Thylation Ltd, trading as Thylation Foundation

Thylation Limited is the not for profit company established to develop, incubate and commercialise conservation innovations. Thylation sources grants and donations to advance the company’s objectives and is a 37.78% owner of Thylation Operations Pty Ltd and Thylation R&D Pty Ltd.


Dr John Read

John has been responsible for the development of the Felixer from promoting the concept and securing funding to organising trials and initial sales. John has a PhD in Ecosystem Management, has published over 120 scientifc papers on ecology, threatened species and feral cat management and authored 4 popular books including ‘Among The Pigeons, why our cats belong indoors’.

John was a cofounder of the Arid Recovery, Wild Deserts and Mallee Refuge conservation projects, and he is Patron of the Tetepare conservation project in Solomon Islands and chair of the Warru (rock wallaby) Recovery Team. You can read more about John Read on his website 

Anthony Lele

Anthony is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur, product development specialist and experienced business developer. 
Founder and CEO at Automation Acoustics, a company applying Ai and machine learning innovations to industrial acoustics monitoring and analysis; and principal of Consau, a technology refinement and commercialisation strategy consultancy with extensive experience in advanced 3D metal printing and processes.

Elaine Bensted

Elaine is Chief Executive of Zoos SA, which operates both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

Previously she was Chief Executive at TAFE SA following prior senior roles in state and local government.

Elaine is Vice President of Zoos & Aquarium Association (ZAA) and Chair of their Finance and Audit Committee. She is also a Board member of the Children’s University Advisory Board, Uni SA Business School Program Advisory Board, The Australian Rhino Project Board, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) Membership & Ethics Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee, Treasurer and Board member of the Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Board and member of Adelaide University’s Environment Institute Advisory Board.

Her experience also includes a wide range of private sector roles in the financial industry.

Thylation Operations Pty Ltd and Thylation R&D Pty Ltd

Thylation Operations manages the Thylation groups business arm. Thylation Operations sources funds granted or loaned by Thylation Ltd and from investors. The objectives of Thylation Operations are to deliver a sustainable profitable business that supports the conservation initiatives of Thylation Ltd.


Dr John Read

John is the founder and interim CEO of the Thylation Group as well as a director of Thylation Operations and Thylation R&D. He will continue in the CEO role while the Group conducts the search for a permanent general manager, after which he will continue to serve as Thylation Ltd’s nominee on the Group companies’ boards.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff is an experienced company director, in listed, private and not-for-profit companies. He has been, or is, a director of both established and start-up businesses. Geoff has previously managed private equity and venture capital funds, with around $60m under management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a former state councillor of the AICD. He brings a broad range of experience in capital raising and corporate governance. Geoff is also an advisor to Thylation Ltd.

Carolyn Mitchell

Carolyn is a lawyer by trade and an experienced non-executive director. Carolyn is, and has been, a director on private, public unlisted, government and not-for-profit boards in a broad range of industries over the last decade, including established and start-up companies. Carolyn brings extensive governance and commercial expertise to the work of the Thylation Operations and R&D board.

Patrick Trutwin

Paddy has a degree in finance and previously worked at Westpac in equity and managed portfolio trading. Paddy is now enjoying the role of Australian General Manager at LRI Sports Marketing. He has a keen interest for sports, management and conservation and adds a strong financial mind and youthful flare to the Thylation Operations board.

Thylation Group Key Advisors

Paul van de Loo

Paul is the Technical Director and founder of Applidyne Pty Ltd. Founded in 1993, Applidyne is an Adelaide based team of design engineers who specialise in the design and development of mechanisms and electro-mechanical systems for clients across Australia, with capabilities recognised by numerous professional awards.

Applidyne is the product development and manufacturing partner for the Felixer.

Paul serves on national professional engineering and industrial design committees and has 30 years’ experience in product design, intellectual property commercialisation and market entry for new products. Paul and his team have supported Felixer development and field trials since its inception.

Andrew Bollen

Andrew has many years experience in Artificial Intelligence, early-stage investing, business strategy & planning, venture capital, directorships and funds management in Australia, NY and Asia. He has a PhD from the Australian National University and his main interest is working with entrepreneurial teams building technology-based businesses.

Thylation Group General Manager 

Diana De Hulsters

Diana was appointed on 27 July 2020 to manage the day to day activities of the Thylation Group of companies. She has over 25 years’ of experience across commercial and not-for-profit organisations in executive and non-executive roles. Diana can be contacted through the ‘contact us’ section of the website and you can find her on LinkedIn.