Manufacturing Skills Queensland – Chair

  • Location: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Type: Recruitment
  • Job #1880
Company Background
In June 2022, the Queensland Government committed $16.5 million to establish Manufacturing Skills Queensland Limited (MSQ) – an independent, not-for-profit industry body that will support employers, workers, apprentices and trainees in the manufacturing industry.
MSQ was established in collaboration between the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water to identify key skills required in the manufacturing sector.
The purpose of the organisation is to build a sustainably skilled workforce for a future-proofed manufacturing industry. MSQ’s current three-year strategy commenced in 2023, with the key strategic pillars including:
  1. attracting, retaining and developing capability
  2. partnering with purpose
  3. being a credible authority, and
  4. sustainability.
MSQ’s enablers for success will be with:
  1. Regional services
  2. Data collection and research
  3. Influencing on Federal Training Packages
  4. Accreditation, and
  5. Partnering with community, Government and industry.
The position
The board is seeking to appoint an independent Chairperson.
The board is seeking candidates who are passionate about MSQ’s work and meet the selection criteria outlined below.
Key selection criteria
The successful Chair candidates must be able to meet the following criteria.
1. Demonstrate extensive current and prior Chair experience (in or out of the manufacturing industry
2. Meet the independence requirements outlined in the board’s constitution. To that end, independent means a person who:
  • is not employed, or who has been employed within the last three years, in an executive capacity by the Company;  
  • has not within the last three years been a principal of a material professional adviser or a material consultant to the Company, or an employee materially associated with the service provided; 
  • is not a material supplier or customer of the Company, or an officer of or otherwise associated directly or indirectly with a material supplier or customer;  
  • has, or who in the last three years has had, a material contractual relationship with the Company other than as a Director;  
  • is not, and has not in the last three years been, a Department Representative, Employee Association Representative or an Employer Association Representative; and 
  • is free from any personal, business or other relationships (eg other directorships) that could materially interfere with, or be reasonably perceived to interfere with, the person's independent exercise of their judgment. 
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess company financial and operational performance through the application of skills, experience and personal qualities
4. Demonstrate prior expertise in steering the commercial sustainability and viability of an organisation through the development of new saleable product and service offerings
5. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with Government and relevant stakeholders, including liaising with and gaining the trust and respect of company members and other key stakeholders.

Qualifications with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or similar would be highly regarded. 

How to apply
To submit your expression of interest, visit
Applicants are required to provide the following documents as part of your application:
  1. An outline confirming your independence (as outlined in the key selection criteria)
  2. a covering letter stating what skills and experience you believe you can bring to the role addressing the selection criteria.
  3. your current director resume (preference is for maximum three pages)
Applications close at 5pm on 12 September 2023.

For further information or to obtain a position description please reach out to Vanessa Jolly via

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