About the Director

Rochelle has over 25 years’ experience in the creation and development of innovative research programmes with a strong focus on growing and managing collaborative programmes that link industry, business and research. Her original training in environmental and life sciences provided an essential formative background that then expanded across diverse sectors and disciplines including many years with government regulatory and research investment agencies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK, research institutes in New Zealand and, for the last 12 years, the Australian and New Zealand tertiary sectors.

Rochelle is passionate and committed to innovation strategies that build networks of industry, business and education working together to create successful ecosystems that allow today’s students and researchers to become tomorrow’s innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Rochelle is currently the Director of Research & Commercialisation for James Cook University, Australia and is spearheading the launch of JCU Connect. The JCU Connect team will provide an essential and simplified interface and a one stop shop for researchers, business, community and government to partner through research and innovation.

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Rochelle Finlay

JCU Connect Director



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Simon Page

Project Officer



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Allison Byrnes

Coordinator, Client Communications



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Lenore Brown

Administrative Support Officer

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Marianne Brown

Manager, Research Information

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Cedric Hensman

Systems and Database Officer