Meet the Activators

Supporting the next generation of Aussie changemakers

Every school participating in Future Anything’s Activate program is connected with an ‘Activator’.

Acting as their very own ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’, Activators work with a participating school, supporting their teachers and students as a mentor, sounding board, and cheerleader as they work through Activate

The Activator’s goal is to help to connect learning in the classroom to life outside the school gates.  

Want to become an Activator in 2023?Want to bring an Activator to your school?

MEET THE 2022 ACTIVATORS

Future Anything is proud to welcome over 40 epic humans who have generously volunteered their time to support the next generation of Aussie innovators and changemakers in 2022. Meet the Activators!

Adele Laughton

CEO & Founder

Future Farmers Network | Unpackd | Free From Baking Co

Alex Harper

Chief Product Officer

Swyftx

Alexandra Bruhn

Community Manager

Youth Inc.

Alita DeBrincat

Leadership, Culture & Performance Specialist

Shiift

Anna Harrison

Founder

RAMMP

Annelise McCarthy

Speaking Coach, Owner & Founder

Her Speaking Coach

Bek Drayton

Managing Director

BeKonstructive Marketing

Bethan Winn

Founder & Facilitator

Bethan Winn - Critical Thinking

Bob Jones

Digital Business Advisor

Business Station

Byron Dempsey

Founder

Driven Young

Chun-Yin San

Executive Design Manager

ThinkPlace Global

Crevia Soh

Founder

On Remind

Dante St James

Entrepreneurship Facilitator

Business Station

Deb Allen

Manager

Manufacturing Hub Mackay

Doug Adamson

Managing Director

DNA Innovation

Gabrielle Jansen-Geissler

Head of Secondary

Brisbane Catholic Education

Helen Newell

Agribusiness Specialist

Greater Whitsunday Alliance

Isabelle Sheffield

Digital Solutions Advisor

Business Station

Jack Bruce

Director / Owner

Cirrus Consulting Group

Jahin Tanvir

Consultant & Founder

Various companies

Janelle Finucane

Director

Finucane Consulting

Jarryd Townson

Principal Modernizer / Director

Vivifi

Jason Britton

Regional Harbour Master

Maritime Safety Queensland

Jason Neave

Director

Moonshine Lab

Joe Hoolahan

Co-Founder & Director

JESI

Joel Hillier

Founder

Solesearcher Adventures

Josh Smith

Founder

Fortitude Nutrition Coaching

Kai Lovel

Business Manager

Zipline.io

Kathy Wilson

Director

JESI Management Solutions

Kim Flintoff

TIDES Co-orindator

Peter Carnley ACS

Leanne Butterworth

Founder

Empathy First

Leanne Williams

Campus Coordinator

CQU University

Lisa Paisley

Co-Founder

Aggie Global & Aggie Gifts

Mark McCrystal

Catapult Program Lead

City of Logan

Miranda Simmiss

Product Manager

Everledger

Monte Huebsch

Lead Generation Manager

Content to Convert

Nathan Moss

Founder

Uncle Nathan

Neil McGaffin

Director Development Services

Whitsunday Regional Council

Nilan Mihindukulasooriya

Director Technology

Brick and Mortar Digital

Paulette Oldfield

City Transformation Program Leader

Logan City Council

Peter Vollert

General Manager

Ecoflo Wastewater Management

Rakalene Condon

Head of Product

Everledger

Rebecca White

Director, Financial Education

BDO Australia

Renee Coman

M&A Relationship Manager

Jonas Software

Richelle McNae

Head of Accelerator

Remarkable Tech

Ruth Knight

Lecturer

QUT

Sandra Duarte

CEO

Sandra Duarte Consulting

Sarah Smith

Chief of Staff

Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

Scott Schomer

Owner

Helios Brewing

Steven Boxall

CEO

Resources Centre of Excellence

Teressa Schmidt

Manager of VET Programs

CQ University

Warrick Tan

Co-Founder | Customer Success Manager

Oversi

Zoe Paisley

Co-Founder

Aggie Gifts & Aggie Global

ABOUT ACTIVATE

Future Anything’s Activate program empowers young people to design innovative, sustainable, and scalable solutions to the problems they care about. It’s delivered by educators in their own classrooms over one or two terms and culminates in their school’s very own ‘shark tank’ or showcase.

Activate teachers receive professional development and support, and extensive curriculum resources and assessment tools – everything they need to build enterprising mindsets in their classrooms.

Plus, students have the opportunity to take their ideas to our high-profile national competition with young people pitching for funding and support to launch their ideas into the real world.

Want to bring Activate to your school? Find out more here.

Interested in becoming an Activator? Expressions of Interest for 2022 are now closed. Register your interest here and we’ll let you know when they open for 2023.