Manufacturing
The key to our future

The Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA) inspire and encourage vibrant and enduring manufacturing in our region.

The Hunter’s manufacturers are not only keeping pace – they are leading the way nationally and internationally. They are the leaders and innovators who work across networks and supply chains. They are outward-looking with a business strategy that is future-focused and agile.

In 2019 the Hunter Manufacturing Awards transformed to keep pace with our changing sector, featuring a new and contemporary approach across the Awards and our engagement.

Working collaboratively with key regional organisations, the Awards showcased excellence across innovation, product design, technology, emerging talent and more to the region, and to the world.

You can see all the 2019 Award winners by clicking here.

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2019
Steve Smith
Chairman of HMA · 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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Jacqui Daley
Founder and Managing Director - The Measured Marketer
Jacqui is a Chief Marketing Officer with over 15 years’ experience driving strategy, change, and return on investment for SMEs and the public sector. Jacqui is the founder and managing director of The Measured Marketer Pty Ltd (TMM), a strategic digital marketing consultancy based in Newcastle.

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Stephen Elliott
General Manager Manufacturing – Wire and Tube – Liberty 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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Andrew Gresham
Senior Executive - BAE Systems Australia
Andrew is a senior executive with BAE Systems Australia, with domestic and international experience spanning business leadership roles, strategy, business development and commercial in sustainment, systems integration and manufacturing of Defence platforms in the Aerospace and Maritime sectors.

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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 company’s R&D department before taking up the role as General Manager. A short time later, 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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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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Steve Smith
Chairman of HMA · Managing Director – Advitech
Jacqui Daley
Founder and Managing Director - The Measured Marketer
Stephen Elliott
General Manager Manufacturing – Wire and Tube – Liberty OneSteel
Andrew Gresham
Senior Executive - BAE Systems Australia
Robert Martin
Regional COO - Dywidag-Systems International
Brendan Smith
Managing Director – Courageous Consulting
Graeme Vennell
Senior Executive
Carol McEwan
Administration Manager – HMA Inc
Judging Panel
2019