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Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers: Meet our judges

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Those who have been following our Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers campaign will know that nominations closed a couple of weeks ago and have been handed over to a panel of experts to judge.

It’s a pleasure to now introduce readers to our judges, each of whom is diligently applying their wisdom to score submissions as you read this, and working to a deadline of COB Friday.

Here is a little about those who’ve donated their time to the task. We thank them again for their help.

Bruce Minty

Senior Product Manager, MYOB

Bruce is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software expert with over 20 years of experience across product management, marketing, finance, solution engineering and business development. 

His consultative approach and focus on business process improvement have helped transform midmarket and global organisations across both Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution sectors.

Dr Munib Karavdic

CEO, WAVE and Conjoint Professor Design and Innovation, AGSM/UNSW

Dr. Munib Karavdic is recognised globally as an expert in innovation and design. A multi design and innovation award winner, he helps leaders and their organisations to innovate and drive change with confidence and clarity from strategy to implementation. 

His approach is achieved by building innovation capabilities underpinned by human-centred design (HCD) as a critical driver of the organisation’s growth and customer-centric strategy. 

As Conjoint Professor in Design and Innovation at AGSM/UNSW, he is involved in research and supports MBA students by sharing his insights and practical expertise from his industry work. 

Munib is an internationally acclaimed speaker on innovation and design and has delivered keynote addresses at many industry conferences and forums in Australia and around the world.

Bradley Trewin

National Sales and Business Development Manager, Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions

Bradley is an innovative Engineering Manager with a wealth of experience at Bosch in both Manufacturing and Sales with a focus on process improvements and innovative technical Solutions.

Having experience as a design engineer, manufacturing engineer, project manager, prototype sample shop manager, automation engineering manager and commercial manager in multiple international locations

Bradley has developed strong engineering, commercial and management capabilities across all phases of the product design, manufacturing and sales life cycle. 

Most recently, Bradley has managed the design and delivery of 27 fully automated production lines for Ellume’s COVID diagnostic devices.

Rodney Ryan

State Manager for SMC Corporation, Victoria and Tasmania

Rodney Ryan has made a name for himself as a resilient, hands-on leader in the automation sector in his 12-plus years at SMC Corporation.

Rodney is responsible for sales teams in two of SMC’s key states. He prides himself on developing sales strategies to help bolster SMC’s market share and ensure the growth and development of his team members.

Rodney offers a wealth of experience in process control, valves and controls, automation, robotics, pneumatics, electro-pneumatics and electric drivers across an array of sectors and applications. He loves an engineering challenge, with special interest in process automation.

Tyson Bowen

Manager, PR and Communications, AMGC

Tyson began as Manager, PR and Communications for AMGC in December 2019. He has held senior communications roles for technology and other businesses over the past 17 years, with most of his career spent in the automotive industry. 

After studying two years of geomatic engineering, he shifted to public relations.

Tyson’s background combining engineering, automotive and telecommunications gives him an appreciation of the technical as well as the importance of conveying this in a compelling and accessible way.

Further reading

Nominations flood in for Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers campaign

Lessons from Australia’s most innovative manufacturers

@AuManufacturing webinar – are you one of Australia’s most innovative manufacturers?

Australia’s 50 Most Innovative Manufacturers is a new campaign by @AuManufacturing. It has been made possible by the generous support of  MYOBSMC Corporation Australia, and Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions. Be sure to check back at this website for regular updates  including profiles of nominees and other information.

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