Board & Management


John Eales
John graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 before embarking on a 10-year international sporting career with the Australian rugby team from 1991, captaining the Wallabies from 1996 until 2001. John has served as an executive, adviser, director and investor in a number of listed and unlisted private organisations. John co-founded the Mettle Group in 2003 - a corporate consultancy which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in 2007. John currently sits on the ASX boards of Magellan Financial Group and Flight Centre Travel Group. He also sits on the board of Fuji Xerox - Document Management Solutions and Executive Health Solutions. He recently stepped down from his role as a Director of The Palladium Group and continues to serve as a consultant to major Australian companies, including Westpac. John has been a regular columnist in both the Australian Financial Review and The Australian over the last 20 years and is the author of two books, Learning from Legends Sport and Learning from Legends Business. He is the Chair of the World Rugby Hall of Fame Selection Panel and on the Rugby Australia Bid Advisory Board for the Rugby World Cup 2027. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for services to the community and rugby and is a Patron of the Melanoma Foundation, Hearts in Union and the Champagnat Trust. John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephen Tomisich
Stephen co-founded Trajan in 2011. Stephen leads Trajan’s senior management team and the Company’s global operations. Since entering the analytical science industry in 1984, Stephen has held several senior leadership roles in the industry, both in Australia and internationally. Immediately prior to co-founding Trajan, Stephen was the Chief Executive Officer of SGE Analytical Science. Other significant industry roles include Managing Director of PerkinElmer Australia and Africa, Director of Marketing at Vision Systems (since acquired by Danaher), Managing Director of Selby-Biolab and other senior roles at Varian Instruments (now Agilent Technologies) in both Australia and the US. Stephen is responsible for the design and implementation of Trajan’s strategic business plan and has led the negotiations of key customer and distribution agreements, the completion of Trajan’s acquisitions and the establishment of Trajan’s technological pipeline. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT University.

Robert Lyon
Robert is Head of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Trajan. Robert has global responsibility for the strategic growth of Trajan’s business through mergers and acquisitions, licensing arrangements, and commercial relationships with Trajan’s industry, academic, government and research partners in the scientific and medical sectors globally. As Trajan’s General Counsel he also has responsibility for the negotiation and execution of Trajan’s investments and transactions, as well as for its broader legal requirements. Prior to joining Trajan, Robert had a 15-year career in law including as a partner at Page Seager Lawyers before spending six years with KPMG Corporate Finance. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, as well as an MBA from the University of Tasmania. Robert is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tiffiny Lewin
Tiffiny brings operational, risk and strategy expertise gained over a 30-year career spanning consumer goods, manufacturing, professional services and the finance sectors. Tiffiny is currently a senior leader at Westpac Group where she has served since 2015. She is the Director of Root Cause, and previously held roles as General Manager Premium Bank Victoria and Head of Customer Advocate Office. Prior to Westpac, Tiffiny held senior leadership, operational and strategy roles across Australia and Asia for global organisations including Nestle Australia, Nestle Japan, SCA Hygiene, Mondelez International and Procter & Gamble where she successfully delivered organisational transformation, performance turnaround and market growth across business and consumer sectors. Tiffiny has a deep understanding of the Trajan businesses, having previously acted as a board advisor to Trajan. Tiffiny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Rohit Khanna
Dr Khanna has nearly 40 years of experience in analytical science, business leadership and laboratory application software. In 1981, Dr Khanna co-founded Dynamic Solutions, a software-engineering firm dedicated to providing computing solutions to the scientific and engineering community. The company’s data management software became a leader in transitioning the analytical instrument industry to automated system control and data analysis, before being acquired by Waters Corporation in 1986. Dr Khanna went on to hold various senior management roles at Waters Corporation, including Vice-President and General Manager of the Data Products Group. In 2002, Dr Khanna was appointed Vice-President, Worldwide Marketing, and most recently Dr Khanna was Senior Vice President of several key Waters Corporation businesses including Informatics, Service, and Chemistry – along with being a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. Dr Khanna retired from Waters Corporation at the end of 2017 but remains closely connected to the industry, participating on several Boards and providing strategic advisory services. Dr Khanna holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) from Purdue University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.

Sara Watts
Sara is an experienced Non-Executive Director with financial and operational experience across more than 20 years in a range of industries including technology, education, NFP and resources. Sara’s previous executive positions include Chief Financial Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand, Head of Internal Audit for IBM Asia Pacific and Vice-Principal (Operations) at the University of Sydney. Sara is a Non-Executive Director of Syrah Resources where she is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Other current appointments include Trustee of the Australian Museum where she is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Non-Executive Director of Intrepica (trading as LiteracyPlanet) and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission, Victoria (IBAC). Sara is a Certified Practising Accountant. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Sara is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Alister Hodges
Alister joined Trajan as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Alister has experience in senior financial and operational leadership roles with ASX listed life science companies. Prior to joining Trajan, Alister was the CFO of Avecho Biotechnology Ltd. This followed almost nine years as a controller at Vision Systems, which was acquired by Danaher. Alister is a Certified Practising Accountant. Alister holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University and Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Monash University.

Andrew Gooley PhD
Andrew has 40 years of experience in R&D and leads a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers on a diverse range of projects from medical device development, separation science instrumentation prototyping, through to consumables for the global analytical science community. Andrew has been responsible for the execution of a range of collaborative programs with the Australian academic and medical research community focused on the translation of research outcomes into new product development. Prior to his time at Trajan and SGE Analytical Science, Andrew was the Chief Science Officer at Proteome Systems. Prior to Andrew’s business leadership roles, he had a distinguished career in academia. Andrew is currently Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne’s School of Chemistry. He has an ongoing role in mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate scientists and engineers. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a PhD in Biotechnology from Macquarie University.

Nigel Gilligan
Nigel provides operational leadership across Trajan’s business. His responsibilities include global operational, manufacturing, production engineering and supply chain operations. Nigel has 20 years of leadership experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and scientific instruments. Prior to joining Trajan, Nigel was Europe General Manager & Director of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Regional Operations at Pfizer Inc. and APAC Head, Supply Chain at Mayne Pharma. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Science – Chemistry (Honours) from Monash University and a Diploma in Education from Melbourne University.

Sam Evans
Sam is the head of the Trajan’s global commercial team and is also a key member of the Company’s business development team. Sam is responsible for the customer-facing commercial organisation, providing customer and market insights and identifying and executing project based opportunities. Sam has 20 years of leadership experience in technical and commercial roles in analytical, life sciences and engineering companies. Prior to joining Trajan, Sam was CEO at Bigham Ag and Global VP - Corporate Development at IMI Norgren. Sam holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automotive Engineering Design, from Coventry University