Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, based in Ballarat, Victoria. Gekko is a world leader in gold and silver processing technology, and energy (processing) efficient modular plants, designing, construction and operation. The company was established in 1996 and in addition to its head office in Ballarat, has offices in Perth, Vancouver, and Johannesburg.
Internationally, the company has specialised for over 20 years in the sale of capital equipment. Elizabeth lead the charge on strategic amalgamation and acquisition of large projects from a sales process, as well as target marketing and also a strong oversite of the major sales projects and key strategies, such as multi-tier selling and key account management. Through the business, she understood organised and directed many major selling projects in addition to having opened offices in Johannesburg, Vancouver, Santiago, Perth and Moscow, as well as establishing an agency and associates network.
Elizabeth is the founding Chair of the Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre and has recently stepped down as Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, a $90 billion industry. Previously, she was a member of the Australian Federal Government’s National Precincts Board and the Innovation Australia Board.
Founder and now Patron of CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution), Elizabeth was visionary in the formation of this not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate knowledge and change transfer in the field of eco-efficient comminution. CEEC has the capacity to have a meaningful global impact on energy consumption in mining and has recently been awarded the 2013 Mining Magazine Editor’s award. In August 2014, Elizabeth was named by the Canadian CIM Magazine as one of the top 12 influential people to know in the mining industry in relation to her work at CEEC.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and has won several awards including the Warren Centre’s Innovation Heroes Award. In 2015, Elizabeth was nominated and listed in the Australian Financial Review’s “100 Women of Influence Award”.
As well as her involvement in the mining sector, Elizabeth is also Patron of the Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA). Before entering the mining industry Elizabeth worked in stockbroking and strategic planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business Management. In 2016, Federation University Australia honoured Elizabeth with a Doctor of the University Honoris Causa degree in recognition of service and contributions to the mining sector, mineral processing, business leadership, and environmental management.
Elizabeth Lewis- Gray, Managing Director of Gekko Systems, will join a panel discussion on strategies to reshape the industry – how mining can be more impactful within the Workforce session at IMARC 2019. Download the programme.