ASC's Executive is responsible for the delivery of our Corporate Strategy which aims to grow the business through continually improving performance on existing programs, developing skills and establishing strategic partnerships that enhance our capacity to win new business.

Stuart Whiley

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


Stuart was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASC Pty Ltd in February 2018 after holding the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer from July 2014, following a career with the company that spans more than 28 years.

Stuart has significant experience within ASC, having spent years in various submarine programs, projects, schedule and systems engineering roles within the business. In 2005 he was appointed General Manager, Collins Class Submarines, responsible for the Collins Class support activities in both South Australia and Western Australia.

Prior to emigrating to Australia from the UK in 1988, Stuart held a number of engineering roles at BAE, Admiralty Research Establishment and Dowtys working in a Naval/Weapons environment.

Jim Cuthill

Acting Chief Executive Officer ASC Shipbuilding


Jim was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer of ASC Shipbuilding in December 2017.

Prior to this he held various roles with the company, including as General Manager Air Warfare Destroyer Program for ASC where he was accountable for ASC’s deliverables as part of the AWD Program and ASC’s overall performance on the program. In this role he provided leadership and governance, drove operational efficiency gains and continuous improvement. Jim also held the position of Integrated Supply Chain Director for the AWD Program.

Jim has more than 20 years’ experience in naval and commercial shipbuilding in Australia and the United Kingdom, including program management, engineering, supply chain, production and quality. He has also worked in both the offshore and civil engineering sectors including in the development and introduction of new and innovative technology. Prior to this Jim served in the British Army as a Royal Engineer Officer.

Martin Edwards

General Manager Submarine Capability Development

CPEng, MIEAust, BMngt (Mktg), AssDip (Eng)

AS General Manager Submarine Capability Development Martin is responsible for overseeing the development of ASC’s submarine capability as it relates to the future submarine project and other submarine-related opportunities.

Prior to his current role Martin was Chief Operating Officer of ASC Shipbuilding responsible for operational performance and generating an effective operating environment within the ASC Shipbuilding business unit and the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Project. His primary focus was on project management, production, supply chain, quality and delivery of the Hobart Class AWDs. Martin also served as Shipbuilder Industry Participant representative for ASC on the AWD Alliance and as part of the AWD Executive Leadership Team.

Martin originally spent 19 years with ASC, having joined the company in 1988 as part of the original Collins Class design contingent seconded to Kockums, Sweden.  This was followed by various design, project and business development management roles, including General Manager – ASC Shipbuilding.  Prior to re-joining ASC in 2011, Martin spent five years in the Middle East and Western Australia as a chief operating officer in the construction of oil rigs, onshore gas processing plant, mining site expansions and various fabrication activities.

Paul Gay

General Manager - Collins Class Submarine Project

BEng Mech (Hons), MEng (Mgt), FIEAust, CPEng, MAIPM, GAICD

Paul's responsibilities include: overseeing all aspects of submarine maintenance activities in Osborne, South Australia, and Henderson, Western Australia.  Paul was previously leading Pre-Production within the Air Warfare Destroyer Project.

Prior to joining ASC, Paul was the Platform Systems Engineering Manager for the BAE Systems' LHD project in Williamstown, Victoria. Paul has over 15 years’ experience in Major Naval Programs and has also worked as a consulting Engineer in the Steel, Paper and  Mining industries.  

Wendy Hoad

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Legal LLB (Hons)

Wendy's responsibilities include: management of ASC's legal team which discharges legal advice across all business areas, drafting and negotiating contracts, ensuring legal compliance and the management of disputes. Wendy is also responsible for the management of the risk, insurance, export controls and communications departments. In her capacity as Company Secretary, Wendy is also responsible for corporate governance.

Prior to joining ASC, Wendy was a partner at Finlaysons.

Ashley Menadue

Chief Financial Officer


Ashley’s responsibilities include: Providing management and financial oversight, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements, and developing strategies and execution to ensure long term financial success for the ASC group.

Prior to his current role Ashley was the Financial Controller for ASC Shipbuilding which saw him work closely with ASC Shipbuilding management to manage the financial performance of the Program.

Prior to joining ASC in 2014, Ashley gained significant experience at BAE Systems spending 15 years working in Senior Executive Operational and Corporate Finance roles. He also has significant auditing experience.

Mike Poynter

ASC Chief Engineer

BEng, FIEAust, CPEng

Mike's responsibilities include: Quality Assurance, WHS&E and Product Safety, Technology and Corporate Engineering. 

Mike has significant experience within ASC, having spent over 25 years in various positions in contract administration, quality control, Submarine Escape and Rescue and Engineering. Mike was appointed ASC General Manager WA Operations in 2007 before returning to SA in 2009. 

Prior to joining ASC, Mike held various positions in the offshore industry in WA, worked with Santos in the Cooper Basin and with BHP in Whyalla and Sydney.

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