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Manufacturing
The key to our future

The Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA) inspire and encourage vibrant and enduring manufacturing in our region and we are very pleased to announce that the Awards will continue in 2020!

HMA believe that it is even more important during this time of uncertainty to celebrate our Region’s manufacturers, to promote and profile their ability to innovate and adapt during the COVID-19 situation and to celebrate their resilience.

In 2020, the event will be on a smaller scale to previous years’ events, with guest numbers in accordance with the Government compliance at the time. Held on Friday, 23rd October 2020, this year’s awards are moving to the Merewether Surfhouse.

The number of categories will be reduced from 13 to seven in 2020 and will include a revamp of the current categories and criteria to be more in keeping with the changing manufacturing sector.

Registrations are now open, with applications closing on 31 August.

We welcome you to CELEBRATE OUR RESILIENCE in the Hunter and hope to see you participate in this year’s awards.

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Board Members
2020
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
2020