Committee Members

ShireBiz Committee at Work


ShireBiz Committee Feb 2019 [L to R]
Barry Alchin, Tim Doyle, Jeff Forsyth, Paul Degnan, Malcolm Kerr, Michael Forshaw, Vic Johnston, Sharon Austin, Richard Walker [Photographer]
Absent: Tony Blain, Ros Morton, Steve Atherton, Rebecca Wood, Rob Gooch

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.


Tony Blain

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 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.

Michael 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 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.

Richard Walker

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).

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.

Dr Tim Boyle

Dr Tim Boyle is the Director, Innovation and Commercialisation at ANSTO. Tim is one of Australia’s most well respected research commercialisation specialists with more than 20 years’ experience in developing the interface between industry and research. Tim is no stranger to high impact research and development himself, having designed and commercialised a new class of antibiotics for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection which are currently in clinical development. In addition to his role at ANSTO, Tim serves as Vice Chair and Director with Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA) the peak professional body for industry engagement, commercialisation and entrepreneurship for Australian and New Zealand publicly funded research organisations. Tim is also a Non-Executive Director of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) a global organisation comprised of national technology transfer professional bodies; and member of the National Imaging Facility, Industry Partnerships Committee.

         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.

Committee members appointed 26th July 2018

Sharon Austin

Sharon Austin, founder and MD of Intelligent Search and Recruitment has over 20 years’ experience as a successful business owner and Executive Search and Recruitment Consultant. This experience is underpinned by qualifications in Electrical Engineering and 10 years at Garden Island Naval Dockyard as an Electrical Designer in their Engineering Office.

Sharon has assisted 100’s of businesses from large multinationals to small businesses, including those in the Sutherland Shire; optimize one of their most valuable assets – their people.  She is passionate about promoting collaboration and developing people to their full potential.

Sharon specializes in consulting to technical and engineering businesses across Australia, with a strong presence in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Sharon is in her sixth term as a Board Member for Southern Strength Agile Manufacturing Network.  Her memberships include National Association of Women in Construction and Engineers Australia.

Robert J. Gooch

Robert grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs moving to the Sutherland Shire when he married in 1979. He and his wife Vicki have three children and seven grandchildren. Rob has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNSW and is a Chartered Accountant by trade. He was a successful Senior Executive for Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd from 1983, until his semi-retirement in 2009.

Robert has strong business and financial skills and a vast experience in property development. These strengths are supported by personal characteristics of being a people person with a strong passion for professionalism and customer focus whilst being results orientated. Robert’s last position at Toyota was as Divisional General Manager, reporting directly to the Board of Directors and responsible for a broad national portfolio.

Robert’s vast experience has included the creation and introduction of various initiatives into Toyota including developing new business ventures, business rationalisations, major profit improvement strategies and large property developments.

Robert now operates his own Business Advisory service working at a more leisurely pace. Robert has also served on various local and community based Boards and Committees including the Sutherland Shire Economic Development Committee, the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC), the Breakfree Foundation and the Sutherland Shire Hub for Economic Development.

Vic Johnston

Vic semi-retired from Toyota Australia in early 2012 after more than 26 years in key management roles within the sales & marketing arm at their Head Office in Sydney and interstate.Other work experiences include various sales and marketing management roles in the Automotive, Not for Profit and Insurance industries.
His forte is building a sales and marketing strategies built around solid research.
Vic’s most proud work achievement was acting as Toyota Australia’s Hybrid Vehicle Manager and environmental spokesperson for over 12 years.

The experience gained from lobbying for support for the ground-breaking  new hybrid technology to Corporates, Motoring Bodies and Government, including PM’s and Premiers, State and Federal Ministers will certainly be an asset to Shirebiz  Along with enjoying semi-retirement he is currently working on projects for Activus Transport,the Community Transport provider in the Sutherland Shire.





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