The Executive Committee (the Board) is responsible for the general management of ADIESA, and for the high-level policy direction and specific industry-related matters. The Committee consists of up to eleven, but not less than seven, Industry Members. Committee Members are elected to office annually by a General Forum of ADIESA Members, under conditions determined and published by the Executive Committee prior to the Election Meeting. The Chair of ADIESA is elected annually by the General Forum of Members from one of the members elected to the
Noel Borgas is a Campaign Manager with Lockheed Martin Australia.
Noel provides support to business development opportunities across the space and related domains.
Noel has during the course of his career held many different roles with large and small defence industry companies, and within defence itself. These include senior roles within campaigns to capture multi-billion dollar opportunities, program management roles with profit and loss responsibility, systems engineering roles within ground based radar sustainment and upgrade programs, and research and development roles within Defence Science and Technology Group. Career highlights include a stint working in the United Kingdom for Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (then Defence Material Division) in the mid 1990s and a posting as Defence Industry Fellow at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2011.
Noel holds a Mathematical Science degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Adelaide. He is married and lives in Canberra, ACT.
Kylah Limmer is Head of Defence at Fujitsu
Kylah has proven experience in leading high performing sales and customer service teams to drive profitable growth and customer engagement.
Kylah enjoys highly regarded relationships that span the breadth and depth the Australian Defence Organisation and the Defence Industry Ecosystem.
Alongside Defence relationships, she is seen as a Defence Industry advocate holding several key leadership positions including Chair of ADIESA, the Industry Advisor for the ADF Cyber Skills Association, and is invited to speak at Defence conferences such as MilCIS, Defence Cyber Summit and the Space 2.0 Summit.
Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Molico Group
During his career, Mike has developed a broad range of Defence and commercial experience, both in Australia and across the United States and Europe since 1992. Having been a pilot and executive at various businesses which support Defence operations and capability means Mike is aware of the fluidity of changing Defence needs as environments, technology and adversary capability advances.
Based in Canberra, Mike is passionate about supporting the Australian Defence industry and has undertaken studies in International Law and Business Administration.
Ella Kell is the Chief Technology Officer for Defence & Intelligence at Dell Technologies Australia.
Ella is driven by her belief that technology saves lives, particularly in Defence and National Security sectors. She works closely with partners in these areas to develop and realise strategies for edge compute through to cloud, secure data and infrastructure fabrics, AI and ML implementation, and cyber threats. Ella has held a range of engineering, enterprise software delivery, and business development positions across Research, Defence Industry, and National Security in Australia and Europe. Ella holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (1st class), specialising in mechatronics and systems, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University. She is passionate about encouraging participation in STEM from school students to young professionals, with an emphasis on Australia’s Defence and National Security domain.
Mike brings a broad range of Defence and commercial experience in Australia and overseas. Mike served as a rotary wing pilot and instructor for almost twenty years in command, staff and technical appointments in the Australian Army, and in the British military. He has fifteen years commercial experience, focusing on technology and risk, in the consulting, training and education, and medical sectors.
Mike lived and worked in Vietnam and the Philippines for seven years. Mike is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College, and holds a Masters in Technology Management. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Colin Cooper is General Manager of Bravo Zulu Professional.
Colin has a unique breadth of experience in the Australian Defence and Defence Industry environment. His broad command, operational and staff experiences during a 25 year Naval career have been significantly augmented by senior executive roles in leadership positions in a number of large European, Japanese and US international Defence and ICT companies.
Mr. Cooper has a strong track record of leadership in defence and industry relationships and project, program, and organisational transformation and change management.
Mr. Cooper earned a BSc in Multidiscipline Physics, Computing and Electronics from Monash University, a Diploma of Applied Science in Maritime Studies from the University of NSW, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Satellite Communications from Melbourne University. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Brendan Hennessy is the Sales Manager, DXC Technology and current ADIESA Board Member
Brendan Hennessy is a Sales Manager with DXC Technology Australia working across Defence and National Security. In 2022 Brendan was invited to become a non-executive board member for ADIESA and has actively participated to help the board achieve the ADIESA mission throughout 2023 and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in 2024.
Previously Brendan was a business development manager at Thales Australia, working to deliver mission critical information systems capability. His journey with Thales Australia started in 2012 as the Engineering Manager for the Generation 1 Deployable Local Area Network capability and other Command & Intelligence systems with his role transitioning over time into Program Management and subsequently into Business Development.
Brendan started his career in the information, cyber and electronic domain when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2002 as an Officer Cadet. He went on to serve 10 years in the RAAF as a Communications and Information Systems engineer with postings to No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron (1CCS), Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) and with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) on Project AIR5418. He deployed to the middle east on OP SLIPPER in 2007 as the Officer in Charge of Communications for Task Group 633.2.
Brendan holds an MBA from the International University of Bad Honnef, a Diploma of Project Management and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from UNSW.
Kristian Howard is the Chief Product Officer for Penten
For over 20 years, Kristian has worked in collaboration with Government, Defence and Commercial industries, guiding teams to accomplish complex modernisation tasks in challenging environments. These leadership roles have included working with the US DoD, NATO, the Australian Defence Force and Australian Defence Industry. Kristian's work is built on a strong background in telecommunications, engineering development, systems engineering, security, program office and operations management.
As the Chief Product Officer at Penten, Kristian guides the strategic development and execution of our comprehensive product portfolio. With a passion for tech innovation, Kristian leverages his leadership skills to guide cross-functional teams, fostering a culture of creativity, customer-centricity, and results-oriented focus.
Throughout my career Kristian has consulted to the Australian Government and led the delivery of the secure communication capabilities to the Commonwealth, running numerous projects, testing and operational activities in benign and hostile environments. Kristian's technology specialisations include networks and security, cellular systems, satellite communication networks, tactical radio and Electronic Counter Measures systems.
Kristian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), hold a Master of Systems Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems (Honours) and a range of industry qualifications.
Greg Reid is a Director of Quasar Satellite Technologies.
Greg served as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy for 16 years and worked in a variety of operational and engineering roles in submarines and ships and ashore in project management, sustainment and engineering management roles.
On leaving the RAN Greg spent nearly a decade in the terrestrial broadcast sector, during the transition to Digital Television and Radio, holding senior management positions for two SMEs, the second of which he was a Director and led the team delivering the first WGS Certified Ground Stations in Australia.
He joined Clearbox Systems in February 2012 as a Director and COO, and then MD from 2016 through to March 2021. In March 2021 Greg transitioned to an Executive Director role, which completed in March 2022.
Greg has been a Non-Executive Director of Quasar Satellite Technologies, a CSIRO commercialisation start up, since its incorporation in April 2021.
Greg has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Electronics) and Masters degrees in Underwater Acoustics and Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California, and an MBA from Deakin University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (FIEAust), a former member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (CPPD certified) and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (GAICD).
Greg is passionate about Australian SMEs and particularly those working in the Defence Sector. It is a challenging sector to be part of and he is keen to advocate for and assist to realise better outcomes for ADIESA Members and the ADF.