Martin Australia has appointed Mike Scott as program director and Julia Dickinson as chief engineer for Military Satellite Communications to support the company’s growing space portfolio. The appointments demonstrate Lockheed Martin Australia’s continued investment in the nation’s space capability and commitment to growing a long-term and sustainable space presence in Australia. As program director, Scott will provide complex project management to the Australian space program. He brings a wealth of experience spanning senior positions across the defence, rail and mining sectors, combined with 15 years in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Scott’s previous roles encompassed a range of complex projects, including the in-country modification of the RAAF’s Wedgetail aircraft, the Australian Defence Force’s High Frequency Communications System, and command and control systems for both the RAAF and the Australian Army. “Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest space business with unrivalled capabilities in Australia and around the globe,” he said. “I am excited to join Lockheed Martin Australia as it continues to grow its significant portfolio of space capabilities and services and realise new opportunities.”

 As chief engineer for Military Satellite Communications, Dickinson will be responsible for the overall Australian engineering performance for Lockheed Martin’s JP9102 program solution. She joins Lockheed Martin Australia from NBN Co where she was the lead technical authority for the space segment of the national broadband provider’s satellite program. Previously, Dickinson was satellite operations director at Worldspace, where she was responsible for all operations of the AsiaStar satellite and, prior to that, with OPTUS Satellite for 12 years in satellite procurement and operations.

“With Lockheed Martin’s rich heritage, industrial capability and commitment to working with local industry and research partners, I am thrilled to join a company that is contributing so significantly to the development of Australia’s space-oriented industries and technologies,” she said. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to Australia’s future satellite communications capabilities.”

David Ball, regional director Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Lockheed Martin Space, said he was delighted about the appointments and looked forward to working with the new appointees to support further growth in the Australian space industry. “The appointments of Mike and Julia represent a key part of the growth strategy for Lockheed Martin Space,” he said. “Both bring a wealth of experience and are highly regarded in the space community. Their appointments demonstrate Lockheed Martin Australia’s commitment to building both local and international capability and I am pleased to welcome Mike and Julia to the Lockheed Martin Space team.”


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