Australia’s leading research and development experts

The Advisory Board brings together some of Australia’s leading research and development experts, and is responsible for providing direction and advice, approving projects recommended for Defence Innovation Partnership funding and identifying opportunities for growth and further development.

The Advisory Board comprises seven members representing each of the five member parties plus two independent industry members.

Kim Scott (Chair)


As the Principal Director of TAO Consulting, Kim provides consulting services to the Australian defence, security and intelligence markets. With over 30 years of experience working in defence technology, including seven years at Defence Science and Technology and 23 years in the defence industry, Kim has an outstanding track record of achieving results, leading teams and developing and delivering growth strategies for profitable business enterprises.

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Richard Price

Chief Executive, Defence SA

As the Chief Executive of Defence SA, Richard is responsible for leading South Australia’s involvement in the defence industry and for strengthening the Defence Force presence in the state. 

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Jan Drobik

Program Lead – Innovation and International Engagement, DST

As the Program Lead – Innovation and International Engagement, Jan is responsible for leading the coordination of DST’s interactions with industry, academia, and national and international government agencies. 

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Professor Bruce Northcote

Chief Security Officer, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Chief Security Officer at the University of Adelaide. 

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Professor Alistair Rendell

Vice President and Executive Dean, College of Science and Engineering, FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

As the Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University, Alistair is actively involved in the development of local, national and international industry, government and community research partnerships.

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Professor Marnie Warrington-Hughes

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington is the strategic and operational leader across research activities at the University of South Australia. Her role is to design and deliver approaches that help staff and research students alike to engage with industry, government and community to deliver novel and transformational solutions to problems, and to change the ways that we think about the world.

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Sharon Wilson

Head of Industrial Strategy, BAE SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA

As the Head of Industrial Strategy at BAE Systems Australia, Sharon is responsible for developing and delivering holistic industrial solutions for BAE Systems, which is an important focus for the company as they move into the future. 

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