National Patron - Campbell Newman

The DiB team is very excited and honoured to be supported by Campbell Newman as our inaugural National Patron. Check out Campbell's message to you and also his bio below.

Welcome Message by Campbell Newman

"Throughout my career, I have seen first-hand the challenges our serving members face when they transition between Defence and civilian careers, along with the challenges organisations are faced with in fully utilising Defence-trained personnel. But I have also seen the enormous benefits of employing personnel with Defence training, leadership and attitudes in the civilian sectors. If this resonates with you, I would like to encourage you to join Defence in Business. DiB offers a unique support structure of thousands of individuals and organisations connecting Defence, employers and its members. The networking, education and career opportunities DiB creates, enable its members to boost their careers or businesses. At the core, DiB is held together by the shared values and the high ethical standards promoted by Defence. This creates a unique bond between its members and collegiate atmosphere at all events. I am therefore very proud to be DiB’s inaugural National Patron and encourage you to get involved too."

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Campbell Newman
National Patron, Defence in Business

Campbell Newman Biography

Campbell NewmanCampbell Newman, is the Chairman of SwarmFarm Robotics a start- up company in the field of Agricultural Robotics. In the first quarter of 2016 the company intends to commence delivery of commercial weed control services using robots in broad-acre agriculture in Central Queensland.

He also holds Director’s positions with an IOT startup, an advanced gas technology company and a property investment consortium and is adviser to a start-up phosphate rock mining company.

He previously held the role of Premier of Queensland from 2012 to 2015 leading an ambitious program of reform to restore the State’s finances, kick start the economy and revitalise the public service. He also led a highly successful crack down on criminal motorcycle gangs. With the participation of 80,000 Queenslanders, he facilitated the creation of a 30 year vision and plan for the State – The Queensland Plan.

Prior to this, Campbell served as Lord Mayor of Brisbane from 2004 to 2011 and was involved in the conception and delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the multi- billion dollar Brisbane TransApex tunnel network, new bridges and major road upgrades. In 2009 he was awarded the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Chairman’s Award for Infrastructure Leadership.

Before entering politics, Campbell worked for six years as an executive for Grainco Australia in the grain storage, handling and logistics industry and also for four years as a management consultant working with large Australian companies such as BHP Australia Coal, the Hydro Electric Commission in Tasmania, Australian Wheat Board and Telstra.

He also spent 13 years in the Australian Army and served as an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers.

Campbell holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (UNSW) an MBA in Financial Management (UQ) and is a graduate of RMC Duntroon. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

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