Revolving Doors

Merv Davis

Commodore (ret'd) Merv Davis AM

Australian Defence Force | Military | Revolving Doors

Commodore Merv Davis left the Royal Australian Navy in 2003 having been Commander of Navy Systems. He immediately joined Saab Systems (Australia) as Managing Director.

Current Positions


Member, Advisory Board, Thomas Global Systems (5.9.19-present)

Director, Davis Associates (SA) Pty Ltd (8.11.11-present)*

*ASIC record

Public administrative positions

Member, Defence SA Advisory Board (??–present) [requested start date 15.2.20; no reply]

Previous Positions

Corporate positions

Chief Executive Officer, CEA Technologies ([start date unknown]-Jan 2019)

Director, Australian Maritime Technologies Pty Ltd (14.11.08–28.9.09)*

Director–Maritime, BAE Systems Australia (2008-[unknown])

Vice President (global), Naval Systems Division, Saab Systems Business Unit ([unknown start date]-August 2008)

Director, Saab Technologies Pty Ltd (12.2.04–13.8.08)*

Managing Director, Saab Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd (27.8.03–13.8.08)*

* ASIC record

Public administrative positions

Member, Advisory Board, Centre for Defence Industry Capability (Oct 2016-[unknown])

External panel member, Gate Review Board, Defence Department (27.1.12–30.6.13; $296,125.92)^

Consulting roles, Australian Defence College (2012-13; 2018-20; $200,155.60)^

^ Austender records (8 contracts, $496,281.52)

Military positions

Royal Australian Navy (~1970-2003). Roles included:

  • Inaugural Commander, Australian Navy Systems Command
  • Evaluation of Defence Reform Program
  • Project Director, Minehunter Coastal Project
  • Combat Systems Manager, ANZAC Ship Project
  • Combat Systems Engineer

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1.3.18 As CEO of CEA Technologies, Davis signed a research agreement with Defence Science and Technology Group.

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.

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