Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
As a Commercialisation Adviser on the Accelerating Commercialisation (Entrepreneur's Programme), Charlie provides commercial advice and
matching grants of up to $1 million to innovative companies looking to commercialise their novel IP.
Originally an Economics teacher from the UK, via Singapore, Charlie Gunningham landed in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as
top student in 1999 he set up aussiehome.com, an online real estate business, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon
Charlie and his team ran reiwa.com. He then moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as GM of Digital, then as CEO.
Charlie is an active speaker, mentor and adviser among Perth's tech startup community, and sits on the advisory boards of TEDxPerth, WAITTA,
the Perth Symphony Orchestra, ECU School of Business & Law, the Chief Scientist's STEM Panel and the Royal Perth Hospital Medical
Research Fund marketing committee.
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Canning
Jemma is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Canning. She is responsible for developing the City’s innovation strategy, building
the innovation capability of over 800 employees, and embedding a culture of innovation which includes embracing technology and digital
Before joining Local Government in 2015, Jemma built a successful 15 year career in human resources, business operations and
continuous improvement across a number of industries including retail, manufacturing, construction, and mining. She is a qualified
Training Facilitator, Certified Human Resources Practitioner with the Australian Human Resources Institute, and holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in Business from Edith Cowan University, where she was awarded the Business and Law School Dean’s Award for achieving
outstanding results within the top 5% of undergraduate students.
Jemma has a passion for driving change that adds value within an organisational context, which she demonstrates through her openness
to share her knowledge and experience, and in the application of intrapreneur leadership that embraces creativity and collaboration.