Local defence opportunities to be highlighted at annual conference
The 2017 Hunter Defence Conference will be held on 22 & 23 August 2017 at Crowne Plaza, Newcastle.
The Conference will focus on the development of regional innovation and collaborative commercial opportunities relevant to land, sea and air defence.
Conference facilities will be configured so attendees can engage dedicated break-out areas. The aim is to drive collaboration and engagement between Defence Primes and the regions SMEs, in order to further develop their understanding of their respective roles and requirements in delivering optimal defence outcomes.
The 2017 Hunter Defence Conference is building an impressive list of speakers delivering topical presentations, along with many opportunities to network.
A highlight of the conference will be the gala dinner on 22 August which will feature an ADF Operations Update by GPCAPT T Alsop and a keynote presentation by Dr Kirstin Ferguson.
Kirstin began her career after joining the military aged 17 and went on to become the Dux of her Air Force graduating class at ADFA. After being posted to an F-111 Squadron, she studied law and in her most recent executive role, Kirstin was CEO of a global business, Sentis. She is one of the world’s foremost experts in safety governance and leadership having completed a PhD in the field for which she has received numerous awards.
As well as a PhD, Kirstin has degrees in Law (with Honours) and Arts (with Honours).
The NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet is the Conference Foundation Supporter, with the NSW Department of Industry being the Platinum Sponsor. The Conference is also supported by Veolia and Lockheed Martin. Limited other sponsorship packages were available at the time of this issue going to press.