Mark Brennan, Thales Australia, Presents at 2017 GMC AGM

December 1 2017

GMC welcomed members & guests last night to the 2017 Annual General Meeting at The Pier, to celebrate the year’s achievements and look forward to 2018. Guest speaker on the evening was Mark Brennan, Director Technical & Engineering – Hawkei Land & Air Systems/Protected Mobility from Thales Australia. Mark presented the history and progress of the $1.3b Hawkei PMV program. The vehicle was designed and is being built at Thales’ Bendigo facility.

Hawkei at Geelong Manufacturing Council AGM

Chairman, Jamie Baensch congratulated members and the GMC team on a successful 2016/17 and outlined future focus areas for the GMC to continue to strengthen the manufacturing sector and the region as a whole.

David Peart, CEO briefed the meeting on GMC’s portfolio of programs and initiatives, which once again achieved significant results for members. Two participating organisations from one of these programs, Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence, presented their outstanding results on the evening.

The GMC Board was re-elected for the upcoming term, with 2017/18 Directors being:

  • Jamie Baensch (Chairman), Air Radiators
  • Lyn George (Deputy Chair), Austeng
  • Bernard Brussow, Backwell IXL
  • Ian Kett, Deakin University
  • David Sinclair, Plantic Technologies
  • David Sykes, Sava Engineering
Geelong Manufacturing Council networking