Deakin University appoints new Fibre Cluster CEO

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Jennifer Conley has been named new chief executive officer (CEO) of Advanced Fibre Cluster Geelong (AFCG).

With support from Deakin University, the Geelong Manufacturing Council, and engineering firm Austeng, AFCG is an initiative made up of Geelong companies with the goal of establishing the region as a global centre of advanced fibre and composites innovation.

In her new role, Jennifer will support AFCG members through generating new opportunities and investments of their businesses and the Geelong community.

“I am very excited to be contributing to some of the most innovative companies and organisations in the advanced manufacturing sector in this country,” Jennifer said.

“There are creative companies gaining access to high value global supply chains with new solutions and products. Deakin’s role has been pivotal in the development and acceleration of advanced fibre technology, so it is perfect that the AFCG will be based out of Deakin’s ManuFutures building.”

Prior to joining AFCG, Jennifer spent two decades working at the Intersection of Industry, Research and Government. From 2011 to 2017 she was chief strategy designer, then executive director of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council.

“We are very excited to welcome Jennifer to this role,” said Derek Buckmaster, Deakin Carbon Nexus director and AFCG member.

“Jennifer’s credentials as a leader in the field of industry and research collaboration, and her work boosting innovation and Australian success in advanced manufacturing, are well known.”

David Peart, Geelong Manufacturing Council CEO, said Geelong had all the hallmarks for success in cutting edge fibre production, as well as a rich history in manufacturing.

“The members of the AFCG are dynamic companies and Jennifer’s appointment as a senior leader in this filed will help accelerate their efforts to become world leaders,” David said.