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Advisory board

Offering advice, expertise and experience to assist the institute in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy.

Members of the Manufacturing Futures Advisory board will offer advice, expertise and experience to assist the institute in achieving its vision, objectives and strategy. This includes matters relating to specific program themes, relevant industry/sectoral trends, policy, skills and training, business development and market intelligence.


Dr Cathy Foley
Science Director and Deputy Director Manufacturing, CSIRO

Dr Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing, has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors for a number of applications including to detect magnetic fields and locate valuable deposits of minerals. She is also the Chair of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victorian Node Collaboration Committee and the ARC Steel Hub Advisory Committee as well as sitting on several other committees and boards. She has made significant contributions to the scientific community as president of several scientific societies and as a member of committees such as PMSEIC giving advice to Government on scientific and technological matters.


Dr Karl-Heinz Füller
Automotive Technology Expert (Germany)

Dr. Füller studied mechanical engineering at the University Stuttgart (Ger) and at the George-Washington University (USA). In 2017 he got appointed adjunct Professor at Swinburne University in Australia.

Mr Patrick Blanchard
Technical Leader, Ford (USA)

Mr Brian Hughes
Managing Director, CME

Mr Mike Bunker
Director, Boeing Australia Holdings

Mr David Ellul
Executive Chairman, Marand Precision Engineering

Marand designs and manufactures special purpose equipment, tooling, parts and automated production and maintenance systems for the automotive, aerospace, defence, renewable energy and rail industries.

Ms Anne Koopmann
Head of Quality and Lean Manufacturing Australia, Bombardier Transportation

Ms Anna Reid
Regional Manufacturing Operations Manager, Southern, Asahi Beverages

Anna is the Regional Manufacturing Operations Manager for Asahi Beverages, which includes factories in Laverton and Tullamarine, along with New Zealand and Western Australia. Prior to this Anna managed the implementation of an $80M upgrade to the Asahi Beverage operations in Western Australia, in the role of Project Implementation Manager, whilst also continuing to run the state as Manufacturing Operations Manager.

Mr Chris Vains
Head of Digital Enterprise, Siemens

Chris provides Digitalisation thought leadership and solutions to industry through Siemens' wide offerings to connect all levels of a customer's enterprise. An experienced General Manager in the electrical and electronic automation manufacturing industry with a background of several years of automation project engineering predominately in the food and beverage and general manufacturing industries, Chris has a passion for digitalisation and automation solutions, and how technology can help create a sustainable future for Australian business.