Blazing a new trail: Meet Brisbane's Chemical Engineering Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Queensland JCEC presents alternative career paths for chemical engineers. Now it's time to explore the ultimate "road less travelled".
Blazing a new trail: Meet Brisbane's Chemical Engineering Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Blazing a New Trail: Meet Brisbane's Chemical Engineering Business Owners and Entrepreneurs:

Queensland JCEC presents alternative career paths for chemical engineers. Now its time to explore the ultimate "road less travelled". During this series, we will meet chemical engineers at various stages along their entrepreneurial journey, from fresh start-ups, right through to some established household names. Join us as they reveal what motivated them to create their business, how they have managed the highs and lows, and what they have learned along the way!


Tim Lloyd-Smith (I2 Innova):

Having achieved degrees in both law and engineering at UQ, Tim found his initial niche as a techno-commercial consultant, before gaining 18 months operations experience at a remote wellhead site. In a bid to apply disruption to the engineering sector, Tim created his own start-up, I2 Innova, one of the goals of which was to assist the transition to an engineering gig economy. Although this first venture was unsuccessful, Tim maintains a strong belief in innovation as a means of challenging the status quo and enacting positive change. He will share his lessons learnt.

Mark Pigram (Illuminate Consultants):

Upon completion of his degree at UQ, Mark joined Caltex's Lytton refinery, where he worked his way up to production superintendent. Whilst still at Caltex, Mark enrolled in an MBA and worked on several major transformation projects. This started awakening him to his own possibilities. His management consultancy, Illuminate, was created after Mark resigned after 10 yrs with Caltex, no leads, no clients and just 3 months long service leave. Illuminate quickly expanded to 10 employees before acquiring several other small firms, rebranding as INNTURE and growing to ~$8M in turnover. In 2016, two years after the peak, Mark had the unenviable task of placing his company into liquidation and terminating the employment of around 30 people. In mid-2017, Illuminate was relaunched with Mark back at the helm doing what he enjoys the most. Many a lesson has been learnt and Mark looks forward to sharing them with you in a 'nothing is off limits' session. 

Alex Marshall (AGM Engineering Solutions):

After graduating from UQ and gaining experience in design and operations at Lytton refinery, it was only a few short years before Alex had the confidence to go it alone. AGM Process Engineering was born in 1997 with Alex as the sole employee. Since then, AGM's reputation has grown and it has expanded to 20 employees with a stable annual turnover exceeding $5 million dollars. A strong testiment to the company was it's resilience to the recent resources downturn, during which its headcount was maintained. Alex will share AGM's origin story and his experiences in being an employer.

This series is cosponsored by Engineers Australia Chemical Engineering College and IChemE.

IChemE members receive the same registration fee as EA members.

18 / 09 / 2018 - 06:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Registration Closes
18 / 09 / 2018 06:00 pm
Hawken Auditorium
Level 1, 447 Upper Edward Street
  • Member Rate: $20.00 ($18.18 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $50.00 ($45.45 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Tim Lloyd-Smith (12 Innova), Mark Pigram (Illuminate Consultants), Alex Marshall (AGM Engineering Solutions)
Queensland Joint Chemical Engineering Committee
Event Contact
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    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
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