UQR&I welcomes Joe McLean as the new Director, Research Partnerships.

Most recently, Joe was Head, Strategy and Growth, Triple P International Pty Ltd, and is well known at UQ through his previous roles, including as Director, UQ International Development (2014-2015), prior to which he held a variety of roles at UniQuest (2002-2014).

As Director of Research Partnerships Joe provides strategic and operational support to industry-facing funding schemes and ensure UQ is well positioned to adapt to changes in the policy environment that affect partnerships. Joe has spent 20 years working at the interface of research and industry/government. He has experience project managing Cooperative Research Centre proposals, and has helped facilitate numerous research partnerships between UQ researchers and a variety of private sector, government and NGO partners. He has also managed the commercialisation of a number of UQ discoveries, including Latch-on and Leximancer. Additionally he has worked closely with government departments to secure funding for major research centres. Joe commenced on 28 February 2018.