The first CEO of bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear as a listed company Catherine Livingstone, and innovation and business academic Emeritus Professor Roy Green featured in this year’s Australia Day honours.
Livingstone was awarded the highest honour, a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the General Division for eminent service to business, particularly through governance and strategic reform, to tertiary education, to science, technology and innovation capability development, and to the arts.
Green was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to business, and to tertiary education in the fields of science, technology and innovation.
As always direct manufacturers were almost totally absent from this year’s honours with only a handful of people associated with industry honoured.
This is usual with the list dominated by those from medicine, science, the arts and local community service.
Livingstone has had a distinguished career in business as CEO of Cochlear, Chair of Commonwealth Bank and Telstra Corporation, and is a former President of the Business Council of Australia and Non-executive Director of Worley Parsons and Macquarie Group.
Livingstone was chair of CSIRO from 2016-21 and has been Chancellor of University of Technology Sydney since 2016.
Green has been Emeritus Professor University of Technology Sydney where he is Special Innovation Advisor since 2017, following a long career in academia and industry advisory roles.
He is a former Dean of the Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Dean and Vice-President for Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway. and Dean and Vice-President for Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Green has advised and published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management as well as trends in business education.
He has undertaken research projects with the OECD, European Commission and other international bodies, and chaired the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Council and Queensland Competition Authority.
He has also participated on the board of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC, NSW Modern Manufacturing Taskforce, Australian Fashion Chamber and the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce.
Today he is Chair, Port of Newcastle, Chair, Food Innovation Industry Growth Centre (FIAL), Chair, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub as well as being a Board Member, SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, since 2022.
Other industry related recipients include:
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division, Jimy Liaskos, for significant service to business and to industry as a leader and mentor.
He is a former Chairman, Polyester Insulation Manufacturer’s Association, Vice President, Automotive Products Manufacturers Assocation of Australia, Southern Region, Chairman Melba Textiles, and Chief Operating Officer, Austrim Textiles
Bruce Carter was named Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service to business, to charitable organisations, and to the community.
Carter is Chair, Australian Submarine Corporation, Chair, Cohen Group of Companies, Director, Bank of Queensland, Chair AIG Australia, Chair, Sage Group Holdings, and Director, Badge Constructions.
He is a former Chair, Economic Development Board South Australia.
Dr Graham Grant, was honoured for distinguished service to biomedical engineering as a pioneer of innovative equipment development, and to medicine.
He has numerous medical inventions to his name including a low-cost Respiration Airway Monitor, the Grant Respiration Assistor, Nasal Oxygen Administration/Respiratory Monitoring Devices, Non-Gravity Dependent Fluid Administration Machine, Safety Drug Administration Needle, Electronic Flowmeter, and Portable Electric Anaesthesia Ventilator.
The late Dr James May, was named Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to mining research and governance, and to the community.
He was a Chief Executive Officer, Australian Minerals Industry Research Association Limited (now AMIRA Global), Head, Chemical Engineering Section, Australian Commission, Guest Scientist, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Guest Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States of America, Chemical Engineer, Australian Atomic Energy Commission, and Metallurgist, Broken Hill South Mine Limited, 1957-1958.
He was involved with establishment of Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, The University of Queensland and is a Former Board Member, Ian Wark Research Institute, The University of South Australia.
Dr Gordon Pike was named Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to engineering, and to the aerospace industry.
He has been an Aerospace Consultant, since 2009 and is a former Consultant, Satellite Procurement and Operations, NBN Co. Satellite Program Specialist, AUSSAT and SingTel Optus, and Research Scientist, Australian Department of Defence.
Dr John Ramshaw was named Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to research science, to professional societies, and to the community.
He is a former Chief Research Scientist, Manufacturing Business Unit, CSIRO, and was the Australian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering’s Inaugural President.
Roy Green on his achievements, innovation and the future
Picture: Catherine Livingstone