Mr Peter Bury is the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Research at Chemistry Australia. He is responsible for national industry strategy including development, outreach and progress of Chemistry Australia's Strategic Industry Roadmap, Natural Gas and Innovation /Advanced Manufacturing priorities. Peter provides strategy, policy and technical advice on the chemicals and plastics industry to Commonwealth and State governments, industry, research and academia. He represents Chemistry Australia members on Boards and Committees including: Green Chemical Futures, Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing, Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Innovation Network, Australian Packaging Covenant, National Packaging Covenant Industry Association Board, and the Global Plastics and Environment network. He has 36 years of experience in the automotive, materials handling, industrial & agricultural film, association management and emergency services sectors. This includes: strategic planning; manufacturing engineering and plant management; marketing and sales; HSE; research& development; recycling; national issues management as well as firefighting and emergency incident management.
Dr Amanda Caples was appointed to the role of Victoria’s Lead Scientist in mid-2016 for the Victorian State Government. Amanda brings to the role broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities. As Deputy Secretary Sector Development and Programs, Amanda was responsible for the development of Future Industries strategic sector growth plans and for support of the Victorian science, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a PhD in pharmacology, Amanda began her pharmaceutical industry career with Servier Laboratories Australia. She then progressed to business development roles with AMRAD and then the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and subsequently was appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology to drive the state's science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international alliances.
Mr Greg Catterall is the Head of Manufacturing Solutions for BASF in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for the marketing and sales organisation of the Dispersions & Pigments, Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, Plastic Additives, Fuel & Lubricants as well as Chemicals businesses. All of these businesses offer products and solutions to the manufacturing industry. He has been a Member of the Board of BASF Australia Ltd since 2010. Prior to taking up his current role, Greg was Business Director Dispersions & Pigments for Australia and New Zealand since 2009, following a three-year delegation to Malaysia, within BASF's Dispersions & Pigments business, including establishing the ASEAN merchandise subregion. Greg joined BASF in 1992 as Adhesives Chemist in the Dispersions Applications Laboratory at Altona Australia after completing a BSc. (Honours) in chemistry.
Dr Jason Costin is the Environmental Lead Nufarm Laboratory at Nufarm. For the past eleven years he has been working at Nufarm in various roles including Senior QA Chemist, Synthesis Chemist and Environmental Manager. Nufarm is a Global leader in Crop protection products and is the largest provider of products to farmers in Australia. At the Laverton plant Jason has significant experience in working with Formulations, new product introductions and developing novel synthesis and plant chemistries. In the Environmental role a large portion has been focussed on cleaner production and making more for less whilst ensuring the highest environmental outcomes are obtained. Prior to his role at Nufarm he completed a PhD in Chemical Sciences at Deakin University 'Investigating Rapid Analytical Methodologies to determine plant bioactives' and also undertook one year of research with Food Science Australia (a division of CSIRO).
Professor Bart Follink is the director of the Green Chemicals Futures and is the Head of School of Chemistry at Monash University. A physical chemist and environmental scientist with MSc and PhD degrees from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Bart undertook a two-year postdoc assignment in Adelaide, before returning to join Philips Electronics at their Corporate Research Laboratories (the world famous "Nat Lab") in Eindhoven as a senior research fellow. He was promoted to Department Head Physical Chemistry at Philips Research in 1994. From 1998 Bart held senior product development management roles for the company in Singapore (domestic appliances) and Japan (mobile displays). In 2004 he became chief of CSIRO's Minerals / Process Science and Engineering Division. Bart was responsible for the strategic direction, research program and overall budget of the Division of about 400 staff and students. In 2013 Bart was appointed to the South Australian Chair in Mineral Processing at the University of South Australia. In May 2015 he was appointed Head of the School of Chemistry at Monash University. His research program focuses on novel leaching-based processing of minerals and on the development of "smart" reagents for minerals processes.
Mr Philip Doyle is a Senior Manager with KPMG, he leads the firm’s trade and investment team, helping companies grow export markets and make foreign direct investment decisions. In addition, he is a senior member of the government incentives team with experience in both Asia and Australia. Philip is heavily involved in innovation and industry engagement and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Victorian Defence Alliance – Maritime. He previously worked as KPMG’s Asia Pacific Regional Manager for R&D Incentives in Singapore. Prior to this, Philip was based in London where he led the Victorian Government’s Trade and Investment work for the Aerospace and Defence sectors across Europe. In addition to these roles he has previously worked for UK Trade and Investment and Toyota Australia and has worked with many different industry sectors including: automotive, aerospace, defence, renewables and state and federal government.
Dr Andrew Hind is General Manager of Molecular Spectroscopy at Agilent Technologies, based in Mulgrave, Victoria. His previous role at Agilent Technologies was Research & Development Director. At Varian he held various roles in Australia and the United Kingdom including R&D Manager Varian Analytical Instruments Melbourne, EMEA Customer Support Manager and Spectroscopy Sales Support Manager EMEA in the United Kingdom, and Product Specialist - Molecular Spectroscopy in Australia. After an undergraduate degree in Applied Science, Andrew completed a PhD in Physical/Analytical Chemistry at the RMIT University.
Dr Joseph Lawrence is Director of Industry Partnerships at Monash University where he fosters industry collaboration and partnerships for innovation and education at Monash University, across all Faculties and Portfolios. Joseph has over 14 years of specialist experience in industry-university-government partnership building and was previously the Director of Business Development for Science at Monash University (2012-2014). He was responsible for industry engagement, research development and IP commercialisation. Previously, Joseph was a Senior Development Manager at Macquarie University (2011-2012). Prior to this he was the Director of the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre), which is NZ's Centre of Excellence for Power Engineering, hosted within the University of Canterbury. The Centre is regarded as an exemplar for industry-university collaboration and Joseph produced the strategic business plan for its establishment in 2002.
Mr Jiang Liu is Country Leader for PerkinElmer Environmental Health in Oceania. He is responsible for driving the strategy, growth, and investment decisions for PerkinElmer product and services in food, industrial and environmental end-markets. Before his current role, Jiang has held progressive leadership assignments including Sales, Application, Service and Marketing in China and across Asia Pacific. He was appointed as Managing Director of PerkinElmer Australia in 2015. Prior to joining PerkinElmer in 2003, Jiang worked as a Research Scientist at R&D department of Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group, after attaining a Master of Physiology degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr Sharon Morley is secretariat for the C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network Advisory Board and is a Business Development Associate with the Faculty of Science at Monash University. She is responsible for business development, partnerships and research proposal development. Previously, Sharon worked with the School of Biological Sciences at Monash in a Research Development role for the Australian Centre for Biodiversity. In this role she worked with academic and student members, developing research grant teams and proposals, organising events, distributing research results and advertising success. Sharon also spent seven years working for the Department of Primary Industries in Plant Health and Biosecurity. In this role she maintained and managed the Victorian Plant Disease herbarium. In 2002, Sharon's PhD examining lichen populations in Victoria's limited and threatened rainforests was conferred. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) with honours (1st Class) from Deakin University.
Mr Balbir Singh is a General Manager for Technical Operations at 3M Australia. He is responsible for the deployment of R&D, Application Development, Regulatory and Quality strategies across Health care, Safety, Security, Electrical & Energy, Industrial and Consumer market segments. Over the last 28 years, Balbir has developed expertise in Innovation, Technology Roadmap development and Commercialisation processes. Since 2006 he has pursued interests in the health care and consumer retail area where he has been responsible for developing Technology Roadmaps on locally developed ideas. Balbir completed his Health Science degree and post graduate qualifications from RMIT and MGSM respectively. His professional interests include technology commercialisation, strategy implementation and technology roadmap development and diversification.
Professor Zlatko Skrbis is the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) at Monash University. He oversees various aspects of graduate research and graduate coursework across Monash. This includes the flagship Monash Doctoral Program which provides a number of innovative training options to enhance the central PhD research project. Zlatko has previously headed the University of Queensland Graduate School and held Professorial Fellowships at the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester. He is a sociologist with a distinguished international research profile focused on topics such as migration, culture and lifecourse studies.
Dr John Tsanaktsidis is Research Director of Advanced Fibres & Chemical Industries at CSIRO. He applies his extensive background and experience in scientific research, management, business development, technology commercialisation, and business leadership to deliver commercial value through the creation and translation of innovative technical solutions to the chemical manufacturing industry. John is a Fellow of the RACI and Chair of the Organic Chemistry Division of the RACI. He is an experienced synthetic organic chemist focused on the development and translation of chemistry solutions to the chemical industry. Recently he led the establishment Australia’s first continuous flow processing (flow chemistry) laboratory at CSIRO Manufacturing, for the sustainable and efficient production of commercially important fine chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. This cutting edge laboratory represents radical paradigm shift in the field of chemical manufacturing. His efforts have been recognised by CSIRO for Business Excellence (2003) and Project Management (2004), and through a Chief's Innovation Award for his efforts in continuous flow chemistry (2012), and by The Flinders University of South Australia in 2006 through a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mr Tim Welsh is the Chair of the 'C&P Manufacturing Innovation Network Advisory Board' and is Vice President of PPG Industries Australia and New Zealand, an S&P 200 global coatings company that operates in more than 40 countries with revenues in excess of $16 billion. In this role Tim operates the eight strategic business units in Australia and New Zealand and is the General Manager of the Architectural business, which manufactures and distributes iconic Australian paint brands such as White Knight and Taubmans. As a board member of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and the Vice President of the Australian Paint Manufacturing Federation, Tim is passionate contributor to Australian Manufacturing and its development. Prior to joining PPG, Tim held several senior executive roles in the food, packaging and chemicals industries with privately owned and global organisations such as Aperio Group, Snack Brands Australia and General Mills. Tim holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Technology from La Trobe University.