Advisory Board



Bill Brown


Bill Brown

Bill Brown is a seasoned director, executive and advisor with international experience who can confidently combine business insights and legal knowledge to add value in large, complex, regulated enterprises.

Over the last three decades Mr Brown has specialised in risk management and governance with a particular emphasis on regulated industry sectors.  Bill is a Principal of Orange Advisory Services Pty Ltd, in Melbourne.  He has had partnership level roles with leading Australian law firms.  In his senior executive roles, Bill was General Counsel/Manager Legal & Regulatory at 2 ASX listed companies and general counsel to a then privately owned emerging (now ASX listed) Australian exporter of leisure products and systems.

In addition to Cablex, Mr Brown is a director of Natio Pty Ltd (a large proprietary company) and a member of the board of South West Healthcare. He was recently an Independent Member of the Gaming Compliance Committee at Crown Resorts Ltd and a non-executive director at Keybridge Capital Ltd (ASX: KBC) and Yeeda Pastoral Company Pty Ltd.

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Raydon Gates

Raydon Gates

Rear Admiral (retired) Raydon Gates retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2008 after 37 years. His sea service culminated with the command of two guided missile frigates; his flag officer (two-star) appointments include the inaugural Commander of the Australian Defence College, Maritime Commander Australia (including operational service during the 2003 Iraq war), and defence attaché and head Australian defence staff (Washington DC).

His civilian career was highlighted as Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand from 2011-2017.  He was CEO of the Kokoda Foundation 2010-2011. He was appointed Defence Advocate for Western Australia in 2017, a position he continues to hold.  He holds a number of pro-bono appointments, including University of NSW Canberra Advisory Council, and University of Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics. He has also held mentoring and coaching roles in Leadership and Strategic studies at the Australian Defence College.

Raydon has been awarded a master's degree in business administration (Monash), a graduate diploma in strategic studies and a diploma of company directorship. He is a graduate of a number of strategic leadership management programs from Mt Eliza (Victoria) Management College, Australian Graduate School of Management, Oxford University and Harvard University.

His honours and awards include his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia, the Conspicuous Service Medal, the United States’ Legion of Merit and the French Order of Maritime Merit. He has also been appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Monash University.

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John O’Callaghan

John O’Callaghan

John “Johnno” O’Callaghan had a 15 year career in Defence working in a range of areas, as follows: Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Defence; Senior Executive Officer, Intelligence and Security Co-ordination; Assistant Secretary, Major Capital Equipment Coordination; Assistant Secretary, Special Naval Communications Project; and, Private Secretary to former Minister for Defence, the Hon. Kim C Beazley MP. Johnno later became senior parliamentary adviser to Mr. Beazley. 

In the lead up to the Olympic Games in Sydney in the Year 2000, Johnno undertook the role of Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Public Works, the Hon Morris Iemma MP.  This portfolio was responsible for major capital works upgrades to cater for the large number of visitors to Sydney during the Olympic Games.

Johnno’s private sector experience included two years as Corporate Affairs Manager for leading dairy and beverages company, Bonlac Foods (now Fonterra) and eight years as government relations adviser to Virgin Australia.

In mid-2013, Johnno formally joined the Australian Industry Group as a Director responsible for government relations and defence industry matters.  He also has the role of Executive Director of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council advocating on behalf of and supporting the Chief Executive Officers of Australia’s leading defence companies on issues relevant to the health and future of defence industry in Australia.

In February 2019, Johnno was appointed as Victorian Defence Industry Advocate. He also chairs the Victorian Defence Council and Defence Science Institute Advisory Board.


Stuart Bland

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Stuart Bland

Stu is an experienced CFO with over 20 years of corporate development and commercial experience in the technology sector in both listed and unlisted businesses, with a track record of delivering high returns and sustained growth.


In addition to his Cablex Advisory Board role, Stu is advisor to the Board at Kieser Training (a business operating in the allied health space), as well as CFO at Panviva. Panviva is a provider of guided assistance to support both internal users and external customers, with a leading solution for chatbot/AI supported omni-channel digital enagement. Prior to Panviva, Stu was CFO at Melbourne IT (MLB.ASX) and before this he was CFO at IRESS Limited (IRE.ASX) for 14 years. In both these positions he had a broad remit with his responsibilities including corporate development, legal, investor relations, tax and treasury as well as significant HR and systems components.


Stu’s listed high-growth technology company experience is further supported by his prior commercial and financial positions at an executive level across multiple industries including telecommunications, biotechnology, and the wine industry, as well as his 9 years at PwC.