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Jennifer Burgess is the Institute Manager and Assistant Director, Defence and Security. With qualifications in engineering, capability and project management, and Defence awards for leadership, dedication, courage, outstanding teamwork and military operational service, she is well placed to lead the development and implementation of the Institute governance and operations, including intersections with other University departments, functions and activities, and external stakeholders.

During Jennifer’s full-time service with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) she worked on defence strategy, policy, capability development and operations. Jennifer held various appointments during her more than 20 years’ service including with the United Kingdom Development, Concepts, Doctrine Centre, Future Land Warfare, Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

Jennifer continues to serve in support of the Australian National and Security requirements in her role with the University, as a Reserve member of ADF, and now with the Defence Teaming Centre, and the opportunity to focus on supporting the Australian defence industry.

Jennifer was appointed to the Board in September 2023.

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