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Thursday, March 24, 2022 (5 PM - 8 PM) (GMT +10:30)

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The Allan Scott Auditorium (H2-16)

Hawke Building,
55 North Terrace,
UniSA City West campus.

Adelaide, 5000

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Margaret Law (Chief Technology Officer at Naval Group Pacific)

Margaret Law

Chief Technology Officer at Naval Group Pacific

Margaret has over 20 years of industry experience in innovation, science, and technology.

Her extensive career has seen her focus on delivering organisational and business change through participation in research and development activities, with an emphasis on translational research.

Margaret has held a diverse portfolio of positions that have seen her excel in roles that include research, project management, research portfolio management, strategic planning as well as leading diverse, multidisciplinary teams.

Jason Savage (Executive Director of Defence Industry Security Office (DISO))

Jason Savage

Executive Director of Defence Industry Security Office (DISO)

Jason is the Director of the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO) within Defence Security and Vetting Service and is responsible for managing the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP).

Prior to this, Jason was a student at the Australian Defence College (War College), where he undertook the 12-month Defence Strategic Studies Course. Jason has previously held senior positions including acting Assistant Secretary Global Security within the Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group, where he was responsible for supporting key decision makers' understanding of strategic and operational threats.

Jason’s other recent roles include Director Combatting Terrorism, and Director Crisis Warning and Coordination. Jason also held a number of security-related and analyst roles within the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Dept. He also served in the Australian Army from 1985 until 2002.

Jason has a Master of Justice, and a Master of Business Administration, and Diplomas in Frontline Management, Security Analysis, and Information Management.

Jason Brown (Principal Adviser - Security and Risk at Thalesgroup)

Jason Brown

Principal Adviser - Security and Risk at Thalesgroup

Jason Brown is the Principal Advisor on Risk and Security to the Board of Directors, Thales Australia and New Zealand.

From 2004 to 2021 he served as National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand. He continues to maintain strategic responsibility for international trade control and security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports.

He advises the Board on the organisational management of;
• Cyber Security
• Physical Security
• Personnel Security
• Crisis management
• Virtual and tangible Supply Chain Security
• Security Compliance with Government

Before joining Thales in 2004, Jason had 27 years' experience Commonwealth Government with appointments which include.
• Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation,
• Director General - Safety, Compensation and People Development,
• Assistant Secretary - Defence Security,
• Various appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations,

He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions. Including:
• Member of ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission 2007 to 2015.
• Senior Regional Vice President ASIS International Group 20 2009 - 2012,
• Member of the National Centre for Security Standards from 2006 - 2011.
• Chair of Australian Defence Security Committee 1999 – 2002.

Current boards and committees include:
• Chair of Australian Standards Committee (MB25) for Security and Resilience.
• Chair of the International Standards Committee for Risk Management (ISO TC262).
• Convenor Working Group 8 Supply Chain Security of ISO TC292 Security and Resilience
• Member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.
• Member of the ISO JTC1 – SC27 Cyber Security
• Deputy Chair of the Forum of Australian Security Executives (FASE)
• Chair of Australian Council of Security Executives

Jason has a number of publications in the areas of client service, risk management, event management, intelligence management and security. He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011. In 2019 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 20 globally influential persons in Security and Fire Management.

He is a Fellow of the following organisations
• Institute of Strategic Risk Management
• The Security Institute
• Australian Security Leaders Climate Change Group

He is a member of;
• Australian Information Security Association
• ASIS International
• General Access partners Taskforce on Resilience
• Joint Government/Industry Cyber Taskforce
• Australian Industry Defence Council Security Group

Matt Opie (Director - Defence & Space of University of South Australia)

Matt Opie

Director - Defence & Space of University of South Australia

Matt’s role as Director, Defence & Space at the University of South Australia steers engagement between the university and the defence and space sectors across research and education.

Matt provides strategy and leadership in the defence and space sectors both internally and externally with industry and defence. A key aspect of this role is matching research areas with customers’ needs and requirements. Matt has worked in the defence industry in and out of uniform for most of his career in project and program management, business development and strategy.

Working with leading defence companies, Matt has experience in a range of key technologies including in satellite communications, electronic warfare and command and control systems. He has also worked in the Department of Defence in roles engaging with industry on rapid prototyping and development projects.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Business Administration from Central Queensland University. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon, Matt served in the Australian Army as an Officer in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in Australia and the Middle East; and has been working in the defence sector for the past 30 years.

Margot Forster (Defence, Cyber and Space Advisory Board at University Of South Australia)

Margot Forster

Defence, Cyber and Space Advisory Board at University Of South Australia

Experienced Senior Executive with demonstrated success working in Defence, defence industry and health operations. Skilled in Government, emergency management, operational planning, policy development and change management. Strong experience in leadership and operations management with a Master of Arts (MA) focused on Military Strategic Studies from Deakin University.

Michael Slattery (President at Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) SA)

Michael Slattery

President at Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) SA

As a strategic leader with strong commercial and political nous, Michael is a motivated self-starter with a proven track record of building and maximising capability and capacity.
Having been a previous successful business owner for many years, he understands the key fundamentals of what it means to be in business and the criticalness of innovation, ccompetitiveness, and collaboration to stay relevant.

He is a motivated people leader who is passionate about building great working relationships and growing a prosperous and progressive South Australia that we all aspire to live, work, and invest in.

Brian Mcavoy (Head of Protective Security Services at De Stefano & Co)

Brian Mcavoy

Head of Protective Security Services at De Stefano & Co

Brian is a project management, engineering, and supply chain management professional with broad experience in manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies, including global leaders such as GE, Mercury Marine, Bemis and Dunlop Slazenger.

As De Stefano & Co's Head of Protective Security Services, Brian lives and breathes all things related to the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP). Brian supports our clients by managing the entire DISP process, beginning with the initial gap analysis, all the way through to the submission of final documents and finally, membership attainment and ongoing compliance.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Brian joined GE's prestigious Manufacturing Management Program (MMP). This time at GE provided exposure to heavy manufacturing such as locomotives and gas turbines as well as fast-moving consumer goods.

After GE, Brian earned the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CIPM) certification from the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) as a first step toward expanding his career into operations and supply chain management. This led to his first management role with Dunlop Slazenger. As Brian's career progressed, he took on roles with increasing responsibility across functions such as sales and operations planning, forecasting, demand planning, procurement, warehousing, distribution and logistics.

Project management has also been a theme throughout the last 20 years, including certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). This has resulted in real-world technology delivery experience, including successful leadership of multiple IT systems implementations and business process overhauls.

Always open to opportunities to learn and grow professionally, Brian has recently graduated from the Defence Teaming Centre's Defence Industry Leadership Program and is actively enrolled in the Diploma of Digital Technologies program at Flinders University.
Outside of work, Brian is a volunteer mentor at the University of Adelaide's ThincLab where he works with start-up and scaling businesses.

Brendan Pratt (Senior Cyber Security Auditor at Defence Industry Security Office)

Brendan Pratt

Senior Cyber Security Auditor at Defence Industry Security Office

Brendan is a cyber security specialist with 34 years’ experience in Defence, Government and private sector ICT work. He marks milestone events such as the design and implementation of the Personal Property Security Register and many incident responses to state sponsored cyber attacks as amongst the most important work of his career. Brendan currently leads the cyber security team at the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO) and drives the ongoing development of the procedures and strategies to assist industry in achieving and maintaining adequate cyber hygiene.

Matt Inglis (Director of Ipau)

Matt Inglis

Director of Ipau

Matthew Inglis, born in South Australia, is a Co-Director of Ipau with over 2 decades of successful experience in IT and business systems improvement. Matthew specialises in IT consultancy, streamlining of systems and client management.

Starting Ipau with his business partner in 2005, providing IT support and advice to government and private education sectors as well as SME. Ipau has grown through word of mouth to nearly 30 staff, supporting many businesses and education sites to improve their systems and achieve their goals. Whether that is assisting in ISO 27001 compliance, DISP accreditation or business support and improvement.

Matthew is adaptable, enthusiastic, competitive, innovative, and easy-going. Optimistic about life and finds great satisfaction in helping people and businesses achieve their goals.
Enjoys the outdoors, riding motorbikes, skiing and basketball.

Brett Sander (Cyber Security Manager at BAE Systems Maritime Australia)

Brett Sander

Cyber Security Manager at BAE Systems Maritime Australia

Brett Sander has worked in the Defence industry sector for 18 years, initially this was for Tenix Defence which then transitioned into BAE Systems Australia.

Since the signing of the SEA5000 contract in late 2018, Brett has built and led the enterprise cyber program for BAE Systems Maritime Australia.