AIDN - New South Wales

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The Australian Industry & Defence Network - NSW Incorporated (AIDN NSW) is an industry association which aims to maximise Defence-related business for NSW SMEs.


AIDN NSW was set up in 1994 to facilitate communications and business opportunities with Defence for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that operate in New South Wales. It has since been joined by chapters in all states and territories and an overarching National body. It was recognised by the Federal Government, in their Defence and Industry Strategic Policy Statement 1998, as the premier organisation representing SMEs doing business with Defence.


AIDN NSW has an active executive committee and secretariat committed to helping the membership increase their knowledge of business opportunities in the defence industry. They recognise that networking is important for SMEs and provides sales opportunities through teaming, industry intelligence and the development of business relationships.

Management and Key Personnel

The executive officer of AIDN NSW is John Small who for 31 years worked in the defence sector of government. He reports to the executive committee. This consists of:

AIDN-NSW President
Medhat Wassef
Milspec Manufacturing

Vice President
Anna Murray
Bentley Systems

Arnold van der Vegt
Epica Solutions

Bruno Favretti

Past President
Alan Rankins
Goal Professional Services

Committee Members
Warwick Strachan
Thales Australia

Chris Jenkins
Thales Australia

Matt Hill
Integra Packaging

Peter Freed
Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems

Peter Jenkins
Jenkins Engineering Defence Systems

Victoria Lewis
Defence Connect

Martin Tanti
Avoca Engineering

Rob Riede
Rockwell Collins

John Brady

Graham Bulless
NSW Dept of Industry

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