Nigel Hennessy

Government Grants Director

Sydney

Nigel Hennessy

Nigel is a well-regarded company director and business advisor. He is a fellow and graduate of the AICD and evaluated the International Company Director Course. He is currently a Councillor of the NSW AICD Council. He is a Certified Chair and Approved Advisor with the Advisory Board Centre and is part of the Technical Committee that developed the standards for advisory boards.  

His current roles include non-executive director and Chair of Governance at the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM); non-executive director and Chair of Finance and Risk for the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and Chair and non-executive director of Spatial Hub Analytics. In addition, he is a committee member for the Home-Based Business Council of Australia and for Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Sydney Region. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence for the NSW Government and several emerging technology companies.

Nigel holds a degree in Cybernetics and Mathematics and spent nearly 10 years working in the Royal Navy and in intelligence in the UK during the cold war. He came to Australia in the early 1980’s and quickly established a career in the software industry at senior executive levels before developing a Native Title system in Fiji in 1987 during the coup. In 1988, he started his first start-up business (now standing at 16 start-ups) which grew quickly from just one person to a company of 140 people and a $50M order book before selling the company in 1993. He was then appointed as the General Manager for Defence Systems and Deputy Managing Director at BAE Systems before several other roles at managing director level, including Simoco Pacific (Ex Phillips Mobile) and CCN/Cabcharge.

In 2002 Nigel moved into a portfolio career. He worked with a Family Office for a few years as the Technology and Board Advisor for the owner and his large investment portfolio. In 2004, Nigel was appointed CEO of an AgTech company which he transitioned to the USA in 2006. He led the Australian and US businesses over 5 years raising $35M in capital and diversifying the business into Golf and the Sports Sectors within the US market before returning to Australia.

For the past 10 years Nigel has worked as a commercialisation advisor working with the Federal Government where he has reviewed over 1,000 technology companies. In addition, he has specialised in marketing and business analytics and undertaken numerous assignments on behalf of clients ranging from PE firms to Universities.