SEMMA is managed by an elected board of 4 executives, 6 voluntary manufacturing members, 1 representative of our patron and 1 co-opted member from education.
SEMMA Board Members for 2023/2024 as elected at the Annual General Meeting held on 24 August 2023.
Peter first joined SEMMA’s Board in July 2013 before moving to the role of Vice President after 7 years, then President in 2019. He is the Founder and Managing Director of ABECK Group, is highly involved in community service and has appeared on ABC’s ‘Hard Quiz’.
Ian joined the SEMMA Board in July 2019 before quickly ascending to the role of Vice President in 2020. A family man, Ian, his wife Latinka Cubitt and their family have proudly owned and operated Catten Industries in Bayswater since 1994.
Markus owns and manages o.d.t. Engineering in addition to his service as Treasurer for SEMMA. He is also a committee member of local community groups, working with Local and State Governments and a Fellow of the Governance Institute.
Michael is the General Manager of McKinna Group, joining SEMMA’s Executive team at our 2023 Annual General Meeting. Leading a team of almost 50 individuals in Braeside, he is a passionate advocate for local content, energy prices and operational costs for manufacturers.
Chief Executive Officer
Honi commenced with SEMMA in February 2023. Over the last twenty years, she has dedicated her career to business development, strategic relationship building and communications as well as co-owning a local manufacturing business.
Matt is the Operations Manager of Essity Australasia in Springvale and is serving his first year on the SEMMA Board. Matt and his wife have recently welcomed twin girls, who along with their older sister, look forward to having “3 kids under the age of 3”. Needless to say, their car is now full.
Sam is the CEO of AW Bell and the third generation of his family to spearhead the company, having been heavily involved in the business from an early age. An active leader, Sam maintained a regular, friendly presence at the SEMMA Australian Manufacturing Week 2023 stand.
Todd Hartley is recognised for his corporate and community contributions. An active member of the local business scene and employing more than 200 people at Hilton Manufacturing, Todd is also involved with many programs that support some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Scott’s clients at Macpherson Kelley (a founding SEMMA member) describe him as the person who gets them out of trouble. Scott helps solve their legal issues so they can focus on the important things, like running their business safely and productively.
Markus has been a long-serving member of SEMMA’s General Committee and is celebrating his 10th year with Nissan Casting. After completing his Masters of Mechanical Engineering in Munich, Markus worked in both China and Australia.
Mike is the Managing Director of Nitto Denko Australia, leading his innovative team out of Keysborough. He has presented at Victoria’s Transforming Manufacturing Forum discussing Nitto’s transition away from automotive.
CO-OPTED COMMITTEE MEMBER
Kathy serves as the Head of Campus at Federation University in Berwick, leading the day-to-day campus operations, working to meet the needs of students and local region, which is the fastest growing LGA. Kathy is a passionate, collaborative and empathetic leader.
Kevin Van Boxtel
SEMMA is pleased to welcome Kevin as our new Patron Representative from October 2023, replace Paul Kearsley who served for over a decade.