CASG leadership team
The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) is forward-looking and committed to achieving world’s best practice benchmarks in equipping and sustaining one of the most respected military forces in the world - the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The current CASG leadership team.
The CASG leadership team has a good balance of private and public sector experience, as well as extensive military domain knowledge. It is a strong and successful team with outstanding qualifications and ample expertise to lead CASG now and into the future.
A.P (Tony) Fraser
Tony Fraser leads the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the Department of Defence.
Tony has extensive experience spanning the defence, industry and commercial sectors and working with Government. His most recent appointment was Managing Director of Airbus Australia Pacific.
Tony completed 34 years of service in the Australian Army and reached the rank of Major General. He has 5500 military flying hours, mostly on helicopters, and achieved an A1 flying instructor rating.
During his 6 years in the then-Defence Materiel Organisation, he led the team assisting David Mortimer in his review of Defence Procurement and Sustainment.
In addition to his military career courses, Tony Fraser is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. He has been recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia and a Conspicuous Service Cross. He has two grown daughters, Katelin and Sarah.
Group Business Manager
On 29 September 2015, Greg Divall was appointed as the Group Business Manager CASG. This COO-like role supports the Deputy Secretary CASG and is responsible for implementing CASG reforms arising from the First Principles Review, including the re-integration of CASG back into Defence and reform of procurement and contracting. Greg also oversees CASG’s overall performance and the delivery of effective business services to the group.
In August 2014, Greg joined Defence as Head of Infrastructure. In this role he was responsible for major estate developments to support new Defence capabilities, as well as major estate maintenance programs and estate disposals. Greg managed the $1.3 billion major capital works program for estate sustainment and development.
Greg has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector. Prior to working in Defence, Greg managed major whole-of-government change programs in Centrelink and the departments of Human Services, Treasury, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Industry. These programs have all involved transformational change and/or significant organisational reform, many with the added challenge of having to maintain delivery of existing government outcomes.
Greg has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) and a Masters of Business Administration. Greg completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s National and International Security program for senior executives in 2015 and the Advanced Management & Leadership Programme at Oxford Said Business School in 2017.
Stephen E. Johnson
Deputy Secretary National Naval Shipbuilding / General Manager Submarines
Stephen E. Johnson has served as Deputy Secretary National Naval Shipbuilding within the Department of Defence since March 2018. He joined Defence in October 2015 as the General Manager for Submarine Programs and continues in that role in addition to his responsibilities as a Deputy Secretary.
The Commonwealth has made considerable progress in establishing its Naval Submarine and Shipbuilding Programs. The Collins Program, formerly a project of concern, nowhas a sustained record of performing better than international performance benchmarks for reliable operations at sea. Multi-billion dollar programs for upgrading radio and sonar capabilities have been approved, funded and are being installed. Planning for the Life Extension of the Collins Class is in progress.
The Future Submarine Program completed its Competitive Evaluation Process in early 2016, selecting Naval Group France (then DCNS) as the designer and builder of Australia’s next class of submarines. Design work began in 2016. A secure facility was designed, built, and staffed in Cherbourg, France in 2017. The majority of the Concept Design work for the Future Submarine completed in late 2018.
The Commonwealth’s National Naval Shipbuilding Office was formally established in 2018. The BAE Type 26 was selected as the basis for design of the Hunter Class ASW Frigate in June, 2018. Later in 2018, the Offshore Patrol Vessel began construction at the Osborne Naval Shipyard early to schedule in November 2018. The building of the construction yards for ships (Osborne South) and for submarines (Osborne North) also started in 2018.
Johnson has a long history of service in Shipbuilding Programs and with the US Navy Submarine Force. A retired US Navy Rear Admiral, Johnson’s most recent active duty assignment was as the Director, Strategic Systems Program where he was responsible for the US Navy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Programs as well as Officer in Charge of the Replacement for the Ohio Class SSBN (now the Columbia SSBN Program). RADM Johnson has had a major role in the design or construction the Virginia Class, the Seawolf Class, the USS Jimmy Carter, and the Columbia Class. Johnson commanded the Nuclear Powered Fast Attack Submarine USS CHICAGO (SSN 721).
Prior to joining the Commonwealth’s Department of Defence, he worked as Vice President and General Manager of Power & Control Technologies, a DRS company and major supplier of equipment to the US Navy ship and submarine programs.
First Assistant Secretary National Naval Shipbuilding Office
Peter Chesworth is First Assistant Secretary, National Naval Shipbuilding Office within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).
Peter was previously in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science with policy responsibility for industries including steel, automotive, food processing, pharmaceuticals and biotech, as well as matters including workforce, SME development and access to finance.
As an outcome of the 2016 Defence White paper, Peter shared responsibility for the implementation of some of the White Paper’s business innovation initiatives including the Centre for Defence Industries Capability.
Peter previously assisted in the development and delivery of the Government’s National Innovation & Science Agenda and has worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
In 2017 Peter was senior Advisor (Industry) and Acting Chief of Staff to the then-Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO. Peter has also advised in the offices of Industry Ministers the Hon. Ian Macfarlane and Senator the Hon. Kim Carr.
Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut
Head Future Submarine Program
Rear Admiral (RADM) Gregory John Sammut assumed duties as Head Future Submarine Program in September 2013.
RADM Sammut was born in Sydney in 1966. He fulfilled a long-held ambition to join the Royal Australian Navy from high school in 1984. Having completed an honours degree in electrical engineering in 1987, he subsequently conducted seaman officer training before qualifying as a submariner in 1991 and then obtaining his submarine command qualification in 1996.
RADM Sammut served as a Commanding Officer of the Collins Class Submarine, HMAS Farncomb, and the Anzac class frigates HMAS Ballarat and HMAS Toowoomba. From June to November 2006, he was Commander Task Group 158.1, directly responsible to the Commander of Coalition Forces in the Northern Arabian Gulf. His most recent operational role was as Commander Combined Task Force 150 from October 2010 to April 2011, during which he commanded operations of the maritime counter-terrorism task force of the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East Area of Operations.
His shore duties have included Commander Submarine Sea Training, Chief Staff Officer-Operations in Fleet Command, Director Submarine and Specialist Ship Development within Capability Development Group, Chief of Staff to Chief of Navy, and Director General Submarine Capability within Navy Strategic Command.
A graduate of both the Royal Australian Navy Staff College and the Naval Command College in Rhode Island United States, RADM Sammut also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Rear Admiral Tony Dalton
General Manager Ships
Rear Admiral (RADM) Tony Dalton is General Manager Ships. In this role RADM Dalton oversees the acquisition of Navy’s future fleet of combat and combat support vessels.
RADM Dalton has decades of Defence experience having joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 as a direct entry aviation midshipman. He has amassed over 5500 military helicopter flying hours and has extensive experience as a Sea King and Seahawk flight pilot, a display pilot and as a qualified helicopter instructor. He served as Executive Officer of 816 Squadron in 1996 and Commanding Officer of 805 Squadron in 2001.
RADM Dalton has held a number of senior operational and acquisition and sustainment management positions including Commander Fleet Air Arm in Navy, Head Helicopter Systems Division in the then Defence Materiel Organisation and Head Joint Systems Division in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.
Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm
Head Maritime Systems Division
Rear Admiral (RADM) Wendy Malcolm was appointed as Head Maritime Systems within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group in December 2018.
Wendy joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1987, graduating as a Midshipman from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1989 having completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics.
During the period 1995 -1998 Wendy was involved with setting up the in-service support for the Anzac ships through the Anzac Class Logistics Office. She was posted to the Directorate of Naval Officers Postings from February 2000 to December 2001 and during this period completed a Masters in Commercial Law. A challenging and rewarding posting in the then-Defence Materiel Organisation followed as the Project Manager for the Evolved SEASPARROW Missile Project Manager during the introduction into service period.
Wendy was promoted to Captain as Director Anzac Systems Program Office in 2010. In this capacity, she was responsible for maintenance, logistics support and in-service engineering for the RAN’s eight Anzac Class Frigates and shore facilities in Fleet Base East (Sydney) and Fleet Base West (Rockingham). Wendy was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List. Wendy left the Navy in 2015 to take up a position with Saab Australia as the Transition Manager for the new support enterprise for the Anzac ships, before returning to Navy in 2017 and appointed as Director General Specialist Ships with responsibility for sustainment of Patrol Boats, Pacific Patrol Boats, Hydrographic Vessels, Minehunters, Mine warfare and diving systems.Defending Australia and its National Interests.
First Assistant Secretary Joint Systems
Mr Ivan Zlabur is the First Assistant Secretary Joint Systems, within Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). In this role he oversees the acquisition, integration and sustainment of Australian Defence Force joint systems covering communications, command and control, deployable networks, electronic warfare and wide area surveillance systems, guided weapons and munitions.
Ivan has over 38 years of experience in the Defence sector. He completed 20 years of service in the Royal Australian Air Force in the delivery of major Defence capital equipment projects and as a technician and engineering officer in various operational and support units.
For over six years Ivan worked as an executive and engineering consultant within an Australian Defence SME.
Ivan joined the Australian Public Service in 2006 and has held a range of positions within CASG and its predecessor the Defence Materiel Organisation, including Director General, Satellites and Tactical Interoperability and Assistant Secretary, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare.
Ivan has a Bachelor of Communications Engineering degree (with First Class Honours), a Master of Science (Military Electronic Systems Engineering) and a Graduate Diploma of Management (Technology Management). He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineering Executive with Engineers Australia, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an alumnus of the Australian National Security College and the Melbourne Business School. In 2016, Ivan completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government program.
Major General David Coghlan
Head Land Systems Division
Major General (MAJGEN) David Coghlan commenced duties as the Head of Land Systems Division in November 2015. In this appointment, MAJGEN Coghlan oversees the acquisition and sustainment of designated land systems for the Australian Defence Force.
MAJGEN Coghlan has significant command, staff, leadership and operational experience. He has commanded the 16th Air Defence Regiment and the 6th Brigade with key staff postings including J5 Plans at the Joint Operations Command and Director General of Military Strategy. He deployed to East Timor in 2003–04 as the Senior United Nations Military Observer in the Oecussi Sector, Afghanistan in 2006–07 as the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 633 and most recently a second tour of Afghanistan from October 2013 to November 2014 as the CJ5 of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul.
MAJGEN Coghlan is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, Army Staff College, the United States War College and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Academically he has a range of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Defence Studies, a Master of Strategy and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Procurement.
Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts
Head Aerospace Systems Division
On 21 March 2016, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Cath Roberts took command of the Aerospace Systems Division within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. In this role she is responsible for the acquisition and sustainment of all fixed wing aerospace capabilities and their enabling systems.
Cath Roberts joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1983 to study Aerospace Engineering. She graduated from No 28 Course Engineering Cadet Squadron in 1986. Cath completed her first posting as a maintenance engineering officer supporting flight test on CT4, PC-9, DC-3, Iroquois, Squirrel, Blackhawks, Mirage, Macchi, and F111s at the Aircraft Research and Development unit. She was posted to Headquarters Support Command as a logistics engineer and was also posted to the United Kingdom for the Hawk Lead In Fighter project, remaining there until introduction of the Hawk into RAAF service in 2000.
After completing a Masters of Management at the Joint Command and Staff Course in 2001, she was posted to the Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency. In this role Cath received a Conspicuous Service Cross for her work in Australian Defence Force (ADF) airworthiness oversight of introduction of major aviation capabilities, establishing ADF operational airworthiness regulations and developing new airworthiness frameworks for charter and unmanned aircraft.
In 2011 Cath completed the Royal College of Defence Studies course in London studying International Policy and Strategy. In 2013 she joined the F-35 Project Office with major achievements being achievement of Government program approval in April 2014 and the introduction of the first two Australian aircraft into service in December 2014. In 2015 Cath saw the acceptance of the first Australian Growler and took responsibility for materiel acquisition and sustainment of Growler, Super Hornet, Classic Hornet and Hawk Lead-in Fighter as well as the Air Combat Sustainment transition.
First Assistant Secretary Helicopter Systems / Acting First Assistant Secretary Procurement and Contracting
Shane Fairweather is currently First Assistant Secretary Helicopter Systems, as well as acting First Assistant Secretary Procurement and Contracting, within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).
Shane has more than 30 years of experience in Defence and Defence Industry, leading teams within global businesses, and serving within the Royal Australian Air Force. Shane started his Defence career in 1985 and served 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He completed operational tours on CH-47 Chinook and C130-H Hercules, logging over 5000 flight hours. Shane is a Qualified Flying Instructor and spent four years instructing at the 2FTS at RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia.
Prior to joining CASG as First Assistant Secretary Helicopter Systems, Shane was General Manager – Emerging Business for QinetiQ Australia. He joined QinetiQ in 2015 as the Strategy and Business Development Director and was appointed as General Manager Emerging Business in January 2017. In these roles, Shane was responsible for establishing the core strategy and led a large dedicated campaign team to pursue a portfolio of significant and complex growth opportunities for the company.
Prior to joining QinetiQ Australia, Shane served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions including BAE Systems Program Manager for the Bahrain Hawk Program; head of the multi-billion dollar Project Salam for the establishment of the Eurofighter capability in Saudi Arabia; Boeing Defence Australia Senior Manager – Program Management and Raytheon Australia Business Development Director – Aerospace. Shane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Capital Equipment Procurement and an Executive Master’s Degree in Complex Project Management. He has also completed extensive management training and leadership development courses.
Shane is married with three sons and enjoys sailing, watching rugby, restoring furniture and walking.
Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon
Head Joint Strike Fighter
In March 2016, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Leigh Gordon was appointed as Head Joint Strike Fighter.
AVM Gordon has decades of Defence experience and has served in a range of director and branch head positions and until recently was Head Aerospace Systems Division. He has also worked in a number of staff and maintenance positions, including postings as a Senior Engineering Officer supporting PC9, Macchi and Caribou aircraft, and as the Project Manager for the Lead-in Fighter Project. AVM Gordon's command appointments include Commanding Officer of 382 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron (382ECSS), and Officer Commanding the Training Aircraft Systems Program Office.
AVM Gordon has been awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for his work as Lead-in Fighter Project Manager, and a Chief of Air Force Commendation for his role as Commanding Officer 382ECSS. He was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day 2015 for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in aerospace logistics.
First Assistant Secretary Program Performance
Traci-Ann Byrnes is the First Assistant Secretary Program Performance in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). In this role, she leads the implementation of the First Principles reform to provide the enabling functions supporting the delivery of capability via matrix management.
Traci-Ann has extensive experience in leading complex change and reform. With recent experience driving customer-centric service delivery at the Department of Human Services to transformational change of the disposal of Specialist Military Equipment for the Australian Defence Force, Traci-Ann has worked across a range of environments to deliver sustainable reform.
Since joining the Department of Defence in 1994 as an accounting graduate, Traci-Ann has held business finance management positions in major projects procuring a range of capabilities.
Traci-Ann spent 18 months on exchange with the US Defense Contract Management Agency in the Pentagon, where she worked with over 45 companies on their performance management systems and developed and delivered training for US Department of Defense staff. Traci-Ann received a Commendation for Outstanding Performance from the Under Secretary of Defense for this work.
Between October 2010 and May 2013, Traci-Ann undertook the role of Director
General Defence Asset and Inventory Management leading the Branch responsible for providing the accounting and assurance for $44 billion worth of assets and inventory.
In March 2013, Traci-Ann commenced implementing financial shared services as the Director General Business Services and Reform, leading and managing the transition of over 450 finance staff into a shared service provision model and implementing sustainable change and reforms to support the provision of finance services to the Defence Materiel Organisation.
Traci-Ann holds a Master of Business (Complex Project Management), an accounting degree and post graduate qualifications in Public Policy, Management and Strategic Procurement.