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This webinar explore the unique capacities of Australian states and territories to support the development of new capabilities in the new Defence domains.
This session provides an opportunity to hear from state and territory-based representatives about how they are building their local defence industrial base and the opportunities for innovative business to get involved.
The audience will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of presenters through a Q&A session.
The Hon Kate Lundy GAICD
Defence Industry ACT
Kate Lundy was the ACT Defence Industry Advocate from 2016 – 2018, and assisted the ACT Government to establish the Defence Industry Advisory Board and the program of work under the Defence Industry Strategy.
Following the success of this work, Kate has been appointed to the Defence Industry Advisory Board as a Defence Ambassador, to continue to work with defence businesses, government and our education institutions to promote the exceptional capabilities of defence companies in the Canberra Region to assist to further grow and diversify the Canberra region economy.
Ms Lundy was a Federal Senator for the ACT for 20 years, holding a number of portfolios relating to technology, innovation, sport and multicultural affairs before retiring in 2015. Since 2015, Ms Lundy has been appointed to the boards of the National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA), The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the Australian Sports Technology Network and the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute.
Mr John O'Callaghan
Defence Industry VIC
Mr John O’Callaghan offers a wealth of defence industry experience and knowledge, with a career spanning both defence industry and Department of Defence.
Mr O’Callaghan spent 15 years in the Department of Defence, including as executive assistant to the Secretary, Department of Defence; Senior Executive Officer, Intelligence and Security Co-ordination; Assistant Secretary, Major Capital Equipment Co-ordination; Assistant Secretary, Special Naval Communications Project; and private secretary to former Minister for Defence Kim Beazley. Mr O’Callaghan later became senior parliamentary adviser to Mr Beazley.
In February 2019, the Victorian Government appointed renowned industry and government defence Mr O’Callaghan as the new Victorian Defence Industry Advocate to showcase Victoria’s defence capabilities across Australia and overseas.
Mr O'Callaghan is a member of the advisory board of defence electrical systems and C4I provider, Cablex. Prior to this, he spent five years as Executive Director of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council, providing advocacy and support to CEOs of Australia’s leading defence companies on issues pertaining to the future of Australia’s defence industry.
Mr Richard Price
Defence Industry SA
Richard Price was appointed Defence SA Chief Executive in October 2017. In this role, he was simultaneously appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC).
Richard has worked within the defence and public safety sectors for over 25 years and has international industry experience in leadership, business development and engineering.
Prior to joining Defence SA and SASIC, Richard led a Stockholm based business unit for Saab AB with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and the UK. The focus was the global market for communication and control room solutions.
Before moving to Sweden in 2013, Richard was Managing Director of Saab’s Australian operations.
Richard is an engineering graduate of the University of Wales (BSc Hons, 1985) and a graduate of the Melbourne Business School Advanced Management Program (2006) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010).
Richard is the Chair of Autism SA who help each person on the autism spectrum live the life they choose in an inclusive society.
Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore AM, CSC
Defence Industry TAS
Rear Admiral (Rtd.) Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1977 from Adelaide, South Australia.
Studying at the RAN College Jervis Bay he completed secondary, tertiary and initial professional education and training prior to graduating in 1981.
As a specialist Seaman his early experience in the Fleet centred on Bridge watchkeeping/navigation duties before qualifying as a Most Experienced Principal Warfare Officer and completed three consecutive postings at sea as Operations Officer in both Australian and British warships.
From 1992-1994 he served in Maritime Headquarters as a Fleet Gunnery Officer and in the Sea Training Group and was subsequently posted as the Executive Officer (second in command) of the guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne.
Promoted to Commander in 1996 he was appointed as the RAN Liaison Officer to the United States Navy Doctrine Command in Norfolk, Virginia where he served in the International Cell alongside officers representing a number of navies.
On return to Australia, Commander Gilmore was posted to Maritime Headquarters as Commander of Plans during 1998-1999 where he led the planning activity for all Australian Defence Force and Navy operations and exercises involving major fleet units including strategic/operational planning for Australia’s role in the 1999 East Timor Intervention.
In the 2000 he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his service in this position and assumed command of the ANZAC class frigate HMAS Arunta.
Being promoted to Captain in 2001 he graduated Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College and Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University in 2002.
Captain Gilmore was appointed as the Director of Maritime Combat Development in December 2002 working closely with Defence Material Organisation, Defence Science and Technology Organisation and Australian defence industry overseeing detailed capability and strategy across major maritime projects including Air Warfare Destroyer, Amphibious Ship, and Armidale class patrol boats.
Captain Gilmore was promoted to Commodore in January 2005 and appointed to the position of Director General Navy Strategic Policy and Futures in Navy Headquarters developing Navy and Maritime policy and strategy that shaped RAN future capability, operating concepts and international engagement.
Selected to command international coalition Task Force 58 in the northern Persian Gulf, Commodore Gilmore was deployed as part of Operation CATALYST between April and August 2005 overseeing all maritime security operations across the northern Arabian Gulf.
Commodore Gilmore was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 in recognition of his service and leadership as Commander Task Force 58.
Commodore Gilmore became the Commander of Navy Systems Command in September 2007 and was promoted to Rear Admiral in June 2008 commanding all Navy shore bases and facilities across Australia.
As Commander of Navy Systems Command he was responsible for Navy human resource management and all individual training for the Navy’s more than 14,000 personnel, workplace health and safety, engineering policy and Navy communications/electronic warfare.
Rear Admiral Gilmore was appointed as Commander Australian Fleet from October 2009 responsible for Navy capability generation and war fighting policy, strategy, doctrine, tactics and standards across all RAN submarines, surface ships and aircraft.
Rear Admiral Gilmore served as the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations from December 2011 to November 2013 taking a commanding role in all major exercise activity conducted globally and in Australia with oversight of these major defence and security activities.
RADM Gilmore held the position as the Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) and Australian Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, from January 2014 to 2017.
He managed Australian Defence Department and ADF interactions with the United States including oversight of Defence Capability & Sustainment Group’s Embassy led activities which managed over 400 active foreign military sales contracts with the US involving expenditure of around $15 million per day.
Gilmore was awarded the Legion of Merit of the United States Armed Forces in recognition of his service in these Washington-based roles.
Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC was appointed as Tasmanian Defence Advocate in August 2017.
Peter Scott, CSC, RANR
Defence Industry NSW
Commodore Peter Scott, CSC, RANR is the Director of Defence NSW, a compact, dedicated team recently formed within the Department of Industry to execute the NSW Government Defence and Industry Strategy - Strong, Smart and Connected.
Commodore Scott is a highly regarded military officer who recently retired from full time naval service after a distinguished career of more than 34 years that included multiple command appointments at sea and ashore. His operational service included numerous Special Operations with the Submarine Arm as well as active service in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.
As Director General Submarines from 2013, Commodore Scott led Navy’s efforts in the highly successful Submarine Enterprise over a period of unprecedented expansion and exceptional performance in acquisition, sustainment and operations.
Other background information:
Peter Scott joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman in 1983.
Specialising as a seaman officer and submariner, he served in command of HMA Submarines Collins and Dechaineux between 1998 and 2003.
Other Command appointments have included service as Commander of the Submarine Task Group, Commander of the Surface Task Group, and the inaugural Commander of the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre.
He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College, the Queensland University of Technology, the National Security College, and the University of New South Wales, where he holds a bachelor degree and a Masters in Strategy and Management.
Commodore Scott’s operational service includes multiple Special Operations with the Submarine Arm as well as active service in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan during 2006 and 2007.
He was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Australia Day Honours List 2008, having previously been decorated with the Conspicuous Service Cross for achievements in command of HMAS Collins.
Between 2013 and 2017, Commodore Scott served as Director General Submarines in Navy Strategic Command and as Head of the Submarine Profession.
Director of the Western Australian Defence Science Centre (DSC)
Michele Clement is the Director of the Western Australian Defence Science Centre (DSC) within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The DSC aims to build strong collaborations across Defence, universities and industry, facilitating defence-relevant research and technology connections that supports defence and national security outcomes. It supports the commercialisation of defence-related research outcomes and cultivates an internationally engaged and competitive local defence industry.
Prior to this Michele was the Director Innovative Science, in the Department of Commerce; supporting research and innovation and promoting science and technology as major drivers of Western Australian economic, social and environmental growth.
Michele spent nine years working for the Commonwealth in the then Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Territory Education undertaking both program delivery and policy roles and also managed the Department’s budget process involving the securing of federal funding for a number of new programs and initiatives.
Michele has a background in banking and finance, particularly investment in small technology and bio-technology businesses. Michele holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Vice-Marshal Neil Hart AM (Ret’d)
Strategic Defence Advisor for Aerospace
Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart (retired) was appointed as Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor – Air in March 2018. Neil is a former Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) fighter pilot with senior leadership, command and operations management and expertise in all aspects of air, space, information, cyber and electronic warfare. Senior appointments included Deputy Chief of Air Force, Director-General Capability Planning, Head Force Structure Review and Head ‘One Defence’ Implementation. Neil is a board member of the Australian Defence Force Airworthiness Board.
He is a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia.
Mr Luke Bowen
General Manager Northern Australia Development, Trade and Market Engagement
Luke Bowen joined the Northern Territory Government in July 2014 and has held the appointments of General Manager of the Northern Australia Development Office, Northern Australia Development and Trade Investment Territory and DefenceNT.
Luke leads the strategic engagement efforts to strengthen the Territory’s position as an attractive investment destination and trade partner.
Luke has a background in industry, including 6 years as CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association and is a past member of the Federal Government’s Agriculture Industry Advisory Council.
Luke is passionate about the development of Northern Australia, and building a strong north to secure our nation’s future security and prosperity.