10 Nov 2022

Ballarat Regional Showcase Program

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Start Date: 10 Nov 2022

Start Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Ballarat Goods Shed, Terminus Theatre and Carriage Rooms, Lydiard Street, North cnr. Nolan Street, Ballarat



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Closes Friday 18 November 2022


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3.00 pm Event Welcome MC Andrew Gill
3.05 pm The Role of ICN Victoria Dianne Smith, CEO, ICN Victoria
3.10 pm Introduction to Ballarat Industry Advisers and Gateway Page description Andrew Bradley, Senior Industry Adviser, ICN Victoria
3.21 pm ICN Victoria’s support for the Social Procurement Framework Rebecca Lee, Principal Social Procurement Adviser, ICN Victoria
3.28 pm Golden Plains Windfarm Matt Hustwaite, Engagement Manager, Westwind Energy
3.39 pm Sovereign Hill 20 Year Masterplan Sara Quon, CEO, Sovereign Hill
3.50 pm North East Link Program Mark Harrington, Procurement Director, and JK Shelat, Strategic Vendor Manager SPARK NEL
4.01 pm Ballarat Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2 Justin Knott, Senior Project Engineer, John Holland
4.12 pm Case Study – Social Enterprise Adam Bogers, Executive Manager Social Enterprise , BRI Enterprises
4.23 pm Live Q & A – facilitated by MC All speakers
4.30 pm Presentation Concludes
4.30 pm Networking commences Includes mini-Expo
5.30 pm Network concludes




Dianne Smith
ICN Victoria

Dianne Smith is a proud Victorian, passionate about growing industry capability and local jobs with a well-connected business and government network across Victoria. Prior to ICN, Dianne held various senior positions including Chief Executive at the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Chief Executive of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council. Her skills include Government Relations, Advocacy and Communications, Business and Industry Development, and Commercial Operational Management. Dianne was appointed to the Victorian Ministerial Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council (2016-2018 and is currently a Board Director on the Emerald Tourist Railway Board.

Andrew Bradley
Senior Industry Adviser
ICN Victoria

Having joined ICN Victoria in 2007 as Grampians Regional Manager, Andrew is currently the Senior Industry Liaison, a position that is crucial to delivering the state government’s Local Jobs First Policy. Andrew has extensive experience in this field and works cross-functionally within ICN to ensure that all of our customers’ needs are met.
Maintaining and improving the level of Australian businesses with onshore operations acts as one of Andrew’s key motivators, which in turn involves regularly bringing together project owners, buyers, and suppliers from across the state to Help Local Win.

Matt Hustwaite
Engagement Manager
Westwind Energy

As Engagement Manager for WestWind Energy, Matt builds and maintains positive relationships across industry, government and the community. Matt’s professional background includes leading the Victorian Government’s commitment to improve the condition of country Victoria’s local road network, and collaborations to drive government investment in Ballarat including the Ballarat Hospital upgrade, CBD project coordination and the Ballarat Major Events Precinct.
Having grown-up in a wind farm community, Matt appreciates the benefits that renewable energy projects can bring to regional areas. Matt and WestWind Energy take pride in the social and economic benefits the Golden Plains Wind Farm is set to bring to our region – whether it be the creation and maintenance of 700 jobs, powering the equivalent of every home in regional Victoria, or providing free electricity to the community of Rokewood.

Sara Quon
Sovereign Hill

Sara Quon has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Sovereign Hill Museums Association since January 2019.
Sara is a strategy and marketing professional with two decades of experience across tourism, major events and fast-moving consumer goods. Sara’s previous roles include Group CEO of Beechworth Honey, inaugural CEO of Tourism North East Regional Tourism Board, Marketing Director and Interim CEO of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Sara currently sits on the board of Visit Victoria and the Committee for Ballarat and also serves on the Council of Australian Museum Directors executive.

Mark Harrington
Procurement Director

Mark is has 15 years’ experience in the construction, infrastructure and asset management industries, working for London Underground, Transport for London, Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell and CPB Contractors where he has gained diverse sector experience, mainly in the Commercial construction sectors primarily in Civil Road, Marine and Rail.
He has been involved in successfully implementing and administering a variety of construction and improvement projects across transport modes in the UK and Australia through a variety of commercial arrangements including bespoke PPP forms and NEC forms of contract.

JK Shelat
Strategic Vendor Manager

JK is a leader in project, quality, improvement, manufacturing and supply chain with global experience in Automotive, Aerospace and Defense sectors. He has worked in the vehicle manufacturing industry as well as aviation, IT hardware and software development, large scale supply chain and distribution warehouses and safety critical metal fabrication.

Adam Bogers
Executive Manager – Social Enterprise
BRI Enterprises

Adam Bogers is McCallum’s Executive Manager of Social Enterprise. He has worked in senior management positions within the disability sector for over a decade and has recently spearheaded McCallum’s merger with Ballarat Regional Industries. This resulted in the creation of the largest social enterprise for people with disability in Western Victoria providing employment to more than 250 people with disability and turning over more than $10m annually.

Rebecca Lee
Principal Social Procurement Adviser
ICN Victoria

Rebecca Lee is the Principal Social Procurement Adviser at ICN Victoria. Her work with ICN Victoria encompasses three years in the Local Jobs First Policy team, and she now brings this experience in policy implementation to the Social Procurement Framework.
Rebecca has experience in driving effective policy implementation and compliance from her previous role as Policy Compliance Team Leader. She has aspirations for social and sustainable procurement practices and is enjoying applying her background in Women and Gender studies to the Building Equality Policy program for ICN Victoria.

Garry Holding
Industry Adviser – Ballarat
ICN Victoria

Your Industry Adviser for the Ballarat and Grampians region is Garry Holding, a valued member of the ICN Victoria team since 2018. Garry has a background in retail, training and development, delivering Government programs, running an RTO and managing traineeships and apprenticeships. He has broad experience of the home garden centre sector, particularly in distribution and sales, so really understands the nuts and bolts of what a small to medium business needs to be successful with their EOIs and RTOs. This work also led him to work in depth with SMEs in Ballarat and also Social Enterprises for the past 15 years.

To learn more about all major projects in the region, you can contact him at gholding@icnvic.org.au or call 0418 994 288



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