AeRO Team

Meet the AeRO Team! We work under the direction of the AeRO Executive Committee, and with staff at AeRO member organisations to deliver outcomes that benefit the sector.

Our small but dedicated team includes:

Interim CEO – Dr Phil Gurney


Phil has over 20 years’ experience at senior levels of commercial and R&D management, leading organisations in sectors as diverse as eResearch, health, telecommunications, energy and defence.


Many of his roles have required managing relationships with multiple research, government and commercial stakeholders – experience that will be of great value at AeRO.


Until November 2020 Phil was Director of Research Translation, IP and Commercialisation at RMIT, where he assisted researchers to deliver real-world impact from their projects. Prior to this he was CEO of QCIF, helping the company to deliver on its mission to improve the quality and efficiency of data-centric research in Queensland.

Phil’s LinkedIn profile

Retta Executive Officer – Loretta Davis


Loretta is a seasoned IT professional with 25+ years experience in the eResearch, commercial and government sectors in Australia, Africa and the USA.


In addition to her AeRO role, Loretta also consults to private clients as a Solutions Specialist leveraging her Communications, Quality Management, Business Analysis and Cybersecurity skills.

Loretta’s LinkedIn profile