Our work is evidence-based, and guided by industry

Manufacturing Skills Queensland’s Strategic Advisory Group has been established to provide high level advice and insights on current challenges and opportunities in Queensland’s manufacturing industry. This executive-level group explores new and comprehensive models, ideas, and concepts relevant to the entire manufacturing ecosystem, now and into the future.

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About the group

The significance of Queensland’s manufacturing industry in today’s global economy cannot be overstated. The industry is dynamic—not only contributing to the productivity of the country but providing immense value to local communities. As the industry adapts and grows, we need to ensure our investment in training and skills keeps pace, supporting manufacturers to innovate, stay competitive and build domestic capability.

The Strategic Advisory Group is a ‘by invitation-only’ thought leadership community that connects respected manufacturers with a presence in Queensland, to discover first-mover workforce ideas, share professional insights, pool expertise, and build relationships that make an enduring impact. The Strategic Advisory Group informs MSQ’s major workforce investment and Annual Training Plan.

What we discuss

By bringing together the best minds in manufacturing, we can collectively achieve more, driving the strategic support and transformation of the manufacturing industry. A future-proofed manufacturing industry is at the heart of our discussion. The Strategic Advisory Group meets to discuss:

  • Strategic investment in training, skills, and workforce solutions to support manufacturers, now and into the future.
  • Attracting new talent, keeping the current workforce engaged.
  • Technological, societal, cultural, and environmental evolution, disruption, and the implications for leadership.
  • Effectiveness of the training system, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.
  • The changing manufacturing ecosystem, job roles and the future of trades in manufacturing.
  • Embedding resilience and best practice for creativity and innovation through diversity and inclusion.
  • State-based, national and international innovative practices, models and case studies.

Our members

The Strategic Advisory Group supports investment in training, skills and workforce solutions that ensures our manufacturing industry is robust, skilled, and ready for the future.

Joe Bryant


Dean Deighton

Ai Group

Josh Linwood

Allweld Manufacturing Pty Ltd

Paul Baxter

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

Sheree Taylor

BlueScope Steel

Kim Mitchell

BlueScope Steel

John Skinne

Cook Medical

Emily Williams

Cook Medical

James Horwill


Gina Boyce-Rowe

Everhard Industries

Will Shrapnel


Andrew Hayes

Norsta Maritime

Carl Quarterman

Queensland Gasketts

Alicia O’Donoghue

Sime Darby Industrial

Lauren Pulitano

Volvo Australia

Upcoming meetings

The Strategic Advisory Group is redefining how the manufacturing industry looks at solutions to skills, training, and workforce challenges. The group meets several times a year, virtually or in-person.

Strategic Advisory Group member

We encourage executives and owners of manufacturing organisations to register to contribute to our Strategic Advisory Group. Members come from a range of manufacturing sub-industries and are committed to ensuring the manufacturing workforce is skilled and prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Membership is by invitation or approved application only. Contact us to be part of this pivotal journey.

Express your interest

Manufacturing engagement event series

We encourage organisations to register for our state and regional event series. These events give industry representatives access to new ideas, economic analysis and insights, guest speakers and more.

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Become a group member, join us as a guest, or attend an event

If you want to join this group, attend as a guest, or register to attend our engagement event series, please fill out the form to submit your interest.