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Defence representation in London covers all Defence policy issues, issues of a joint operational nature, specific Single Service matters of all three Services (Navy, Army and Air Force), and a broad range of acquisition, industry and science activities.

This page provides details of Defence personnel at the Australian High Commission. It also provides links to other key defence related sites in Australia.  For information about Procedures for Official Visits to the UK, click here.

Australia House Defence Personnel

The Australian Defence Staff London operates under a Joint Directive from the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary.

Head of Australian Defence Staff (HADS)

The position of HADS brings a whole-of-department approach to the direction in which the Australian Defence Staff (London) moves. It also allows access to the higher end of the policy spectrum within the MoD and to Ministers. 

Defence Adviser
Head of Australian Defence Staff
Air Commodore Brian Edwards Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5203
Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Evans Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5627
Executive Assistant Vacant Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5268



The Naval Adviser (NA) represents the Royal Australian Navy in the UK. The NA is responsible for liaison with the MoD, the Royal Navy, UK defence industry and for managing all RAN personnel in the UK and initial lateral transfer enquiries. The NA also provides maritime advice to HADS and is the point of contact for Defence Personnel policy, covering strategic and Human Resource Management issues. 

Naval Adviser Captain Shane Craig RAN Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5379
Naval Coordination Officer Ms Natasha Pine Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5248   
Assistant Naval Adviser Commander Geoff Fiedler Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5416



The Army Adviser (AA) represents the Australian Army in the UK. The AA is responsible for liaison with the UK MoD, the British Army, UK Defence Industry and is the Formation Commander for all Australian Army personnel serving in the UK and handles initial lateral transfer enquiries. The AA also provides military advice to the HADS and in particular, on operational matters. 

Army Adviser Colonel Sue Graham Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5262
Executive Assistant Mrs Emma Elliott Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5590
Assistant Army Advisor Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Sinclair Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5509


Air Force

The Office of the Air Force Adviser (AFA) provides three core functions:

1. To command and manage all RAAF personnel on exchange, loan or liaison posting, and on training courses, in the UK. This is the highest priority function of the AFA Office.

2. To act as liaison and focal point of contact for the RAAF and RAF. The AFA is CAF\'s representative to the RAF\'s Chief of Air Staff (CAS), and principal adviser to HADS on all issues pertaining to the RAAF.

3. To represent the RAAF and ADF at representational, ceremonial and memorial activities in the UK.

In addition to these core functions the AFA acts as the initial point of contact for lateral transfer enquiries. 

Air Force Adviser Group Captain Antony Martin Tel: +44 (0)207887 5264
Executive Assistant Mrs Emma Elliott Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5590
Assistant Air Force Adviser Wing Commander Ruth Elsley Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5109


Defence Science

The Counsellor Defence Science (CONDS) works on behalf of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) to provide liaison with the UK and Europe on defence science and technology matters, representing the interests of the Chief Defence Scientist and DSTO in these countries. CONDS works to establish and maintain liaison on scientific and technical matters with Ministers, research and development establishments, universities, and industries. CONDS’s objective is to give advice that is professional, impartial, and well informed on the application of science, technology that is best suited to Australia’s defence, and security needs.

Counsellor Defence Science Dr Yi Yue Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5265
Research, Analysis & Support Officer Ms Mayka Wingate Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5724
Staff Officer Science Dr David Roberts Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5423


Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group

The Counsellor Defence Materiel (CONDMAT) represents the interests of the Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group (CASG) in the UK and Europe and is the head of the CASG London office. CONDMAT maintains a strong liaison with counterparts from the UK’s Ministry of Defence, particularly the Defence Equipment and Support organisation, links with other defence acquisition organisations across Europe and links with regional defence industry.

The procurement team is responsible for all procurement activities assigned to the CASG London office, including: inviting tenders; analysing bids; negotiating terms and conditions; placing contracts; and managing contracts. The section also arranges support activities such as: shipment of supplies and freight management; export licence facilitation; quality assurance; and technical, legal and financial audit services within the supplier’s host country.

Through the Senior Adviser position, we maintain knowledge of UK and European defence sector activity and can respond to queries about Australia’s defence acquisition and sustainment initiatives, policies and strategies. We also: support Defence ‘Team Australia’ engagement at shows and events, working with CASG and external stakeholders to bring a Whole of Government perspective; advise on recent developments in Australian defence industry programs and the structure of Australia’s defence industry; and provide guidance on business opportunities in current and future Australian Defence programs. 

Counsellor Defence Materiel Mr Michael Garrety Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5228
Office Manager Ms Alicia Gordon Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5100
Director, Procurement Mr Ken Swayne Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5138
Assistant Director Procurement and Finance Mr Derek Sheehan Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5134
Assistant Director Procurement and Freight Mr Andrew Geen Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5501
Senior Adviser Mr Steve Munford Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5135

You can link to the CASG internet page


Defence Administration Office

The Defence Administration Office (DAO) provides in country admin support to Australian Defence Organisation personnel, and their families, whilst on long term overseas posting to the UK.

To achieve this the DAO-L works closely with Australian Department of Defence agencies and the various single service and departmental agency’s personnel and career management organisations.

We also manage key commercial relationships for the provision of third party services that support this process. 

Senior Finance Officer Mr Jake Ramey Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5691
Personnel Officer Mrs Natalie Perez-Lumbreras Tel: +44 (0)20 7887 5424



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