Jennifer Conley has been announced as the new CEO of the Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong.
The AFGC received a Victorian government grant of $300,000 last December, which would “enable the Cluster to hire a CEO who is expected to be based at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus“, and who would be focussed on growing membership and assisting members with business growth opportunities. The Cluster’s partners include Deakin University, the City of Greater Geelong, and the Geelong Manufacturing Council, and Austeng.
Conley’s recent work includes at the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council from 2011 – 2017, initially as the group’s chief strategy designer and then as its inaugural executive director.
“Deakin’s role has been pivotal in the development and acceleration of advanced fibre technology so it is perfect that the Cluster will be based out of Deakin’s ManuFutures building,” she said in a statement.
“We know from international experience that clusters work best when there is a geographic concentration – people share knowledge and transfer ideas when they are part of a neighbourhood, and there is a sense of ideas and solutions flowing more freely. I think we’ll see lots of new opportunities developing out of the Cluster over the next couple of years.”
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