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PODCAST: On site at the Avalon Airshow 2019

Avalon Airshow 2019

In this special compilation episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by multiple attendants of the Avalon International Airshow and Defence Exposition to discuss their roles in defence industry.



First to join the show is Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell, CB, CBE, to reflect on his 36 years in the RAF and discuss his current role as executive vice president of business development for Cobham. He will discuss his transition from uniform to the corporate defence sector, the need for education around air power and the similarities and synergies between the UK and Australian air force sectors.

Josh Polette, director of strategic initiatives with Thales Australia, is next to join the show and will discuss Thales’ immersion the space sector, including unpacking its rich history within the area, share his thoughts around the Australian Space Agency and some of the opportunities and challenges that will arise as a result.

Mark Burgess, the CEO and managing director at Quickstep Holdings, is next to join host Phil Tarrant. He previously joined the show when he was only two months into his current role to discuss his ambitious plans of reshaping the strategies and practices within the company. Burgess will share how Quickstep has achieved a huge uptick in productivity, the work that it is currently involved in, including its F-35 partnership, and share his tips for other SMEs looking to enter the global supply chain.

Finally, Doug Shaffer, the program manager for the MQ-4C Triton at Northrop Grumman, will discuss the program, compare the Global Hawk to the Triton, and talk about the proposals and bids that Northrop Grumman currently has underway. Shaffer will share his thoughts around comparable autonomous systems, the interest in the Triton outside of Australia and the different stakeholders that will benefit from the implementation of the technology.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 148: PODCAST: Supporting ex-service personnel transition to corporate life, Mike Whitelaw, Wandering Warriors
Episode 147: PODCAST: Utilising technology to save the lives of military veterans, Chris Rhyss Edwards, Soldier.ly
Episode 146: PODCAST: Supporting allies, growing economies – Richard Cho, Hanwha Defence Australia
Episode 145: PODCAST: Reflecting on an almost 18-year career with the Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Raymond
Episode 144: PODCAST: Commemorating Australia’s military history, Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Australian War Memorial
Episode 143: PODCAST: Engineering the defence vehicle of today for 30 years of service in the battlefield, Kevin Wall, Thales
Episode 142: PODCAST: The limitless applications and utilities of a growing drone ecosystem, Rob Sutton, Mirragin Aerospace Consulting
Episode 141: PODCAST: The Royal Automobile Club of Australia’s connection with defence industry, Simon Perdriau, RACA member
Episode 140: PODCAST: How the integration of autonomous systems is shifting the future of minehunting, Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman
Episode 139: PODCAST: Realising the benefits of veterans in the workforce – life after uniform, Mat Jones, Soldier On Australia

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