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Industry Capability – Equipping Defence

Tuesday 1 June
1000 – 1600
This event will be open to all LAND FORCES trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates.
Click here to register and make your expression of interest to attend (please note that your expression of interest does not guarantee you a place; Numbers at the LAND FORCEScomplimentary conferences are limited and spaces are not guaranteed. Attendance is subject to availability and is on a first come, first served basis).
Meeting Room M3, Mezzanine Level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


LAND FORCES will be a platform for engagement between Defence agencies responsible for acquiring the Australian Army’s new capability and the industry that will deliver the technologies, products and support. With the Australian Army involved in the largest single acquisition cycle in its history, LAND FORCES will provide a timely engagement platform between Army and industry, and between all levels of industry from prime contractor to micro-SME.


The Australian Defence Industry continues to adapt and grow, enjoying close collaboration with Defence and other government agencies, and productive ties with the international defence community. New skills and technologies continue to emerge and flow through Australian industry as a result of these experiences, leading to export growth and sustainable indigenous capability.

This one day conference examines the experiences of several Australian companies in the frontline of defence capability, culminating in a panel session that explores the future of Australia’s sovereign defence manufacturing capability.


Speaker / Event Time Topic / Notes
Morning seesion 1000 - 1200  
MC 1000 - 1030 General introduction and presentation of conference format
Chris Stecki
PHM Technology
1030 - 1110 Designing for Sustainment
Mark Hilton
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Thales Australia
1110 - 1150 Improving Domestic Capability through International Export
Review Session 1150 - 1200  
Afternoon session 1355 - 1550  
Welcome 1355 - 1400 MC with an introduction & synopsis of the morning session
EOS and C4 Edge 1400 - 1445 Enhancing Capability through Collaboration
Joint Experimentation Directorate 1445 - 1500 Modelling the Future of Force Capability

Panelists drawn from Industry Sessions

Sarah Myers
Assistant Secretary
Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Chris Stecki
PHM Technology

Mark Hilton
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Thales Australia

1500 - 1550 Panel Session -
the Future of Australian Sovereign Capability
Conclusion 1550 Conclusion by MC and invitation to the exposition floor



Mark Hilton
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Thales Australia

In April 2020 Mark Hilton was appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Thales Australia. He is responsible for the leadership of our Sales and Business Development capability with a focus on engaging with our customers to showcase our diverse capabilities to realise meaningful value in their business.

Mark joined Thales Australia from his previous role as Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Vision-Box - a leading Biometrics and AI business serving the world’s Border Control and Aviation markets. He has also held executive Sales and Business leadership roles in technology services provider Datacom as well as with aviation technology specialist SITA.

He brings more than 20 years’ experience with the Australian and Asian markets across a wide range of industries and technology sectors including Public Cloud, Data, Analytics, Biometrics and Artificial Intelligence. His passion, however, is not technology itself but the practical application of technology to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, particularly in complex and mission critical environments. It’s this passion that has seen him lead award-winning digital transformation projects across the region.

Mark holds an MBA from the University of Singapore Business School where he won the Chua Joon Eng. Gold Medal and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) with 1st Class Honours from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where he continues to mentor students under the UTS Lucy Women in Technology Mentoring Program. He also studied leadership in a range of prominent universities, but gained his leadership grounding as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

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