Defence & Aerospace ISC

Andy Keough

Andy Keough

Managing Director, SAAB Australia

Andy served for 22 years in the Australian Navy which included command of two Collins Class submarines and a three-year exchange posting with the US Navy’s Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006. 

Andy retired from the Navy in 2007 and joined ASC where he was responsible for establishing the business improvement capability and managing ASC’s operations in WA, which included maintenance and training for the Collins Class fleet.

After a two-year stint as Chief Executive of Defence SA, Andy commenced as the Managing Director of Saab Australia in November 2017.

John Godwin

John Godwin

Deputy Chair
General Manager Defence Support, Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand

Mr John Godwin is the General Manager Defence Support for Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand. Based in Adelaide and reporting to the Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand, John manages the Defence Support Business Unit, which includes the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group Major Service Provider Program.

John has 25 years’ Defence and industry experience. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from UNSW and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

John began his career as a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer with the Royal Australian Navy, including postings at sea and ashore in engineering, maintenance, tests and trials, naval ship repair, and deployments on operations and exercises overseas.

Since 2008, John has worked in Australia and overseas in security and risk management consulting before moving to South Australia to work within the naval shipbuilding enterprise at Osborne, going on to manage the Nova Systems Naval and Maritime business in Australia and New Zealand, before taking up his current role as General Manager Defence Support.

John is a board member of the South Australian Veterans Advisory Council (Veterans SA), the South Australian Veterans Health Advisory Council (SA Health) and The Road Home Board of Governors for the Hospital Research Foundation.


  • Bill Docalovich - Naval Shipbuilding College
  • David Goodman - Chief Information Security Officer DPC
  • Mark Datta - DX Security
  • Margot Forster - Defence Teaming Centre
  • Matthew Double - BAE Systems Australia
  • Julie La Rosa - Defence SA
  • Nick Dudley - ASC Pty Ltd
  • Sanjay Mazumdar - Data to Decisions CRC
Defence & Aerospace ISC

Front Row (left to right) Julie La Rosa, John Godwin (Deputy Chair), Andy Keough (Chair) Margot Forster, Mark Datta.
Back Row (left to right) Sanjay Mazumdar, Bill Docalovich, Nick Dudley, David Goodman, Matthew Double