• Rethinking Manufacturing – The Australian Experience

Rethinking Manufacturing – The Australian Experience

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST)


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  • Summary

BDO is proud to be partnering with the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to present our 'Rethinking Manufacturing' webinar series. In this three-part series, the various panels will focus on the recent manufacturing related challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 crisis. They will highlight the Australian experiences, the route towards innovation, and how manufacturers can succeed locally and globally.

In our first webinar, Michael Sharpe, AMGC National Director of Industry, and Ryan Pollett, BDO National Manufacturing and Wholesale Leader, will host a panel of industry experts to discuss manufacturing in Australia, including:

  • The immediate impact of COVID-19 on manufacturers including supply chains and planning
  • How AMGC is supporting manufacturers
  • How the COVID-19 response boosted manufacturing in Australia - what are the challenges and opportunities going forward?
  • Collaboration, diversification and resilience in practice.


  • Ryan Pollett – BDO National Manufacturing & Wholesale Leader
    Ryan is an Audit & Assurance Partner with BDO in Sydney and currently leads the National Manufacturing & Wholesale sector. Ryan brings over 15 years of experience within the profession, both in Sydney and London. He has significant experience providing audit, assurance and advisory services to his clients, including a number of ASX listed and large proprietary companies with global operations across a broad range of sectors. Specifically, Ryan’s passion is within the Manufacturing & Wholesale sector, looking to connect clients in this space to services that will assist them in growing their business and help them solve problems they may come across on a day-to-day basis. Ryan shows a genuine interest in his clients’ business – being aware of their needs and goals, and building relationships with open communication and trust.
  • Michael Sharpe – AMGC National Director Of Industry
    Michael joined the AMGC in 2017 and is the National Director – Industry, bringing vast industrial experience, serving in numerous senior roles leading up to his AMGC Directorship. He has served as Managing Director at Sharpe Bros (Australia), one of the nation’s leading road companies. He was also on the board of HunterNet, a successful industry clustering initiative in the Hunter and Central Coast Region and served as Chairman for a one-year period. Michael was also a Board Member at the Central Coast Local Health District, providing experience and insight for development of the governance framework and the philanthropy procedures for medical research. Michael applies his leadership and networking experience to his current AMGC role, engaging with industry across Australia. This includes linking partnerships among the country’s manufacturers and research facilities which is vital for creating high-value jobs and products through collaborative projects.
  • Kamal Prasad – BDO Technology Advisory Partner
    Kamal is a Partner of the Technology Advisory team with BDO in Sydney. He is a highly experienced IT Advisory practitioner, with over 20 years of global cross-sector experience. Kamal’s expertise lies in four core areas, including performance improvement, technology-led business transformations, advanced analytics, and emerging technology. These focuses see him work across strategy, operations, system, data and advanced analytics; to effectively engage with a range of stakeholders and deliver tangible results from IT and digital investments and improvement programs. Kamal adds value by simplifying, prioritising and bringing focus on the right areas so that emerging technologies and digital tools can be used to move the dial for clients and help solve their business problems.
  • Kieran Heinze – Infosys Portland Supply Chain Risk Practice Lead
    Kieran leads Infosys Portland’s Supply Chain Risk practice and brings nearly 20 years of supply chain experience in industry and consulting. Kieran commenced his career as an Officer in the Australian Army where specialised in greenfield supply chain design, deployment, implementation and operation. He continued this work after leaving the military, undertaking a significant number of greenfield supply chain mobilisations for resources sector organisations and UN deployments. Kieran started consulting several years ago and has delivered risk-based supply chain transformations for a diverse range of clients across various. He also has a strong background in high-risk strategic sourcing, outsourcing and commercial negotiation. Kieran has spent over a decade developing an industry-tailored approach to the supply chain domain to accelerate the development of genuinely resilient, cost efficient and dynamically stable supply chains with a transparent and defensible design.

About the AMGC

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) was established in 2015 as a key plank of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centre Initiative. Its goal is to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness across Australia’s manufacturing industry.

AMGC is an industry-led, not-for-profit organisation and is run by a board and management team of industry experts. It is connected with a nationwide network of manufacturers, universities and research institutions, and export hubs.

The Centre’s role is to share its respected research on how the industry can transform to become more advanced. AMGC puts its research into action by engaging with manufacturers and universities in high-impact projects and export hub opportunities.

AMGC encourages likeminded manufacturers and research institutions to join its ranks. Membership is open and free of charge to those who care about developing a more globally competitive manufacturing sector.

Watch more webinars in the series:

Rethinking Manufacturing Webinar Series