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Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Innovation Network Advisory Board

The Chemicals and Plastics (C&P) Manufacturing Innovation Network Advisory Board will be chaired by an independent Chairman and will include up to 15 members representing a variety of interests in the C&P Manufacturing Innovation area from Chemistry Australia, Monash University, industry sponsors (that are a combination of multinationals and SMEs), alongside industry associations and government.

Terms of Reference

To provide advice to the C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network on matters related to achieving its goal "to create a framework for transformative growth in the Australian C&P industry by cultivating global innovation best practice and leveraging top Australian talent for a profitable and sustainable future (economic prosperity, productivity and employment)." Such advice may include:

  • Strategic guidance for the Innovation Network.
  • Advice to the Co-Directors and Network Manager.
  • Approval of quarterly activities of the Network, operationalised by the Network Manager.
  • Guidance to the C&P Manufacturing Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP) for PhD researcher training to ensure the development of key skills, knowledge and attributes sought by the employers of PhD degree graduates in the C&P sector.
  • Assistance with developing and strengthening links with the C&P industry for collaborative research, placements, teaching, and commercialisation activities.
  • Endorsement of strategy, innovation activity and the addition of new members as the Network grows.

The advisory board may also provide advice to assist in attaining the network aims of:

  • Implementing R&D technology exploration (products / manufacturing processes) through applied innovation (demonstration) projects.
  • Driving workforce skills in the C&P industry to remain ahead of innovation challenges and opportunities.
  • Collaboration to foster (attract, train and retain) skilled professionals to undertake innovation within the C&P sector.
  • Sharing and transfer of knowledge and skills for C&P innovation best practice, from local to international perspectives.
  • Establishment of a framework model that can be replicated across many industries and scaled up. It is an industry-aligned, structured approach for genuine industry innovation with government backing and R&D sector collaboration.

Terms of Appointment

Appointment will normally be for three years. The appointment for the chair will be reviewed annually.

C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network Advisory Board members

Mr Tim Welsh, Vice-President, PPG [Chair, C&P Network Advisory Board]

Dr Jason Costin, Environmental Lead, Nufarm

Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist of Victoria, DEDJTR

Mr Philip Doyle, Director, KPMG

Mr Peter Bury, Director of Strategy/Innovation, Chemistry Australia

Dr John Tsanaktsidis, Research Director - Advanced Fibres & Chemical Industries, CSIRO

Mr Balbir Singh, General Manager for Technical Operations, 3M Australia

Prof Zlatko Skrbis, Vice-Provost (Graduate Education), Monash University

Dr Andrew Hind, General Manager, Molecular Spectroscopy, Agilent Technologies

Prof Bart Follink, Green Chemical Futures (GCF) Director, Monash University

Mr Greg Catterall, Head of Manufacturing Solutions, BASF

Mr Joseph Lawrence, Director Industry Partnerships, Monash University

Mr Jiang Liu, Country Leader, PerkinElmer

Dr Sharon Morley, Business Development Associate, Monash University [Secretariat, C&P Network Advisory Board]

C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network Governance and StructureGovernance and Reporting