Manufacturing – The Key to our Future

Hunter Manufacturing Awards

Hunter Manufacturing Awards Inc (HMA) is motivated by a mission to promote best practices in manufacturing.  HMA believes this can be achieved by showcasing the achievements of the best to encourage and sustain the aspirations of those who want to be among them.

HMA works collaboratively with key regional organisations to highlight the achievements of the Regions’ manufacturers and the importance of manufacturing in general.  HMA acknowledges the significance of the Region’s proud manufacturing history, and is committed to ensuring manufacturing plays an integral role in inventing the Region’s future…

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HMA would like to recognise and thank the following HMA Partners for 2016

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The HMA Supporters’ Foundation is for smaller organisations who wish to actively support regional manufacturing and to be acknowledged and profiled as a ‘SUPPORTER’.

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Board Members

Bob Cowan
Chairman of HMA Managing Director – Cowan Manufacturing
Cowan Manufacturing was founded in 1973 with one employee. Today the company is a thriving business with a strong global reach. Bob is well respected for his commitment to business and local community and is a Centennial Medal recipient and is also a long standing Justice of the Peace.

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Kari Armitage
MD - Quarry Mining
Kari’s career began at engineering firm Parson Brinckerhoff where she designed and supervised the construction of a range of infrastructure projects.  Kari broke new ground for women through her leadership of high profile developments including the Hunter Economic Zone and PB’s first ‘design and construct’ of an underground mine in NSW, Mandalong Mine.

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Leigh Bryant
Marketing Manager - Scorpion Inter'l Freight Services - Director - Scorpion Services
Leigh is an active Hunter business advocate and has supported regional exporters and importers through her previous long term contribution on the Hunter Export Centre as chair and board member and as deputy chair and board member of the Hunter Economic Development Corporation.

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Stephen Elliott
General Manager Manufacturing – Wire and Tube – OneSteel
Stephen is an experienced business leader with a background in chemical, metallurgical and process engineering industries and currently has manufacturing responsibility for the OneSteel Wire and Tube businesses based in Newcastle, Geelong and Brisbane.

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John Coyle
Company Director
John Coyle was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of HunterNet Co-Operative Limited, a Hunter based network of Engineering and Manufacturing companies, retiring from that role in February 2013, when he was appointed the Co-operative’s first Life Member.

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Lee Edmonds-Ward
Head of Human Resources - Aerospace - BAE Systems Australia
Lee is a seasoned HR professional and is Head of Human Resources-Aerospace within BAE Systems Australia.  She has held senior executive roles in aviation, power generation, coal mining and health. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Robert Martin
Regional COO - Dywidag-Systems International
Rob commenced his career as an electronics-engineering technician in the automotive, bio medical and consumer electronics market.  After ten years on the tools, he entered the electronics manufacturing business, Steel River Manufacturing.  Initially working as the production manager, he then started the companies R&D department before taking up the role as General Manager.  A short time after Rob took on the role as General Manager of the sister company Austrol technology group.

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Brendan Smith
Managing Director – Courageous Consulting
As the Managing Director and Principal of Courageous Consulting, Dr Brendan Smith is an innovative and engaging Organisational Psychologist with over twenty years of experience working with leaders to transform the culture and performance of their organisation.

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Steve Smith
Managing Director – Advitech
Steven has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and project management, including technical and business roles.  He spent ten years with  Tubemakers of Australia and three years with A Gonionan & Co prior to joining Advitech in 1990.  As Managing Director, Steven has overall responsibility for the consulting services provided by Advitech in engineering design, project management, risk management, functional safety, sustainability and environmental management.

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Graeme Vennell
Senior Executive
A strategic and engaging senior executive with extensive experience in the Hydraulics and Lubrication sectors, and a passion for the local mining and industrial segments in Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions of NSW. Experience extends nationally within the fluid power industry.

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Carol McEwan
Administration Manager – HMA Inc
Carol is a highly skilled administration professional and was appointed as HMA’s Administration Manager in 2007. Her role as Executive Assistant to CEO/Plant Manager and Production Manager at Tomago Aluminium spanned over 18 years.

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Bob Cowan
Chairman of HMA Managing Director – Cowan Manufacturing
Kari Armitage
MD - Quarry Mining
Leigh Bryant
Marketing Manager - Scorpion Inter'l Freight Services - Director - Scorpion Services
Stephen Elliott
General Manager Manufacturing – Wire and Tube – OneSteel
John Coyle
Company Director
Lee Edmonds-Ward
Head of Human Resources - Aerospace - BAE Systems Australia
Robert Martin
Regional COO - Dywidag-Systems International
Brendan Smith
Managing Director – Courageous Consulting
Steve Smith
Managing Director – Advitech
Graeme Vennell
Senior Executive
Carol McEwan
Administration Manager – HMA Inc

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