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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Dr Ian Dagley

Chief of Science Engagement and Partnerships Division, DST

As the Chief of Science Engagement and Partnerships Division, Ian is responsible for leading the coordination of DST’s interactions with industry, academia, and national and international government agencies. 

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Professor Julie Owens

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy), UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy), Julie is part of the leadership team in the Division of Research and Innovation, whose role is to achieve the research targets set out in the University of Adelaide’s strategic plan. 

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Professor John Spoehr

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Impact, FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

As the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Impact at Flinders University, John is actively involved in the development of local, national and international industry, government and community research partnerships.

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Professor Tanya Monro

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, Tanya is a member of the University Council responsible for overseeing the governance, management and strategic development of the university. 

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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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