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Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the South Australian Institute of Technology and Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of Adelaide. Peter is the Technical Director for PMB Defence Engineering and has spent the majority of his career within the Australian Defence industry, starting as a cadet engineer at DSTO in 1981. He joined ASC in 1988, working in Sweden and Adelaide on the design and construction of the COLLINS Class submarines as Mechanical Systems Manager. In 1996 he joined Vision-Abell (now BAE Systems – land & Integrated Systems) and has led a number of development projects for Defence and with Codan Ltd, high-end commercial electronics and microwave applications.  Immediately prior to joining PMB in 2006 Peter worked with Raytheon Australia as Combat System Segment Manager for the Air Warfare Destroyer project. 
Mark holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from RMIT as well as an MBA from the University of South Australia.He has over 20 years experience in the electronics and communications industry including engineering and project management. During this time he has delivered products for both defence and commercial applications.   His experience includes real time embedded systems development and testing of new product for global businesses and more recently for equipment onboard the Collins class submarine.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with Honours from the University of Adelaide and an Advanced Diploma in Management (TAFE-SA). He began working with Pacific Marine Batteries in 2007 through their Undergraduate program and is currently the Senior Engineer and Project Manager for PMBs Lead-acid Development Program. This program, which is delivered to the SEA1000 Technical Organisation aims to develop an improved lead-acid battery system for Australia’s future submarine systems. During his time at PMB Nick has been involved in delivering several products into service including battery cooling and agitation skid upgrades and the design of new battery bypass equipment, whilst also leading internal equipment and manufacturing process improvements. Nick is experienced in the development of new technology through tailored R+D projects, prototype design programs and product verification and validation and is the holder of multiple provisional and final patents. In 2011 he presented a paper to the Asian Lead Battery Conference on ‘The Requirements of Main Storage Battery in a Conventional Submarine’ and is a regular presenter at the BMT Submarine Design Course for batteries and Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) and is an Alumni of the South Australian Defence Leadership Program (SADILP).
Candice Francis holds a Bachelor of Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Queensland. Candice came to PMB in 2013 for a Defence Engineering Internship Program (DEIP) placement and stayed on as graduate Chemical Engineer working on research and development projects for lead-acid batteries and ancillary systems. In 2015 Candice moved to research and development work on lithium-ion batteries and is currently completing a PhD on ionic liquid electrolytes and lithium-ion batteries in collaboration with the ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing, Flinders University and CSIRO Manufacturing..
Larry holds a Bachelor of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with Honours and a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Adelaide and is responsible for the Technical Support Services Program to the Collins Class Submarines at PMB. Since joining PMB in 2012 Larry has made significant contributions to project work for Defence customers, in particular establishing a data analytics capability within PMB. He started his career in 2010 on the Defence Material Organisation Graduate Program. The program allowed him to accelerate his development as an Engineer in Defence and included roles within the Air Warfare Destroyer, SEA1000 and Collins Sustainment Projects. He also spent six months on secondment to BMT Design and Technology where he designed and tested a cargo control and monitoring system. Larry also holds an Advanced Diploma of Management completed in conjunction with the South Australian Defence Industry Leadership Program (SADILP).
Steve Harding is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering (hons) and Finance. After a period of postgraduate study investigating fracture modes of notched plates Steve commenced his professional career with PMB as a graduate engineer contributing to product development and quality improvement projects. In his time at PMB Steve has worked on a range of projects including development of high performance lead-acid battery technologies, commissioning of critical production equipment, product quality testing and system modelling. Steve also spent a period on secondment to the SEA1000 Technical office where he was a member of the engineering team involved with the Future Submarines Competitive Evaluation Process. Most recently, Steve has been the lead Senior Engineer working on a Capability Technology Demonstrator project for development of a low signature submarine snort mast aimed at enhancing the stealth capabilities of conventional submarines.
Claude Messina holds an Honours degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and is currently the Engineering and Program manager at PMB, leading a portfolio of engineering projects. Claude has worked in both the commercial and defence sectors. He started his career in the biomedical industry, developing new ophthalmic products for the global market. He has spent the last 20 years in the defence sector, having worked as an engineer on major aircraft avionics and mission systems upgrades in the US. Other roles include systems engineer and test and integration manager for a range of projects before moving into project and program management, responsible for various portfolios spanning products and projects across the lifecycle of development, production and support. Claude now applies his passion for developing new products and the careers of engineering staff in his role as the Engineering and Program manager.
Rosalie Louey holds an Honours Degree in Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) and a Master’s Degree by Research (Metallurgy), both from RMIT University. Rosalie has worked in both the government research sector and the commercial defence sector. Prior to joining PMB Defence, she worked for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as an experimental scientist developing the UltraBattery. This new energy storage device is an integrated lead acid battery and supercapacitor, a step-change technology for hybrid electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. In recognition of this work, Rosalie and her team won the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2008. Rosalie also holds patents related to the manufacture of the UltraBattery. Rosalie is currently the Senior Research Metallurgist at PMB Defence, working on the Lead Acid Development Project, specifically positive grid alloy improvement. Her other major role includes factory process improvement activities ranging from: the curing of negative plates, the formation of lead acid plates, active material development, new additive assessment, new supplier assessment, and process and environmental monitoring projects.During her career as a scientist and engineer, Rosalie has developed research interests in lead acid batteries, electrochemistry, pyrometallurgy and materials science.
Darryl Hickey holds an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Adelaide and is a program manager at PMB, leading a portfolio of engineering projects.  Darryl has experience across a number of industries having worked on and led engineering developments on laser and radar systems, communications and electronic warfare systems. Darryl has also worked in engineering management and account management roles in the industrial automation sector, and has extensive systems engineering and project management experience.  Darryl also holds a Diploma in project management and has been a Certified Practicing Project Manager and member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Nick holds a bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with Honours from the University of Adelaide. Nick completed his degree in 2014 and joined PMB as a Graduate Engineer in mid 2015. As part of the engineering team Nick has been involved in performing data analysis and the development of an improved battery cell top.
Originally from the UK, Ross Stevens is currently the Senior Integration Engineer. Ross holds an Honours degree in Design Engineering from De Montfort University Leicester, UK.  Ross has spent his career to date working in the Automotive industry, his last position being with Jaguar Land Rover (Warwick, UK) working on the Hybridisation of the JLR range of vehicles as a Lead Battery Engineer. Particularly working with many of the world’s largest cell manufacturers culminating in being a member of the design team which delivered battery packs for Mild Hybrid and PHEV vehicles at JLR.
Michael has completed an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering. He started his career in the Rapid Prototyping Industry, building prototypes for Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading Medical, Automotive, Whitegoods, and Defence Industries.After 5 years in the industry he worked as an Applications Engineer operating Portable CMM’s and 3D laser scanning systems in the Metrology and Reverse Engineering Industry. Michael started working at PMB in 2008 in a Mechanical Design roll, but also works on many hands-on tasks such as Battery Crawls, Battery Installations and removals, and BC Skid Upgrades. He is also involved in PMB’s Internal R&D program, Concept Design for Lead acid Program, Factory and Equipment upgrades, and various other Manufacturing Tasks.

PeterCarterAfter completing an apprenticeship as a radio tradesman at DSTO Peter has spent his career in the defence industry working on a diverse range of projects across all ADF areas. From the stores management system on board the FA18 Hornet to power conversion equipment for the Collins class submarine & to becoming the cell leader for the building of Parakeet army communications shelters. Moving into the Production Support area he was involved in supporting personnel in various projects including Wedgetail, Echidna, Nulka and ESSM. Working as a contractor Peter has worked at DSTG as part of a team to install the Land Army Motion Platform as well as at BAE Systems to build new power supplies for the periscopes on board the Collins class Submarines.

John Cole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Control and Measurement Systems from the University of South Australia. He is a Technical Project Manager at PMB, and currently seconded by PMB into the Department of Defence’s Future Submarine Program (FSP).  John has considerable experience in project delivery and also in production engineering in the manufacturing sector and in managing a diverse portfolio of projects in the Defence Electronic Warfare domain.   John is a Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM) and member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
PMB 048Peter Samarzia holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and is an Engineering Assurance Lead in the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program. Peter has a wide variety of experiences from ship and submarine production engineering, construction design, functional design, and commercial vessel maritime safety, over a variety of sectors ranging from military submarines and warships, to commercial vessels. Peter has extensive leadership acumen with proven ability to lead organizations and develop leadership skills of teams and individuals, through coaching and performance management. He has expertise in naval vessel seaworthiness and technical regulations, and commercial vessel safety legislation.
brentonswebsmallerBrenton holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree from the University of South Australia, and both a Master of Engineering Sciences degree and Professional Certificate in Management from the University of Adelaide. He currently holds the role of QA Manager (for the last 5 years), but is transitioning to PMB Defence Engineering to take up the role of Materials and Process Lead. Brenton started at PMB in 2001 as a graduate from University, and held the position of Senior Chemist and Environmental Compliance Coordinator for 12 years, before being promoted to QA Manager, whilst still managing PMB Defences ISO14001 accreditation. Brenton has a deep and intimate understanding of all PMB’s manufacturing techniques, materials and engineering combined with an expert appreciation of the underlying cell chemistry of our core product. He has contributed to and led production based improvement programs resulting in efficiency gains and increased quality. He has also developed and implemented a detailed production analysis tool which has helped to identify performance trends.
Matthew Gilmore holds a Mechanical Engineering degree with honours from the University of Adelaide and is a Mechanical Engineer at PMB. He is currently involved in various lead acid development projects. Matthew has experience across a number of fields including construction, product development and the automotive industry. Matthew also specialises in a number of CAD packages including Autodesk inventor, Solidworks, 3D Studio Max and Catia.