Doing meaningful work alongside good people is the reason Simon joined ASC in 2010 and it’s why he’s still part of the team more than a decade later.
In Simon’s own words:
“Working at ASC is not just a job. It’s about providing capability to the nation. There’s lots of pride in what we do, and you can see that in all of our workforce. From the trades all the way up through management and to our executive.”
“A submarine is a complex system. Bringing that system together, and doing that complete certification, is ASC’s crown jewel. You can maintain a diesel engine, or a hydraulic system, but getting all those things to work together to provide a safe, reliable and certified platform is what is most important.”
“Submarines are one of the few strategic assets available to the Australian Government. What we do is provide that capability to the Royal Australian Navy and, ultimately, to the Commonwealth. It’s why we refer to it as the enterprise. I really want to see the submarine enterprise succeed.”
Responsible for tendering and negotiating the in-service support contract as
ASC’s Operations Business Manager, Simon previously served in the Navy for 20 years and completed eight different submarine postings onboard Oberon and Collins Class submarines.
One of Simon’s last postings was as Commanding Officer of submarine HMAS Dechaineux.
“From where I sit, I can look out over Cockburn Sound and you can see the submarines sailing. It’s a great feeling. The work we’re doing ensures that the people taking these submarines to sea are safe and can do their jobs.”