Charting New Waters – A Conversation around AUKUS

AmCham Defence Luncheon

Charting New Waters

A Conversation around AUKUS




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AUKUS is opening doors for South Australian defence businesses to participate in major projects, enhancing the state's defence capabilities and stimulating economic growth and job creation. AUKUS also strengthens diplomatic ties between South Australia and its partner nations US and UK, fostering greater international collaboration and positioning the state as a key player in global security initiatives.   

Hear from our AUKUS experts on the opportunities for knowledge exchange and technological advancements, particularly in fields such as maritime engineering and renewable energy, further solidifying South Australia's reputation as a hub for innovation and expertise.

This not to be missed event will discuss how the future of our surface fleet and submarines will bolster South Australia’s economy, security, and international standing.  

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2024 
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Playford Hotel 


Members: Single: $199 / Table of 10: $1990
Non-Members: $249 / Table of 10: $2490

Sir Nick Hine - Head of AUKUS and International Business, Babcock   
A former UK Royal Navy Vice-Admiral with decades of experience in naval strategy and submarine operations has been appointed as Babcock’s Managing Director – AUKUS & International, to lead our work aiming to deliver key capabilities in support of the trilateral security treaty.  Sir Nick Hine joined Babcock from the Royal Navy where he was the Second Sea Lord and he brings with him a wealth of wider Government and industry facing knowledge which will be invaluable to the delivery of the AUKUS capabilities.  “AUKUS is the defining security partnership of our time, and I am honoured, and excited, to be playing a key role in ensuring that Babcock is well positioned to support AUKUS, and in doing so further strengthening the alliance between our great nations,” Sir Nick said.  “Babcock has a long-standing and proud heritage in nuclear safety and stewardship, supporting the Royal Navy submarine enterprise for more than 50 years. AUKUS also unlocks many more opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomy, hypersonics, electronic warfare and cyber systems which are vital to changing the way we conduct warfare.”  Operating the UK’s only licensed facility for refitting refuelling and defueling nuclear submarines, Babcock manages two of the UK’s three naval bases (HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport) which undertake 100 per cent of the deep maintenance, in-service support, and through life management of the UK fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. Along with our key strategic naval sites in Australia, this ideally positions us to provide the basis to deliver AUKUS capabilities.

Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead AO RAN - Director-General, Australian Submarine Agency  

Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead has been appointed as the inaugural Director-General of the Australian Submarine Agency. Prior to taking up this position Vice Admiral Mead led the Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce, within the Department of Defence. The Taskforce worked with the United States and United Kingdom to identify the pathway for Australia to acquire conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarines.  Vice Admiral Mead joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1984. On completion of initial training, he commenced Mine Clearance Diving and Explosive Ordnance training; and served as Executive Officer of Clearance Diving Team One.  In 1993, he trained as a Principal Warfare Officer, which was followed by sea postings as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer of HMA Ships Melbourne and Arunta, and Executive Officer of HMAS Arunta.  In 2005, Vice Admiral Mead assumed the position as Commanding Officer of the frigate HMAS Parramatta. He saw active service in the North Arabian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst, with the ship’s efforts recognised with a Meritorious Unit Citation in 2007 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his exceptional service in warlike conditions.  During 2007, Vice Admiral Mead undertook studies at the National Defence College of New Delhi and was appointed Australia’s Defence Adviser to the Republic of India. In 2010, Vice Admiral Mead returned to Canberra to take up the position as Director Naval Personnel Policy. Following his promotion to Commodore in July 2011, he deployed to Bahrain as Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (Maritime Counter Terrorism) on Operation Slipper, and was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service. On promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2015, he spent the next three years as the Head of Navy Capability in Canberra.  From January 2018 to November 2020, Vice Admiral Mead served as Commander of the Australian Fleet. In June 2020, Vice Admiral Mead was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior management and command roles. Upon promotion to Vice Admiral in November 2020, he assumed the position as Chief of Joint Capabilities and Command of Joint Capabilities Group. In September 2021, he was selected as the Chief of the Nuclear Powered Submarine Taskforce and from 1 July 2023, he commenced as the inaugural Director-General of the Australian Submarine Agency.  Vice Admiral Mead holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, a Master’s Degree in Management, and a PhD in International Relations. He has published a book on Indian national security. 
Paddy Gregg - Chief Executive Officer, Austal 
Patrick (Paddy) Gregg was promoted to the position of Austal’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2021, following 4 years as Austal’s Chief Operating Officer. Paddy is a highly regarded senior leader with significant project management, manufacturing and business experience acquired within the high-technology nuclear defence industry, Rail Industry and Naval Shipbuilding Industry. Prior to joining Austal, Paddy was the Route Delivery Director (Western) for Network Rail in the United Kingdom. In this role he was responsible for all major infrastructure enhancements and renewals on the Route. Paddy has extensive experience in the naval sector having worked for BAE Systems Submarines, based in Barrow-in-Furness. Paddy was the Head of Project for the second Astute Class hunter killer nuclear submarine build. In this role he worked closely with both the Ministry of Defence and Navy to ensure the project was successfully delivered. As Chief Operating Officer at Austal, Paddy had responsibility for the shipbuilding and sustainment operations in Australia, Philippines and Vietnam. This responsibility covered both new build of commercial and naval vessels, and the sustainment stream of the business focussed support for Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy. As Chief Executive Officer, Paddy joins the Board of Austal Limited and oversees a global company comprising 5 shipyards and 8 service centres in 4 countries, with more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Paddy is a Chartered Engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Warwick Business School.


Libby Day - CEO, Defence Teaming Centre 
Libby Day is a CEO and Non-Executive Director with over 20 years’ experience in complex and highly regulated industries at a national and international level. Libby has worked for multinational companies in the Advanced Manufacturing sectors of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Genomic Sequencing, and now with NFP organisations. Libby is the CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre, a membership based defence industry association. Previously she was the CEO with the Australia Medic Alert Foundation, is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre and is an advisor to the Medical Technology Association of Australia. Libby’s expertise is in complex stakeholder and advocacy management, driving change to achieve sustainable results. Libby has a Bachelor of Arts from UniSA, a Graduate Diploma in Public Affairs from the University of Sydney. Libby recently studied for an Executive Master of Science at the London School of Economics and is GAICD qualified with the AICD.








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2/07/2024 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
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The Playford Hotel ADELAIDE, SA 5000 AUSTRALIA
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