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02/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/06/2019 14:29

New Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board Member

Dr Lesley Seebeck has been appointed to the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.

Dr Seebeck is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian National University's Cyber Institute and was the Federal Chief Information Officer of the Year in 2017.

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said it's great to have someone of Dr Seebeck's experience join the NSAB.

'Since the board's formation in 2016, the Government has sought the most senior and experienced advisers to help deliver our historic $90 billion dollar commitment to expanding our Navy,' said Minister Pyne.

'Dr Seebeck brings a wealth of experience in the Australian public sector, across information technology, digital transformation and national security.'

Minister Pyne made the announcement following his latest meeting with the NSAB.

'The next generation of digitised and data-driven ship construction will transform our naval shipbuilding industry, create thousands of local jobs and accelerate the growth of Australia's advanced manufacturing sector.'

'The Australian and international expertise represented on the NSAB continues to provide very valuable independent advice to Government on all aspects of this national endeavour.'

'We are embarking on the largest naval expansion since the Second World War and the Government is determined to deliver the Navy the capability it needs to protect our nation.'

Background on Dr Seebeck:

Dr Lesley Seebeck started as the CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University, on 30 July 2018.

Before that, Dr Seebeck was Chief Investment and Advisory Officer at the Digital Transformation Agency, arriving there from the Bureau of Meteorology where she served as Chief Information Officer from mid 2014 to late 2017.

In March 2017, Dr Seebeck was recognised as Federal Government Chief Information Officer of the Year.

Dr Seebeck has a PhD in information technology, an MBA, a Masters in Defence Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Physics).