About Our Team

Shift mindset. Innovate products. Transform organizations. We help enterprises respond to a disruptive and uncertain future.
Gavin Heaton, Founder, Disruptor's Handbook

Gavin Heaton

Disruptor. Gavin is the Founder of the Disruptor’s Handbook, an innovative network of senior business professionals with a practical interest in digital transformation. He is also a member of the Orbits program, the influencer network of  award winning analyst and advisory firm, Constellation Research. Gavin advises firms on strategy, product development and innovation. Gavin is the Chair of youth not-for-profit organisation, Vibewire, is a published author, startup mentor and public speaker.

Joanne Jacobs, Co-founder, Disruptor's Handbook

Joanne Jacobs

Disruptor. Joanne is an award-winning digital strategist and company director.  She advises firms on executive management skills, digital change management and social data analysis.  She is on the Board of Code Club Australia, and she is a Director of word of mouth marketing firm, 1000heads, where she formerly served as Chief Operating Officer.

Ian Lyons

Innovation Director. Ian has over 30 years digital experience. He started off being the youngest person in the room – now he’s frequently the oldest. Formerly Digital Director for Startup Week Sydney, Ian has worked with Sydney Festival and Amnesia Razorfish.

Anne-Marie Elias

Disruptor. Anne-Marie energises and leads teams to deliver excellence in change management, program and project delivery. She is highly successful in generating public-private collaborations, networks and outcomes.

Katie Chatfield

Katie Chatfield

Disruptor. Katie is one of the country’s leading creative strategists. She knows no problem is too big to be defeated and has worked with global brands to transform their business.

Jenni Beattie, Disruptor

Jenni Beattie

Disruptor. Jenni specialises in social media strategy, online community engagement and participation, product development.

Right Time Innovation

When is the best time to innovate? We believe that “now” is always the right time to innovate. The question therefore is not when, but how.

Problems Worth Solving

We don’t fall in love with ideas. We look for problems worth solving. We spend time understanding and defining problems so that the solution becomes clearer to us all.

Disruptive Technology

We help build technology that will scale your solution. We bring our considerable product management experience to bear, helping to ensure that you are not building in isolation.

Collaborative Development

How do you build collaboratively? There are tools you can use, approaches you can take and processes to follow. We help you navigate the minefield to achieve success.

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New Handbook – Design & Creative Thinking

  Innovation ultimately requires a dash of creativity. And we know it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing. We know that sometimes in a roomful of the same people you see every day, that brainstorming ideas can be difficult – you feel like you...

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