Government announces new industry appointments to spearhead its modern manufacturing strategy


Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has announced five new appointments to a reinvigorated and newly named Industry Innovation and Science Australia (IISA), formerly known as Innovation and Science Australia.

DuluxGroup CEO Patrick Houlihan and Woodside Energy’s Lauren Stafford have both been appointed to the Board for three years, whereas Fintech and consumer rights expert Scott Farrell, space technology entrepreneur Dr Alex Grant and internationally recognised ag-tech innovator Sarah Nolet have been appointed for two years.

Minister Andrews said the new appointments would bolster industry experience within the organisation, which is playing a crucial advisory role in implementing the Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy and is also overseeing the development of industry-led road maps that will guide future investment and action.

“As a Government we are getting the economic conditions right and backing our manufacturers to become more competitive, more resilient and to scale-up – but it is industry that will chart the course of our recovery and make this Strategy stick for generations to come,” Minister Andrews said.

“We know it is industry, not governments, that create jobs, so it’s essential that we have people from industry in these key advisory roles.

“These appointments will ensure the Board has the necessary skills, expertise, and connections to the Australian business community to reshape and reignite Australian manufacturing – as well as delivering advice more broadly on how to innovate.”

IISA Board Chair Andrew Stevens said he was looking forward to get to work with the newly composed Board.

“These new appointments will bring a wealth of industry experience and fresh thinking to the Board,” Mr Stevens said

“I look forward to working with our current and new members to further contribute to Australia’s economic recovery.”

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