Committee Members

ShireBiz Committee at Work

                                    2016 ShireBiz Committee 31 Mar 2016

LtoR: Steve Atherton, Barry Alchin [Chair], Michael Forshaw, Terry Moxham, Tony Blain, Alan Tooth, Paul Degnan, Ken Scanlon, Richard Walker [photographer] Absent: Jeff Forsythe, Malcolm Kerr, Rebecca Woods

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Barry Alchin

Barry Alchin founded & operated Austin Chemical which supplied local manufactures with a wide range of chemistry & metallurgy. Past president of State Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NSW) & vice president Australian Chamber. Dedicated to the development of a new age of manufacturing in southern Sydney.

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Tony Blain is a retired Business owner that specialized in manufacturing and marketing for Entertainers and well known Trademarks for close to 30 years.   Tony has lived in the Shire for 25 years and in semi retirement is enjoying ShireBiz activities, is a Member of the Economic and Development Committee at Sutherland Shire Council and is a Member of Council’s Heritage & Shire History Committee.

malcolm kerrMalcolm Kerr

As the former MLA for Cronulla Malcolm has a deep and passionate knowledge and understanding of The Shire and brings a commitment to a change culture that will make The Shire an even better place. With a wealth of high profile local contacts through his many years as a State Member of Parliament, Malcolm has enabled opportunities to be developed and enhanced.

teriTeri Moxham

Teri is the Manager of Southside Staffing Services which has been has been operating on the Southern Side of Sydney and located at Miranda for over 15 years.  Teri was also a “Founding Member” of the Miranda Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Steering Committee for five years.   She has been a board member of the Southern Sydney BEC and a member of the Sutherland Shire Council’s economic development committee.

Michael_Forshaw_140_150_c1_center_center_0_0_1Michael Forshaw

Michael Forshaw is a former Senator for NSW serving in the Australian Parliament from 1994 until he retired in June 2011.   Michael attended school in Cronulla and then graduated with Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 1974 and Law from the University of NSW in 1984. He was admitted as a Barrister in 1985. Michael has been a lifelong Shire resident and is a strong supporter of many local organisations. Throughout his career Michael has been actively involved in representing and promoting the Shire.

jeff forstythJeff Forsyth

Jeff Forsyth is a director of several construction related companies.   He has a background in engineering, building and education.   He has, over many years been a member of various committees of Sutherland Shire Council, including the Economic Development Committee, the Port Hacking Management Panel and the Housing Strategy Review Committee.   His professional memberships include the Australian Institute of Building, the Australian Society of Building Consultants and the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.   His formal qualifications culminated in a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

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Richard Walker was the Australasian Director of TCI (The Competitiveness Institute)[2011-2015].  He has more than 20 years experience in senior management and director roles in Not For Profit companies and Professional Associations including nine years as Chief Executive of Macquarie Research Ltd a University commercial company [NFP].  In that role he supervised the formation of the Macquarie University Research Park at North Ryde.  He is also experienced in developing economic strategies for local governments, and in evaluating and commercializing new technologies.

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Paul Degnan is Executive Chairman and major shareholder of Shire based Enware Australia Pty   Limited. Enware  manufactures and markets specialised plumbing products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. Major focus being tapware for hospitals, schools, laboratories etc.(e.g. Sutherland Hospital). We also manufacture safety deluge showers and emergency eyewash products and bathroom equipment for aged care and disabled use and market a range of spill solutions for industry and commerce.Enware employs 200 pope in 3 locations I the Sutherland Shire, with branches in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Singapore and Dubai (U.E.A.).

Paul is a qualified accountant, CPA Australia (CPA) hold a Diploma in Technology (Commerce)(NSW Institute of Technology) and a member of Australian Company Directors (FAICD). He is immediate past President of PPIG (Plumbing Products Industry.  Current member of Sutherland Shire Economic Development Committee, SSHED Steering Committee, and Past President of PPIG- Plumbing Products Industry Group Group).

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Alan spent 24 years with Cadbury Schweppes, starting in engineering and progressed though to operations and General Management, the becoming Managing Director of its Cottee’s Foods Division In 1991Alan was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Dairy Farmers Ltd During his period of 11 years as CEO, the business grew from $250 million in Revenues to $1.3 billion, and profit from$ 1 million to $98 million. Alan has served on the Boards of Cadbury Schweppes Ltd, Arnott’s Ltd, Dairy Farmers, Food Science Australia and the Australian Dairy Corporation . In recent years he has been an active investor and Director of a number of SMEs

Steve Atherton (3)Steve Atherton JP

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) and a Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of NSW.

After completing a traineeship with Email Ltd in the 1970’s Steve gained further experience in HVAC in Email Ltd eventually rising to the General Manager’s position in Email’s Building Products Division in the early 1990’s

During his years in Email’s Air Handling Division he was awarded patents for the development of high efficiency filtration products and became a NATA signatory for the Email laboratories. Steve was also the recipient of the George Westinghouse Marketing award from Westinghouse USA for the work he did in the Biological safety cabinet and HEPA filtration fields and was a member of several Standards Australia revision committees in the air handling fields

Following several years in the building industry as General Manager of Australian Kitchen Industries & later Stegbar, Steve took on the role of Director & CEO with Air Change in mid 2008 where he led the Airchange team to one ARBS award and two AIRAH awards for innovation in the HVAC industry.

Steve took on the challenge of Group CEO with BioGill in 2014 – A technology based water treatment company in the Aquaculture and Waste Water Treatment markets.

Steve has been a speaker and expert panel member in the manufacturing sector on numerous occasions and has been a Board member (5 years) and Chairman of Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network for the past 4 years.

Rebecca Wood

Rebecca has over 10 years’ experience in local government as Manager Economic Development for Sutherland Shire Council. Her previous roles include Marketing Manager with Westfield and various roles with United Airlines in Sydney and London over a ten year period.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Management and has a broad range of experience that includes facility and asset management, event management, management of projects, tenders and contracts, research and policy development, budget planning and revenue generation. Rebecca also has a keen understanding of the importance of building relationships and networks, Workplace Health and Safety, personnel and staff development and customer service.

Rebecca has also served as a Board Member for Economic Development Australia NSW, Cronulla Promotions Limited, Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network and Southern Sydney Business Education Network.


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