Company Profile 

Board of Directors

Mr Robert Stewart, Chairman

LL.B.(Hons), B.COM., MBA (HARV)

Robert possesses a diverse background as a director, including working with companies in the information technology, high technology filtration, manufacturing, packaging, telecommunications, and forestry industries. His broad management experience, strong financial skills and legal background provide strategic value in addressing governance and risk management issues at the board level. Recently retired as a director of Melbourne IT Limited, an e-commerce infrastructure company, Rob also serves on the boards for two not-for-profit organizations: ACSRIL Limited, a company which manages a cardiac surgery database for Australian hospitals; and Riversdale Golf Club Limited, one of Australia’s oldest private golf clubs with more than 1,500 members.

Dr Donald Fraser, Non Executive Director


Donald has an IT career spanning more than thirty years and an extensive history with QSR. He joined QSR as commercial manager when it was first established by Latrobe University in 1994 and had significant involvement though the early years of the company's commercialization. Donald also completed his doctoral research into Board Decision Making using NVivo software. He handed on the responsibilities of CEO in 2000 and moved to a non-executive board role. Donald’s career includes IT Academia, Data General and Microsoft in engineering, sales, marketing and management roles. He also serves on the NFP board of the largest organisation in the Australian blindness and low vision sector “Vision Australia.”

Mr John Owen, Non Executive Director

BSc (Computer Science)

With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion, John possesses over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and is a member of AICD. He began his career with General Electric in the United States, and has since held senior positions with large multinational corporations and specialized software organizations in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. In his 15-year tenure as CEO of QSR International, John successfully grew the business from $1m in revenues to a global entity with over $20m in revenue and offices in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, as well as Australia. Now serving as a Non-Executive Director on the board at QSR International, John is also a partner in a new virtual reality company, BuildVR, providing solutions for the health market.

Mr Theo Hnarakis, Non-Executive Director

B.Accounting., CPA, MAICD

Theo is a former CEO with public company director experience offering skills in technology (including disruptive technology), global growth and brand management for a board environment. A proven strategic, creative and lateral thinker, Theo possesses specialty knowledge in IT/internet, brand management, intellectual property, and disruptive technologies from a global perspective. He also has extensive experience in contract negotiations, company acquisitions, and debt refinancing.

Management Team

    Chris Astle

    Chief Executive Officer


As QSR’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris is passionate about turning business requirements into practical technology solutions. Chris is driven by the desire to deliver innovative tools to researchers across industries, to ensure they are able to uncover the valuable insights that will bring real world change, from increasingly complex data. With more than twenty years’ experience in executive roles within the information and business technology sector, Chris brings an extensive portfolio in global technology sales, marketing and business development from his roles at multinational organizations including Cisco Systems and Microsoft. 

    Adam Long

    Chief Technology Officer
    BBusSys (Hons), MIMS, GCertAppFin

As QSR’s Chief Technology Officer, Adam is responsible for envisioning and developing QSR’s software products. Adam is passionate about innovation and technology, especially where it is applied to assist people to better understand and improve the world around us. Adam has more than twenty years experience in technical and management roles predominately within the finance and telecommunications industries. Specializing in large-scale development projects, he has worked for IBM, Aviva Group, and ANZ Banking Group.

    Tim Lyons

    Head of Global Marketing
    BBus (Marketing and International Business)

As QSR’s Head of Global Marketing, Tim is responsible for meeting the company’s commercial goals and ensuring that the products we produce have clear utility for our customers globally. Tim has more than fifteen years experience in marketing, working across public and government organizations and within both commercial organizations and agencies. He has worked globally in Europe, US, Australia and Asia and has held senior marketing roles at NZTE (New Zealand Government’s Economic Develop Agency), Leica Microsystems and Leica Biosystems (both part of Danaher NYSE:DHR a Fortune 200 organization).

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