Team

BOARD

Mark Balnaves

Chairman

Mark Balnaves is the Chairman of MedTEC South Australia’s Board. He is Principal of corporate advisory firm Evens & Ayers, Executive Chairman of Austofix Group Limited and Chair of Celsus, the operator of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Mark has more than 20 years of director, advisory and property experience including the development and implementation of strategic plans and structures across a wide range of industries and organisations, including medical manufacturing, wine, finance, education and government.

Ray Blight

Co-Founder & Non-excutive Chairman of Alcidion Corporation

Ray Blight is the co-founder and Non-executive Chairman of Alcidion Corporation. He brings a wealth of public and private sector healthcare knowledge and experience to Alcidion, including through his past roles as Chief Executive and Chairman of the South Australian Health Commission from 1994 to 1998 and Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.
During his tenure as CEO of the Health Commission, Ray was responsible for a budget of US$1 billion per annum. He has held key leadership roles in Commonwealth and State Government initiatives, including hospital service rationalisations, major funding reforms for healthcare services, origination of coordinated care in Australia, and integrated service delivery in the Australian context.
Ray’s innovations in the South Australian public health system include designing and trialling integrated chronic care delivery systems spanning hospital and community-based services and designing and trialling an integrated clinical data repository for all patients of metropolitan hospitals in South Australia.
He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and as Executive Vice President (Health) for Bankers Trust. He currently chairs SA Health’s Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and the UniSA Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board.
Ray is passionate about the opportunities for health technology to transform the safety, quality and timeliness of healthcare service delivery.

Professor Karen Reynolds

Dean (Research), College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and Dean (Research), College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University.
A leading researcher in biomedical engineering, Karen developed and leads the award-winning Medical Device Partnering Program in South Australia.
She holds numerous high-profile Board and committee roles and has won several awards, including being named Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2010, South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2012, and received the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014.

Victor Previn

Chairman of Ellex Medical Lasers Limited

Victor Previn founded Ellex Medical Lasers Limited and has been its Chairman since July 2005. His career spans more than 25 years in the laser industry.
Victor was responsible for developing and commercialising the technology platform that is now the core of Ellex’s current product portfolio. He has spent more than 15 years in the ophthalmic laser industry travelling widely throughout Asia, Europe and the USA in a business development capacity.

Ian Jamieson

Secretary

A Director at SJ Corporate, Ian Jamieson is a skilled finance executive with a proven track record in leading and implementing business strategy, planning and transactional activities.
In addition to his financial expertise and a deep understanding of corporate governance, Ian offers astute commercial and operational insights. Specifically, he has achieved outstanding outcomes from customer and supplier negotiations, creating value for shareholders. Ian develops long-term relationships with financiers and investors alike. His expertise lies in creating value in start-up projects and placing established businesses on a sustainable path to growth when significant changes are required.
He has contemporary experience assisting foreign companies, from countries including North America and Japan, to grow in Australia.

Richard Barrett

Chairman

MedTEC South Australia is led by manufacturing industry leader Richard Barrett.
Appointed CEO in October 2015, Richard has two decades of experience in performance and precision packaging with key international markets in food and beverage, personal care and life sciences.
A key player in the South Australian manufacturing sector, he most recently held the position of Global Divisional Vice President with Scholle Corporation, headquartered in California, but with significant market presence in South Australia. During that period, Richard led the development of major new global markets for the South Australian business including in the USA, Russia, Asia and Europe.
An accomplished collaborator with an extensive global network, Richard is a strong advocate for economic development in South Australia.

Mark Balnaves

Director Evans + Ayers

Mark Balnaves, previous Chairman of MedTEC South Australia’s Board. He is Principal of corporate advisory firm Evens & Ayers, Executive Chairman of Austofix Group Limited and Chair of Celsus, the operator of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Mark has more than 20 years of director, advisory and property experience including the development and implementation of strategic plans and structures across a wide range of industries and organisations, including medical manufacturing, wine, finance, education and government.

Ray Blight

Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director of Alcidion Corporation

Ray Blight is the co-founder and Non-executive Chairman of Alcidion Corporation. He brings a wealth of public and private sector healthcare knowledge and experience to Alcidion, including through his past roles as Chief Executive and Chairman of the South Australian Health Commission from 1994 to 1998 and Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.
During his tenure as CEO of the Health Commission, Ray was responsible for a budget of US$1 billion per annum. He has held key leadership roles in Commonwealth and State Government initiatives, including hospital service rationalisations, major funding reforms for healthcare services, origination of coordinated care in Australia, and integrated service delivery in the Australian context.
Ray’s innovations in the South Australian public health system include designing and trialling integrated chronic care delivery systems spanning hospital and community-based services and designing and trialling an integrated clinical data repository for all patients of metropolitan hospitals in South Australia.
He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and as Executive Vice President (Health) for Bankers Trust. He currently chairs SA Health’s Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and the UniSA Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences Advisory Board.
Ray is passionate about the opportunities for health technology to transform the safety, quality and timeliness of healthcare service delivery.

Professor Karen Reynolds

Dean (Research), College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and Dean (Research), College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University.
A leading researcher in biomedical engineering, Karen developed and leads the award-winning Medical Device Partnering Program in South Australia.
She holds numerous high-profile Board and committee roles and has won several awards, including being named Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2010, South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2012, and received the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014.

Victor Previn

Chairman of Ellex Medical Lasers Limited

Victor Previn founded Ellex Medical Lasers Limited and has been its Chairman since July 2005. His career spans more than 25 years in the laser industry.
Victor was responsible for developing and commercialising the technology platform that is now the core of Ellex’s current product portfolio. He has spent more than 15 years in the ophthalmic laser industry travelling widely throughout Asia, Europe and the USA in a business development capacity.

Ian Jamieson

Secretary

A Director at SJ Corporate, Ian Jamieson is a skilled finance executive with a proven track record in leading and implementing business strategy, planning and transactional activities.
In addition to his financial expertise and a deep understanding of corporate governance, Ian offers astute commercial and operational insights. Specifically, he has achieved outstanding outcomes from customer and supplier negotiations, creating value for shareholders. Ian develops long-term relationships with financiers and investors alike. His expertise lies in creating value in start-up projects and placing established businesses on a sustainable path to growth when significant changes are required.
He has contemporary experience assisting foreign companies, from countries including North America and Japan, to grow in Australia.

LEADERSHIP

Richard Barrett

Chief Executive Officer

MedTEC South Australia is led by manufacturing industry leader Richard Barrett.
Appointed CEO in October 2015, Richard has two decades of experience in performance and precision packaging with key international markets in food and beverage, personal care and life sciences.
A key player in the South Australian manufacturing sector, he most recently held the position of Global Divisional Vice President with Scholle Corporation, headquartered in California, but with significant market presence in South Australia. During that period, Richard led the development of major new global markets for the South Australian business including in the USA, Russia, Asia and Europe.
An accomplished collaborator with an extensive global network, Richard is a strong advocate for economic development in South Australia.

Stephen Blakeney

Program Manager

Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering in London before going on to work for Renishaw’s Neurological Products Division on an MRI coil system for enhanced imaging of the brain as part of a system for stereotactic Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson’s Disease.
While at Renishaw, he also went on to work in the Encoder Products Division where he gained experience of designing jigs and fixtures used on assembly lines, making changes to current products, applying six sigma principles and designing innovative photonic devices and graduated scale used to provide sub-micron positional.
Stephen moved to Australia in 2015, where he worked for Ingeneus on a number of ophthalmic products, a device for retracting the liver during laparoscopic surgery and a machine that helps stroke victims with their rehabilitation.
More recently, Stephen worked for the South Australian Government to help attract international and interstate medtech companies to establish in Adelaide before joining MEDTEC South Australia as Program Manager in October 2018, where he coordinates and runs a number of co-operative programs helping grow the South Australian medtech sector.

Linda Matto

Membership Engagement and Events Manager

Linda Matto has more than 18 years of experience as a senior administrator in the higher education sector, with extensive knowledge in office and laboratory management, finance, reporting, strategic planning, marketing and events management.
During her time at Adelaide Microscopy, a multi-user open access scientific facility at the University of Adelaide, Linda played an integral role through the centre’s rapid growth – providing industry, researchers and students with easy and reliable access to world-class microscopy and microanalysis technologies.

Stephen Blakeney

Program Manager

Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering in London before going on to work for Renishaw’s Neurological Products Division on an MRI coil system for enhanced imaging of the brain as part of a system for stereotactic Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson’s Disease.
While at Renishaw, he also went on to work in the Encoder Products Division where he gained experience of designing jigs and fixtures used on assembly lines, making changes to current products, applying six sigma principles and designing innovative photonic devices and graduated scale used to provide sub-micron positional.
Stephen moved to Australia in 2015, where he worked for Ingeneus on a number of ophthalmic products, a device for retracting the liver during laparoscopic surgery and a machine that helps stroke victims with their rehabilitation.
More recently, Stephen worked for the South Australian Government to help attract international and interstate medtech companies to establish in Adelaide before joining MEDTEC South Australia as Program Manager in October 2018, where he coordinates and runs a number of co-operative programs helping grow the South Australian medtech sector.

Linda Matto

Membership Engagement and Events Manager

Linda Matto has more than 18 years of experience as a senior administrator in the higher education sector, with extensive knowledge in office and laboratory management, finance, reporting, strategic planning, marketing and events management.
During her time at Adelaide Microscopy, a multi-user open access scientific facility at the University of Adelaide, Linda played an integral role through the centre’s rapid growth – providing industry, researchers and students with easy and reliable access to world-class microscopy and microanalysis technologies.