Board announced for Centre for Defence Industry Capability

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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP

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22 October 2016

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the appointment of Board members of the new Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board (CDIC).

The CDIC Advisory Board is co-chaired by Mr Paul Johnson, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lockheed Martin Australia, and Mr Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment in the Department of Defence.

The new members are former Senator the Hon David Johnston, Mr Chris Jenkins (CEO of Thales Australia), Mr Tim Shaw (CEO of Micreo), Mr Merv Davies (CEO of CEA Technology); Ms Karen Stanton (Director Strategy and Corporate of Heat Treatment Australia), Ms Amanda Holt (CEO of Sypaq), Ms Sharon Wilson (Head of Industrial Strategy for BAE Systems Australia), and Mr John O’Callaghan (Director of Defence and Government Relations for Ai Group).

Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the CDIC Board members were selected to provide broad representation across industry and Defence.

“Defence Industry is an exciting growth area for the Australian economy and this new centre will help coordinate all our efforts to become world player in defence industry exports,” Mr Pyne said.

“The CDIC will be headquartered in Adelaide and will receive around $230 million investment over the next decade that will drive industry growth across the country.”

The CDIC will work with small-to-medium enterprises across Australia to promote competitiveness and guide priorities across defence industry.

The CDIC was announced earlier this year as a cornerstone initiative of the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement and will commence operations later this year. It will offer a range of advisory services including mentoring, defence market access, export facilitation and global supply chain development.

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