Executive Breakfast - Women in Defence Dialogue

Event Date: 
23 June 2015
Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace

Join AmCham for a line up of esteemed speakers who represent some of the brightest minds in Australia's Defence Sector, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Serge DeSilva, the President of the Australian Industry & Defence Network of WA

ELIZABETH COSSON AM CSC, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Health

Elizabeth Cosson had a successful military career spanning 31 years earning the distinction of being the first female promoted to the rank of Major General in the Australian Regular Army. After retiring to pursue a career in the Australian Public Service in 2010, she has taken up senior appointments in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and more recently the Department of Health. Ms Cosson is a recipient of several prestigious awards and honours that include the Conspicuous Service Cross, Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia, the ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership and was recently appointed as the Patron for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 'Women in Defence and Security Network'.

CAPTAIN ANGELA BOND, Commanding Officer, HMAS Stirling, Royal Australian Navy

Captain Angela Bond has continued to serve with distinction in the Royal Australian Navy in a career that is now in its 35th year. Recognition of her capabilities as a successful leader has seen her being appointed to a number positions of responsibility, the most recent of which led to her appointment as Commanding Officer of HMAS Stirling: being the first female to command the Navy's largest and most strategically important base.

REBECCA WATERS, Senior Software Engineer, Thales Australia

Rebecca Waters began working for Thales Australia in 2008 after graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering), Honours. In her career thus far, she has provided support to delivering of surveillance capabilities to the Waratah trains in Sydney; building a Vehicle Management System for Thales’s Hawkei Light Mobility vehicle, developing mission planning tools to support Bushmaster vehicle deployments, and provided engineering support to optimising communications technologies and applications for the Collins Class Submarine Combat System.

TAMARA WHITE, Materials Engineer, ASC West

Tamara White has a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide. She has been working with ASC maintaining the Collins Class Submarines since 2012, and is now based out of its facility in Henderson. She has been an active member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, holding the position as Chair of Young Engineers Australia, SA from November 2012 to November 2014.

AIDN Members will receive access to the Membership rate. Please contact AIDN for your registration code.

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