Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

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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. 

Head of Australian Defence Staff London Office

    Defence Adviser
    Head of Australian Defence Staff
                 Commodore Guy Holthouse AM RAN
    Chief of Staff                    Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Evans
    Executive Support                                   Miss Natasha Pine


To contact the HADS office please email: [email protected] 


Navy Office

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
   Assistant Naval Adviser                         Commander Neil Cheverton RAN
    Executive Support                                        Miss Susie Magin


To contact the Navy office please email: [email protected]


Army Office

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 CSC
    Assistant Army Adviser                           Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Sinclair
    Executive Support                                            Mrs Emma Elliott


To contact the Army office please email: [email protected]


Air Force Office

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 David Titheridge
    Assistant Air Force Adviser                          Wing Commander Leigh Dunnett
    Executive Support                                        Mrs Emma Elliott


To contact the Air Force office please email: [email protected]


Defence Science and Technology Office

The Minister Counsellor Defence Science and Technology (CONDS) works on behalf of the Defence Science & Technology Group (DST Group) to provide liaison with the UK and Europe on defence science and technology matters, representing the interests of the Chief Defence Scientist and DST Group 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.

    Minister Counsellor Defence Science and Technology                                    Dr Christopher Norwood
    Director S & T Engagement                                          Dr David Roberts
    Research, Analysis & Support Officer                                          Ms Mayka Wingate


To contact the DST Group office please email: [email protected]


Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group Office

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                                             Mrs Jane Wood
    Director Hunter Class Frigate Program UK                                     Miss Catherine Martin
    Director Procurement Operations                                           Mr Ken Swayne
    Senior Adviser                                          Mr Steve Munford
    Assistant Director Procurement and Finance                                          Mr Derek Sheehan
    Assistant Director Procurement and Freight                                            Mr Andrew Geen
    Office Manager                                         Miss Alicia Gordon


You can link to the CASG internet page

To contact the CASG office please email: [email protected]


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.

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

    Senior Finance Officer                                                                                                                             Mr Jake Ramey
    Senior Personnel Officer                                  Mrs Natalie Perez-Lumbreras


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