Andrew Downs Donation

Andrew Downs Donation


Andrew Downs has pledged to donate $5,000 per annum to the Industry Leaders Chairman’s Foundation. The funds will be used 100% to pay grants in accordance with ILF policy.


To comply with the DGR status of the Industry Leaders Chairman’s Foundation all applicants are eligible to apply for a grant from these funds.

Grants can only be provided to an applicant who is:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Proposing to undertake a course offered by an Australian based educational body that is relevant to their leadership development. The course could include an offshore component provided it is offered as part of an Australian course.

About Andrew Downs

Andrew Downs began his working life as an apprentice electrician. In 1994 he started his own company, SAGE Automation, from the family backyard shed.

He has overseen the growth of SAGE to become Australia’s largest independent industrial control system integrator, with offices nationally and in India.

Today, as Founder and Executive Director, he remains instrumental in building the ever expanding business portfolio of SAGE, responding to emerging market opportunities and needs in an organisation employing more than 550 staff, and with revenue of $100 million.

Andrew is passionate about leadership and strategy, and completed the Owner President Management course at Harvard Business School, supported by a grant from the Industry Leaders Fund.

Andrew loves his role as an ambassador for SAGE and is on a number of privately owned technology company boards. He is a member of the national executive of the Australian Industry Group, and was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region – Technology) in 2004.

Andrew Downs
 Andrew Downs