pick up any newspaper recently and you will most likely have read an article advising that banking sector is ripe for disruption. Across the big four banks, Westpac has been heavily involved in a number of initiatives including creating its own VC fund Reinventure, is a partner in fintech hub Stone&Chalk and runs the annual Westpac Innovation Challenge with incubator BlueChilli. Part two of Samuel Tait’s interview with Ian Hill, the bank’s first head of innovation, they cover the operations of innovation discussing how Westpac approach innovation delivery, the tools and processes they are using, measurement, the importance of culture and Ian’s advice for successful programs.

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westpac / insights on innovation


Pick up any newspaper recently and you will most likely have read an article advising that banking sector is ripe for disruption. Across the big four banks, Westpac has been heavily involved in a number of initiatives including creating its own VC fund Reinventure, is a partner in fintech hub Stone&Chalk and runs the annual Westpac Innovation Challenge with incubator BlueChilli. Samuel Tait sat down with Ian Hill, the bank’s first head of innovation, to find out more about how his experience is shaping their approach and how the Westpac Group has positioned innovation front and centre to drive growth for the business.

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australian defence apparel / operations of innovation


Australian Defence Apparel has been using a focus on innovation and design to re-engineer what was previously a government-owned business focused on operational efficiency. The business has transformed itself in the past year and a half to being creativity and innovation-driven. Darren Swindells, general manager, strategic product and innovation, lets Samuel Tait in on some of the details of how the formerly government-owned business did it in part 2 of their interview and discussion.

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australian defence apparel / insights on innovation


Australian Defence Apparel has been using a focus on innovation and design to re-engineer what was previously a government-owned business focused on operational efficiency. It is now a cutting edge textiles and fabric technology manufacturer developing its own intellectual property. Samuel Tait sat down with Darren Swindells, general manager strategic product and innovation, to discuss innovation within the apparel industry and how this renewed focus is driving significant new growth for the company.

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mirvac / operations of innovation


With a string of awards for innovative development, Mirvac is sitting at number three in Australia on BRW’s 2015 most innovative companies list. Much of its success can be attributed to the company’s award-winning innovation program, Hatch, a platform to facilitate innovation and bring the best ideas to life. Christine Gilroy, group general manager, innovation, gives Samuel Tait an insight into the program, discusses Mirvac’s biggest challenges around innovation, explains how the team measures the impact of innovation and gives her advice for successful programs.

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mirvac / insights on innovation


In 2015 Mirvac was ranked number three in Australia on BRW’s 2015 Most Innovative Companies list. At the forefront of construction innovation, Mirvac’s CSR Velocity wall panel system has the potential to revolutionise house building in Australia, with panels manufactured and assembled off-site in quality-controlled conditions, dramatically reducing construction times and overcoming the challenges of wet weather and chronic trade shortages. Samuel Tait met with Christine Gilroy, group general manager, innovation to find out how their internal program Hatch is delivering innovation at Mirvac.

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