The Hunter Defence Conference is an annual event. Our aim is to educate SME’s about opportunities in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley area and link them with defence National and Global supply chains.


This year, the Defence Conference was held on 22nd – 23rd of August at Crowne Plaza Newcastle. We heard from some high profile speakers, including:

  • Scot MacDonald – Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter
  • Dr. Kirstin Ferguson
  • Air Vice Marshall Mel Hupfield AO, DSC Head Force Design
  • Commodore Peter Scott – Director, Defence NSW
  • Group Captain Timothy Alsop
  • Air Vice Marshall Leigh Gordon – Head Joint Strike Fighter
  • Dr. Mark Petrusma – Department of Defence Science & Technology – Chief Science Partnerships & Engagement Division
  • Mike Kalms – KPMG, Partner
  • Alexia John – RapidContext, Prinicple Strategist
  • Wing Commander Alsion MacCarthy, Project Jerricho

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