Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, Chair and co-founder of Gekko Systems and Gaia EnviroTech, has been inducted into the Honour Roll of the prestigious Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame for Service to Industry. This award, considered the highest honour of the event, recognises her remarkable contributions to the manufacturing industry.
The Honour Roll was presented to Elizabeth Lewis-Gray by the Hon. Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry and Innovation, during a gala dinner held as part of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. The event celebrated the outstanding achievements and innovations within the manufacturing landscape in Victoria.
In her acceptance speech, Elizabeth expressed her surprise at the honour, stating, “I am shocked – this honour was totally unexpected – and I am blown away. I am passionate about Australia and Victoria being world’s best, and it’s important to me that my businesses, Gekko Systems and Gaia EnviroTech, are world’s best. Clearly, it’s not one individual but the team who make these companies globally competitive.”
Gekko Systems, an award-winning mining technology and services company established in 1996, has gained international recognition by exporting its products to over 50 countries. The company’s expertise in materials handling and modular systems provided the foundation for Gaia EnviroTech, a recent spinout focused on environmentally sustainable solutions for organic waste and renewable bioenergy.
The Hall of Fame Honour Roll Award particularly reflects the extraordinary achievements of the Gekko Systems team who responded to a request from the Ballarat medical community, who in collaboration with partners including the Victorian Government, the Ballarat Medical Community, Bendigo Community Bank, Committee for Ballarat, and global suppliers, successfully designed a fit for purpose ventilator. Subsidiary, Gekko Medical, received a Letter of Permission from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the manufacture of the GeVentor ventilator in a short 4-month period.
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray’s induction into the Honour Roll of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame not only celebrates her personal dedication but also underscores the power of collaborative innovation and regional manufacturing expertise. Her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to the entire industry and stand as a testament to the impact that visionary leadership can have on driving progress.