Our Team

Allan Ryan is a highly respected and experienced thought-leader, facilitator and innovation coach with a unique ability to “demystify innovation”. Inspired by Lawrence Hargrave’s “willingness to share experience for the benefit of others”, Allan founded Hargraves Institute as a community of practice for innovation and collaboration.

Our team, including Tess Julian and Sandra Loader, offers extensive experience working both in and with leading organisations, with expert partners who complement and collaborate with our community.

With expertise spanning innovation, collaboration, digital collaboration, leadership, diversity and strategy, and ‘collective wisdom’ on tap, we have the people, knowledge and experience to support your objectives. From the boardroom discussing strategy to facilitating programs, delivering collaborative events, innovation coaching, or simply sharing ideas over a coffee, we’re here to help. Just say ‘HI‘.

Our Experts

Allan Ryan

Allan Ryan

Founder & Executive Director

+61 418 614 243

Allan’s an educator, facilitator and coach who enables teams and organisations, both in Australia and internationally, to deliver real competitive advantage through innovation.

Meet Allan

Tess Julian

Principal Consultant

+61 412 044 184

With over 15 years of experience in organisational innovation, Tess knows that innovation is all about people. Her expertise spans all the elements that underpin innovation capability and culture, including diversity, mindset, collaboration and recognition.

Meet Tess
Sandra Loader

Sandra Loader

Member Advocate (Victoria)

+61 413 452 484

Sandra’s a professional executive director focused on making a difference as a leader when it comes to innovation, technology, and protecting our environment.

Meet Sandra
Leisl Kimber

Leisl Kimber

Member Services

+61 411 578 519

Leisl’s an extremely capable process innovator and skilled administrator with a passion for community, collaboration and innovation. Our admin queen, Leisl coordinates our Hargraves community and shares DIY tools for everyday work.

Meet Leisl

Our Expert Partners


CCS Corporation is an Australian company well known in training and development circles as the creator of the image-based communication tool, the Compatibility Communication System, or CCS Cards. CCS Corporation has partnered with Hargraves to produce the team collaboration tool known as, Collaborizza®.

More about CCS

Logo Designing Collaboration

Designing Collaboration design collaborative tools for digitally savvy teams, leaders and workforces, including the Designing Collaboration book and series of playbooks, Digital Team Builder resources and workshops.

More about Designing Collaboration (previously Innosis)

Ricky Nowak logo

Ricky Nowak is a highly versatile, talented and entertaining female speaker, facilitator/trainer and Emcee with over 25 years’ experience working with high-performance individuals, teams and businesses. Ricky has partnered with Hargraves to produce leadership tools including the Leadership in Three Words deck.

More about Ricky Nowak, Leadership is Individual

Centre for Social Purpose logo

The newly created Centre for Social Purpose is a collaborative forum to address the sector’s challenge of how to become more commercial without losing what makes us unique. Their focus is to assist Not For Profits and provide a voice on matters affecting the sector’s ability to deliver their purpose sustainably.

More about the Centre for Social Purpose

SWOOP Analytics helps organisations become better and faster at collaborating. They provide analytics for Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Workplace from Facebook with a focus on online behaviours, enabling you to measure and improve employee engagement and collaboration.

More about SWOOP Analytics


ImagineNation™ is a global network of future thinking innovation leaders, experienced in designing and delivering a wide range of programs and tools that help you to discover how your organisation can create and deliver sustainable innovation through innovation culture, leadership, coaching and teaming.

More about ImagineNation

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