Head Innovator, Dominoes
Leigh Angus is a specialist in introducing and operationalising emerging technologies, digital products and services to corporate markets. Her personal calling into innovation and entrepreneurship makes her deeply passionate about disruptive technologies and business models and an asset to Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (“Domino’s”).
Before joining Domino’s in the position of Head Innovator in 2015, Leigh’s experience spans across 20 years in corporate and research environments as well as working with technology start-ups in Australia and Israel.
Having studied Business and Industrial Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology in 1995, Leigh’s career started in her position as an organisational change consultant in 1996, before moving into various roles in Marketing and Business Development. She also continued to study and gained a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash and a Master of Social Sciences from Edith Cowan Univeristy.
In 2000, Leigh moved to Israel where she spent several years working as Marketing and Business Development Manager for technology start-up, Wizzapp and KP Electric Systems in Tel Aviv. After returning to Australia in 2004, Leigh was appointed Market Development Manager at Canon Australia where she was responsible for developing and executing channel marketing in Australia and New Zealand. During this time she also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Engineering and Technology Management to match a strong interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.
With a passion for invention and moving ideas and knowledge into action, it wasn’t long before Leigh permanently took up residence in this space joining UniQuest as the Manager of Innovation and Commercial development – ICT, Industrial Design and Multimedia (2008). In this role Leigh focused on assisting social entrepreneurs and university researchers to commercialise their ideas.
Not happy to sit on the sideline, it wasn’t long before Leigh was rolling up her sleeves and co-founding her own start-up. In 2010 Leigh launched WizzyBoard, a fully integrated gaming and toy app for children. WizzyBoard went on to win the 2001 Geelong ICT Innovation Prize and 2011 Creative3 Innovation Prize as well as being a recipient of Digital Media Grant by the NSW Government.
After licensing the Wizzyboard technology to third party, Leigh moved roles to become the Director of ilab Digital Start-Up Accelerator which is a subsidiary of The University of Queensland that supports early stage, high tech companies. In this role Leigh transformed a Government run incubator to a sustainable, accelerator consisting of design, seed funding, development and launch of next generation digital projects and services. During this time she also completed the Executive Program for Venture Capital at the University of California, Berkley.
Leigh went on to co-found another successful ventures called Junior Engineers, developing innovation in the area of education while also acting as Queensland Lab director for Data61 (formerly NICTA). She is currently a senior advisor for Student Entrepreneurism and Innovation at the University of Queensland.
Leigh has been published in publications including Idea Network, Tech Street Journal and Start-up Smart and has advised on many panels including work with the Queensland Government and IT Queensland. Leigh has also presented a TEDxUQ presentation on Entrepreneurship.
At Domino’s Leigh heads up innovation to help further accelerate the company’s ability to move at rapid pace within the market by facilitating internal and external ideas in partnership with universities and the Australian start-up ecosystem. She is currently in the process of developing the Dlab, a coworking space dedicated to helping foster design and innovation.