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JLB-Yaran’s team has Defence experience in and out of uniform – JLB-Yaran understands the war fighter

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Case Studies

  • Rhiannon Busch

    Project Manager & Indigenous Mentor

    Rhiannon Busch

    Project Manager & Indigenous Mentor

    Rhiannon is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Woman from a small town of Normanton, located in remote North Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Rhiannon served in the Australian Regular Army for over 14 years as a Marine Specialist. Rhiannon had a diverse career in the ADF, taking up postings outside her specialisation at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion as a Recruit Instructor and the Defence Force Recruiting in the Specialist Recruiter Team for Indigenous personnel.

    As a Marine Specialist, Rhiannon worked on Army watercraft such as LCM8’s and LARC’s, operating in domestic and international waters. Rhiannon also spent an extensive amount of time working alongside the Australian Navy as well as supporting Amphibious Operations in multiple roles which included the Amphibious Beach Team, Watercraft Operator on LCM8s and Liaison Officer providing advice on Watercraft and Beach Operations. Rhiannon’s experience with Amphibious Operations has enabled her to understand a wide range of different capabilities within the ADF.

    Prior to transitioning from the ADF, Rhiannon was familiar with JLB-Yaran through their generous support to the ADF Indigenous Football Program. Following this, Rhiannon was formally introduced to the company and became increasingly familiar with the company’s vision, mission and goals. After meeting with JLB-Yaran’s Managing Director – Brendan, Rhiannon better understood JLB-Yaran’s commitment to “Closing the Gap” and knew it was a company she wanted to be a part of. Through JLB-Yaran’s Veteran Transition Program, Rhiannon was provided with the support and understanding she needed and was able to smoothly transition out of full time Army.

    Rhiannon loved her career in the Australian Army and is very excited to use her experience and knowledge to mentor and assist the Indigenous Development and Employment Program, as well as learning to understand the fundamentals of Defence Industry and representing JLB-Yaran in CASG. She is committed to enhance her skills through the professional development opportunities and guidance offered by JLB-Yaran.

    Rhiannon is also a passionate and experienced Football player, who has represented the Australian Army and ADF, as well as playing in other leagues Nationally. More recently, playing in the VFLW in Melbourne. She is the Program Manager for the ADF Indigenous Football Program and uses this role to further her passion to make positive change within our communities and is continuously seeking pathways and opportunities for our Indigenous Youth.




  • Joel Ettridge

    Director - Professional Services & ILS Consultant

    Joel Ettridge

    Director - Professional Services & ILS Consultant

    Joining the Navy from Alice Springs, Joel was attracted to a career as a Maritime Logistics Officer to serve his country and see the world. Joel’s early career focused on delivering operational logistics support to maritime capabilities both at sea and ashore, which afforded him the opportunity to deploy to the Middle East and other areas of operation on a number of occasions.  Joel’s career focus changed after being posted to the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) as the Navy logistics representative within the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program, where he developed and honed his Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and Project Management skills and experience. With his extensive operational experience combined with ILS and Project Management expertise, Joel transitioned from the Navy to Industry where he continued to support CASG as an Integrated Logistics Support Manager in the AWD Program Management Office to successfully deliver the three Air Warfare Destroyers and the DDG Support System into service.

    Joel’s association with JLB-Yaran has been longstanding and started in 2017 when the Company sought his assistance to deliver Project Management support to the Defence Science and Technology Group. Having a passion for Indigenous advancement, Joel continued to assist JLB-Yaran develop its Professional Services capability to break down barriers and develop opportunities for Indigenous involvement and employment within Defence Industry.

    Joel continues to support JLB-Yaran strategically as a Director on the board and operationally through delivering ILS and Project Management expertise as part of the JLB-Yaran team supporting the SEA1000 Future Submarine Program, which will deliver the next generation submarine capability to the Navy.




  • Mitchell Metcalf

    Project Manager

    Mitchell Metcalf

    Project Manager

    Mitchell Metcalf served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 13 years as a Logistics Officer. During his time in service, he was posted to air movement, logistics system policy and foreign procurement units in both technical and command positions. Mitchell also served on three different operational deployments in Kuwait, Japan and the United Arab Emirates providing a range of logistics planning, humanitarian and air services support .This experience enabled Mitchell to gain an appreciation of the joint environments and range of logistics support to Defence

    Like many veterans, location stability became Mitchell’s priority and one of reasons for transitioning out of the military. When considering his prospects after leaving, Mitchell recognised that he had more to offer Defence and wanted to leverage his experienced with Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG) to other projects. It was fortunate that Mitchell was approached by Hayden Surrao, JLB-Yaran’s Director – Veteran Support and an opportunity was available at JLB Yaran to provide Project Management services to Land Systems Division in Melbourne. Mitchell was very impressed with the companies support to transitioning veterans, workplace culture and strategy to provide greater Indigenous participation to Defence Industry.

    Mitchell worked with JLB Yaran to develop a excellent opportunity with the Heavy Armoured Capability Systems (HACS) Project as a Integrated Logistics Support Manager in 2020. HACS is responsible for the major acquisition of the upgraded Abrams Tank and various Combat Engineering Vehicles from the United States Government. The position enabled Mitchell to focus his career and develop his technical knowledge in Foreign Military Sales from the Royal Australian Air Force.

    Mitchell is a proud member of the JLB Yaran family and keen to support the company’s vision.





  • Kate Lloyd

    Project Manager

    Kate Lloyd

    Project Manager

    Kate Lloyd served in the Australian Regular Army for over 10 years as a Transport Corps Officer. Throughout her time in service, Kate was posted to medium and heavy transport units and training establishments in both instructional and command positions. Kate also fulfilled a deployment to the Middle East as the Second-in Command of a logistics support element.

    Kate joined the JLB-Yaran team in March 2021; however, this was not immediately after transitioning from the ADF. Kate transitioned from Defence at the start of 2020 and prior to joining JLB-Yaran, she undertook two roles outside of the military as a Logistics Manager at Pine Gap and also a Transition Manager on a cyber project in Canberra. During this time, Kate did not feel her defence skills and civilian qualifications were appropriately understood or used to their full capacity, and as a result she sought to find a company and role that had a better understanding of what she had to offer as a Defence consultant.

    In January 2021, Kate reached out to JLB-Yaran through an expression of interest after hearing of the strong reputation and values of the Company. She was keen to explore options with JLB-Yaran as the company’s management team had a comprehensive understanding of her skills (both civilian and military). She was also interested in JLB-Yaran as their values and visions meant she would have the chance to be mentored and developed whilst also being able to share her own knowledge and experience with others through the Indigenous mentoring initiatives that JLB-Yaran offer.

    Throughout the JLB-Yaran recruitment process, Kate was provided with appropriate guidance by JLB-Yaran management on where her military skills and industry experience would be best utilised within the project management stream whilst also allowing her the opportunity to develop her skills and experience through employment in the correct job role.

    Kate is currently working on AIR6502-1 as the Deputy Project Manager, with the project seeking to provide a deployable Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence capability as part of the wider AIR6500 Program. To date, Kate has assisted the team in working towards achieving Gate 1 in 2022, working with a combination of Defence, APS and contracting staff to achieve this milestone.

    Kate is excited to represent JLB-Yaran in CASG and develop her skills and knowledge in the project, in particular learning about the intricacies within the capability lifecycle along the way. She is keen to enhance her skills as a project manager through not only experience, but also by leveraging off the professional development opportunities offered by JLB-Yaran including courses and study.





  • Luke Southwell

    Project Manager

    Luke Southwell

    Project Manager

    Luke is a proud Ngarrindjeri man who was born and raised in Adelaide SA. Luke’s engagement in Defence commenced through the Indigenous Apprenticeship Program (IAP) and since then has been involved in Defence as an Army Reservist and an Australia Public Service (APS) employee with the Department of Defence.

    Luke’s previous employment saw him take up a position at the Naval Construction Branch (NCB) for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) where he worked alongside JLB-Yaran Consultants as the Information Manager. Impressed with his performance and ability at the NCB, JLB-Yaran approached Luke for the Operations Manager position at Head Office. Since then, Luke has transitioned into consultancy work as a Project Support Officer supporting Wide Area and Space Surveillance Systems Program Office (WASSSPO) in Adelaide.

    Being interested in helping to solve social and economic issues that Indigenous people may face, Luke is particularly passionate about increasing participation and providing opportunities in employment, training and education for his community and he does this through his mentoring responsibilities in JLB-Yaran’s Indigenous Development Employment Program (IDEP). Luke shares his knowledge, experience, expertise, and advice with his Mentees, focusing on Professional Development and advancement within their chosen careers.

    Luke brings valuable insight to the IDEP which has benefited all participants and he has recently completed a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership from the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre as well as Certificates in Business, Government and Military Skills.

    Luke is married to Vanessa and has 2 children – Isaac and Iliana. As well as being a proud father, Luke enjoys playing sports, travelling and spending time with his family and friends.



  • Ron Kovalcik

    Senior ILS Consultant & Canberra Area Manager

    Ron Kovalcik

    Senior ILS Consultant & Canberra Area Manager

    Ron Kovalcik served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for 12 years. His career in logistics was founded on his educational qualifications: a Bachelor of Property Economics (Second Class Honours) and Masters in Project Management (with Excellence). Prior to joining the RAN, Ron worked in a range of diverse industries with some highlight roles including Black Jack dealer at Star City Casino, Sales Assistant at Ray White and Leasing Specialist at McGrath.

    During his career in the RAN, Ron had the privilege of undertaking a full-spectrum of operational and support roles. Operational deployments included OP MANITOU and OP RESOLUTE over two sea postings in FFGs (now decommissioned). Ron also worked in CASG (LHDSPO) as Supply Support Manager, Navy HQ as Logistics Planner–Exercises and Deployments, the Maritime Logistics School as Officer Instructor, Navy Logistics Branch conducting governance and assurance for SEA4000 and SEA5000, and Future Navy Workforce as Workforce Planner.

    After deciding to transition from the RAN, Ron conducted work experience with JLB-Yaran under the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS), resulting in Ron accepting a full-time position with JLB-Yaran as a Senior Consultant and the ACT Area Manager. Ron has just started supporting SEA5012-1 (Integrated Undersea Surveillance System) as ILSM and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

    Ron is married to Claire Harris. Together they manage a feisty toddler/child/three-nager Adelyn, who provides boundless entertainment. Ronald is committed to fitness, including gym and cycling, and he actively encourages others to pursue health and fitness. He also enjoys travelling and exploring countries around the world.



  • Aaron Simpson

    Project Manager

    Aaron Simpson

    Project Manager

    Aaron proudly served a collective 10 year period in the ADF (8 years as an Electronics Technician in Army and 2 years as an Operations Officer in the Air Force). Aaron had the privilege of serving in Commissioned and Non-Commissioned roles between services with the highlight of his career being spent at SASR as the Electronics and Instrumentation Workshop Lead. Other postings included: 1 CSSB (Darwin), 32SQN (East Sale) and 87SQN (Newcastle).

    Having departed Defence in late 2020, Aaron recalibrated his professional focus and dedicated more of his time to family. He pursued employment which was most suitably aligned to his trade, tertiary and military experience. Defence project management work presented as a sound option though was, at the time, also widely an unknown to him. Through an unorthodox journey of attaining a job within CASG in Melbourne, Aaron was employed to conduct work as the Integrated Disposal Plan Team (IDPT) Lead for the disposal of NINOX Night Fighting Equipment and other various SPO Legacy items. After successfully executing a key deliverable of formulating an effective and actionable disposal implementation plan through the coordination of several CASG networks and affiliated agencies, Aaron was redistributed from his IDPT-L role and found himself utilised as an ILS Manager for L125Ph4 Field Equipment. During this time, Aaron established and drove a workable, streamlined and contractually-sound procurement process for acquiring items from the Prime Vendor through a Deed of Standing Offer to support and enable the contemporary Army Warfighter.

    After these minor wins within industry, Aaron was on the search to be a part of an organisation which encapsulated like-minded individuals who were values-driven, teams-centric and outcome-oriented. JLB-Yaran was an answer to his search. Aaron is now proudly and gratefully employed as a JLB Project Management Consultant.

    Aaron is a committed husband to Rachel, proud father to his daughters, Lillian and Penelope, and is passionate about Change, Innovation and Leadership, Self-Awareness, Personal Development, and, especially, Family.



  • Andy Saccoia

    ILS Manager

    Andy Saccoia

    ILS Manager

    Andy Saccoia is a Royal Australian Navy Veteran having served 7 years as a Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Sailor. His Navy career which included a deployment to the Middle East Area of Operation – in support of Operation Manitou in 2014 and three postings onboard HMAS Ships Huon, Kanimbla and Parramatta where he developed his knowledge of supply chain management, procurement, warehousing and logistics. Andy’s Military experiences enabled a smooth transition into Industry with his extensive knowledge of Defence’s Supply Chain Management procedures and policies, the RAN’s Ships Inventory Management System (SLIMS) and the Defence Inventory Management System – MILIS provided pathways into CASG Project positions. A confident and competent Supply Support Manager, Andy is now developing his Project Management skillset to further develop his expertise and delivery to future Defence requirements.

    Andy is proud to be acknowledged as JLB-Yaran’s first Consultant and a major part of our company success. Joining JLB-Yaran in 2018, Andy was contracted to support a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) lead position to support the outfitting of the Shipboard Allowance List (SAL) for the newly commissioned HMAS Brisbane in the Procurement team for the Air Warfare Destroyer Project. Hopeful this start with JLB-Yaran would lead to career development opportunities, he quickly developed his Consulting skills and enhanced his reputation as a reliable and competent ILS Operator.

    Currently supporting the DDG Supply Chain Establishment Project at Naval Construction Branch in Osborne, Andy is continuing to support Maritime Capability Programs. The current project he is assigned to is due to complete later this year. The capability will secure the supply chain for the DDG’s and will include the supply of Good and Services, ensuring firm pricing and lead-time. This will facilitate future forecasts de-risking the inoperability of the RAN’s most lethal assets.

    A motivated professional with a determination to develop his skillset, Andy has completed a Diploma of Logistics and Project Management since joining JLB-Yaran and has now begun a Graduate Certificate in Project Management and has a professional development plan which is progressing towards a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Supported by JLB-Yaran’s Professional Development Policy and allowance, Andy’s growing capability will continue to support Defence’s growing requirement into the future.




  • Leanne Bristow

    IDEP Project Manager

    Leanne Bristow

    IDEP Project Manager

    Leanne Bristow served in the Australian Regular Army for 7 years before transitioning to the Army Reserves where she is in her fourth year as an active Reserve member for the 9th Battalion in Brisbane. As a well-respected member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps, Leanne fulfilled the role as an Operator Supply Chain serving domestically and on operations internationally in both the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. On operational deployment, Leanne provided mission essential logistics support to the war fighter, ensuring that they were sustained across all supply commodities.

    Following her Australian Regular Army service, Leanne has fulfilled full time employment in freight forwarding, mining sector and within the Queensland Police as an APS member before deciding to join the JLB-Yaran team in 2020. With skills and qualifications gained within the ADF, Leanne has been able represent JLB-Yaran as a Logistics Consultant in the Integrated Logistics Team managed by Team Downer on the LAND-200 project. Her strong understanding of Defence Logistics and Defence operating systems has ensured her transition into project work was a seamless process. Leanne has now moved into the position of the Indigenous Development Employment Program (IDEP) as a Project Manager. This position pulls Leanne’s experience in management and leadership and her passion to assist others to reach their full potential.

    As a Veteran, Leanne understands the responsibilities and challenges that can present themselves when transitioning from the Full-Time ADF into civilian employment. However, Leanne is quick to attest that JLB-Yaran assisted her with her transition and have continued to support her work as an active reserve member. She is confident that JLB-Yaran understands the importance of her reserve service.

    Outside of her full-time employment, Leanne has been able to complete her Graduate Certificate in Management which compliments her Bachelor of Business specialising in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In the future, she intends to seek out more opportunities through JLB-Yaran’s professional development commitment to fulfil her career ambitions.



  • Brandon Fleming

    ILS Manager

    Brandon Fleming

    ILS Manager


    Brandon Fleming served in the Australian Regular Army for 12 years as a Logistics Officer. During this time, Brandon has worked across a range of general and specialised appointments in both Land and Joint domains. After completing several general logistics roles, Brandon pursued the opportunity to specialise as an Ammunition Technical Officer. This saw him complete extensive training, followed by being posted to the Proof and Experimental Establishment in Port Wakefield, SA, where he contributed to the ongoing assurance of Defence explosive ordnance. Brandon has been fortunate to deploy to the Middle East Region in both general logistics and explosive ordnance roles. His military experience is complemented by tertiary education in Business, Logistics Management and Systems Engineering, which makes him suitable for both Project Management and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) roles.

    Following Brandon’s most recent deployment to the Middle East Region, there was a desire to pursue a new challenge outside of Defence. Brandon engaged JLB-Yaran’s Operations Manager, Daniel Cooper, to get some advice about transitioning from Defence and was encouraged by the support offered by JLB-Yaran. Leaning on the company’s veteran support program, Brandon felt that JLB-Yaran was the best fit for him to transition out of the Army. He was pleased to hear that JLB-Yaran is extensively invested in the development of employees through meaningful work and training opportunities, while also supporting ongoing reserve work within the ADF.

    Joining the JLB-Yaran team in 2022, Brandon will be assisting the Department of Defence’s Maritime Integrated Warfare Systems Branch as an ILS Manager. Brandon hopes that his unique and diverse experience and tertiary education will help clients reach project outcomes in an efficient and effective manner.

    Brandon maintains close ties with the ADF as an active reservist, as well as working with UNSW’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, which will assist with the ongoing development of his complex problem-solving skills. Brandon hopes to broaden his Defence knowledge by pursuing roles that work with maritime capability. Brandon’s long-term goal is to contribute his expertise to projects involving Defence explosive ordnance.





  • David Bianchi

    ILS Manager

    David Bianchi

    ILS Manager

    David Bianchi started his engineering career undertaking a Fitting and Turning apprenticeship in Melbourne as well as studying a diploma in Mechanical engineering and an advance diploma of Mechanical Engineering – Principle Technical officer. David’s time at tafe allowed him to articulate into the last two years at University where he undertook a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

    While studying at Tafe and University David, worked in the Cycling industry and later transitioned to the Defence industry working below the line for Navantia Australia as mechanical engineer. During Davids employment at Navantia Australia, he worked on Engineering design, Test and Activation, Engineering procurement and Project Tender opportunities on the LHD, LLC, AWD and AOR programs. David was appointed the Procurement manager for Navantia Australia, where he worked on Navantias procurement activities for Australian Naval project, but also in commercial and Business development roles for the company. David moved to Adelaide for his procurement role, where Navantia set up their technical office.

    David left Navantia and joined a small company called Scientific Management Associates (SMA) where he honed in on his ILS skills which include Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) analysis, Failure Analysis (FMEA and FMECA), LSA (RCM, LORA, MTA, Publications), UUC development, and LCC management. While working for SMA, worked above the line on the SEA4000 AWD program and below the line on projects for SMA.

    David worked on the AWD Acquisition Program as a Platform Systems Engineering Lead, undertaking ILS activities (Publications), Technical Assurance activities (ECP evaluation, JSL and pressure vessel evaluations, Certified items assurance, OAL technical assurance, technical support to procurement and T&A) and Growth, evolution and Obsolescence management. David s below the line work for SMA included RAM analysis (during design and support phases), FMEA/FMECA, RCM analysis, LORA Analysis and Maintenance Task Analysis, Usage Upkeep Cycle development which include work on programs and projects for Land, Air and Sea.

    After SMA was taken over by KBR, David transitioned from the AWD program to Naval Construction Branch where he performed similar task above the line. David also undertook the same ILS activities when transitioning employment to KBR.

    David left KBR and undertook an exciting new career with JLB-Yaran, working on the Future Submarine Project (FSP) as an ILS Platform Systems Specialist. David’s role in the Support Directorate on FSP was an assurance and governance role which included ILS activities centred around Procurement, LSA, RAM, Growth, Evolution and Obsolescence, ILS requirement, Maintenance Concept development and UUC.

    David is currently working on the demobilisation of the FSP, but is very keen to keep representing JLB-Yaran in CASG in the engineering and ILS domain.





  • Josh Sims

    Project Management Services & Support

    Josh Sims

    Project Management Services & Support

    Josh Sims served in the Royal Australian Navy for 15 years as a Maritime Logistics Officer. In a broad career, he was posted to numerous ships while attaining his Charge Qualification, and also completed operational postings in South Sudan and Afghanistan. In addition to his time at sea and overseas, Josh had exposure to the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and Joint Logistics Command (JLC) through postings in these areas of Defence. This professional exposure, complemented by tertiary education in Business and Project Management, has prepared Josh well for a career with JLB-Yaran. Since joining the team, Josh has been able to apply the skills and knowledge he developed in uniform, such as stakeholder engagement, communication, capability sustainment and capacity for work, and has also built on his skills and knowledge of Project, Risk and Financial Management in the Defence environment.

    Facing the daunting task of leaving the Navy after 15 years, Josh was grateful to receive continual support and advice from JLB-Yaran throughout the process of transitioning from Defence. This included advice on further training and research that would be beneficial, as well as assistance in developing a CV that would appropriately capture his experience and value to Defence Industry. Josh also conducted work experience with JLB-Yaran under the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS), which was highly beneficial for both parties. Josh was keen to remain in Defence and apply his skills and knowledge in a civilian capacity, which made JLB-Yaran a great fit. He is also proud to be contributing to the company strategy of increasing Indigenous participation in Defence Industry.

    Josh is currently supporting the Battlespace Communications Operations Group (BCOG) across various projects as a Commercial Contracting Officer. BCOG is responsible for acquiring and sustaining a range of deployable communications systems used by the ADF. To date, Josh has been working in project teams to develop and refine contractual arrangements between Defence and Industry to ensure capability is acquired and sustained in a way that achieves value for money for Defence, while also supporting Australian Industry.

    Josh is keen to continue to represent JLB-Yaran in CASG while developing as a Project and Program Manager. It is an exciting time to be involved in the various domains of CASG, with numerous programs underway to deliver world-class capability for the Australian Defence Force. JLB-Yaran takes an active role in the professional development of consultants and Josh has shown a desire to continually upskill through courses, study and professional associations in the future.




  • Shane Wallace

    Defence Training Systems SME

    Shane Wallace

    Defence Training Systems SME

    Born and raised in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, Shane is a current serving Training Systems Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. He recently joined the JLB-Yaran team in June 2021 as the Learning and Development Officer.

    Shane’s professional career begun as a PDHPE teacher in secondary schools across the Shoalhaven region. Wanting more of a challenge, he joined the RAN in 2009. Shane has served over 12 years and continues to provide full time effective service for the Navy.

    Shane’s military career has seen him serve in ab-inito training, naval aviation, overseas deployment and training operations. Shane’s career highlights include playing in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Defence Force, and World XI cricket teams; Lead Instructor Leadership where he was responsible for delivering leadership theory, running field exercises and facilitating adventure training activities for the Royal Australian Naval College; and his posting to HMAS Success where he deployed overseas on Indo-Pacific 19 as the Training Officer.

    Shane is looking forward to using his Training Systems Specialist experience to strengthen the educational and professional development pathways for Indigenous talent in Australian Defence Industry.

    Shane is an Australian College and Physical Education and Royal Australian Naval College graduate. He was awarded a Bachelor of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and has his eyes set on obtaining a Master’s degree in the future.

    The South Coast of NSW is home for Shane, his wife Summa, and their daughter Imogen. He enjoys surfing, surfboard shaping, TIG welding, and rock climbing.




  • Andy Gilpin

    ILS Manager

    Andy Gilpin

    ILS Manager

    Andy Gilpin enlisted in the United Kingdom Royal Corps of Signals in 1983. His initial trade training in Catterick, UK,  led him to deploy as an electronic communications engineer. Following further trade training in 1988 he was posted to South Georgia where he worked independently to maintain communications from the island. His performance in an isolated team led him to be selected as the team leader of the Royal Signals Display Team. Further postings included being the project manager for the setting up of a new communications engineering department at the School of Signals followed by an operational deployment to Northern Ireland.

    This intensive period was followed in 1996 by his selection as a Forman of Signals, which concluded in 1998 with the award of a BSc in Communications Systems Engineering working first as the System Support Manager of 35 Signal Regiment, managing communications as widely as Corps level. In his final tour he worked on the BOWMAN Integrated Project Team in the Defence Procurement Agency developing the technical support policy and procedures for the MoD’s new combat communications system.

    Having completed 22 years uniformed service and achieving the rank of Warrant Officer, Andy was employed as a senior systems modelling and ILS Consultant undertaking modelling and ILS tasks including being part of the ILS team in support of the Remotec UK bid for the replacement for MoD’s Wheelbarrow IED RPV and as a Whole Life Cost specialist working on a bid for the replacement of internal sonar equipment on the Royal Navy’s fleet of Vanguard Class submarines.

    Before moving to Australia in 2007, Andy was employed as a senior ILS Consultant for QLSL undertaking project management and ILS tasks including being a member of the support engineering Team working on the UK MoD’s replacement Support and Cargo Vehicle project on behalf of MAN ERF UK.

    After moving to Australia, Andy took a position of Preparedness Assistant (Critical Item Manager) in MPSPO with responsibility for supporting preparedness and capability support activities for the AP-3C followed by being employed on various ILS Management and tasks for a number of AP-3C upgrade projects. Further tasking included RAN HISS management and ILS tasks, including, development of the FRACAS tool and process and as the ILS Manager in HSPO on the VSD upgrade of the Leeuwin class Hydrographic vessels.

    Andy is currently supporting ISREW SPO LAND undertaking various ILS management tasks within the L154-4 project including ILS planning and management, drafting of ILS plans and FIC Coordination. Andy continues to use his extensive experience of working on CASG Programs to provide advice on cost and technically efficient support engineering, ILS management, LSA, publications and training support. Highly reputable and well known to JLB-Yaran Consultants, Andy has been identified as a specified person appropriately skilled and experienced to deliver to a variety of ILS, LSA and Systems Engineering requirements.




  • Damian Mitchell

    ILS Tech Officer

    Damian Mitchell

    ILS Tech Officer

    Damian Mitchell is a proud ADF veteran who served in the Australian Army as a Vehicle Mechanic before discharging from service in 2017. Following his departure from the Army, Damian was employed in the Australian Public Service (APS) as a Workshop Manager for 24 SQN Mechanical Equipment and Operations Maintenance Section (MEOMS) at RAAF Edinburgh. During this appointment, Damian was able to attain and develop various new skills including the leadership and management of Ground Support personnel as well as management of technical equipment including Aircraft Arrestor System (ASS). In addition, Damian was responsible for the interaction with the Systems Program office (SPO) as a part of Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in order to ensure operational capability and sustainability which created an interest in higher level capability management.

    When the opportunity presented for a maintenance scheduler position within the Joint Logistic Unit (JLU-S) Damian transitioned his Career towards fleet management as a Defence contractor. Damian transitioned into the Scheduler position and became responsible for four fleet types of ground vehicles (G-Wagon, fuel vehicles, engineering vehicles and fire trucks). Damian was responsible for the management of these fleets across the JLU-S district under various Chief of Army funding lines. Following JLU-S, Damian assumed a position at Babcock as part of CAF24 Air Training and Aviation Commons Systems Program Office (ATACSPO) working with Ground Support Equipment (GSE), specifically AAS. Damian managed and sustained AAS and was a part of multiple projects during runway upgrades. He was granted an opportunity to upskill his project management skill set with Babcock which greatly assisted reinforcement of learning and experience gained from existing projects.

    Damian had contemplated other opportunities within Defence Industry with other ex-defence employees and found JLB-Yaran was offering a position to contract to Joint and Air Systems Program office (J&ASPO) which falls under Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Systems Program Office (ISREW SPO). Damian is proud to become a part of JLB-Yaran, a company that supports Veterans and Indigenous employees through coaching and mentoring to assist in providing Defence capability. Damian now supports J&ASPO by providing sustainment of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. The support work quickly increased due to a loss of staff which saw Damian fill the Integrated Logistic Support Manger (ILSM) position for Stimulators supporting tri-service countermeasures. Damian is enjoying the challenges faced at J&ASPO as a JLB-Yaran employee and looks to further his skills and provide further support to the Australian Defence Force.




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