B.Sc./B.E.(Hons), Cert IV TAA
Kathleen Davies is a technical Process Facilitator mostly specialising in Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) studies. She has successfully facilitated and documented over 400 independent studies for multiple and repeat clients in the Food, Beverage and Dairy, Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Cleaning, Mining and Metals, Construction Materials, Energy generation, Green Energy, and FMGC (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) industries.
She is also a passionate advocate for and practitioner of lean-to-green principles in her work and life. At a personal and family level she has taken significant action on climate change, including retrofitting her home, investing in zero emission vehicles, changing habits and supporting climate litigation. Her skills have been further enhanced through being a micro-business Director, volunteer in her local school, Scouts and climate action community, member of Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) and Renew, and a former Executive member of Prosper Australia, and teacher at National Centre for Sustainability.
- Bachelor of Science – Monash University 1991
- Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) – Monash University 1993
- Certificate IV Training And Assessment TAA40104 – scholarship from TAFE Development Centre Industry Experts as Teachers Program 2010
Prior to starting her own practice in 2006, Kathleen was a Continuous Improvement (CI) Coach with Kraft Foods Ltd in Port Melbourne. In this influencing role, she developed and communicated CI strategies, trained teams in lean thinking and problem solving skills and facilitated productivity improvements using the lean tools of 5S, value stream mapping and set up reduction (SMED). Kathleen also presented by invitation as a lean practitioner at several lean leadership conferences in 2004 and 2006.
Kathleen’s strong facilitation skills have stemmed from her various experiences in both primary industry and manufacturing. She graduated from Monash University with a double degree (B.Sc./B.E.(Hons)) in 1993 after several years of being an academic tutor and winning an undergraduate scholarship and vacation employment with Dow Chemical. She started her career at Comalco Research Centre as a process/research engineer. Her engineering experiences at Comalco’s three operating sites (New Zealand Aluminium Smelter, Boyne Smelters Ltd and Bell Bay) involved process optimisation, troubleshooting and problem solving. As part of a smelter expansion project, she spent several years at Boyne Smelters Ltd in Queensland commissioning a new carbon anode plant and integrating a new technology and operating philosophy with an existing plant. During this time, Kathleen also had the opportunity to learn from and experience the challenges of major organisational change as all CRA (now Rio Tinto) operating sites moved from a unionised to a single status (all staff) workforce.
In mid 1998 Kathleen joined Kraft as a reliability engineer, improving the operation of several production lines by increasing uptime and efficiency. She was recognised as a change agent and by 2000 was managing operations in several production departments (portion controls, parmesan, peanut butter). She implemented some major change projects resulting in continuous operations in her areas, while managing to launch new products and drive improvements to the key performance indicators of labour variance, efficiency and delivery as well as safety and quality across three shifts. During a period of rapid change, Kathleen moved into the role of program manager for the peanut butter production line, where she led capital project and productivity improvement work. In her role, Kathleen coached operations personnel and led changes to plant process design and manning levels, resulting in significant cost savings. Her change management and leadership skills, as well as diligence with safety and quality aspects made her well suited to her next role in Kraft driving continuous improvement and lean thinking, and now as an independent Process Facilitator.
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B.E., B.Sc., Dip.Proj.Mgmt., MIEAust, CPEng, MTeach (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics/Meteorology) – Monash University 1991
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(First Class Honours) – Monash University 1993
- JW Dodds Award – Most Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate
- Diploma Project Management, ACPM, 2002
- Cert IV in Frontline Management, Scouts Australia, 2015
- Master of Teaching in Secondary Education, 2016
Greg is co-Director of Ekkremon, as well as providing strategic advice, book-keeping/payroll services, IT support and supervising junior staff. He believes more effort is needed to encourage young people to enter STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) fields, and has recently transitioned his career from Engineering to Education to be part of the solution. Greg was also a trained Scout Leader with 8 years’ experience with Scouts Australia.
Prior to his shift into secondary education – teaching Mathematics, Physics and Science – Greg had over 21 years’ experience in engineering project delivery primarily in the minerals processing industry. His roles included project and department leadership, mentoring, design, engineering, construction, commissioning and operations. These projects were undertaken for clients in China, India, Russia, Japan, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Bulgaria, South Korea, South Africa and all parts of Australia.
Through the broad range of his work, Greg has become proficient at applying a systemic perspective to leadership and problem solving, working collaboratively to achieve sustainable solutions for all stakeholders. He is highly self-aware, proactive and adaptable and has a proven track record of meeting and managing differing needs of personnel, organisational, regional and international cultures. He places a strong emphasis on open communications and productive working relationships and demonstrates integrity and professionalism. He is known for his balanced and open demeanour and ability to understand and bring out the best in people.
Now as a qualified and registered secondary teacher, Greg is using his technical and interpersonal strengths to help young thinkers and doers develop their skills and grow into positive and productive citizens. Aligned with Ekkremon’s journey towards resilience and sustainability, Greg wants to help learners be capable of dealing with and improving things in the challenging worlds ahead of them.