Our People

The Management

Dr. Sanjay Mazumdar

Chief Executive Officer

Our People

Sanjay has over 25 years of experience in the defence and ICT sectors in roles covering general management, business development, program management and engineering R&D. Sanjay was previously the CEO of the Defence Systems Innovation Centre and had senior executive roles at BAE Systems and Motorola. In both of these companies he was part of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for leading the Australian business. Sanjay started his career as an engineer at the Defence Science Technology Organisation.

Sanjay is also a Board Director at the Defence Teaming Centre (the defence industry association in South Australia) and is a member of the South Australian Council for the Australian Information Industry Association (the peak body for the ICT industry). Sanjay has engineering, doctoral and management qualifications from the University of Adelaide. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Dr. Brenton Cooper

Chief Technology Officer

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Brenton has previously held a variety of technology and management roles in BAE Systems, Tenix Defence and Motorola. He has significant expertise in the application of leading edge R&D in the fields of defence, national security and telecommunications. He has delivered advanced concept demonstrators that demonstrate the value that can be extracted from large data holdings, with application to fraud detection, counter-terrorism, law enforcement and battle-space information management. He holds three international patents (granted or submitted) in areas ranging from data mining to information security. Brenton holds a PhD and Bachelor (Honours) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide.

Niall Fay

Chief Operating Officer

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Niall is an experienced and proven senior business manager with over 10 years' experience in the Defence, National Security, Government and Academic Sectors. He is a strong believer that successful organisations must focus their resources on activities that deliver against the voice/needs of the customer. As a result, Niall is delighted to be a part of an organisation whose primary goal is to support the end user needs of the Defence and National Security sectors.

The Board

Tim Scully, Chairman


Stoneleigh Consulting

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Tim is a senior leader with over 30 years of experience building and leading operational capabilities in the government and industry. He has played lead roles in developing operational responses to national and international intelligence and security challenges. Tim’s leadership roles include Director, Stoneleigh Consulting; CEO Stratsec & Head of Cyber Security at BAE Systems Australia; Head of the Defence Security Authority; inaugural head of Defence’s Cyber Security Operations Centre and Head of Intelligence Analysis and Production also in Defence. He remains a strong contributor to security policy development and thought leadership. Tim holds a Masters Degree in Defence Studies (International Security).

Fatima Beattie

Deputy Director General

IP Australia

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Fatima Beattie joined IP Australia in February 2003 as the Commissioner of Patents. In September 2007 she was appointed Deputy Director General having responsibility for all the registered intellectual property rights in Australia including the roles of Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade Marks, Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights. Before joining IP Australia, Fatima was the Australian National Compliance Manager for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals. In this role she was responsible for the Australian Veterinary Products Manufacturers’ Licensing Scheme, and the Australian Veterinary and Agricultural Products Compliance program. She has also worked in the private industry as an engineer and a number of government agencies where she was involved in the development of industry policy, product development, quality assurance and technology transfer. Fatima’s academic qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Master of Science from Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK) and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cath Ingram


Federal Government, KPMG

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Cath is the KPMG Chairman of Partners, for the Canberra Office which is the centre of excellence for government. As the Lead Partner responsible for Federal Government, Cath has over 27 years of experience in the delivery of professional services to the Public Sector. Through these engagements she has a strong appreciation for the Australian Government accountability framework, policy drivers, inter-agency relations and the importance of collaboration. Cath has extensive experience in complex reform programs where there are multiple stakeholders, critical IT infrastructure and significant change. She is also a Registered Company Auditor with experience in governance, risk and assurance.

Kathryn Adams

Board Director

Plant Biosecurity CRC

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Kathryn is a microbiologist and lawyer and specialises in intellectual property management, commercial application of R&D and corporate governance. She has had extensive experience in R&D investment from the perspective of a researcher, Director of a research institute and an investor. She has been a practicing lawyer and was also the first Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights in Australia. She is currently on the Boards of a number of CRCs as well as Agriculture Victoria Services Pty Ltd, and PBIP Ltd. She is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA, Griffith Law School) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephen Merchant


Our People

Stephen currently conducts his own consultancy business, having completed almost 40 years of service with the Australian Government. During the latter part of his career, he held a variety of senior appointments in the Australian Intelligence Community and acted as Secretary of the Department of Defence on numerous occasions. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Andrew Stead

Director Product Incubation


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Andrew Stead has worked extensively with startup founders and early stage investors, through private and public incubators, accelerators and venture funds. As a founder, advisor and board member, he specialises in the commercialisation of technology products, creation of new businesses, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions.  He is currently responsible for product incubation at insurer IAG, a committee member of early stage investment group Sydney Angels and a director of Hivery. Andrew has a background in technology strategy and operations within the telecommunication industry including the British Army. He holds a BSc(Hons) (USYD) and MBA (MGSM), is a graduate of RMA Sandhurst and a Churchill Fellow.

Dr Sanjay Mazumdar

Chief Executive Officer

Data to Decisions CRC