Adept Events: Defence Breakfast

Adept was delighted to have Richard Price (Chief Executive, Defence SA) speak about the Defence Sector Plan 2030. Richard was joined on the Q&A Panel by Audra McCarthy (Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Teaming Centre) and Dave Symonds (General Manager Maritime, SAAB) who outlined how the technology industry – especially the SME’s – can take advantage of the opportunities that the massive commonwealth defence spending presents.

With a budget that exceeds $90bn, SA is the centre of two of the most important Naval Defence projects in Australia’s history – the Hunter Frigates (BAE Systems/ASC Shipbuilding) and the Attack Class submarine program (Naval Group). These vessels will be the most technologically advanced vessels of their kind and present massive opportunities for ICT, advance manufacturing, hardware, and software technology industry.

The event was well attended, with good food and a well-involved audience. Adept would like to give special thanks to Richard Price, Audra McCarthy and Dave Symonds for sharing with us their insights into the defence and space sector in SA and Australia.

About the speakers:

Richard Price was appointed Defence SA Chief Executive in October 2017. He has worked within the defence and public safety sectors for over 25 years and has international industry experience in leadership, business development and engineering.

Audra McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC). She has a long and personal association with Australian industry and manufacturing, and led the Australian Industry Capability Program for Lockheed Martin’s Future Submarine Combat System Integrator Program before joining the DTC in 2018.

Dave Symonds leads Saab Australia’s maritime group which comprises more than 250 employees. Appointed to the role in 2019, Dave had established a reputation as a respected leader and achiever; delivering successful naval ship programs and constructively managing international operations.

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