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About Applied Innovation Centre

Our Team

Applied Innovation Centre

Qualified. Experienced. One hundred percent committed to creativity and innovation.

We’ve got a practical approach and get excited about creating sustainable, positive change.

Our Team:


Peter Newman
Managing Director

BEc, Dip Public Admin, Cert IV Government Investigations, Cert III Investigation Services

Peter Newman is the Managing Director of the Applied Innovation Centre and has worked with many organisations in the past, helping them to achieve their goals through innovation, creativity and team building. Peter has developed most of the innovation Intellectual Property which in our opinion is the most sophisticated and holistic approach to creating innovative processes and culture within an organization.


John Scotland
Senior Consultant

BA, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip HRD, TAE Cert IV, Prac Cert Mediation

John Scotland has worked closely beside Peter in bringing innovation to organisations in Australia. John brings further dimensions to the services we offer, dealing primarily with innovation leadership, Strategic Planning, Management training, facilitation, mediation and team building.

Ian Edwards

Graduate of Surrey Police Academy, qualified Detective Inspector (UK)

Ian Edwards is a highly skilled accredited investigator, with a background as a detective in the Police (both in the UK and Australia). Prior to joining the Applied Innovation Centre Ian held the positions of Director Professional Standards at a large university and conducted sensitive high risk investigations for the Public Sector Commission and the Education Department. Since joining the Applied Innovation Centre as Principal Investigator Ian has successfully undertaken high level, high risk and complex investigations of matters including workplace misconduct, liability, insurance claims, Workers’ Compensation, financial discrepancies and bullying.

Keith Chilvers

MBus, Grad Dip Business (HRM), Dip Personnel Management, TAE Cert IV

With more than 30 years’ experience in human resources and industrial relations, Keith has worked at the highest levels of private and public sector management to deliver consulting and training solutions. These have included initiatives in organisational development and HR, and industrial relations assistance in managing organisational and individual performance. Keith is a registered Industrial Agent with the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

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Craig Saphin
Strategy Lead

Certified Executive Coach with an Executive MBA from AGSM in Sydney

Craig Saphin is a seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience in Asia Pacific Operations.  He has CEO, General Management, Executive and Non-Executive Directorship, Board oversight and full P&L experience for public, private and not-for-profit organisations.  His highly-developed skills set and experience includes strategy development and execution for growing businesses and turn-around for troubled entities. His leadership philosophy is grounded in the investment in the right people, talent development and empowerment.Currently, through his company Craig Saphin Consulting, he is working with clients who are shareholders and CEOs to build strategies for their companies which result in a sustainable growth plan, future investment or an exit event.

Transformational Change Lead

Steve Barlow
Transformational Change Lead

PhD in the Psychology of Change Readiness, Director of The Change Gym, Change Management Consultant and Change Fitness Coach

Steve has extensive experience that includes teaching, educational leadership, small business management, PR officer, anger management coach for prisoners, change readiness consultant, change fitness coach, coach trainer, and university lecturer. He has a strong academic background and his contribution to new knowledge includes the psychology of personal change fitness – the psychological factors that empower people to be successful at the change process.

Chief Technology Officer

Srinivas Boyapati
Chief Technology Officer

Managing Director at Natsoft Consulting and an experienced management and consultancy professional

Srinivas has many years of experience and a proven track record in delivering large complex integration and digital transformation programs using various methodologies and technologies across a multitude of industries and geographical locations. He helps clients to solve real-life challenges, transform operations, improve customer service, and create new business models by leveraging digital offerings including Blockchain, Big Data and AI, Industrial IoT and RPA technologies.

Strategy and Tech Advisor

Shyam Mamidi
Strategy and Tech Advisor

Director at Natsoft Corporation, Co-Founder at Chainflux, Co-Founder at WandX, Management & IT Consultant

Shyam brings a multitude of Management & IT Consulting experience across the range of technologies from ERP, CRM to the digital solutions like Analytics, Blockchain, Industrial IoT, RPA and IX/UX. He was the Partner & Vice President at IBM, based out of Singapore has significantly contributed to grow this practice in terms of client acquisition, talent and capability development and by taking innovative solutions to clients.

Senior Tech Lead

Sean Chan
Senior Tech Lead

 IT Services Management Consultant

Sean has vast experience in core technology infrastructure especially in large scale global enterprise in the investment banking industry.  He has successfully built large scale server and storage infrastructure for international data centres with redundancy technology, managed technology support teams, developed disaster recovery plans, oversaw the technology roadmaps and has been responsible for incident, problem and change management.


Spiro Gougoulis

Doctor of Law, Bachelor of Psychology, LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Spiro’s expertise lies in the area of alternative dispute resolution and is also particularly skilled in contract negotiations. He has consulted internationally on matters relating to the sale and acquisition of soft commodities to include by-products of oil and gas, the procurement of property, consumables and commercial matters. Spiro is also the Managing Director of Tryangle Consultancy.

Non-Executive Director – Growth

Gordon Hill
Non-Executive Director – Growth

BA Bus, Dip Management and Operational Excellence, Certified Change Management Specialist

Gordon has written many publications on business excellence and is extremely sought after as a very entertaining and practical business educator and speaker. He has worked extensively in UK, Europe, and Australia in a complete cross section of industries. Companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP, Downer, Henkel, Kellogg’s and ski, Perrigo Australia, Manchester Circuits, Goodwill Engineering and Jaguar, have all been supported by Gordon’s unique style of education and consulting.