Elevating South Australia's Innovative Women

Women In Innovation SA Board


Nicole Swaine

Managing Director of Explore Potential Consulting, Nicole has held positions in multinational, national and state based organisations in senior management, executive and director roles and is the former Chief Executive of SCOSA, the Spastic Centres of South Australia Inc. Nicole has driven numerous successful initiatives leading to sound business outcomes and has established an excellent reputation at an operational, strategic and governance level.

Nicole’s extensive professional achievements include being recognised at the 2013 SA Telstra Business Women’s Awards where she won two categories – Community and Government Award and the Young Business Women of the Year Award and the CPA Top 40 Business Leaders for 2013 and has been inducted to the South Australian Government’s Women's Honour roll.

Vice President (Sponsorship)

Paula Turbill

Paula is an accomplished executive who has worked in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Paula brings over 20 years experience in international sales, business development, commercialization, marketing, brand expansion and philanthropy across the FMCG, pharmaceutical, human resources and education sectors. Her strength lies in her ability to use sound commercial principles to develop strategic, mutually beneficial and results driven business partnerships.


Shakhlo Rasulova

Shakhlo Rasulova is a qualified CPA, and brings a strong understanding of procurement, corporate governance, strategic planning and risk management and background in accounting and audit. Throughout her career she has been delivering range of corporate governance outcomes, including those associated with business planning and reporting, management and business process improvement.

Membership Director

Cindy Flower

Cindy has a passion for change and people, which is the perfect combination for her role as Manager, Organisational Reform in the SA Government. Cindy has had many years managing women in leadership programs and strategies, and considers one of her career highlights helping her organisation to win a National Diversity@Work Awards in 2010. Cindy currently has a focus in enabling and supporting grassroots innovation and creativity within her department. Combining Cindy’s thirst for innovative and creative solutions with her eagerness after finishing her MBA, Women in Innovation is the perfect playground for Cindy.

Communications Director

Courtney Jonson

Courtney has over 10 years’ experience in communications and has a track record for delivering successful communications and marketing campaigns for the diverse organisations with which she has worked.
Courtney draws on her experiences as an accomplished athlete with extensive experience in the local, national and international arenas. Her years of successfully competing at the international level enable her to work both autonomously and as part of a team. Her drive and determination make her an asset in delivering projects on time and within budgetary constraints. Courtney is a motivated and energetic person who utilises her compelling communication style to collaborate, drive and innovate.

Board Director

Tania Jolley

Tania is a passionate entrepreneur and the founding partner and Managing Director of DNA Security Solutions since 2007. She aims to ensure that all women have opportunities to achieve whatever their personal skills and dreams hold and is helping to develop these pathways in all fields of endeavour. Having been that which she describes as an “accidental entrepreneur” for the greater part of 20 years, Tania has successfully developed, grown and exited two previous businesses. Holding both a BA (Psychology) and a Business Degree (Marketing), Tania has also earned a number of business awards during her career, including a 2014 Winnovation Award in the Manufacturing and Defence category.

Board Director

Megan Short

Megan loves helping people and organisations come up with great ideas, and extraordinary services. She is particularly interested in design thinking methods for innovation and wants to encourage women to be creative problem solvers. As a designer, she has worked in the technology field in private enterprise and for large government organisations for over 15 years to enhance and transform the way organisations do business and communicate with people. Megan brings a passion for great online design and engaging marketing and is deeply passionate about coming up with better services, new ways to innovate, to solve problems and tackle tricky challenges.

Board Director

Leila Henderson

Leila is a serial entrepreneur and champion of women in STEM, coaching students and entrepreneurs via programs such as the New Venture Institute at Flinders University, University of Adelaide Entrepreneurship Program, the iLab at Uniquest, the D3 Challenge, Startup Weekend, and many more.
The Newsmaker PR and Social Marketing platform, which Leila founded in 2005, has expanded into 3 countries and today represents over 15,000 customers and 50,000 brands. Leila’s latest venture, Kondotto, is a software automation platform named as one of the Top 10 Start-ups in Australia by the Boston-based international accelerator MassChallenge in December 2016.

Board Director

Marina Pullin

Marina currently heads up MCBI as Managing Director and has helped build the company into a successful and exciting organisation. Winner of the 2017 Winnovation award in the Maths category, Marina, is an experienced and successful entrepreneur and senior executive, with a vast array of professional competencies and skills ranging from transforming business models through to the application of great ICT to help organisations to operate better.

Adam Koch

Adam Koch

Senior Operations Executive with significant International and Domestic experience spanning the Technology, Retail, Finance and Tourism industries; motivated by large-scale transformational change objectives designed to deliver improved efficiencies through process enhancement, organisational construct and people development via an approachable and engaging leadership style. Strong work ethic and the highest sense of integrity, seeking the satisfaction gained in achieving the unachievable. Adam is a senior executive with 25yrs of combined management experience across several state, national and global industries. Growing up in the Riverland, Adam has a passion for all things South Australian and is a strong supporter of the local community along with wife Angela, daughter Madison and sons Callan and Hudson.

Kirk Drage

Kirk Drage

Kirk is CEO and co-founder of LeapSheep, a subscription advisory and start-up platform that radically transforms start-up success rates. Kirk’s career has been driven by 3 keen interests; Deep Technology, Global Business Models and Human Psychology.

Working with Microsoft, he was Head of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Relations for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

He also worked with Silicon Valley start-ups, developing artificial intelligence, before returning to Adelaide in 2015. Kirk is an early stage angel investor, with a passion for empowering people with the abilities to develop global companies, create jobs, distribute wealth and generate positive social impact. That's why he has involved himself in the Adelaide innovation and start-up scene, along side his commitment to Women in Innovation. Kirk is the Inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Innovation and Collaboration Centre at the University of South Australia, leading the Space Industry Incubation program. He is a member of the Science and Industry advisory board at Flinders University and Former Inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the City of Adelaide