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International Fibre Centre Board Members

Peter Loney- Chairperson IFC Chair since November 1999. Adjunct Professor, Parliamentary Leadership and Governance Group, Alfred Research Institute, Deakin University, Previously Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at La Trobe University, Melbourne; elected Member for Lara (formerly Geelong North) of the Legislative Assembly, Victorian State Parliament; former Deputy Speaker of the Victorian Parliament; former Chairman of the Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, former member of the Steam Packet Place Board, former Commissioner Geelong Regional Commission.  He has been a member of the Labor party since 1977 and has held various positions within the party at both State and Federal Level.

Angela Barclay - Deputy Chairperson in various capacities has been involved in the development of policies for the revitalization of manufacturing industries and the design and delivery of a wide range of industry assistance programs, including many for the TCF industries.  For more than a decade she was closely involved in the delivery of all Commonwealth TCF assistance including responsibility for the implementation of the Strategic Investment Program.  Since retiring from the Australian Public Service she has been engaged on numerous research projects.



Roger Hayhurst is a management consultant specialising in the textile, clothing and footwear industries. He holds the qualifications of Chartered Textile Technologist and Masters in Social Science and Environment.  He has over 30 years experience in the textile industry, in Australia and overseas, including positions as Staff Consultant with Werner International, Brussels, and General Manager of the TCF Development Authority.  He is currently the Chairman of TexSkill Limited (RTO) and a Director and Company Secretary of borh AMCO Clothing Pty Ltd and Institute for Lean Systems Australia Pty Ltd.

Stuart Gordon is a Principal Research Scientist and Research Group Leader of the Fibre Physics and Engineering Group at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering.  The Group's research covers a wide range of areas from development of interactive fabric-based sensors and new composite materials to production of new synthetic and biological fibres.  Stuart holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural Science and PhD from La Trobe University as well as certificates in wool and cotton classing.  He has been involved in fibre and textile teaching, research and manufacture in Australia and overseas (USA, Germany and China) for more than 20 years.  His current research interests lie in cotton fibre metrology and process engineering.  Prior to joining CSIRO, he worked as a Technical Manager with Australia's then largest cotton spinning company, Rocklea Spinning Mills.  Stuart is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course.



Peter Morgan is a wool industry consultant; and is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors and the Private Treaty Wool Merchants of Australia.  His entire career has been spent in the sheep and wool industries.  Firstly, with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, where he was involved with both research and extension programs.  He was then with the Australian Wool Testing Authority for 27 years, where he held senior roles in operations in Western Australia and subsequently in Head Office in Fremantle and Melbourne.  The period since 1999 has included Executive Director roles with the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat and the Federation of Australia Wool Organisations in addition to those mentioned above.  Dr Morgan has served on numerous wool industry Committees and Working Groups over the period since the early 1980's, representing the Australian Wool Testing Authority and the various wool industry organisations mentioned above.  He is also a Director of the Australian Wool Testing Authority.  He has an undergraduate degree in Wool Technology from the University of New South Wales and post graduate degrees from the university of Western Australia.



Barbara Marshall is a Director of Marshall Design, an independent design practise specialising in design trend consultancy, graphic design and multimedia.  In addition to the design practise, Barbara has over 20 years experience with clients in textile and carpet manufacturing both local and international.  Barbara has a commitment to design education in the textiles sector, is a member of RMIT Design Research Institute External Advisory Group, Course Advisory Committee of RMIT Textile Design and a former member of the Victorian Government's State of Design Advisory group.  Internationally Barbara is a member of MoOD Brussels Trend Panel and a Chairholder of Color Marketing Group USA.


Joseph Merola (CEO) With over 30 years textile industry experience, Joseph has been employed by leading organisations such as Godfrey Hirst, Pacific Dunlop, Bradmill Textiles, Huyck Australia and Classweave Industries.  His experience includes processing exposure to wool, cotton, synthetics and fibre blends; Fibre to fabric manufacturing experience in the apparel, manchester, carpet and nonwoven sectors.  He has held positions in quality assurance, process and development engineering and mill management senior executive roles; Extensive experience in establishing green field sites, incorporating leading edge technology and best practice.  Joseph was educated in business management and applied science.


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