Mr Colin Daws

Mr Colin Daws
Mr Colin Daws

Chief Financial and Operating Officer, DataGene Ltd

Colin played a key role as Chief Operating Officer in Dairy Futures CRC, a high impact high-impact CRC, which has created some of the fastest technology adoption on dairy farms and built technology platforms that will transform the potential of dairy pastures and dairy herds. One of the greatest successes of the CRC was its industry profile and the broad recognition of the enormous value to be created from stable and medium term investment in science.

In his new role with DataGene, Colin continues to have a close connection with research activities. DataGene is driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry, through research, development and extension activities.

Creating a legacy

Workshop, Thursday 25 May, 1330–1500

Cooperative Research Centres and similar collaborations are funded for finite terms. Planning for and executing a highly professional wind-up of a collaboration is critical to securing its legacy and maximising its impact. In this workshop, the key issues for a successful legacy of a CRC will be identified and discussed.

Locking in the achievements – Mr Colin Daws, former Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Futures CRC

Articulating a vision – Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

Keeping on track – Ms Kellie Dyer, Former Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation

The Dairy Futures CRC transitioned successfully to Dairy Bio in June 2016. The biosciences-based innovations delivered by the CRC will power the competitiveness of the Australian dairy industry. Genetic improvements are yielding dramatic immediate gains and triple breeding progress each year through genomic selection. Former Chief Operating Officer of the CRC, Mr Colin Daws, will outline the critical steps in planning to leave your mark on an Industry.

During the 2016 Federal Election, the Invasive Animals CRC secured promises for future funding from the Coalition, the ALP and the Australian Greens. The CRC’s proposed Centre for Invasive Species Solutions was able to capture the imaginations of politicians of all persuasions. CRC Chair, Helen Cathles, will describe the importance of taking a shared stakeholder vision to Government and how her CRC did it.

The CRC for Rail Innovation wound up very successfully in 2015. Kellie Dyer, the CRC’s Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, will explain how the CRC influenced such a large and diverse industry. Through a mixed portfolio of projects, the CRC was able to bridge the wide gap between academia and industry and forge a new understanding of how knowledge can improve performance.

This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Valerie Linton, who has successfully passed the baton as the CRC for Energy Pipelines moves into its transition from CRC to industry body. Valerie will point out resources and experience available via the CRC Association’s Members’ website for effective winding-up or transitioning of a CRC.