Geelong Manufacturing Council team

The Geelong Manufacturing Council comprises a team of industry professionals who are committed to positioning Geelong as a leading dynamic, technologically advanced and internationally competitive manufacturing centre.

The Geelong Manufacturing Council team is led by Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Conley who is supported by more than 120 local leading manufacturers, stakeholders, government and other representatives.

Staff

Jennifer ConleyChief Executive Officer
Jennifer Conley is an 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. She’s passionate about...
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Leanne NelsonProgram & Engagement Manager
Leanne Nelson has worked in and with the manufacturing industry for over 25 years. She has a background in the program management, integration of systems and skills within SME’s as well as managing delivery of accredited training. Leanne is our Program & Engagement Manager, managing a number of programs including the Women in Manufacturing Network & Mentoring Program, Geelong Future...
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Kevin FoardENG Manager
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Robert DelalandeFinance Manager
Robert Delalande, Finance Manager
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Director

Directors

Lyn GeorgeGMC Chair, Corporate Director Austeng
Lyn George is the co-owner and Corporate Director of Austeng, a family owned boutique engineering business located in North Geelong, Victoria that specialises in the design, engineering and development of customised equipment for industry . With a legal background (graduating with an Arts/Law (Hons) degree from Melbourne University) her commercial/legal skills complement the engineering expertise of her husband Ross. Austeng...
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Thys HeynsGMC Deputy Chair
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Jamie BaenschGMC Director, General Manager Air Radiators
Jamie Baensch is an experienced and successful General Manager and Professional Engineer, having run product design and vertically integrated manufacturing companies in Australia, China and Thailand. After completing his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Swinburne Institute of Technology he started his career at Marand as a graduate engineer, then moved to Ford as a chassis engineer. In 1994 he joined Air...
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Tuba KocaturkGMC Director, Professor of Integral Design Deakin University
Tuba Kocaturk is Professor of Integral Design at Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment. Tuba is the founding director of MInD (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Lab; a trans-disciplinary and practice-based research group that operates at the intersection of Built Environment, Information Technology and Design Innovation. The lab collaborates closely with design, construction, health, advanced manufacturing, art & culture,...
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Robert BackwellGMC Director
Rob Backwell is a director of the IXL Group of companies, including Backwell IXL and IXL Metal Castings.  IXL has been making things in Geelong since 1858, and today its Geelong manufacturing activity includes domestic appliances, metal stamping and a foundry.   The Group’s domestic appliance marketing and distribution business, IXL Home, sells IXL, Cannon and iRobot appliances throughout Australia and New...
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