Geelong Manufacturing Council team


Jennifer ConleyChief Executive Officer
Jenn Conley
Jennifer Conley is an advanced manufacturing advocate with two decades’ experience at the intersection of industry, research and government. Working with companies and organisations to achieve competitive advantage in the global market place, champion greater Asia-Australia business and investment, and develop thought leadership campaigns around advanced manufacturing, energy and tax policy, as well as global social issues. She’s passionate about...
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Leanne NelsonProgram & Engagement Manager
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Leanne Nelson has worked in and with the manufacturing industry for over 25 years. She has a background in the program management, integration of systems and skills within SME’s as well as managing delivery of accredited training. Leanne is our Program & Engagement Manager, managing a number of programs including the Women in Manufacturing Network & Mentoring Program, Geelong Future...
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Robert DelalandeFinance Manager
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Robert Delalande, Finance Manager
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Lyn GeorgeGMC Chair, Corporate Director Austeng
Lyn George
Lyn George is the co-owner and Corporate Director of Austeng, a family owned boutique engineering business located in North Geelong, Victoria that specialises in the design, engineering and development of customised equipment for industry . With a legal background (graduating with an Arts/Law (Hons) degree from Melbourne University) her commercial/legal skills complement the engineering expertise of her husband Ross. Austeng...
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Thys HeynsGMC Deputy Chair, Director/Consultant
Thys Heyns
Thys Heyns has 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently with Viva Energy as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Viva Energy in February 2015, Thys was with BP for 28 years in an international career across four continents that covered Supply Chain, Oil Trading and Refining. Thys is an experienced Refining executive with recent roles...
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Jamie BaenschGMC Director, General Manager Air Radiators
Jamie Baensch
Jamie Baensch is an experienced and successful General Manager and Professional Engineer, having run product design and vertically integrated manufacturing companies in Australia, China and Thailand. After completing his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Swinburne Institute of Technology he started his career at Marand as a graduate engineer, then moved to Ford as a chassis engineer. In 1994 he joined Air...
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Tuba KocaturkGMC Director, Professor of Integral Design Deakin University
Tuba Kocaturk
Tuba Kocaturk is Professor of Integral Design at Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment. Tuba is the founding director of MInD (Mediated Intelligence in Design) Lab; a trans-disciplinary and practice-based research group that operates at the intersection of Built Environment, Information Technology and Design Innovation. The lab collaborates closely with design, construction, health, advanced manufacturing, art & culture,...
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Robert BackwellGMC Director
Robert Backwell
Rob Backwell is a director of the IXL Group of companies, including Backwell IXL and IXL Metal Castings.  IXL has been making things in Geelong since 1858, and today its Geelong manufacturing activity includes domestic appliances, metal stamping and a foundry.   The Group’s domestic appliance marketing and distribution business, IXL Home, sells IXL, Cannon and iRobot appliances throughout Australia and New...
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Greg HughesGMC Director, CEO Farm Foods
Greg Hughes
Greg is a driven executive with an excellent commercial skill set. He has successfully managed ASX listed companies, private equity backed organisations as well as family owned enterprises. He has held executive level positions for the last 15 years with major companies including Mars Incorporated, Sakata Rice Snacks, Dymocks group and A2 milk. He has lived and worked in Australia,...
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