Bruce Parker awarded OAM honour

11 June 2020

Headmod Group Managing Director and Chairman, Bruce Parker has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

A well-known industry figure and long-standing VACC member, Mr. Parker was officially recognised “for service to the community and the automotive industry”.

As the founder of the country's largest engine remanufacturing company, which includes HM GEM Engines, Nason Engine Parts and Premier Machinery and Components, throughout his years in the industry Mr. Parker has dedicated himself to not only building successful businesses, but also investing in the future of automotive by training apprentices and employing people with disabilities. In recognition of his hard work and dedication, he has received the Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Award on several occasions. 

As a past President of the Australian Commando Association (Victoria) and the co-founder and Trustee of the Commando Welfare Trust, Mr. Parker has led a team of like-minded veterans on a mission to provide financial support to in-need Special Operations Command Soldiers and their families. Additionally, Bruce co-founded the Michael Parker Foundation, which provides support and offers educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Australia, East Timor and Nepal. For more than 15 years Mr. Parker has been a volunteer supporter of the Victorian Police initiative Hand Brake Turn, developed in order to support young Australians wanting to explore work pathways after experiencing challenges throughout their early life.

In addition to his community work, Mr. Parker is a respected and involved industry figure, being a past VACC Divisional Chairman and former President of the Australian Engine Reconditioners Association. He has also been an active contributor in the South East Business Network (SEBN) and South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance (SEMMA).

On behalf of members and the wider automotive industry, VACC congratulates Mr. Parker on his Queen’s Birthday Honour.

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