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Industry leadership

We’re making the state’s defence industry the strongest and most capable in Australia.

To do this, we need a mix of leadership, expertise, experience and local insight to identify and help unlock opportunities for industry growth.

That’s why we’ve recruited some of Australia’s foremost defence leaders to advise the Queensland Government on growing the sector.

We’ve also established three expert advisory bodies: an overarching Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs, and two regionally focused boards for the north and south of the state.

These three bodies and our advisors provide strategic advice about defence industry development and investment attraction. They focus on delivering the Queensland Defence Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan and its three main strategies:

  • growing our defence industry capabilities
  • promoting our defence industry capabilities
  • increasing our defence industry contribution to the national and global markets.

Strategic Defence Advisors

With a wealth of combined military experience, our Strategic Defence Advisors bring to Queensland strong insights into the world of defence and industry. They provide high-level advice to the Queensland Government on identifying and attracting strategic project opportunities to our state. Queensland’s strategic defence advisors are:

Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC (Ret’d)Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC (Ret’d): Strategic Defence Advisor for Maritime

Rear Admiral Simon Cullen (retired) was appointed as Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor – Maritime in October 2017.

He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 38 years, with key appointments including Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force 633 in Baghdad, Iraq, Deputy Commander of the Australian Fleet, Inaugural Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Deputy Commander of the Combined Task Force for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Simon is Vice Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Regional Security and active in a number of naval associations.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia and United States Legion of Merit.

Brigadier Alison Creagh (Ret'd) AM CSC is the Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor for LandBrigadier Alison Creagh (Ret'd) AM CSC: Strategic Defence Advisor for Land

Brigadier Alison Creagh (Ret'd) AM CSC was appointed as Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor – Land in April 2021.

Alison is an accomplished leader and decision-maker who served in the Australian Army for 30 years. As an officer in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, she planned and supported numerous operations in Australia and overseas, including deployments to Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Having held executive leadership and strategic advisory roles within the Department of Defence and in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors, Alison has strong experience in defence industry, veteran support, information and communications technology and cyber security strategic planning.

She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2020.

Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart AM (Ret’d)Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart AM (Ret’d): Strategic Defence Advisor for Aerospace

Air Vice-Marshal Neil Hart (retired) was appointed as Queensland Strategic Defence Advisor – Air in March 2018.

Neil is a former Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) fighter pilot with senior leadership, command and operations management and expertise in all aspects of air, space, information, cyber and electronic warfare. Senior appointments included Deputy Chief of Air Force, Director-General Capability Planning, Head Force Structure Review and Head ‘One Defence’ Implementation. Neil is a board member of the Australian Defence Force Airworthiness Board.

He is a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia.

Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs

The role of the Minister’s Council is to enhance the Queensland Government’s understanding of local-to-global defence industry needs, opportunities and challenges. The council members include Queensland’s three Strategic Defence Advisors and senior defence industry and organisational leaders. Together, they’re responsible for advising government on increasing strategic defence industry opportunities and capabilities in the state.

View the Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs members

Last updated: 19 Nov 2021