One of Australia’s most successful and experienced Defence executives has been appointed Chief Executive of the Naval Shipbuilding Institute (NSI), the company responsible for delivering the Naval Shipbuilding College on behalf of the Australian Department of Defence.
Ian will report to the Board of NSI, an incorporated joint venture company of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and Kellogg Brown and Root Pty Ltd (KBR).
In announcing the appointment, NSI chair Rob Hawketts welcomed Mr Irving, saying his skills and wealth of defence industry experience will be invaluable for the continued success of the Naval Shipbuilding College.
“We are absolutely delighted to have secured such a highly capable and experienced person as Ian for this role,’’ he said.
“He is a highly experienced company executive and senior manager having previously been the Chief Executive for Northrop Grumman Australia, Vice President Land Systems and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Thales Australia.
“Ian is very well-known and highly regarded within the defence industry and customer community and I am confident he will drive NSI’s performance of the Naval Shipbuilding College to a new level.’’
The Naval Shipbuilding College was established in 2018 to identify and support the development of a highly skilled national workforce that will be required to deliver the Australian Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise.
“I am very excited to be directly involved with this vital workforce enablement initiative supporting the development of the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, one of the largest defence capability investments this country has ever made,’’ Mr Irving said.
“The Naval Shipbuilding College has quickly established an excellent reputation with naval shipbuilding industry and stakeholders in Australia in its first year of operation.
“It will continue to lead the way by collaborating with education and training providers across the country to align programs to the needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.’’
He said the Naval Shipbuilding College was focused on providing a broad range of people with opportunities to develop meaningful and exciting careers that offer advancement and growth over their lifetime and meet the future needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.