The CDIC Advisory Board is co-chaired by Paul Johnson, former chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia, and Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary CASG in the Department of Defence.
The new members are former Senator David Johnston, Chris Jenkins (CEO of Thales Australia), Tim Shaw (CEO of Micreo), Merv Davis (CEO of CEA Technology); Karen Stanton (director corporate and strategy of Heat Treatment Australia), Amanda Holt (CEO of SYPAQ), Sharon Wilson (head of industrial strategy for BAE Systems Australia), and John O’Callaghan (director of defence and government relations for Ai Group).
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne 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,” Minister 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.