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About us

Who we are

The Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN) empowers Australian small and medium businesses (SMEs) in the defence sector. We provide vital information, advocate for our members’ interests, and foster collaboration across the industry. By facilitating connecting SMEs with government, prime contractors, and each other, we help them grow and contribute to Australia’s defence and security.

Our Core Strategies

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Shaping the future

We champion the interests of SMEs by influencing national defence policy and strategy. We strive to forge strong relationships with government and political decision-makers, aiming to amplify the voices of SMEs in shaping the Australian Defence Industry.

Your unified voice

We act as a central hub, connecting and supporting our chapters and their members. We provide critical information on defence and security opportunities, facilitate collaboration, and ensure efficient governance.

Empowering your success

We understand the needs of the national defence industry and advocate for the representation of SMEs. We amplify your voice, showcase your capabilities, and connect you with valuable resources.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be Australia’s leading Defence Industry network by enabling sovereign enterprises to be successful domestically and internationally.

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion the interests of Australia’s Sovereign Defence Industry SMEs, ensuring our members are recognised, supported and positioned for success through dedicated advocacy, fostering effective networks and delivering comprehensive member services.

Our Values

As a non-profit organisation, AIDN strives to:

Act ethically, professionally and impartially

Put members first

Team with other industry associations, for the benefit of members

Operate with a high standard of governance and transparency

Our board members

Brent Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Meet the leaders driving AIDN’s mission and vision forward.

Brent Clark

Chief Executive Officer

Carl Quaterman

Position: Board Chair
Company: Managing Director of Queensland Gaskets

Sarah Pavillard

Position: Board Deputy Chair
Company: CEO of Adroita

Alexander Robinson

Position: Board Treasurer
Company: Director of New Business, APAC at Ocean Software

Nathalie Sarlin

Position: Board Secretary
Company: Co-founder and Director of Buzzworks

Sarah Cullens

Position: Board Member
Company: Founder and Managing Director of Precision Public Affairs

Peter Freed

Position: Board Member
Company: Founder and Managing Director of Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems

Joel Nevin

Position: Board Member
Company: Co-founder, Director and CEO of Blacktree Technology

Carl Quaterman

Position: Board Chair
Company: Managing Director of Queensland Gaskets

Sarah Pavillard

Position: Board Deputy Chair
Company: CEO of Adroita

Alexander Robinson

Position: Board Treasurer
Company: Director of New Business, APAC at Ocean Software

Nathalie Sarlin

Position: Board Secretary
Company: Co-founder and Director of Buzzworks

Sarah Cullens

Position: Board Member
Company: Founder and Managing Director of Precision Public Affairs

Peter Freed

Position: Board Member
Company: Founder and Managing Director of Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems

Joel Nevin

Position: Board Member
Company: Co-founder, Director and CEO of Blacktree Technology

Our Operations Team

Mikki Patterson

Executive Administration Assistant

Divine Mountney

New South Wales Project Officer

Siân Rogers

Northern Territory & Western Australia Project Officer

Alanna Mahlakolisane

Queensland Project Officer

Kayla McKenna

Southern Australia & Victoria Project Officer

Sarah Burke

Tasmania Project Officer

Merreilli Barachina

VDSN Manager

Mikki Patterson

Executive Administration Assistant

Divine Mountney

New South Wales Project Officer

Siân Rogers

Northern Territory & Western Australia Project Officer

Alanna Mahlakolisane

Queensland Project Officer

Kayla McKenna

Southern Australia & Victoria Project Officer

Sarah Burke

Tasmania Project Officer

Merreilli Barachina

VDSN Manager

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