Our Team

Hargraves Institute was founded in 2006 by Allan Ryan, a highly respected and experienced thought-leader with a passion for innovation, and a unique ability to “demystify innovation”. Having long been fascinated by Lawrence Hargrave’s “willingness to share experience for the benefit of others”, Allan used his own corporate experience and in-depth research to build a community to share insights around innovation.

Our leadership team includes Allan Ryan and Tess Julian in Sydney, and Sandra Loader in Melbourne. Their expertise spans innovation, collaboration, digital collaboration, leadership and strategy, working both in and with leading organisations. We also partner with experts who collaborate and share their specific expertise with our community.

Using collaboration, we’ve developed a wide range of programs, products and services proven to help leaders, teams and organisations succeed. Whether in the boardroom talking strategy, facilitating collaborative forums, coaching leaders, delivering programs and workshops, or sharing insights over a coffee, we have the knowledge and experience to support your innovation and collaboration requirements.

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.

About Allan
Tess Julian

Tess Julian

Principal Consultant

+612 412 044 184

Tess’s responsible for designing many of our Hargraves tools and programs (including the Hargraves Innovator Awards) in collaboration with members and leading organisations.

About Tess
Sandra Loader

Sandra Loader

Member Advocate (Victoria)

+612 413 452 484

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

About Sandra
Leisl Kimber

Leisl Kimber

Member Services

+612 411 578 519

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 for everyday work.

About 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™.

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Innosis offer leading digital collaboration tools, including the seven-part diagnostic included in their book, ‘Designing Collaboration’ which outlines what’s required today to assist teams of the future in achieving this highly sought-after goal.

More about Innosis

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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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