Global Opportunities in Defence Exports: 1-on-1 Government Support

Wednesday 8 November
1400 – 1530
This event is open to all Indo Pacific 2023 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates. Register here.
Meeting Room E3.9, Exhibition Level 3, International Convention Centre Sydney
This conference provides Australian defence industry with an opportunity to learn about federal government initiatives and support available to access export markets; including market advice, financial assistance, advocacy and advice on export permits. The conference has two sessions. The first session will involve brief presentations by relevant government agencies including the Department of Defence, Austrade and Export Finance Australia. It will also involve Austrade in-country representatives providing insights and updates on the United States of America and United Kingdom defence markets. The second session is a networking reception with afternoon tea provided. It will provide Australian defence industry an opportunity to meet and speak with the government representatives who presented.


Rear Admiral Ian Middleton, AM RAN

Maritime Specialist Adviser to Defence Industry International Policy Branch

Rear Admiral Middleton entered the Royal Australian Navy through the Royal Australian Naval College in 1978 and specialized as a Principal Warfare Officer after a range of sea postings as a junior officer, including officer of the watch and fighter controller in several frigates and destroyers. His operational service includes three deployments to the Arabian Gulf, the most recent in 2007 as Captain of HMAS ANZAC. He also represented the Commander Australian Theatre on the staff of the Commander US Central Command as part of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom in 2003. 

Alice Barlin

Assistant Director, Team Defence Australia

Alice Barlin commenced in the role of Assistant Director, Team Defence Australia within the Australian Defence Export Office in November 2022, and has been Acting Director since September 2023. Prior to working in the Australian Defence Export Office, Alice has held a number of positions in Defence, including Chief Engineer and Technical Manager, Diggerworks, CASG and National Fleet Manager and Senior Technical Specialist within the Integrated Soldier Systems Branch, CASG. 

Anthony Weymouth

Head - Defence, Advanced Manufacturing & Space Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Anthony commenced in his current role in October 2020. Anthony has held numerous senior positions with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission over the past 25 years, both in Australia and internationally. Prior to taking up his current role, Anthony was the Senior Trade Commissioner for Central Europe, Russia & CIS based in Warsaw. He has also worked in the Philippines, the United States, the Pacific, Malaysia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. 

Andrew Perkins

Director, SME, Export Finance Australia

Andrew is a Director in Export Finance Australia’s SME business. In this role he helps to finance the export growth of Australian SMEs. He is also one of EFA’s defence industry leads and works across government and industry to see how EFA can continue to support more Australian SMEs in the sector.  

Ann-Maree Palmer

Director, Global Supply Chain Program

Ann-Maree Palmer has over 30 years experience in the Australian Public Service working in various Federal Government Agencies and as a Sole Trader in the Defence industry space. She has extensive experience in the implementation and delivery of very complex industry policy and program activities relating to the Defence Industry Policy Strategy, Defence Export Strategy, Australian Industry Capability program and the Global Supply Chain Program.

Professor Emily Hilder

Interim Head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator

As Interim Head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), Professor Hilder is leading the establishment of ASCA.

The purpose of the Defence Accelerator is to accelerate the development and transition into service of disruptive solutions to priority defence challenges at the pace and scale required to deliver advantage to our military. 

Emily joined Defence as Chief Maritime in DSTG in November 2020, and held the role of Chief Platforms from July 2022 to April 2023. Prior to joining Defence she was Director of the Future Industries Institute (FII) and Deputy Director of the ARC Research Hub for integrated devices for end-user analysis at low levels (IDEAL) at University of South Australia.

Saurabh Sapre

Assistant Director - Technical Assessments, Defence Export Controls

Saurabh Sapre is a distinguished professional with a solid educational background and a wealth of experience in regulatory and technical roles. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Saurabh has worked at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), where he served as an Electromedical Engineering Officer. In this role, he was instrumental in the development of test equipment and protocols for medical devices, ensuring that they adhered to the Essential Principles and Australian Legislative instruments.

John Brosnan

Defence & Security Director – United Kingdom, Austrade

John was appointed as UK Defence & Security Director for the Australian Trade & Investment Commission (Austrade) in May 2021.  Prior to this, he worked in the UK defence sector in both government and industry. Much of his experience has involved operating at the interface between the two.

David McCue

Defence & Security Director – United States of America, Austrade

David has been with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission since April 2019 as the US Defence & Security Director. Before joining Austrade, David worked at the Australian subsidiary of Sayres and Associates starting off as the Program Director and then Company Director. These roles including the provision of contracted support to the Australian Defence Industry.

Hosted by Austrade and Australian Defence Export Office (ADEO)