Lance is Director, Industrial Transformation, for the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC).
Between 2013 and 2015 he worked on design and advocacy for establishment of the IMCRC, and on economic development projects focused on industry diversification and ‘new manufacturing’.
In 2012, as Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, he led development of the State's Manufacturing Strategy and Engagement Strategies for India and China, initiatives to leverage manufacturing opportunities from the mining expansion, the development of Tonsley Park as an integrated education and advanced manufacturing precinct, etc.
Lance was Principal Policy Adviser to Premier Mike Rann from 2002 - 2008, working on major projects in defence, (e.g., Air Warfare Destroyer project and the development of Techport); and in minerals and resources. He was also a key designer and major driver of South Australia's Strategic Plan, and of the Economic Development Board. From 1994 to 2002 he was Economic Adviser to Mike Rann as the Leader of the Opposition.
He has also been Chief Executive, Public Sector Performance Commission (2008-2010) and Chief Executive, Department of Trade and Economic Development (2010-2011).