(L-R) Glyn Hancock, Paul Pearce, Rebecca Darcey and Travis Hillman.
SA space company picks up ex-subs workers
Space industry company Southern Launch has made five appointments to its leadership team, including three from shunned submarine contractors Naval Group.
The Adelaide-based rocket launch service providers, operators of the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex near Port Lincoln, announced last week that Paul Pearce, Rebecca Darcey and Travis Hillman have joined their ranks from the French shipbuilders.
Pearce has been appointed General Manager, Engineering, after three and a half years with Naval Group as a testing facility officer.
The experienced engineer has also spent 12 years with the ASC in Osborne, including a five-year stint in submarine design as Senior Systems Engineer at ASC-subsidiary Deep Blue Tech.
Darcey, meanwhile, joins Southern Launch as General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services, after a year as Finance Manager at Naval Group.
Her move to the French shipbuilders followed a decade with national aviation services company Cobham Aviation as Finance Manager, Airline Services.
Hillman, Southern Launch’s third hire from the French subs program, comes from a human resources background and has been hired as People and Culture Manager.
He was with Naval Group from 2018 to 2021 as Talent Acquisition Specialist, following stints with recruitment agencies Hays and Randstad.
The string of departures from France’s Naval Group – employers of around 350 workers in SA – comes after the Australian Government announced in September it would be cancelling its $90 billion contract with the French Government for the construction of 12 conventional submarines.
Southern Launch also last week announced the appointment of Glyn Hancock as Systems Engineer and Simon Douglass as Mission Technology Lead.
Hancock also has a background in the future subs program – moving across to Southern Launch after working for eight years as a Systems Engineering Consultant on the Australian Government's submarine program with Frazer-Nash Consultancy.
Douglass is joining the space company from Cobham Aviation, where he was most recently Manager, Mission Systems Operations Support.
Southern Launch CEO Lloyd Damp said the string of appointments “cements our growth from a small start-up to becoming a fully-fledged SME”.
“We have been incredibly lucky to hire from within the Defence industry, focusing on talent that bring with them experience, transferrable skills, and the resilience needed to sky-rocket Southern Launch’s bright future,” he said.