3 mins read 20 Nov 2019

Australian Space Industry Leaders to Keep Space Agency Informed

Australian industry leaders to provide input and support to the Australian Space Agency in achieving its strategic objectives.

The Australian Space Agency has today announced its members of the Space Industry Leaders Forum – designed to keep the Agency informed on industry issues and provide a coordination point for the civil space sector.

The forum is made up of members from academia, industry associations and non-government space organisations, and will provide:

  • Support to the Agency in business and technological aspects of the Australian space industry
  • Input into national civil space strategy and policy
  • A single voice for the civil space sector to the Agency

The Space Industry Leaders Forum is defined as a key consultation mechanism as part of the Australian Space Agency’s charter, building a direct link with the growing Australian space industry for feedback and collaboration opportunities with the Agency, as it implements its strategic objectives.  

Appointments for the members of the Space Industry Leaders Forum (and the Agency’s Advisory Board) commenced in October 2018, with the release of the Agency’s charter. Members will remain in their positions for up to two years with meetings of the forum occurring one to two times per annum.

“The Forum is the primary mechanism for engagement and coordination with the space industry within Australia. Members of the Forum will include industry representatives, academia, relevant industry associations, and other non-government space organisations.” said Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, when the charter was released in 2018.

Earlier this week, the Australian Space Agency signed a Strategic Statement of Intent with Brisbane based EM Solutions Pty Ltd to build on space communication capabilities for the Australian space industry (and related supply chains) – adding to the list of recently signed partnerships, strategic statements and Memorandums of Understanding as the Agency works towards tripling the economic value of the industry, in addition to creating 20,000 new jobs by the year 2030.


The following Australian Space Industry people have been selected as members for the Leaders Forum:

  • Professor Russell Boyce - Chair Space Engineering, University of New South Wales, Canberra
  • Andrea Boyd - Space Flight Controller, European Space Agency Operations
  • Maureen Dougherty - President and Chair, Boeing Australia New Zealand and South Pacific and AMCHAM
  • Rod Drury - Managing Director, Lockheed Martin Australia
  • Associate Professor Alan Duffy - Program Lead Space Tech Applications, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Roger Franzen - Chair, Engineers Australia Space National Committee
  • Adam Gilmour - Director, Gilmour Space Technologies
  • Sharna Glover - Program Director, Mine Autonomy, BHP
  • Dr. Alex Grant - Chief Executive Officer, Myriota
  • Dr. Jason Held - Chief Executive Officer, Saber Aeronautics
  • The Hon. Kate Lundy - Director, Electro-Optic Systems Holdings and Australian Cyber Security Research Centre
  • Professor Geraldine McKenzie - Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland
  • Valentin Merino - Head, Airbus Defence, and Space Australasia
  • Professor Tanya Monro - Defence Chief Scientist, Department of Defence
  • Professor Anna Moore - Director, Mount Stromlo AITC, Australian National University
  • Dr. Sarah Pearson - Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Scientist, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Russell Potapinski - Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems Technology, Woodside Energy
  • Sally Richardson - Vice President, Program Management, Northrup Grumman
  • Paul Sheridan - Ex-Chief Executive Officer, Optus Satellite Australia
  • John Stanton - Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance Satellite Services Group
  • Flavia Tata Nardini - Chief Executive Officer, Fleet
  • Dr. Peter Woodgate - Chair, SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre