Value Assessment Panel

Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) has established a MSE 2025 Value Assessment Panel that functions as an industry advisory body to evaluate the quality and strategic directions of research programs.

Input from industry is critical to the success of MSE in innovative research that delivers value to industry. MSE benefits from the advice and guidance of industry leaders.

Leonie Walsh


Leonie Walsh is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years of experience both locally and internationally across a diverse range of industries and applications.

Leonie draws from this experience to support government, academia and businesses on strategic science and technology issues including innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation and the future skilled workforce through a range of related boards, advisory and advocacy activities. Leonie is also a strong advocate for attracting more women into science, engineering and technology and was recently named as the inaugural Ambassador for Women's in STEMM Australia.

Leonie has recently completed a 3-year term as Victoria's inaugural Lead Scientist from 2013 to 2016. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provided contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and continues to participate on a range of government and industry advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education, new energy and advanced manufacturing.

For many years Leonie has also provided support to the health sector in a honorary capacity through a range of National and international board roles including President and Chairman of the Fight Cancer Foundation providing accommodation support for regional families needing medical care in the major cities and funding of education support in three states for children undergoing cancer treatment. Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

In 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.

Lucia Cade

Lucia is non–executive director and corporate advisor. Her board commitments include being Chair of South East Water Ltd and its commercial subsidiary IOTA Pty. Ltd, an independent director of the Energy Pipelines CRC, and Chair of Australian WaterSecure Innovations. She is also a Global Advisor to the UN Global Cities Compact Program.

Lucia has extensive executive and advisory experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction and professional services industries. She has held executive roles AECOM, Evans & Peck (now Advisian), Comdain Infrastructure, City West Water and Melbourne Water.

Lucia holds Bachelor degrees in civil engineering (honours) and economics from Monash University, a Masters of Engineering Science from Monash University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Christopher Goodes

Dr Chris Goodes, PhD, MBA (Technology Management), BAppSc, GAICD has over 30 years of experience in developing and commercialising large scale industrial technologies.  He has worked predominantly in the mining and manufacturing industries, focussing on spanning the gap between fundamental research and industrial application.

Chris has previously led the innovation development group within Rio Tinto, and played a key role in applying a number of emerging technologies including data analytics, automation and advanced mining and mineral processing practices.

These were applied across Rio Tinto global operations.  Prior to that position, Chris worked in several roles in industry (including large and SME companies), the CSIRO (as part of the Light Metals Flagship) and the Cooperative Research Centre program (as Deputy Director responsible for commercialisation with the CRC for Polymers).

In addition to technology roles, Chris has also led large production teams including the start-up of large industrial complexes.  Chris is currently working with the MSE2025 program and specifically to assist in industry engagement.

Carolyn Phiddian

Carolyn is the General Manager for Technology Strategy in the CTO group, responsible for the long range technology strategy of nbn.

Carolyn is a global expert in the creation and operation of nation-wide telecommunications networks. Carolyn has over twenty five years’ experience in the telecommunications industry in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Her career has been based on leading implementation of innovative technologies for practical business outcomes.

In nbn since 2010, Carolyn has established a number of engineering teams and functions, been the network design authority across FTTP, FTTN, Wireless and Satellite and also led network operations through a transformation to operate FTTN. Previously Carolyn had senior management roles in Nokia developing and implementing IP based solution architectures for a wide range of clients. She started her career in Telstra culminating in being the first engineering executive for Voice on IP.

Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Stephen Tomisich

Stephen Tomisich is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director on the Board of Trajan Scientific and Medical, since its inception in 2011. Mr Tomisich’s career spans a range of leadership positions in corporate and privately held global companies. His focus is on developing partnerships with industry, academia and government to deliver lasting outcomes in the scientific and wider community. With collaboration in mind, he has brought success to the companies he served, their partners and customers.

Mr Tomisich commenced working in the analytical science industry in 1984 for then NYSE listed Varian Instruments, as a Product Specialist, then Product Manager and Program Manager based in Melbourne, Australia. In 1989, he relocated to the US as Marketing Manager Spectroscopy North America, and Group Marketing Communications Manager of the global scientific instrument business.

Returning to Australia in 1993, Mr Tomisich became Managing Director of Selby Scientific,leading a return to profitability and the merger with the Biolab group, resulting in the formation of Australasia’s largest distributor of scientific products. In 1998 Mr Tomisich joined the PerkinElmer Corporation as Managing Director, Australia, Africa and in 2000, he became Director of Marketing at ASX listed Vision Systems.

Mr Tomisich joined SGE Analytical Science in 2002 as Sales and Marketing Director, and took over as Managing Director in 2005. He drove change in SGE’s global business model resulting in global growth and being awarded Victorian Exporter of the Year in 2005. During this time he was also an active member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Australian Synchrotron.

In 2011, Mr Tomisich led the foundation of Trajan Scientific and Medical with headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

Trajan acquired SGE in 2013, and he has served as CEO of both companies until the complete integration of SGE into Trajan in 2014. Mr Tomisich holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) from RMIT, Australia. He continues to actively engage with universities, research institutions, commercial partners, government and industry groups.