OUR TEAM

The Elysium EPL team has skills and experience in a range of areas, including government procurement and contracting, engineering, logistics, military operations, security and intelligence, communications and stakeholder engagement and education and training.

 

Our consultants have worked in various Defence and Government roles, delivering a range of solutions for them, including those which effectively integrate Government and Industry.

DIRECTORS

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David Swan 

David has 30 years’ experience in operations and project delivery in government and defence industry sectors. David spent 23 years in Royal Australian Navy and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group culminating in roles including the Chief Engineer for Major Surface Ships Branch in Maritime Systems Division and as a System Program Office Director overseeing the establishment of the organisation and of the contracts necessary to support the introduction of new assets into service with the Navy.

 

His expertise includes strategy development and implementation, design and implementation of engineering, regulatory and asset management business models as well as the design and implementation of complex change programs.

 

David has led multiple successful projects and programs in both private and public sectors and is held in high regard for the provision of pragmatic and implementable solutions to regulatory, workforce design, engineering management and business development challenges.  David is adept at developing effective, achievable and transparent strategies, aligned to client requirements and producing outcomes exceeding stakeholder expectations.

 

His open and honest approach to working with clients to achieve their success underpins the work that he and the rest of the Elysium EPL Team provide.

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Brett Ackroyd 

An original founder of Elysium EPL, Brett has in excess of 20 years’ experience as a strategic procurement and commercial / legal advisor to government and private organisations. He has a background in contract & commercial law, intellectual property law and in strategic procurement for large and complex projects. He has developed a practice specialising in the design and implementation of effective supplier engagement agreements for the delivery of complex outcomes; designing and building efficient commercial management organisations; and building effective collaborative commercial working relationships. 

 

Brett has demonstrated success in building and leading multidiscipline teams delivering complex, multibillion dollar procurement projects and designing collaborative working organisations to deliver above average commercial outcomes. Brett has a number of not for profit and commercial interests and is a director of the Institute of Collaborative Working in Australia which promotes the adoption of the ISO44001 collaborative working standard. 

 

Brett’s vision is for Elysium EPL to be recognised as a trusted advisor that delivers superior results for organisations and individuals in realising their best potential and resolving their most complex and challenging problems, while embodying its founding principles and delivering on its promises.

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MICHAEL MITCHELL

Michael is a professional leader and manager with significant experience in maritime operations, intelligence & security, project management, business development, stakeholder relationship management, and strategy and policy development roles. As an experienced project manager, submariner and naval intelligence officer, he has strong analytical skills and an excellent ability to quickly interpret complex issues. 

 

Throughout his civilian and Naval career, he has been responsible for managing effective business relationships across the Australian Defence Organisation, Australian Government agencies, foreign militaries and commercial stakeholders to achieve time sensitive project and operational goals.

 

His skills, experience, passion and friendly nature allow him to effectively deliver the required outcomes for clients.

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ANTHONY ALLEN

Anthony has more than twenty-five years’ experience in complex program management, research & analytics, intelligence planning and operational design for the improvement of business outcomes. 

 

As both a consultant and as a leader in the military, Anthony’s career in diverse environments has provided him with a breadth of experience in the building, management and leadership of high performing team.  He is a mature active listener and decisive decision maker, who weighs up the options and considers advice from all available sources before making solid recommendations or providing direction.

 

Anthony enjoys interacting and working with people from diverse backgrounds and professions. During his career he has been fortunate to advise and work alongside commonwealth and state governments and international clients, including the Department of Defence, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and the Government of Western Australia.

CONSULTANTS

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GLEN EDWARDS

Glen is an information operations specialist. He assists organisations to protect their critical assets, understand the information environment, and execute information activities.

 

His experience and knowledge come from an extensive career in both the Australian Defence Force and the Commonwealth Government. This provided him with a foundation for success with clients who have complex needs.

 

A successful engagement for Glen involves building a solution that achieves the client’s strategic mission.

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Chris Clapton

Chris has 22 years’ experience in logistic operations and project management within the government sector and recent management experience within private industry. He is a senior manager with strong leadership and organisational skills.

 

His expertise includes operational strategy and planning, supply chain operations, complex change programs, compliance management, training, assessment and human resource management.

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RIKKI BUGDEN

Rikki is experienced in building client knowledge.  She has over 15 years’ experience in educational delivery methods and combines hands-on work for clients with intensive efforts to build their knowledge.  Her expertise in education and training enables her to create a learning environment where clients make progress on addressing their issues while gaining the ability to address future challenges.

Rikki loves working with people to understand their aspirations and needs and bring them together.

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CALLUM POLLOK

Callum has a strong background in intelligence and security within the Department of Defence in  applying advanced analytical techniques to complex, trans‑national security problems.

 

As an experienced project manager, Callum has a proven record of delivering on multiple, complex projects within the intelligence and security realm.

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Joshua Choong

Joshua is experienced in delivering complex procurement and contracting initiatives. He has significant experience in working with a wide variety of stakeholders to deliver effective, innovative commercial solutions in complex environments. He has experience working across large projects in the Defence and technology sectors.

 

Joshua is an outcome-focused professional who enjoys working as a collaborative problem solver and enjoys working with stakeholders to develop practical solutions for complex challenges.

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Rowan had a varied career in the Royal Australian Navy spanning four decades.  His seagoing career included frigate and destroyer commands before he moved into Defence’s senior leadership group in 1999.  He served in senior management, operations and project management roles until retiring from the Navy in 2014. 

 

Five years in professional services with a Big Four firm followed, where he led the Oceania Defence Account through a period of growth. 

 

He now offers advice on strategy, senior stakeholder engagement and he enjoys being an executive coach and mentor.

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Mark Williams

With 23 years in Defence, Mark's background as a senior Naval Officer has given him extensive experience and expertise in the maritime security and intelligence sector.

 

An experienced project manager, Mark has delivered a range of projects across Defence; including the change management, capability, intelligence and cyber-security sectors. 

 

With a friendly nature, Mark loves engaging with stakeholders to deliver outcomes beyond expectations.

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KRISTIE LAVERY

Kristie is a strategic communications specialist.
Through engagement and targeted communications, she helps organisations succeed by ensuring stakeholders understand and support ideas, changes and policies.


Kristie has a flair for handling complex and sensitive issues. She has had success working across government policy making at all levels. This has included providing communications and media support to high profile government leaders and organisations, and most recently raising awareness within Navy and Industry of changes to how a critical capability is managed and maintained.

Kristie believes putting yourself in stakeholders’ shoes is key to successful engagement.

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JORDANA Mitchell

Jordana has twenty years’ experience providing expert services in a variety of challenging and high-pressure environments across the private, local government and defence sectors. She is an innovative and creative thinker with an outcome focussed approach to project work.

 

Jordana is skilled at communications, technical writing, deconflicting difficult situations, developing lasting rapport with internal and external stakeholders, and identifying stakeholders’ requirements.

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SARAH SWAN

Sarah is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience specialising in contract and performance management, procurement, financial systems implementations, project and asset management with specific expertise in lease accounting. 

 

Sarah is a well-rounded experienced financial management professional, providing clients with valuable skills that combine comprehensive procurement management and evaluation skills with in-depth financial, pricing, corporate analysis and stakeholder engagement. Sarah provides a valuable interface for effective communication between technical SME’s, IT and finance professionals.

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Jamie Waddington

Jamie has over 30 years’ experience in logistic operations, human resources, and project management within the government sector. He has a background in establishing and managing both strategic level and niche supply chains to support customers within Australia and across the world.

 

His expertise includes supply chain design and management, operational logistics, stakeholder liaison, human resource management, project and compliance management.

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Jonathan Wall

Jonathan has 30 years’ experience in Government and commercial organisations, including extensive experience in investigations, contract management, project management, business development.

 

Throughout his career, he has also led a range of diverse and multi-skilled teams within those organisations.  Jonathan’s strengths include the ability to work consultatively and transparently to ensure the best possible outcomes for stakeholders and to take a leadership role when required.

 

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Lavinia Constable

Lavinia has more than 15 years’ experience working within a variety of areas including design, construction, project management within both government and private sector and teaching environments.

 

 As a consultant she has an attention to detail with a skill-based focus with a diverse understanding, knowledge, and experience in design development and project & stakeholder management. With her technical background, Lavinia is well suited to a variety of projects as it enables understanding to efficiently capture and manage risk across all phases of each project.

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Darran Horrobin

Darran has over twenty years’ experience in complex programs across the public and private sector.  He is adept at working with uncertainty, developing strategies and delivering outcomes. At ease managing assets and staff. Able to identify and manage risks. Experienced in implementation with the ability to engage stakeholders and solve problems.

 

Darran is a motivated and analytical consultant with more than 20 years of Defence experience, from both the public and private sector.   Excellent written and oral communication skills round out his ability to add value to an organisation.

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Ruben Contter

Ruben is an Industrial Engineer with over a decade of global consulting experience delivering projects in digital transformation, design and workforce optimization, and project management. He has significant experience in leading and managing projects for a diverse range of clients in both public and private sectors and has a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver measurable results.

 

Beyond his consulting, Ruben enjoys travelling the globe and capturing his travel through photography and videography.

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JESSE MCMICHAEL

Jess is a highly motivated Intelligence professional with operational experience internationally and throughout Australia. He has over 15 years’ experience working in diverse Defence and intelligence roles, including as an ADF Human Intelligence Operator, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver and AFP Field Intelligence Officer.

 

He also has a strong background providing high quality education and training through his former Defence and AFP roles.

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Claudia Henry 

Claudia has 20+ years public sector experience with a proven record in independently managing strategic communications projects to achieve desired outcomes, particularly in a dynamic environment, and providing timely, consolidated advice on sensitive matters, with solid issues management skills.

 

Claudia’s strengths are in stakeholder engagement which includes identifying stakeholder requirements and working collaboratively. With her strong interpersonal skills and empathy, Claudia builds and nurtures effective internal and external relationships.

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Andrew stanley

Andrew is a visual communication designer with

5 years’ experience in brand, publication and infographic design. Through understanding and careful application of his expertise, Andrew creates meaningful, layered pieces of visual communication that help client’s audience feel, understand,

or engage.  

Having worked with a variety of industries he is quick to understand clients needs and creates alongside the client, seeking the best results in collaboration. This strength allows the best work at the best quality to

be produced. 

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Nic has nearly a decade of delivering complex transformation programs, working with clients to co-design and implement solutions that are sustainable in the long term. He is a specialist in operating model design, program management, design thinking and change management. His passion is helping organisations to solve their toughest problems and transform for the better.  

 

He has worked with a broad range of private sector, not-for-profit, Federal and State Government clients to build ownership and capability of transformation programs.

 

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Julia is a dynamic and creative administrative professional with over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of areas including general administration, office management, account management, design management and financial administration.

 

Having worked in industries varying from accounting, biotechnology, publishing and both client and agency marketing, she is multiskilled across all administration and marketing platforms.

 

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Caleb has over 15 years of experience in operations and facility management including project management and delivery, security, human resources, financial management, and procurement.  He has worked for a wide variety of organisation in both private sector and not-for-profit.

 

Caleb is fastidious when dealing with design and construction, this attention to detail and drive to deliver has allowed Caleb to produce results that exceed the client expectations.

 

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Robert is a recent graduate of both the ANU College of Law and Elysium’s Internship Program. As a Legal and Commercial Assistant, he supports the Elysium team internally and externally in the delivery of projects.

Robert has been described as agreeable, friendly and hardworking, with a high level of professionalism. His expertise includes Legal research, Defence Procurement Policy, Collaborative working and Relational Contracting.

 

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Annabelle is an experienced communications specialist with a passion for writing and producing quality content. She has 20 years of experience working in communications in government, primarily with Defence.

 

Annabelle has worked across a range of disciplines in government, including employee communications, change management, strategic communications in support of a range of government initiatives, stakeholder analysis and engagement, and media operations.

 

She is practiced at stakeholder analysis and engagement, and crafting communication products that facilitate this.

 

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Callum is an intern consultant who is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and a Bachelor of Languages at the Australian National University.

 

He is a highly capable administrator, having provided support to the company in drafting technical documents and official communications.

 

He is a natural communicator, with a high degree of empathy and the ability to elicit requirements and stakeholder needs with great understanding.

 

Work for us

Are you looking for a career change and ready to be part of an organisation that is genuinely committed to their clients’ success? Do you feel a sense of achievement in empowering clients to build their own capability, so they see enduring value and experience success long after your work with them is complete?

 

If you hold yourself to a high ethical standard in delivering outcomes for clients, strive to provide the right outcomes for them to ensure long-term success, and practice active listening and collaborative working, then we want you!

 

Our specialist consultants come from a range of backgrounds across the military, law, national security and intelligence, government, project management, engineering, strategic communications, change management, media, education, business administration and construction.

 

We pride ourselves on being a great organisation to work for with flexible working arrangements and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our people are our greatest assets so providing a fun, safe and healthy workplace is important to us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

We are always looking for the right people to join our team. So, if Elysium EPL sounds like somewhere you would like to work, contact us today!

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