Martin Edwards is the general manager of submarine capability development, and is responsible for overseeing the development of ASC’s submarine capability as it relates to the future submarine project and other submarine-related opportunities. Prior to his current role, Mr Edwards was chief operating officer of ASC Shipbuilding where he was responsible for operational performance and generating an effective operating environment within the ASC Shipbuilding business unit and the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project. His primary focus was on project management, production, supply chain, quality and delivery of the Hobart Class AWDs. Mr Edwards also served as Shipbuilder Industry Participant representative for ASC on the AWD Alliance and as part of the AWD Executive Leadership Team. He originally spent 19 years with ASC, having joined the company in 1988 as part of the original Collins Class design contingent seconded to Kockums, Sweden. This was followed by various design, project and business development management roles including as general manager of ASC Shipbuilding. Prior to re-joining ASC in 2011, Mr Edwards spent 5 years in the Middle East and Western Australia as a chief operating officer in the construction of oil rigs, onshore gas processing plant, mining site expansions and various fabrication activities.