UNIQ YOU expands Advisory Board, appointing tech entrepreneur Wayne Gerard

UNIQ YOU expands Advisory Board, appointing tech entrepreneur Wayne Gerard

BRISBANE, 30 August 2021  

Not-for-profit UNIQ YOU announced this week it is welcoming  Wayne Gerard, Co-founder and CEO of RedEye and Queensland’s newly appointment Chief Entrepreneur to UNIQ YOU’s Advisory Board. 

Wayne is an influential leader in Queensland’s innovation ecosystem, forming his own startup in 2012, and being named Queensland’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. In June 2021, Wayne was appointed Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, another outstanding accolade reflecting his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, and the need to cement Queensland’s competitive future in the world economy.

Wayne brings 25 years of industry, technology and entrepreneurial experience and his passion for entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion to UNIQ YOU’s mission of connecting high school girls with networks and career pathways in under-represented industries.

“I believe that Queensland and more broadly, Australia’s economy will gain enormous global competitive advantage if we can encourage and facilitate greater diversity and inclusion in our key industries. UNIQ YOU’s ground breaking service and online platform connects, inspires and accelerates opportunities for young women and helps our industry partners build an amazing talent pipeline. Every CEO and board member I know, understands the value of diversity and inclusion, most are parents, they want to build sustainable businesses and make a positive contribution to our society. UNIQ YOU provides a very practical and tangible way to do these things.” Wayne said.

“It’s a privilege to be working with UNIQ YOU and their high calibre leadership team and board. I share their continued commitment to help build a great ecosystem that enables our economy to remain strong and prosperous,” he said.

Tanya Meessmann, CEO and Founder of UNIQ YOU, shares Wayne’s passion for creating this unique and diverse workforce in Queensland and beyond. 

“Wayne and I quickly saw alignment in our commitment to developing Queensland’s young female talent and I’m thrilled at the contribution he’ll be able to make as part of our engaged and pro-active Advisory Board,” she said.   

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About UNIQ YOU

UNIQ YOU CEO Tanya Meessmann has spent the past 3 years providing on-site work exposure for over 450 high school girls, their educators and parents through her social enterprise Girl Shaped Flames, and believes bringing secondary school career advice into the 21st Century is key. Through their support of UNIQ YOU the following partners have shown enormous commitment to the young women of Australia and their educators while recognising the important role their female staff play in inspiring and educating the next generation.

About Wayne Gerard:

Wayne co-founded RedEye in 2012 with an underlying view: to improve how people work by making data more available, usable and valuable. Wayne heads the executive leadership team at RedEye and drives the vision and product direction of the company, in conjunction with RedEye’s customers, Wayne aim’s to solve the most pressing data management, security and collaboration challenges for the world’s critical infrastructure. As Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, and advisory to other boards and industry groups, Wayne advocates for entrepreneurship, innovation and the development of local start-up ecosystems that accelerate the potential and competitiveness of Queensland’s economy. 

For more information visit redeye.co or www.chiefentrepreneur.qld.gov.au.

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