Advisory Board

  • Anthony Chami
    Chief Production Officer, Vitex Pharmaceuticals

    Having been immersed in the pharmaceutical industry for over a decade, Anthony is a seasoned expert in pharmaceutical manufacturing, management, training and procedures. Overseeing planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes and equipment, Anthony is responsible for ensuring goods and services are produced efficiently while maintaining the integrity and quality of products.

    Anthony holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from University of Sydney and Bachelor of Architectural Computing from University of New South Wales.

  • Jennifer Conley
    Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong

    Advanced manufacturing advocate with two decades' experience at the intersection of industry, research and government. Working with companies and organisations to achieve competitive advantage in the global market place, champion greater Asia-Australia business and investment, and develop thought leadership campaigns around advanced manufacturing, energy and tax policy, as well as global social issues. Passionate about building support, capability and opportunity for Australia's innovative small and medium sized companies.

  • Andrew Cooper
    Managing Director, Commercial Alliance Services

    Andrew has a long and distinguished career in technology and services spending many years offshore as Country Director for major subsidiaries. Andrew relocated back to his birthplace in Adelaide in 2016 and was appointed as Director, Future Industries & Advanced Manufacturing with the State Government of South Australia with focus on inbound business investment.

    He was the only State Government representative nationally to participate in the Prime Ministers Industry 4.0 Taskforce delegation in 2017 lead by Siemens CEO & Chairman Professor Jeff Connolly.

    Andrew secured key investment through a triple helix approach in Photonics resulting in the establishment of the Silanna Technologies partnership with the University of Adelaide and installation of a pico-lab to develop new atomic crystal structures for semiconductor development. Adelaide remains the only city in the world to have all four OEM’s in Autonomous shuttles with consecutive public interface trials on road as well as other autonomous vehicles being developed in South Australia.

    Andrew commenced his career as an electronics technician but moved quickly into management with Hitachi managing service and parts covering five Industry groups for eight years. His career spans over 30 years with companies like Konica, Lanier, Stihl, UMW Corporation (Komatsu) and Cardno.

    He has a proven track record of building business both in Australia as well as in emerging markets over 8 years in Papua New Guinea (PNG) trading in goods and services across 14 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific.

    He served as Country Manager & Resident Director for Cardno PNG Limited. Cardno is an ASX-200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world as a project-based consultancy working with private sector with Governments.

    As Country Director for UMW Niugini Ltd (Komatsu), he grew the subsidiary to 10 times its size in revenue over 5 years and managed over 440 personnel.
    As an active member of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council Executive, Andrew was at the forefront of development of bilateral trade with direct involvement in Ministerial working groups and forums at the most senior of levels with both Governments.

    Andrew served for four years on the PNG Forestry Industry Association Board and was actively engaged with the business community, Governments of PNG, Australia and Malaysia as well as diplomatic representatives across multiple countries.

    Andrew formed very close associations with the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee enabling young PNG athletes to compete in Beijing as well as being a significant contributor to Cricket PNG, AFL PNG, Netball and Rugby. He spearheaded the KOMATSU Sports radio program on FM100 for 4 years reaching over 3 million people per week. Komatsu Sports was awarded a High Commendation from the PNG Media Council 2009, Sports Broadcaster of the year 2010, 2011 and the coveted SP Sports award for the Broadcast presenter of the year for 2011.

    In 2010 Andrew was awarded by UMW Corporations CEO & President Dato Abdul Halim Harun amongst a small group of individuals from over 11,000 employees worldwide for his outstanding work with the rebranding of UMW Niugini in line with the new Global direction for the Corporation.
    Andrew continues his global reach through his consultancy firm Commercial Alliance Services based in Adelaide.

  • Brad Flanagan
    National OT/IoT Lead, Deloitte

    Brad brings over 15 years professional and industry experience in IT risk and control services. Brad has extensive experience in IT Strategy & Governance, Operational Technology, Industrial Control Systems, IoT, Resilience and Emerging Technology.

    Brad has a broad range of experience across mining, utilities and real-estate sectors. He is currently the Deloitte National OT/IoT Lead and is responsible for developing robust strategies and controls to mitigate the cyber risks related to the introduction of technology such as IoT.

    This includes understanding cyber risks in relation to Smart Cities, ICS and Buildings. Brad brings an innovative, global-minded focus with a proven record of exceeding business goals and delivering impressive operations whilst protecting key organisational information assets.

  • Clive Milham
    National Technology Advisor, Industry 4.0, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

    As a National Technology Adviser on the Australian Federal Government's Entrepreneurs Programme, Clive is passionate about the future of Australian manufacturing and works closely with SMEs to improve their business performance through the strategic implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies.

    He is an accomplished technical manager, with more than 20 years of experience in engineering, innovation and business management. Clive has successfully delivered projects including engineering design, industrial research and development, component manufacturing and assembly, qualification and certification, production startup, business transformation, continuous improvement and quality management.

    He has worked with leading Australian universities, Cooperative Research Centres and the CSIRO and has managed international, cross-functional teams to deliver award winning outcomes. He has collaborated with leading companies and research organisations in China, France, Germany, UK, USA and Australia.

    Clive is a tertiary qualified mechanical engineer, holds a PhD in materials engineering and an MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation management. His industry experience includes aerospace, rail, marine, plastics, oil and gas exploration, petrochemicals and mining.

    His career history includes leadership roles with multinational corporations, manufacturing startups, engineering consultancies and EPCM contractors.

  • Syed Shah
    Managing Editor, Manufacturing Monthly

    With more than a decade’s worth of experience of journalism in trade and mainstream media in Southeast Asia, Syed now helms Manufacturer’s Monthly by Prime Creative Media as its Managing Editor. He also heads Prime Creative Media Sydney's editorial team as the Group Managing Editor making sure that the titles he looks after live up to their brands' promise of growing individuals, organisations and industries. In addition, he has built a reputation as a sought after voice in thought leadership across different manufacturing verticals which has seen him chairing, moderating and speaking at various trade conferences/events in the past. 

    Syed possesses multiple undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in journalism, history and political science. However, his main interests (and forte) in reporting, however, lie in the fields of business and finance, engineering, supply chain and advances in industrial information technology.