The Hon Andrew Gee MP
Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment
Andrew Gee was first elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Calare, New South Wales, in 2016. In January 2019 he was appointed Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and in February 2020 was appointed Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Andrew held the STATE seat of Orange, New South Wales for The Nationals from 2011 until 2016. He has a strong economic and legal background and was a practising barrister in Orange for many years in the fields of civil litigation and family law.
Andrew is a strong voice for the communities of his Central West electorate, where he lives with his wife Christina and their four children.
Chair Export Council of Australia and Managing Director Excon International Pty.
Dianne has enjoyed a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. Dianne has been Chair of the Export Council of Australia for 6 years. She is a commercially astute senior leader with a proven track record within the trade community. With over 40 years’ experience and a background in both the business ownership and project management of greenfield projects she is helping guide the growth of Australian trade by serving on several Boards and sharing critical knowledge and insights.
Dianne is involved with many public and private organisations dedicated to the betterment of international trade as well as a participant on numerous Government and Non-Government Committees including the Department of Home Affairs’ Customs Advisory Board, National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Cargo Consultative Committee (DCCC).
Regional Trade Agreements Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Michael Dean is currently the acting Assistant Secretary Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch, working on trade advocacy. Michael has previously worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus negotiations, Review of Export Policies and Programs, and two multilateral environment agreement negotiations. He has been posted to Washington and London while working at DFAT.
Product Manager Digital Services and former Trade Commissioner (Peru)
Marie Hill is the Project Lead for a new digital product called the Trade Information Service. It will enable exporters to find import country requirements, tariffs and commercial information by product and market, in one easy-to-navigate place. It will be hosted at www.export.business.gov.au and its first release is due to go live on 30 June.
Marie was Trade Commissioner to Peru and Ecuador from 2016-2019. She helped Australian businesses succeed in these markets in mining, food, education, and sports management. In an earlier role, she led Austrade’s relationships with education clients and stakeholders and project managed the 2013 Win your Future Unlimited competition, for which she received an Australia Day Public Service Medal.
Prior to Austrade, Marie worked for the University of Melbourne, the US Foreign Commercial Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She also has lived and worked in Chile, South Africa and Hungary. She has double degree in Commerce and Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Darren Levy is the Austrade TradeStart Export Advisor based at the Chamber of Commerce in Perth. He provides international sales and marketing support and technical trade facilitation to help businesses safely and profitably expand into international markets. Darren is an International Trade professional with 20 years commercial experience developing trade in more than 30 countries. He’s an expert in Free Trade Agreements and an authorised signatory for Certificates of Origin.
Darren has held export and commercial manager roles in technology, mining and national security industries. He has also developed expertise in manufacturing, food and agriculture exports through his economic development roles with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA and Austrade. Darren has earned two WA State export awards in export manager roles and has Commerce and Journalism degrees from Curtin University.
Assistant State Manager – Business Development, SA/NT State Office
Damien is the AusIndustry Business Development Manager based in Adelaide and provides businesses and collaborators across Greater Adelaide with information and advice about assistance programs from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, as well as other organisations. Damien also services surrounding areas through to Barossa, and down to Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Damien has a background in innovation, research and product development having worked in the commercialisation arm of a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Department of Defence and as a CSIRO scientist. He has extensive experience in assisting businesses understand whether they are eligible for, or could benefit from, available government support to help them innovate, grow and be competitive.
Manager, Free Trade Agreement Program
Sally has 20 years of professional experience dealing with Japan in both corporate and government roles and has spent over 12 years living in a number of Japan’s major cities and regions. Since joining Austrade in 2005, Sally has held the roles of Consul and Trade Commissioner based in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and finally in Tokyo, where she was Trade Commissioner at the Australian Embassy.
Sally has also held the role of Austrade State Director for Queensland and the Northern Territory and is currently the Manager of the FTA program.