Siobhan Casey (nee Hayden) has been appointed ACS’ Director of Scale Up and Innovation Labs.

In the newly created role Siobhan will oversee the growth and commercialisation of ACS’ labs network – River City Labs in Brisbane, Harbour City Labs in Sydney and Bay City Labs in Melbourne.

The network was formed after the acquisition of Brisbane’s River City Labs in September 2018, followed by the launch of the Sydney lab in April this year and the Melbourne Docklands lab in July.

“I have always been passionate about customers and small business and I am very excited to be joining the ACS team and I look forward to assisting all the businesses within the Innovation Labs to reach their full potential,” Siobhan said of her appointment.

Andrew Johnson, ACS Chief Executive Officer, added the new role is part of ACS’ vision for Australia to be a world leader in technology talent and help drive the tech sector to become the nation’s most vital export industry.

“Siobhan’s combination of corporate and startup experience made her the obvious candidate for the role,” said Johnson. “As ACS Labs grows, and the individual businesses develop, Siobhan’s skillset will be invaluable.”

Prior to joining ACS, Siobhan was a Board Adviser and COO of fintech startup HashChing, Australia’s first online marketplace for customers to access verified mortgage brokers. During her tenure, HashChing successfully settled over $1 billion worth of home loans.

Siobhan, who started the Sydney-based role on Friday, has been heavily involved in the startup ecosystem and was an inaugural judge in ACS’ RiverPitch television series earlier this year.

Before HashChing, Siobhan was the Chief Executive Officer of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA), the peak industry body for Australian mortgage brokers, and held senior operations roles at Finware and Woolworths Ltd. She is a Director for Running for Premature Babies Foundation (RFPB) and an Education Advisory Board Member for SP Jain, Global School of Management.