In June 2018, Mark Binskin was Chief of the Defence Force when BAE Systems Australia was awarded the $35 billion Future Frigate contract, the largest surface warship program in Australia’s history. The following month Binskin retired. He has since been appointed in a non-executive director role with BAE Systems. The contract for the $1.2 billion upgrade of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network was also awarded to BAE in the final months of Binskin’s tenure.
Non-executive director, defence and national security policy, BAE Systems Australia (part time role; start date supplied by BAE) (July 2019–present)
Deputy chair, Airservices Australia (current term: 13.9.18–13.9.21). Airservices Australia is working with the Defence Department and Thales Australia to deliver OneSKY, the integration of Australia’s civilian and military air traffic control systems.
Director, Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games) (22.4.16–present)*
* ASIC record, accessed 20.3.20
Deputy Chair, Sir Richard Williams Foundation (start date supplied by Williams Foundation) (30.10.18–present)^
^The Williams Foundation is a think tank which aims to maximise the role of air power in national and regional security. It says it “conducts its operations independently and has no political or industry ties,” however it is sponsored by a bevy of weapons industry corporations, while several of its board members, including its Chair, Geoff Brown, and Deputy Chair, Mark Binskin, serve on the boards of, and/or are otherwise engaged by or associated with, one or more weapons industry corporations (some of which also sponsor the Foundation). The Foundation is registered as a charity.
Michelle has had a long career in writing and research, initially in the financial services sector producing plain language investor communications. For the last 10 years, she has been involved in research and campaigning for various organisations seeking to reduce warfare and militarism.
An abiding interest has been the prevention of corruption via increased transparency and accountability. She is currently researching the links between current and former politicians, public servants and military personnel, and weapons-making corporations.