ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has appointed Siobhan Casey (nee Hayden) as Director of Scale Up and Innovation Labs.
In her new role Casey will oversee the growth and commercialisation of River City Labs in Brisbane, Harbour City Labs in Sydney and Bay City Labs in Melbourne. All three are home to tech scale-ups with the labs also acting as accelerators for small companies delivering innovative technology solutions.
Casey, who started the role on Friday 4 October, has been heavily involved in the startup ecosystem and was an inaugural judge in ACS’ RiverPitch television series earlier this year.
With 20 years of specialist knowledge across trends, behaviours, customer patterns and technology within the finance and logistics sectors, Casey is an industry thought leader.
Prior to joining ACS, she was a board adviser and COO of fintech startup HashChing, Australia’s first online marketplace for customers to access verified mortgage brokers. During her tenure, HashChing successfully settled more than $1 billion worth of home loans.
Before starting at HashChing, Casey was the CEO of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA), the peak industry body for Australian mortgage brokers, and held senior operations roles at Finware and Woolworths.
She is a Director for Running for Premature Babies Foundation (RFPB) and an Education Advisory Board Member for SP Jain, Global School of Management.
Casey said, “I have always been passionate about customers and small business and I am very excited to be joining the ACS team and I look forward to assisting all the businesses within the Innovation Labs to reach their full potential.”
The ACS Labs network was formed after the acquisition of Brisbane’s River City Labs in September 2018. The east coast network was completed with the launch of the Sydney lab in April this year followed by the Melbourne Docklands lab in July.
Andrew Johnson, ACS CEO, said “Siobhan’s appointment is part of ACS’ vision for Australia to be a world leader in technology talent and part of the Labs objective to make tech and innovation Australia’s most important economic contributor and greatest export industry.”
“Siobhan’s combination of corporate and startup experience made her the obvious candidate for the role,” said Johnson.
“As ACS Labs grows, and the individual businesses develop, Siobhan’s skillset will be invaluable.”
Casey will be based out of ACS’ Sydney office.