Advisory Board

  • Stewart Coleman
    Business Director - Industry 4.0, Beca

    Stewart Coleman has been working with clients in the Industrial Segments for a number of years providing traditional Business and Engineering solutions to meet their needs. This covers a wide range of services ranging from Front End engineering studies, Procurement, Project Delivery, Business Integration and Operations & Maintenance support.
    Recently, he began investing his time into emerging technologies that allow new ways to solve problems and create efficiencies that previously were not viable. These emerging technologies will enable the Industrial Sector to achieve the next step change in manufacturing efficiency. This step change in efficiency will be known as the 4th Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0”.

  • Andrew Cooper
    Director, Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing, Department of Trade, Tourism & Investment (South Australia)

    Andrew is the Director, Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing with the South Australian Governments Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment.

    It is Andrews role to attract investment into South Australia that creates jobs and economic development for the State.

    With a future industries and advanced manufacturing focus, Andrew and his team have been instrumental in building an ecosystem for deployment and now manufacturing of Autonomous vehicles in Adelaide with international companies partnering with local suppliers tapping into the rich automotive manufacturing heritage that exists in South Australia.

    Born in Adelaide South Australia he relocated to Melbourne and commenced his career as an electronics technician moving quickly into management with Hitachi managing service and parts covering five Industry groups for eight years. His career spans over 30 years with companies including Konica, Lanier, Stihl and internationally as Country Director for UMW Corporation (PNG) (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 trading in goods and services across 14 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific.

    Most recently 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 in private sector as well as Government.

    Andrew relocated back to his birthplace in Adelaide in 2016 and was appointed as Director, Future Industries & Advanced Manufacturing with Investment Attraction South Australia in December 2016.

  • Dr Steve Dowey
    Technology Manager, Sutton Tools

    Dr Dowey’s Industry 4.0 focus is on the ‘The Smart Enough Factory’, where the issues of legacy systems (cost), security and STEM skills are addressed to ensure the benefits of Industry 4.0 can reach the Australian SME.

    Among his previous roles, he was a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, working with the Australian Defence Materials Technology Centre. After serving in the Royal Air Force, he gained a BEng and PhD from Hull University, and worked with SCADA, PVD coating and associated equipment development for cutting tool and semi-conductor applications.

    His current projects include ‘Additive Manufactured Tooling’, ‘Tooling for Robotic Applications’ and applied ‘Industry IoT’ in collaboration with Defence Materials Technology Centre.

  • Jason Furness
    Chief Executive Officer, Manufactureship

    Jason Furness’ career spans over 20 years in manufacturing enterprises where he has overseen the turnaround, transition or transformation of many projects – from single production lines through to entire business units of over 600 people as a general manager.

    He has particular expertise in and passion for businesses located in regional Australia.
    As a general manager, over a 3 year period in the middle of the GFC, he led the Electrolux plant in Orange through a transformation program. This took it from breakeven to 18% profit with multiple new export markets, and the transfer of product lines from South East Asia back to Australia, all with no net job losses.

    As an independent consultant, he has worked on over 30 projects creating breakthrough results for SMEs – from micro through to large medium-sized businesses.
    He recently co-author ‘Manufacturing Money – How CEOs rapidly lift profits inv

  • Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
    Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

    Professor Dimitrios Georgakopoulos is the Director of Key Lab for IoT at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Before that, he was a Research Director at CSIRO's ICT Centre and led the Information Engineering Laboratory, which was the largest Computer Science research program in Australia.
    Before joining CSIRO, he held research and management positions at several companies. These were Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found two of its Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland); Microelectronics and Computer Corporation in Austin, Texas; GTE (currently Verizon) Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

    He was also Professor at RMIT University, and currently holds Adjunct Fellow and Professor Appointments at CSIRO and the Australian National University, respectively.

    Dimitrios have authored 170+ publications in computer science that include seminal papers in the areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), Service Computing, and Workflow Management.

    Dimitrios’ industrially-focused research and related commercialisation outcomes has attracted more than $37 million of research funding from DARPA and ARDA in the USA, the Framework Program in the EU, the Department of Human Services and Industry in Australia, as well as many other industry sources.

  • David Hart
    Chief Executive Officer , Dematec

    David Hart is intimately aware of the challenges that SME’s face, having spent his entire career both working in SME’s and delivering projects and services to SME’s. He has since spent nearly twenty years in automation companies in roles progressing from system engineering and design, through to project management, and more recently in business management. He studied Electrical Engineering before starting his career with a special purpose machine builder for the manufacturing industry.

  • Dr Herbert Hermens
    former CEO, Keech Australia

    Dr Herbert Hermens is a highly-accomplished executive with experience in leading national and international consumer, manufacturing and industrial business enterprises. He has a demonstrated talent for identifying and capitalising on emerging opportunities and securing sustainable competitive advantage.

    As a Director, he has deep experience in keeping boards accountable through adherence to corporate governance procedure and responsibility, particularly in risk and compliance.
    Herbert has served on various board sub-committees, including Risk and Compliance, OH&S and Safety and remuneration.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2014) and active participant in directorship professional development.

    He achieved wide recognition for success in difficult and complex environments, achieving major supplier recognition in companies as diverse as Holden Assembly, Bunnings Hardware, and Tomago Smelters. These achievements required negotiating skills of understanding whilst integrating and addressing often conflicting priorities including that of his own company and the various stakeholders involved each client company.

  • Christopher Janssen
    Chief Executive Officer, GPC Electronics

    Christopher Janssen founded GPC Electronics in 1985 after starting his career in Medicine. Over 30 years of operations, the global and local environment for electronics manufacturing has changed quickly and frequently. The company has continued to adapt to these changes, and continues to be at the fore-front of developments.

    GPC Electronics is a Sydney headquartered Electronics Manufacturing Services company. It started in Sydney in the mid-1980s and rapidly grew with global customers as a contract manufacturing company. In the early 2000s the company set up operations in Christchurch, New Zealand and Shenzhen, China.

    The company continues with global customers in sectors such as Industrial Electronics, Medical Electronics, Automotive Electronics, Fintech, Communications and others, exporting into Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe and China.

    In a global competitive industry, GPC Electronics continues to innovate and invest in its processes and systems to stay ahead of its competitors.

  • Dr Sue Keay
    Chief Operating Officer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

    Dr Keay is an experienced R&D leader with a focus on disruptive technologies. She runs the world's first robotic vision research centre at QUT. Her background in commercialisation has helped successfully bridge the gap between ideas and implementation.

    With a PhD in Earth Sciences, Sue escaped the lab to move into research management and commercialisation where she has demonstrated national leadership, while directing and ensuring impact from multidisciplinary R&D programs. These spanned engineering, physical and social sciences.

    A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. Passionate about the development of the robotics and computer vision industries in Australia, she is leading the development of a roadmap to demonstrate existing capability and future opportunities for Australia to develop these disruptive technologies.

  • Lisa McAuley
    Chief Executive Officer, Global Trade Professionals Alliance

    Lisa McAuley has worked in international trade for over ten years, previously as the CEO of the Export Council of Australia. She saw the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance the global competitiveness of SMEs. She lends her passion for international trade and a respected voice in the industry to various initiatives. These span an advisory role on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group, to the board of CargoHound, and the Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance.

    She has extensive experience across Asia, Europe, and North America, and at several multilateral forums. A champion of international trade, Lisa travels globally to promote and consult on issues affecting the international competitiveness of SMEs.

  • Dr Leon Prentice
    Research Program Director, CSIRO

    Dr Leon Prentice leads the Materials and Processes research group at CSIRO Manufacturing – within the High-Performance Metal Industries research program. His group includes CSIRO’s metal powder processes, from extractive metallurgy, through powder modification, and the range of additive manufacturing capabilities within the ‘Lab22 Innovation Centre’. The group focuses on research and collaboration with local and international industry partners.