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Supply Circles: Stories from the SME Frontline: The Everhard Story with Gina Boyce Rowe, Chair, Everhard Industries

In this episode, we hear a story of Australia, of Australian manufacturing, of innovation and change, of resilience and adaptability.

And of the ups and downs of family ownership as the business grows, adapts, and changes from generation to generation.

It’s not a sexy business or a sexy range of products. But it’s the story of persistence, resilience and change.

It’s the story of Everhard Industries, a 98 year-old business in Geebung, Brisbane, Queensland: an Australian family-owned manufacturer of Drainage, Wastewater and Environmental solutions for residential and commercial applications. Everard has been the long-time market leader in laundry units and sinks for the home.

Back in 1926, Everhard pioneered the original concrete laundry tub in Queensland – a key part of homes in the suburbs and in the bush.  From this humble beginning, the company has built itself into a modern manufacturer and importer of environmentally conscious materials and sustainable manufacturing techniques.

Gina Boyce- Rowe is a direct descendant of the founder of the business and now has the top job, having taken over the Chair from her mum; She shares with us the story of the business, the challenges, the big decisions to change, and her role as Chair. She also tells us how she went from being a critical care nurse to Chair of one of Queensland’s best manufacturers.

It’s a fascinating story- one not to be missed.

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James Scotland

After a long career in multiple aspects of supply chain management, corporate training and business advisory, James brings a business improvement mindset to his role as General Manager of Supply Chain Resilience for Ai Group. A skilled communicator and adviser, James has been involved with Oil & Gas, the Defence industry and supply chain across the board for over 40 years.

James has a Masters degree in International Management and a partially completed Doctor of Business Administration. He says he'll get around to finishing it when he retires.