10 Oct 2023

ICN Victoria Geelong Regional Showcase 2023 program

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Start Date: 10 Oct 2023

Start Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Open Space, Geelong Arts Centre 50 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220, Australia




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Event Welcome MC – Andrew Gill
Council Welcome Ali Wastie, Chief Executive Officer, City of Greater Geelong
Armoured Vehicle Centre of Excellence Kevin Foard, Industrial Liaison & Mobilisation Lead, Hanwha Defense Australia
Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre Josh Pozzebon, Project Director, Built
The role of ICN Victoria – Gateway Andrew Bradley, Senior Industry Liaison, ICN Victoria
SME engagement Moana Weir, Local Jobs First Commissioner, Office of the Local Jobs First Commissioner
Presentation wrap up – networking booths Kath Smith, Manager Industry Engagement, ICN Victoria
Networking session






Ali Wastie, Chief Executive Officer
City of Greater Geelong

Ali has nearly 20 years of experience in local government and the Victorian Public Service, having held a number of senior executive positions, including serving as CEO of the Bass Coast Shire Council for the past four-and-a-half years. She also chairs the Alpine Resorts Victoria board, and has previous leadership experience as a director at the City of Melbourne and Yarra Ranges Council.

Kevin Foard, Industrial Liaison & Mobilisation Lead
Hanwha Defense Australia


Kevin has more than 30 years experience working in a number of engineering and operations roles in the Automotive and Manufacturing sectors in Australia, Europe and Asia.
As the Industrial Liaison and Mobilisation Lead for Hanwha Defense Australia, Kevin is responsible for strengthening Australian manufacturing supply chains, increasing local content and exploring opportunities for industry to work with Hanwha and its partners, to deliver its defence programs.
Prior to joining Hanwha Defense Australia, Kevin spent the past decade developing and managing a network of 50 engineering and related businesses in his home location of Geelong to access new markets and win work across Australia.

Josh Pozzebon, Project Director

Since joining Built in 2010, Josh has worked on numerous large-scale new build and refurbishment projects encompassing commercial, residential, retail, hotel, and heritage works as well as construction in live environments, including many in the CBD and near surrounds.
His collaborative style works to engender trust with client, consultants, and contractors alike, and to encourage great efficiencies from his team.
Josh strives to ensure critical day-to-day issues are managed as they arise, maintaining focus on safety, time, budget, and quality as central considerations. In addition, Josh’s bachelor qualifications in engineering are complemented by credentials as a Green Star professional ensuring the highest in ESD principles can be pursued on his projects.

Andrew Bradley, Senior Industry Liaison
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 Victorian 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.

Moana Weir, Local Jobs First Commissioner
Office of the Local Jobs First Commissioner

Moana Weir is the Local Jobs First Commissioner. As Local Jobs First Commissioner Moana works closely with government and industry to strengthen the participation of local industry and workers through Victorian Government procurement to support the delivery of economic and social benefits for Victorians.
Moana has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive and officer in ASX listed technology companies including SEEK and REA (realestate.com.au), and across a range of industries including health as an executive at Bupa. She is an experienced lawyer and has also led businesses, including as the Acting MD of Bupa Dental.
In addition, Moana is an experienced non-executive director for over 10 years. She was the Chair of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Victoria for 5 years until March 2022.

Kath Smith, Manager Industry Engagement
ICN Victoria

Katherine is an experienced and passionate public policy professional with a particular enthusiasm for Victorian industry and the role procurement can play in the growth of individual business as well as state-wide economic prosperity.
Most recently, Katherine was Manager of Industry Policy at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Here she was responsible for delivering the highly successful Victoria Summit – a thought leadership program working with over 300 industry leaders positioning Victoria to be the best place to live, learn and operate a business. During the COVID pandemic she helped thousands of small and medium sized businesses to access government support and recover successive lockdowns.
Prior to this she worked for the Federal Government in procurement and manufacturing policy development and implementation.




Social Traders is the national trailblazer of social enterprise procurement. We create a more inclusive and equitable Australia by making buying from social enterprise the norm. We do this through certifying and strengthening social enterprise, working with our business and government members to embed social enterprises into their supply chains and advocacy for the social enterprise sector. We connect over 140 members to 500 + social enterprises to unlock business for good.
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Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is the leading Victorian organisation dedicated to supporting Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners.  Our focus is on changing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives through a strength-based model of business ownership and participation in the Victorian economy.
Kinaway Chamber of Commerce works closely with businesses by providing: Support, Networking, Advocacy and Partnerships. These services provide an essential framework to promote and support the ongoing operation of Aboriginal businesses. Kinaway Chamber of Commerce fosters and develops partnerships with government, corporates and academia to build procurement opportunities and facilitate support to Aboriginal businesses.
The City of Greater Geelong’s Business & Industry Experience team are dedicated to supporting local businesses and advancing investment opportunities that support a growing and diverse economy. Whether you’re embarking on a new venture, managing an existing one, looking to grow, or exploring investment opportunities, our comprehensive suite of services can help.
We help attract investment through organising investment and trade visits, showcasing Greater Geelong’s business and industry potential and streamlining regulatory processes and permits.
Our support for local businesses includes supplying local economic insights to help with informed decisions, delivering programs and events that support business growth and upskill our workforce and identifying available grants and funding opportunities.
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Hanwha Defense Australia was established in 2019 and is a division of Hanwha Corporation operating in Australia since 2005 in areas including mining equipment, logistics and sustainable energy. Hanwha Defense Australia had an initial focus on Land Systems and signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia to supply self-propelled artillery systems under LAND 8116, a $0.9 billion to $1.3 billion project.
They were recently announced as the down-selected preferred tenderer for LAND 400 Phase 3 to enter negotiations with Defence to supply the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) to the Australian Army. Subject to successful negotiations and government approval, the IVFs will be manufactured in the Greater Geelong area of Victoria at the HDA Armoured vehicle Centre of Excellence.
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Proudly Australian and privately owned since 1998, Built has grown to be a national diversified general contractor and one of Australia’s largest private construction groups. We’ve built our reputation on being the most responsive, client focused partner in the industry with extensive tier one and large corporation experience.
Our financial strength together with our focus on quality provides scale and certainty for our clients. With a track record of sustainable growth, strong balance sheet, sizable bonding capacity and sound liquidity profile, Built provides absolute certainty.
Our trusted reputation has been earned through 25 years of consistent delivery across diversified sectors. From large scale new builds to complex refurbishments and intricate fitouts, we are proud of our track record and high rate of repeat clients, on average 83%.
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