There are in Australia two groups of people who can make a significant contribution to the Australian Economy.

Thousands of young people finish University or Trade School with bright ideas, but no capital or business experience.

Thousands of senior executives are underutilised as Interim Managers. Also, thousands of retirees get bored and want to return to the workplace, but find there is huge discrimination against them.

There is a huge opportunity to get them together in start up companies in which mentoring goes both ways. This brings challenges to be overcome as too many start ups fail, mainly through lack of capital, but also by getting incompatible people together. The Queensland University of Technology is pioneering the initiative here in Queensland and they need enterprising people in their team.

Everald Compton is the Patron of the Australasian Interim Executive Association

Everald is highly recognised as an authority on a diverse range of topics including ageing, transport, energy, water and technology. He has a long list of interests and achievements, including:

   Chairman, Longevity Innovation Hub Ltd

   Chairman, Wise Young Ltd

   Chairman, Gladstone Agricultural Terminals Pty Ltd

   Chairman, ACTS (a Uniting Church Charity)

   Former Chairman, National Seniors Australia

   Former Chairman, Inland Railway


In his own words - "I have a strong commitment to the huge task of implementing the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia and I do this through my role as Chairman of the LONGEVITY INNOVATION HUB. 

I come to this challenging task as the result of four decades of serious involvement in issues relating to Ageing. This has included 35 years as a founding director of National Seniors Australia, with 25 of those years being as Chairman. This was followed by three years as Chairman of the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing."