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John Leitch and Lachlan Hoole


John Leitch (above left) and Lachlan Hoole (above right) have joined QCIF as program managers.

Both have worked in IT for more than 20 years, largely in project management.

John will play a central role in the delivery of QCIF’s Queensland Data Analytics Platform as well as a range of national software platform activities that QCIF is involved in, such as EcoCommons, Australian Characterisation at Scale, an Australian Imaging Service, and Environments to Accelerate Machine Learning Based Discovery (read more about these platforms on ARDC’s website). 

John has long worked in the digital health sector in university, government and private industry settings. He has worked for Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute, Australian Digital Health Agency, the National eHealth Transition Authority, and Voronoi, a digital health consulting service.

He was, until recently, Program Manager of Business Transformation with ICT company Data#3, and worked on its Seqwater project. (Seqwater is the supplier of drinking water for the South East Queensland region.)

“QCIF’s aim of providing high-quality computational, data storage and software capabilities to research communities presents unique opportunities to broaden the application of program management and along the way pick up some new experiences,” said John. 

Lachlan Hoole has joined QCIF’s Software Development Solutions (SDS) division, formerly known as the Data Innovation Team.

As SDS Program Manager, Lachlan will lead the team’s work on software operations and development of research data management tool ReDBox and a project with the Queensland Government’s Office of the Great Barrier Reef.

He will split his time between these two projects and other software activities being developed by the team.  

Lachlan, who has an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, has worked in both the private and public sectors, including the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. 

He was previously Operations and Program Manager for Queensland’s Livestock Exchange, a livestock management software development company.

He joined QCIF as he is keen to work with universities. “When the current pandemic started, it highlighted how significant the role of research is for communities and I thought I would like to play a role in supporting research and development,” said Lachlan.

“I am looking forward to working with like-minded people who are innovating in the area of research software. I am hoping we can push boundaries and create new opportunities.”

QCIF Business Development and Communications Manager Troy Lockett said Lachlan will help the SDS team deliver great outcomes for QCIF’s various stakeholders. “Lachlan’s industry background and extensive project management experience will help to ensure best practices in the development and release of software products,” he said.

QCIF warmly welcomes both John and Lachlan to the team.