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4th Annual ADM Defence Support Services Summit

22 September 2015 | Hotel Realm, Canberra

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4th Annual ADM Defence Support Services Summit

In the wake of increased international defence spending, hostile territorial disputes and an overall shift in the balance of power in the Asia Pacific region comes a need for a united Australian Defence Force and an aligned, cooperative and consultative defence/industry partnership. The procurement of non-military equipment and infrastructure will continue to become increasingly prevalent in supporting the personnel and operational requirements of our defence forces. With the nature of the combat environment being highly changeable and notoriously unpredictable, it is essential to have a dynamic and accommodating support strategy and risk mitigation plan in place in order to facilitate optimum performance and operational efficiency on the front line.

The 2014 summit had a theme and focus on ‘Leveraging constructive partnerships for optimised defence support' and will examine government policy, current legislation, non-materiel procurement and defence/industry engagement, in building a long term strategic outlook for defence support in Australia. The event heard from the senior leadership team from the Defence Support and Reform Group, non-materiel vendors, government officials, industry experts from relevant associations/agencies, academics, think tank's and consultants. Current trends, defence infrastructure, strategic planning, risk mitigation and prevention, industry case studies, and best practices in supporting defence are all items to be discussed in what is an essential function of the defence department.

Speakers included:

  • Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary, Defence Support and Reform Group
  • Brigadier Darren Naumann, Acting Head of Infrastructure, Defence Support and Reform Group
  • Mark Jenkin, Head Defence Support Operations, Defence Support and Reform Group
  • Wing Commander Peter Kershaw, Project Director - National airfields, capital facilities & infrastructure branch, Department of Defence
  • Ian Maxted, Chief Executive Defence, Property and Social Sectors, and Chief Development Officer, Transfield Services
  • Mark Bruzzone, Managing Director, Government and Infrastructure, MWH Australia
  • Julie Novak, Vice-President, Program Manager, MWH
  • Marko Misko, Partner, Clayton Utz
  • John Taylor, Industry Solutions Director, Government & Defence, Bentley Systems
  • Matt Jesson, Technical Director, AECOM
  • John Flynn, Director, Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley
  • Michael Rinaudo, Sector Leader Defence, Sitzler 
  • Mark Lynch, Executive General Manager - Strategy and Development, Leighton Contractors
  • Chris Woodward, Associate, Aurecon

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