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Nathan Spinner

shorehire, Chairman

Nathan holds a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from UTS. Nathan is also a technical expert representative on a range of Standards Australia Technical Committees, a member of Australian Industry Group (AIG); Water and Plumbing Products Cluster committee and is the Technical Coordinator for Industry association; Plumbing Products Industry Group (PPI Group).

With 21 years of experience in plumbing product manufacture Nathan’s current role includes leading a team of technical staff to deliver an Integrated HSEQ Management System in a fast paced and innovative manufacturing environment.

Nathan is experienced developing and managing relationships with; local and overseas suppliers, compliance and regulatory organisations, local and national industry groups, OEM customers and internal manufacturing and supply chain stakeholders.

Jessica Uzelac

Medina Engineering Pty. Ltd., Treasurer

Jessica is the Financial Controller and a Director of Medina Engineering Pty. Ltd., an SME based in Chipping Norton. A family run business for over 45 years, Medina Engineering provides precision machining solutions to customers in a variety of manufacturing industries, delivering locally & around the world. Medina Engineering has been a proud member of Southern Strength since 2015.
Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Arts (International Studies) from UTS & has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. She understands the day to day challenges manufacturers are facing in our industry and is keen to contribute & problem solve in a strategic network. Jessica is a community Justice of the Peace and volunteers with local sport committees & fundraisers.

Kaylee Treacy

The Youth Partnership, Public Office Secretary

Kaylee is the Business Development Coordinator at The Youth Partnership, a non-for-profit organisation assisting young people transition from school to the work-force or further education. 

The Youth Partnership provides opportunities for young people to connect with employers in their chosen industry. The Youth Partnership has been a member of Southern Strength since 2012 with a vision to promote a career in manufacturing to students.


Passionate about providing students with the skills to enter the workforce, Kaylee’s vision is to partner manufacturing professionals with our next generation. Building strong relationships with professionals in manufacturing as well as schools in the Sydney region, allows Kaylee to promote these connections and learning opportunities. 


Today’s youth is tomorrow’s workforce.

Justin Sokolowski

Sutherland Shire Council, Board member

Justin Sokolowski is a seasoned Business and Tourism Advisor currently serving at Sutherland Shire Council in a full-time capacity since January 2019. With over 5 years of dedicated service, he plays a pivotal role in supporting the economic growth of the Sutherland Shire. His responsibilities include implementing a diverse range of initiatives aimed at cultivating a resilient and self-sustaining business community. Justin focuses on fostering a skilled workforce to contribute to the local economy’s growth.

 

Prior to his current position, Justin accumulated valuable experience as commercial lending officer across several roles in the major banks over a 12 year period.

 

His dedication to fostering economic growth and community development makes him a valuable asset in the field of business and tourism advisory.

Steve Atherton

Steve atherton pty ltd, deputy chair

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) and a Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of NSW along with a practical trade background as a Fitter & Turner.

Steve has held the positions of Director and CEO at a number of prestigious Australian companies coupled with vast International experience in Asia, USA and Europe. Steve has been a speaker and expert panel member in the manufacturing sector on more than 25 occasions including speaking engagements for AIRAH and the Australian Federal Government. Steve is the Chairman of Southern Strength, Deputy Chairman of the Southern Sydney Business Education Network, Executive Member of Shire Biz, Steering Committee member of the ANSTO Innovation Hub and Graduate Institute along with advisory board positions with several local SMEs.

Phillip Harman

Deco Australia, Board Member

Phillip has tertiary qualifications in Applied Science and Management.  During his employment career, he has held a number of Process Continuous Improvement and Quality positions in some of the larger Companies and more recently has held Branch Manager and Business Unit Manager positions.  His experience has been predominately, but not exclusively, in the building industry.

 

Outside of work, he enjoys building renovation and travelling and has held or currently holds Director positions in the Not-for-Profit sector, including an Independent school.

Sharon Austin

Intelligent Recruitment, Board Member

Sharon Austin, founder and MD of Intelligent Recruitment has over 20 years’ experience as a successful business owner and Executive Search and Recruitment Consultant. This experience is preceded by qualifications in Electrical Engineering and 10 years at Garden Island Naval Dockyard as an Electrical Designer in their Engineering Office. Owning and managing three successful businesses herself, has instilled an understanding of the complexities and critical success factors of businesses. Sharon specializes in consulting to engineering and technical businesses with solid knowledge and experience in the manufacturing sector. She is passionate about promoting collaboration in the manufacturing sector and assisting organizations plan, recruit and manage their talent needs to ensure business strategy can be delivered.

Chris Guthrie

Liverpool City Council, Board member

Chris is currently Acting Manager City Economy with Liverpool City Council. In this position he has a key liaison role on major projects and developments within the Liverpool LGA, including the Western Sydney Airport development and the new Inglis Riverside Stables and William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm, as well as well as developments.

 

He has over 15 years’ experience in facilitating employment generating industry projects. His experience in this space is utilised by the Board to “open doors” in government and industry to enable growth opportunities for Southern Strength members.

Con Lyras

ANSTO, Board Member

Con has spent over forty years as an engineer working primarily in aviation and in the nuclear field. Con’s main focus since joining ANSTO has been to identify and implement change to ensure that the Engineering and Capital Programs team provides efficient, safe and cost effective support to the organisation. Con established the ANSTO project governance and project delivery office and is the Chair of the ANSTO Executive Committee Workplace Health & Safety & the Environment.

 

Con holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, he is Chairman of the Board of PETTECH Solutions Australia, Chairman of the Board ANSTO Nuclear Medicine, is a member of the Australian Animal Health Laboratories Safety Assessment Group (ASAG), is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and a Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust).

Colin Johnsen

FJP Manufacturing, Board Member

Colin started his career as a toolmaker after leaving school in year 10. During his apprenticeship, he started a mechanical engineering course, which he completed at TAFE.

 

Colin completed an MBA at UTS in 1999 with an emphasis on Business Management, Human Resources Management and Strategic Management. With a passion for the Sheetmetal industry Colin sat as president of the Sheetmetal Industry Association (SIA) from 2000 to 2006, with the emphasis of raising the image of the Sheetmetal industry within schools and Government. Colin also sat on the board for the Institute for Trade Skills Excellence, becoming the Chair for the Metals and Engineering Industry Reference Group.

Charlie Pidcock

Charlie Pidcock Pty Ltd, Board Member

With his personable, ‘raw and real’ approach, Charlie demystifies the sales process and gets results.

 

He has 30 years’ experience in sales and business management in large and small businesses and in both mature and emerging markets. Thanks to this diverse experience, Charlie possesses a unique blend of strategic insight along with the practical realities of running teams and businesses. As a highly experienced Sales Manager, Charlie is renowned for developing teams that consistently grow sales, profit and market share.

 

Charlie has Bachelor of Financial Administration (UNE) and Master of Management (MGSM) degrees, but is equally proud of his Forklift Driver’s license, First Aid and Working at Heights certificates. Based in Sydney, Charlie works with companies throughout Australia, empowering their people and their growth.

Erin Davis

Campbelltown City Council, Board Member

I am a highly motivated professional with demonstrated experience working with small and large businesses, in both a government and private capacity. I have a strong understanding of the political and private environments, with skills and experience in industry development, economic development, investment attraction and event management.

 

Prior to working in the government sector, I was a business development executive with more than 10 years’ experience in technical and retail sales, team leadership and subcontractor management across the construction and manufacturing sectors.

 

I help support business growth and nurture innovation by creating and implementing targeted activities and initiatives that support industry and enable economic growth. I am a collaborator and a problem solver, and I have strong relationships with key stakeholders across many industries.

 

My strong communication skills and the ability to foster trusting and productive relationships means I can connect businesses to each other, as well as potential pathway and partnership opportunities. I love to network and learn from others, so I can then share these insights to help businesses grow and develop.

Cristina Lee

techabstract, Board Member

Cristina is a pioneering, dynamic, and inspirational leader with over 35 years experienced within global organisations including The Walt Disney Company & NewsCorp.

 She has demonstrated a proven ability to drive transformational change and deliver results throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

 

Cristina has worked across many different industries including FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Good), Publishing, Entertainment and Media. She is known for a proactive, solution driven and highly organised business approach, and is skilled at building strong collaborative relationships based on open communication and trust.

 

She believes that passion, persistence, positivity, and purpose = success.

Her colleagues would say is extremely positive and makes things happen!

John Mills

Mills business advice

BSc (Eng) UNSW
MComm (Accounting) UNSW

Director Mills Business Advice.

 

Improving business results has been John’s passion throughout his career.

 

Combining a trade background with an Engineering degree and a Master of Commerce in accounting from UNSW, gives John the ability to understand both the technical and financial issues facing a business.

 

His extensive experience in the manufacturing sector involved senior management and consulting roles with several leading Australian blue-chip companies where he was responsible for achieving challenging operational and financial performance targets.

 

Over the past 15 years, John worked as a Business Adviser with the Australian Government’s AusIndustry program – assisting over 200 SME businesses to innovate, diversify and grow their revenue, productivity and profitability.

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