Media Release: Manufacturing Skills Queensland announces Paul Cooper as Chair of the Board, and New Board Directors

By Renee Dickens

27 November 2023

  • Three new board Directors announced to join Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ), providing new diverse, experienced industry leadership for the organisation.
  • Paul Cooper current Chairman at Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd joins as Board Chair
  • Stacey Schinnerl of Australian Workers’ Union Queensland and Sheree Taylor of BlueScope Steel Queensland join as board Directors.

Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) has welcomed the appointment of two new board directors and announced the appointment of a new Chair – Paul Cooper.

Mr Cooper has more than 25 years’ experience in board positions in government, manufacturing, education, professional associations, health, and accounting in Australia and internationally.

Mr Cooper is currently Chair at Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd and has held positions as Chair of Audit and Risk Committees, Deputy Chair of the Export Council of Australia Ltd, and is the current Owner and Executive Chair of Rinstrum, an industrial electronics manufacturing company.

Along with Mr Cooper, two new Directors will join MSQ’s Board—Stacey Schinnerl of Australian Workers’ Union and Sheree Taylor of BlueScope Steel.

The new appointments provide expertise and insights for the organisation which has been established to build a future-proofed and skilled workforce for manufacturing in Queensland.

Quotes attributable to the Chair of the Board of MSQ, Paul Cooper:

“I’m honoured to be appointed to the role of MSQ’s new Chair of the Board, and I’m delighted to join a diverse Board reflective of Queensland’s vibrant and dynamic industry.

“Manufacturing has a long legacy in our state and is critical to our economy – and developing a highly skilled workforce is vital for future growth.

“With a deep understanding of governance and strategy, I look forward to guiding MSQ’s vision to build a sustainably skilled workforce.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to support Queenslanders to get the skills needed for emerging and traditional industries, ready to embrace new and emerging technologies and respond to economic opportunities or challenges.”

Quotes attributable to CEO of MSQ Rebecca Andrews:

“The appointment of Paul, Stacey and Sheree will bring additional expertise to the board in the areas of manufacturing, skills development, and governance.

“This diverse and experienced board will continue to bring strong strategic leadership and governance to MSQ, providing clear guidance to not only ensure the future success of the organisation but also the future success of the industry.

“I look forward to working with our Board as we deliver for the state’s manufacturing industry.”

“I also want to thank our former Chair of the Board Michael Glover and previous board members Jim Wilson and Des Watkins for their contributions to MSQ.

“Our outgoing board members have provided critical guidance and support in our first foundation year.”


About Manufacturing Skills Queensland

Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) is an independent not for profit industry body supported by the Queensland Government – aiming to build a sustainably skilled workforce for a future proofed manufacturing industry. MSQ’s work involves identifying and supporting industry with the necessary skills, opportunities, and information to build a globally competitive manufacturing industry.

Board members

The board members bring extensive experience to MSQ.

They are:

  • Paul Cooper, MSQ Board Chair and Chair at Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd
  • Stacey Schinnerl – SkillsEQuipped Director, and the Australian Workers’ Union Queensland Branch Secretary
  • Sheree Taylor – Bluescope Steel Queensland Specification Manager, Commercial and Civil Construction
  • Ms Natalene Carter – Director of RID Australia and the Senior Executive Operations Manager of Dy-Mark (Employer Representative)
  • Ms Ann-Marie Allan – Executive Officer for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (Employee Representative)
  • Mr Steve Koch – Deputy Director-General, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Ms Bernadette Zerba – Deputy Director General, Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water


For more information about MSQ and its initiatives, please visit or contact [email protected]

Katie Martel – Croft PR Founder/Director, [email protected] 0413 780 545

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