Board Chair

John is a contrarian thinker, always challenging conventional thinking. His passion is people. He is singularly motivated to helping individuals achieve their financial independence.

John (BCOM, GDipFP, FCA, FSIA, AFPA, GAICD, FAIM), is an accomplished management consultant, private investor, mentor and businessman. He is well travelled having worked throughout Europe, the USA and Australia.

He commenced professional life as a chartered accountant prior to becoming a management consultant. He found his passion in the workings of investment banking, venture capital and investment markets.

He holds various director positions across industries and not for profit organisations.

He established Independent Capital Advisers which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence to provide financial and investment advice to individuals and corporates.

Contact John: 0409 648 123






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.

As the Director of JCU Connect – James Cook University’s one stop shop for research support, commercialisation and partnering - Rochelle leads a team of professional staff in pursuit of its mission to provide strategic and operational support for JCU researchers, and ensuring external access to JCU’s intellectual property, expertise, facilities and innovation centres.

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.

Contact Rochelle: 0429 255 915




Rhiannon joined Kleinhardt at the beginning of 2015 coming with previous experience in small business management, marketing and the legal industry. She contributes across all aspects of the firm’s projects from business planning for start-ups to advanced financial modelling, market research and analysis for feasibility studies and economic development projects. Her focus is creating solutions that consider business, industry and economic development as an opportunity to leverage enhanced social and environment outcomes. Rhiannon is involved on a number of Boards and Committees across the community including a role as the current Chair of the Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 she completed the AICD’s company directors’ course and in 2018 she won the Cairns Business Excellence Awards, Emerging Leadership Excellence Award.

Ignite FNQ has welcomed Rhiannon as one of the Board Directors and the Finance Committee Chair.

Contact Rhiannon: (07) 4040 7100

Regional Innovation Coordinator

Troy Bishop is the independent Regional Innovation Coordinator in a part time capacity.

Troy has established himself as one of FNQ leaders in startups and business growth.  He has successfully started a business that created opportunities for businesses with high level business advice in all areas to ensure you have the right resources and services to be effective.  Having a successful senior management career, Troy has a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of industries and continues to grow his personal and professional development through connections and business opportunities.

Having a passion for startups and established businesses in the FNQ region, Troy will ensure to connect you to the right resources and partners to ensure your business success and opportunity.  Troy is welcomed by the Ignite FNQ team and look forward to seeing what is achieved for the region.

Contact Troy: 0407 612 352

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