ASIF Group Team
David has almost three decades of experience in the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircraft technician, explosive ordnance expert, and intelligence officer. He has specialist experience in imagery and geospatial intelligence and maritime surveillance, and deployed at the tactical level in Afghanistan in 2009. After leaving the ADF in 2014, David has focused on geopolitical and defence futurism through his research company, Strategic Capabilities Solutions. In this role he has travelled widely and established a wide-ranging network of contacts around the world. He has taken a particular interest in the rise of Chinese soft and hard power, and the role of Western allies in the 21st century world order.
In addition to trade qualifications in electrical and mechanical engineering, David has an honours degree from Flinders University in International Studies, majoring in International Relations, Politics, and History. He is currently studying at Flinders for a research Master of Arts focusing on military heritage, further developing his extensive knowledge of military history and equipment. In 2015 and 2016 he served as an executive – research and analysis – for the Future Submarine Summit, Uncontrolled Migration Summit, and Skills and Migration Summit in South Australia.
Paul has gained extensive management, compliance, strategic planning, marketing & training experience within the financial services sector over the past 25 years.
Commencing as an adviser he was eventually elevated into senior management roles within several major financial institutions.
Prior to entering financial services, Paul held a sales & business development role with Brambles Industries International Division. In 1984 he was promoted to become the youngest State Manager of any Brambles operation in the country.
Paul has well developed negotiation and communications skills and has successfully achieved two financial planning start-up projects. This included the development of compliance planning, business & marketing plans and personnel recruitment.
Later moving into the role of State Manager Financial Services for the Commonwealth Bank where his responsibilities included, all state based tactical marketing and business development and for the financial services division for SA/NT and professional training of 40 Proper Authority Holders with a budget of over $100m.
Paul currently sits as an independent member of the Kinsmen Securities Ltd., Compliance Committee and consults in strategic, tactical and risk management planning to various Government and private enterprises.
Craig is an experienced finance executive and company director with over 30 years’ experience. Craig is currently an executive director of Kinsmen Securities Limited, non-executive director of Refueler Pty Ltd, Responsible Manager for three Australian Financial Services Licensees and is an officer of Cartridge World Australia and New Zealand. He has held numerous executive roles on
public and private sector companies and joint ventures and has experience across numerous industries including property, finance, retail, and technology start-ups.
Craig has a demonstrated ability to think strategically, or as required delve into and understand minute detail. Initially trained in accounting and finance, his subsequent experience and studies have included risk management, governance, marketing, leadership, general management and all aspects of business administration.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Accounting from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Property Development from the University of South Australia and a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia.
John has been a South Australian police officer for the past 23 years, serving in various operational and administrative roles. He has extensive experience with tendering, contracting, and acquisition processes. John has engaged in wide-ranging liaison across federal and state government agencies. He has a particular interest in the development and application of legislation and standards, and has instructed on legal practices and processes within the police force. His police work has included service as both a uniformed officer and plainclothes investigator, and has involved planning and management roles in a number of major police operations.
John worked in the private security industry prior to joining the police, qualified as a transport trooper in the Army Reserve, and holds various policing and security trade qualifications. He has been an OH&S manager and an instructor for incident management, public order management, and related specialist skills such as armed and unarmed operational safety. He is very familiar with the supervisory and compliance demands of conducting operations in a high-risk environment. John also has qualifications in negotiation and mediation, and is currently studying at Macquarie University for a Bachelor of Security Studies degree majoring in Cyber Analysis.
Michael was a sheep farmer in Western Australia before joining the Royal Australian Air Force as an intelligence officer in 2005. He has served in tactical and operational-level roles, mainly in the joint (all-service) environment. He deployed to the Australian joint HQ as staff intelligence analyst (J22) in 2009-10. Becoming a very active reservist in 2011, he served on extensive deployments to Coalition operational headquarters in the Middle East in 2012 and again in 2013, and was J2 (Joint HQ intelligence officer) in Kabul in 2016. Outside of defence work Michael focused increasingly on finance and the monetary system. For several years he has been developing the ‘Global Reserve System’, a solution for monetary problems such as currency and interest rate risk. He is currently a consulting intelligence analyst in Perth, WA.
Michael has diverse interests and a broad educational background. From the University of Western Australia, he has a Bachelor of Economics degree majoring in Economic History and Finance, Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Philosophy), and Bachelor of Letters (French, German, and honours in History); from the University of Sydney, Master of International Law; and from the Australian National University, Master of Archaeological Science.