Innes Willox

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012.

His current appointments include:

  • Deputy Chair of Australian Super
  • Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre
  • Board Member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
  • Chair of the Migration Council of Australia
  • Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration
  • President of the Global Business Coalition
  • Convenor of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.

He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).

Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.

Adrian Fahey

Adrian Fahey is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Group, including SAGE Automation, Nukon, Embedded Expertise and Skills Lab.

Adrian is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for the business and as CEO, has led the growth of SAGE from $44 million to $110 million, from 1 to 14 offices across Australia as well as three in India, acquired 5 businesses and leads a high performance team of more than 500 people.

Adrian is Chairperson of the international Control System Integration Association (CSIA) whose mission is to advance the industry of control system integration. He also sits on the Ai Group National Executive Advisory Council and the Board of National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO).

Adrian embraces lifelong learning and recently completed the Owner President Program at Harvard Business School.

Adrian believes that the role of SAGE in this time of industrial digitalisation is to create a Smarter Future and a Better World.

    John Dixon

    John has more than 35 years’ experience as a CEO or executive and non-executive director, predominantly within the logistics and services sector. His previous experience includes Executive Director/COO Linfox, Executive Director/COO Skilled Engineering, Managing Director Westgate Logistics, Managing Director Silk Logistics Group and Chair of a privately-owned transport company.

    For many years John has supported the charity Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and was formerly a member of the scheme’s advisory board. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a non-executive director of the Ai Group, Frontier Advisors and AustralianSuper.

      David Chuter

      David Chuter is CEO and Managing Director at the Innovative Manufacturing CRC IMCRC), based in Melbourne. David is an experienced senior executive with a strong industry record in leading strategic business growth, operational management and change in the manufacturing sector. He is passionate about local industry and creating a stronger platform for Australian manufacturing through catalysing investment in technology, innovation, collaboration and competitiveness. David has more than thirty years of international manufacturing experience, with much of this gained in the global automotive industry.

      David joined the IMCRC in June 2016. Prior to this, he was CEO of MHG Asia Pacific from 2014, and a member of the Futuris Automotive executive leadership team from 2001.

      David is a member of Australia’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum, responsible for the research and innovation and digital business models workstreams. He is a Director of the CRC Association, a Director of the Australian Industry Group Centre for Education and Training, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

      David holds a first-class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Bath (UK), and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

      Current other involvements

      • CEO and Managing Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC)
      • Director, CRC Association
      • Deputy Chair, Commonwealth Modern Manufacturing Initiative Assessment Committee
      • Member and Workstream lead, Australia’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum
      • Member, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub Advisory and Research Committee
      • Member, Swinburne University of Technology Industry Research Advisory Committee
      • Member, RMIT University Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Fabrication Sector Expert Research Advisory Group


      • BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering and Management, University of Bath, UK
      • Chartered Engineer, Institute of Engineering and Technology
      • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
        Professor Linda Kristjanson AO FAICD FTSE PhD

        Professor Kristjanson is Non-Executive Director of Seek Ltd., President of the National Stroke Foundation, and Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is a member of the Australian Council for International Education, and Non-Executive Director of Skalata Ventures Ltd., Education Australia Ltd., MinEx CRC Ltd., and Global Citizen Australia. Professor Kristjanson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

        Professor Kristjanson served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology from 2011-2020, and upon her retirement, was awarded an Emeritus Professorship.

        In 2012, Professor Kristjanson received the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation Medal for outstanding leadership in palliative care research. She was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Visiting Professorship in Palliative Medicine, in 2007. Professor Kristjanson served as a member of the National Health & Medical Research Council from 2006 to 2009.

        In 2002, Linda was named Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health and science. Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, acknowledged for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, and contributions to cancer research, palliative care and to women.

          Aga Blana

          Ms Blana is the Executive Chairperson and sole shareholder of Nautitech Mining Systems, a global provider of smart electronic solutions for hazardous areas in mining. An eternal optimist, Aga is the driving force behind Nautitech® and has led the company throughout the highs and lows of the mining industry to achieve year-on-year financial growth both in Australia and overseas.

          A strong advocate of diversity in the workforce with a particular focus on gender equality, Aga has made a tangible commitment to closing the gender pay gap through extra superannuation contributions for female employees. Aga also advocates for social licence in mining through various industry associations.

          Ms Blana has been recognised for her achievements by the Export Council of Australia as winner of the 2019 NSW Women in International Business Award and more recently by the NSW Minerals Council as winner of the 2021 NSW Women in Mining Award for Technical Innovation.

            Russell Rolls BEng (Monash), MAdmin (Monash), FIEAust

            Russell has an extensive background in heavy engineering manufacturing and the international resources engineering industry. With both public and private company board experience he has a deep appreciation of the importance of skills development, education and training within the Australian workforce.

            Russell has a substantive understanding of industry/government interaction being the National Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian Industry Group and a long-standing Director of the Industry Capability Network (Victoria) Limited.

              Megan Lilly

              Ms Lilly has had an enduring commitment to research, policy and advocacy in education and training. Over her 30 career, Megan has been consistent in the belief of the capacity of education and training to transform lives. Megan is currently a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee, board member of National Apprentice Employment Network, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition.

              Megan was also on the AQF Review Panel. She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council. Megan also chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21 Century and has presented at international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

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