Where to Next for the Defence Project Management Community?

Defence Community of Practice Webinar


Defence project management community can play a role in meeting the challenge of implementing an ambitious Defence investment agenda.

Join us for a panel discussion on rising to the challenge of contemporary defence project management. 

Military equipment is increasingly technologically sophisticated requiring ever higher levels of interoperability and integration networking, across a complex and dynamic environment in Defence and with our allies. Meanwhile, large Defence equipment investments are magnets for political and public scrutiny.  As a result, Defence is continuing to look at ways to further improve its program and project management performance and practice in an effort to ensure our equipment is delivered in a cost effective yet timely manner that enables the war-fighter to do their job. 

Our panel will explore what this means to the project management community within Defence. 

Event Takeaways

  • Strategies for tackling the current challenges in delivering a Defence project.
  • How project management can aid the achievement of an ambitious Defence investment agenda.
  • Insights into Defence thinking about how project management professionals can contribute as a professional community.

Members $0 | Non Members $30
CPD Points: 3


Wayne Bicket Wayne has worked in Defence for 35 years with the first 13 years spent serving in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Since leaving the RAAF Wayne has worked in the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and its successor, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in a variety of capacities in a range of complex projects including Global Positioning System (GPS), simulation and aircraft purchase/upgrades. Particular highlights include Defence Capability Planning and project start ups, and the accelerated acquisition of two used A330-200 aircraft and to convert them to KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. 
More recently, Wayne manages project management professionalisation, policy, process and guidance for CASG.
Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor specialises in governance effectiveness and ecosystem analysis.
Following a career in industry as a design and construction engineer, Elizabeth moved into academe, finishing her academic career as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity. Since 2013 she has been an external board member in the Independent Assurance Reviews and Smart Buyer Directorate of the Australian Department of Defence Capability & Sustainment Group.
Over her career Elizabeth has built extensive Board-level leadership in professional organisations and innovative technology entities. She is Chair Elect of SmartCrete CRC (Collaborative Research Centre) and Chair, Washington Accord, and Deputy Chair, Governing Group, of the International Engineering Alliance, a suite of international agreements governing the recognition of engineering educational qualifications and professional competence.
Mick Brown Mick Brown is currently a Programme Lead with the UK Ministry of Defence. His experience spans Maritime, Land and Air Systems capabilities at all stages of the project lifecycle as well as project management policy. Notably he was the programme lead for a £1.6Bn programme to upgrade and sustain Air Traffic Control capability for UK Armed Forces, and he is currently the programme lead for the UK Future Combat Air System Acquisition Programme where he is looking to apply agile and digital techniques to break the cost and time curves typical of increasingly complex combat air capabilities.
Dave Kretschmer Dave Kretschmer has been in the project management game for a while. He’s worked in the UK, Victoria, the ACT and now Queensland, delivering into health, regulatory, government and defence environments. Dave ran the program to stand up the  Centre for Defence Industry Capability (the CDIC) and Defence Innovation Hub and supported the development of the Defence Industry Capability Plan, the Defence Export Strategy and the defence industry grants. Dave now works for Supacat, a strategic partner to Rheinmetalll, responsible for delivery of engineering and manufacturing projects into LAND 400 and LAND 121.
Dave’s favourite topics are complex project management theories and developing defence industry SMEs.

Wayne Bicket

Elizabeth Taylor

Mick Brown

Dave Kretschmer