The Board

Ted O’Brien

Ted is Founder & Chairman of Generation Innovation.

He is a community leader, an experienced company director and brings over 20 years of blue chip commercial experience in Australia and across the Asia Pacific.

Ted is committed to the Sunshine Coast. He has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship and a strong track record of community service.

He has a Master in Economics (London School of Economics); Master in International Business 1st Class Hons (University of Melbourne); Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland); Asia Pacific Fellowship in Chinese Mandarin (National Taiwan Normal University) and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sophia O’Brien

Sophia is a Director and the Company Secretary of Generation Innovation.

She teaches law at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is admitted to practice in the legal profession and brings experience as a litigation lawyer. Previously, she lived and worked in Beijing, where she studied Chinese language, law and politics at Peking University while also working at the North Asia desk of International Crisis Group.

Sophia holds a Bachelor of International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. She won the University Medal and was awarded the Commonwealth Government’s Prime Ministerʼs Endeavour Award.

Sharee McBlane

Sharee is a Director of Generation Innovation.

Sharee has over 20 years’ experience within large commercial entities, statutory authorities and small privately-owned businesses. She has worked across a range of industries including finance, disability, banking, tourism, property, utilities, health, education, and agribusiness. 

Sharee has a passion for implementing collaborative business improvements.  Achieved through understanding all functions and aspects of a business to maximise the link between business strategy and the achievement of operational outcomes, based on solutions that deliver efficiencies and improve the customer experience.  She has an analytical yet personable nature, combined with exceptional planning and organisational skills.

Sharee completed an MBA in 2015 specialising in management and international business.

Shane Cunningham

Shane is a Director of Generation Innovation.

Shane teaches on the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about developing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the younger generation.

Prior to teaching, Shane spent twenty years working for and consulting to some of Australia’s largest and most complex commercial businesses on the strategic application of technology.  During this time he was involved in a number of start-up and high-growth businesses, leading and managing all aspects of business development.

Shane also served in the Royal Australian Air Force.  Over ten years he completed undergraduate, graduate and pilot qualifications; accumulated almost 2000 hours of military flying experience; and was exposed to the highest levels of strategic and operational planning whilst serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the Air Commander, Australia.

Shane has a Bachelor of Science from UNSW; a Graduate Diploma in Teaching; and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, RAAF College and RAAF Pilots' Course.

Sandra Brodie

Sandra is a Director of Generation Innovation

Sandra Brodie represents the next generation of young leaders. She has been described as an enabler, a connector and a catalyst for change.

Graduating from RMIT with an Entrepreneurship degree, two prestigious university awards and a successful entrepreneurial events-based start-up, she was scouted by the CEO of Deloitte Digital to help drive digital innovation in a conservative professional services firm.

Having successfully helped Deloitte build an online education business from the ground-up, Sandra turned left and headed for the Guatemalan jungle, where she spent a year studying and living in a remote community.

The years that followed saw Sandra bring her unique experience, vision and talent for innovation to world-class organisations including CSIRO, RMIT University and Swisse Wellness, as well as to supporting start-ups and community-building initiatives.

After moving to the Coast and spending two years as Head of Strategic Engagement and Special Projects at leading aerospace tech company HeliMods, Sandra is now focused on supporting innovation, growth and social impact in the community sector, taking on a new role Head of Business and Growth at award-winning For-Purpose organisation, the Compass Institute.

 

Victoria Berry

Victoria is a Director and the Treasurer of Generation Innovation.

Victoria has over 25 years of accounting experience within public practice on the Sunshine Coast.  She has worked across a wide range of industries and is passionate about entrepreneurship and start-ups - so much so she wrote a book on starting businesses!

As a former Treasurer of Maroochydore SLSC and currently serving on the Maroochydore SLSC, Maroochydore SLSAA and the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival boards of directors, her experience in the not-for-profit space is extensive.

As a director, past and present, of at 11 companies, Victoria brings significant professional financial management  and governance experience to the Generation Innovation Board.