Minerals, Energy and Supply Chain Resilience (MESCR)
Australian Industry Group
James Scotland is General Manager Minerals, Energy and Supply Chain Resilience (MESCR) for the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), and the host of the popular business/industry transition podcast ‘What on Earth….’. In these role, he assist members and other business operators to understand the changing supply chain environment and the constantly evolving expectations of buyers and markets.
James has held senior roles in business development, strategic marketing and operations, and has worked extensively throughout metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.
His engaging conference and webinars presentations are based on his ability to draw on his personal management experience combined with his practical understanding and application of the ‘theory’ of current and emerging business. He seeks to bring clarity to the confusion of change.
James has a Master of International Management, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the Australian Marketing Institute.
Alana is National Hydrogen Commercialisation Manager working in the Hydrogen Department at Sumitomo Australia, focusing on development of hydrogen ecosystems, net zero society and pathways for commercialisation.
Previous extensive in-house legal and in private practice experience, focusing on international trade, energy and mineral resources industries.
Mick Allen has over 15 years of diverse experience in Central Queensland across underground mining; urban and regional planning; civil engineering technical support and state government environmental and construction departments, leading up to his appointment as the Director for the Rockhampton Manufacturing Hub. The Manufacturing Hubs are only located in Regional Queensland (Cairns; Townsville; Rockhampton and Gladstone) and are part of the state governments Advanced Manufacturing 10-year Roadmap and Action Plan to help Central Queensland manufacturers progress to Industry 4.0, increase productivity, innovation and competitiveness in a fast-paced global environment.
Deborah Mead is the Regional Business Lead with nbn Local covering the Wide Bay Burnett and Surrounds region. Her focus in this role is to lift the digital capability of businesses in the region working with ICT providers, business and industry groups and directly with businesses. Assisting with connectivity issues, optimisation of current connections and matching connectivity types to business needs.
She is passionate about Regional Queensland and assisting businesses to grow which was evident in her previous role as the Central Queensland Regional Manager for AusIndustry. For over a decade she had the privilege of working with regional businesses in identifying barriers to growth and matching government programs to assist.
Deborah attended regional university James Cook, where she completed her undergraduate in Administration (Tourism) and her post graduate qualification, a Masters in Business Administration.
Rod is a Business Adviser focusing on businesses in regional areas of Queensland, mostly in Central Queensland and the Wide Bay Burnett areas.
Rod has worked with businesses across a number of industries, including Food and Agribusiness, Mining, Tourism, Manufacturing, and Retail.
Rod has extensive experience in business management, IT, marketing, accounting and risk assessment. His main strength is his ability to work with business owners in their own environment and to enable them to identify growth opportunities, and to put strategies in place to allow these opportunities to develop.
He has spent the past 20 years identifying those issues that impact on regional businesses in all industry sectors, and on developing ways to deal with them.
Rod has a degree in Corporate Governance, Masters Qualifications in Professional Accounting (MPA) and Business Administration (MBA), and is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Adrienne is an accomplished senior executive passionate about regional Australia and supporting regions build and promote strong, smart, sustainable communities. Adrienne has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership and applied economic development roles for private and non-profit organisations, both nationally and internationally.
While based in Mackay, Adrienne’s role covers north to Bowen, south to Gladstone and west to the border. Adrienne represents the Department in the CQ region and promotes the uptake of Federal Government programs, grants and services available to help businesses grow, innovate or diversify. Adrienne also meets with business leaders and stakeholders to understand economic issues and opportunities specific to each area to provide intelligence and connections back to various branches within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
Paul joined nbn during COVID-19 in 2020 delivering security influence programs to protect nbn’s people and assets from personnel, physical and cyber security threats.
Prior to nbn, Paul served in local and international Corporate and Government roles in the IT industry for over 30 years with experience in sales, marcomms, corporate social responsibility, compliance, and cyber safety/security roles. For over 19 years, Paul carved his career with Microsoft Australia and abroad.
Paul’s passion for keeping citizens safe in the digital world began as a founding member of the ThinkUKnow online safety and security program. In 2017, Paul joined the eSafety Commissioner in marketing and stakeholder capacity driving awareness of the office and its services to Citizens and delivering the annual Safer Internet Day campaign.