Introducing Bionics Queensland

Our Board Directors and Ambassadors​

Dr Dimity Dornan AO

Dimity Dornan AO – Founder and Chair

Dimity’s advocacy for multi-partner, multi-sector collaborations to bust the silos of endeavour in medical bionic innovation is legendary. As the founder and Executive Director of Hear and Say, providing hearing services for nearly 1,000 children in Queensland, Australia (now delivering Hear and Say Worldwide), Dimity’s passion is to transform lives with bionic devices and treatments.

She is a member of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, a former Queensland Senior Australia of the Year and Chair of the Industry and Innovation Forum of the Australian College of Technology & Engineering (ATSE).

Dr Robyn Stokes

Dr Robyn Stokes – CEO and Director

Robyn joined Bionics Queensland as CEO in 2020 after successfully leading her own business Stokes Strategy and Research for more than a decade. Robyn is widely recognised for her successful career as a university lecturer, her visioning and strategy expertise, research and marketing insights and capacity to leverage major projects and events including Australia’s G20 hosted in Brisbane.

As Co-Chair of Bionics Queensland and subsequently the CEO, Robyn designed and delivered Australia’s first ever Bionics Challenge (now an annual event) and a suite of growth-enabling projects designed to build a successful bionics industry cluster.

Amanda Mather – Director

Amanda is the CEO of Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association who have been enabling people of all abilities to enjoy recreation activities, play sport with their mates or become an Olympic athlete for some 40 years.

Amanda’s passion for assisting people with disabilities to realise their dreams was ignited while working as General Manager of Hear and Say. Her diverse experience across government, commercial and healthcare sectors over 25+ years brings deep insights to project and change management, strategic planning, business policy, product/ service delivery and marketing.

Matthew Ames

Matthew Ames – Director

Matthew has an in-depth understanding of strategy, risk and cultural change from his almost 20 years as an environmental engineer. Since 2012, Matthew has found valuable and innovative ways to apply his knowledge and expertise after suffering toxic shock from Streptococcus and the loss of all four of his limbs.

As the first recipient of bilateral mind controlled bionic arms in the world, Matthew is immersed in many worthwhile endeavours in the health sector. He is Chair of Hear and Say in Queensland and a member of steering committees for Queensland Health, the Australian Digital Health Agency and Bionics Queensland.

Paul Russell

Paul Russell – Director

Paul is the principal of his own business development and innovation advisory practice that he founded in early 2020. His ‘hands on’ experience in government, industry and professional services and connections with hundreds of entrepreneurs and technology businesses informs his advisory work.

Paul had an instrumental role in the design and delivery of the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Strategy from 2016 -2019, including delivery of The Precinct innovation hub and managing a large portfolio of grants and regional support programs. He is one of Queensland’s most respected advisors to early-stage businesses and a long-standing advocate for business innovation.

Major Partner

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Motor Accident Insurance Commission

The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) Queensland is our major funding partner. The rehabilitation of Queenslanders impacted by road accident trauma, disabilities and chronic health conditions underpins our highly valued partnership.


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Bionics Challenge 2021

Bionics Challenge 2021, delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Qld) has provided over $300k in combined Cash Prizes, Mentoring and Acceleration.

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