SIAA Life Members
SIAA Life Members
The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) is proud of its Life Members, all of whom have been endowed with life membership in recognition of their significant contribution to Space.
Mr William (Bill) Barrett
For longstanding and valued services to the SIAA and the Australian space industry, particularly in relation to his role as co-founder, office-holder and Executive Council Member of ASICC and for his extensive and detailed contributions to policy formulation and submission preparation on behalf of ASICC and SIAA.
Bill specialises in creating value in high-tech sectors of Space, Telecommunications, Insurance & Finance, Innovation & Start-ups as an experienced Senior Executive, Company Director and Consultant. He combines commercial acumen with technical knowledge to build businesses using his extensive international experience in the USA, Europe, Australia and developing joint ventures in Asia.
He is recognised as one of Australia’s space industry experts. His experience spans all major space sectors including satellite manufacture, satellite communications, ground stations, launch services, space insurance, space policy & strategy. He has advised ESA on Asian space activities and the Australian Government on commercial space matters & space legislation including three major studies on Australian space capabilities & economic impact which led to the Expert Review and founding of the Australian Space Agency. He has advised/assisted over a dozen New Space start-up space ventures. Bill is co-founder & long-term Deputy Chairman of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), current SIAA Advisory Board Member & Chair of SIAA Legislation Working Group. He received the SIAA Life Membership Award & the National Space Society of Australia Space Pioneer Award for outstanding contributions to the Australian space sector.
Mr Brett Biddington AM
For longstanding and valued services to the SIAA and the Australian space industry, particularly in relation to his role as past Chair of the SIAA and as CEO for the International Astronautical Congress in September 2017 and for his leadership in Australian space policy discussions, particularly in the field of space security.
Brett Biddington founded a consulting company in 2010 that specialises in space and cyber security matters. He led the team that delivered the International Astronautical Congress, in Adelaide in 2017. Previously he was a member of Cisco Systems’ global space team and before that an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) specialising in intelligence, security and capability development. His responsibilities in the latter role included sponsorship of space projects and the Jindalee Over-the-horizon Radar Network (JORN) project.
He is a director of the Institute for Regional Security, a Canberra-based ‘think tank’, and also of the Space Environment Research Cooperative Research Centre. (SERC). He is Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC), located in Melbourne.
He holds an Adjunct Professorial appointment in the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, one of Australia’s most important cyber security research organisations.
Brett was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian space sector in 2012.
Mr Michael Davis AO
For longstanding and valued service to the SIAA and the broader Australian space industry, particularly in relation to his 20 years as a Board member of the SIAA, highlighted by 5 years as Chair; his stewardship of the SIAA as it transitioned from an Association to an Incorporated Company; his Chairmanship of the 68th International Astronautical Congress’ Local Organising Committee and his significant contributions, in many roles, across the Australian space community.
Michael Davis is a former Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia.
He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide, Australia and Master of Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
He practised law for 41 years, including 22 years as a partner of Ward & Partners, a major South Australian legal firm. In 2002 he co-founded Adelta Legal, a specialist commercial law firm, retiring from legal practice in 2014.
His volunteer service in the space sector includes five years as Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia and 20 years' membership of the Board of that organisation.
He proposed Adelaide as the host of the International Astronautical Congress which was held in 2017, and chaired the Congress Local Organising Committee for that event. He was a leading advocate for the establishment of the Australian Space Agency, an Australian Government decision announced at the Congress.
He also played a key role in organising a number of International Space University programs and courses in Australia including the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program which is held annually in Adelaide.
In 2019 he was honoured with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia for 'distinguished service to the space industry as an advocate, and to science education.
Mr Rod Drury CSC
For dedication and services to the Space Industry Association of Australia over many years, and more broadly, for contributions to the development of the
Space Industry in Australia.
Rod served in a voluntary capacity on the SIAA Board from 2013- 2020, taking up the role of Chair in January 2019. Rod stepped down from the SIAA Board due to professional commitments in May 2020.
Whilst on the Board of the SIAA, in particular as Chair, Rod initiated a number of improvements including the introduction of a portfolio arrangement for Directors to effect the smooth management of the Association. Rod also implemented measures to ensure that appropriate governance arrangements were in place, including the introduction of a register of Director’s interests and a SIAA Risk Policy. Rod also oversaw the smooth implementation of the Association’s first full time employee, which has created a significant enhancement to the operation of the SIAA and service to members.
Under Rod’s leadership the Association increased its public profile to become a professional organisation, including the development of a new website and a streamlined membership subscription process. Rod advocated successfully with stakeholders across the industry, and with his professional demeanour and measured approach, he upheld and enhanced the SIAA’s robust reputation throughout the space industry in Australia.
More broadly, through the variety of roles he has held at the RAF, Lockheed Martin Australia and Boeing, Rod has been a significant contributor to the development of the Space Industry in Australia. Rod has also been a member of the Space Council of South Australia for a number of years, as well as the Chair of the Space Industry Leader’s Forum a member of the Modern Manufacturing Space Taskforce, where he has been able to influence policy, and where he has been a representative and dedicated advocate for the space industry.
Mr Kirby Ikin
For longstanding and valued services to the SIAA and the Australian space industry, particularly for his service as founding Chairman of ASICC, for performing that role for16 years and for his leadership in numerous other commercial and pro-bono activities of benefit to the development of the space sector, both in Australia and internationally.
Kirby Ikin has been involved in the space industry for more than 30 years and has done so as a space businessman, as a space entrepreneur, as an advocate for the space industry, and as a public advocate for space settlement and development. He is Chairman of the Board of the National Space Society (headquartered in Washington DC) where he succeeded Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He was the Founder and Chairman of the Australian Space Industry Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Space Industry Association of Australia). He has worked in various space businesses from attempts to establish a spaceport on the Australian territory of Christmas Island through to businesses developing satellite life extension capabilities. In 2012 he was one of the Co-Founders of Deep Space Industries, one of the original pioneering companies planning to harvest asteroid material for use in space. For ten years he also ran one of the ten largest space insurance underwriting businesses in the world (GIO Space) – a business he took from a $2m per year line of business and built into a $175m per year standalone business. Kirby lives in Sydney, Australia.
Professor Brian O'Brien
For longstanding and valued services to the Australian and global space sectors as a scientist, environmentalist and advocate and, in particular, for his contributions as an Australian scientist to US space program human and robotic missions in which he contributed an innovative Moon Dust Detector Experiment deployed in the Apollo 11, 12, 14 and 15 missions and his consequent discoveries about movements of dust on the Moon.
Brian's inventions include Injun 1, launched 29 June 1961, the first satellite with digital telemetry.
Professor Brian O’Brien FTSE is Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Western Australia since 2009 and CEO of his Small Business environmental and strategic analysis consultancy Brian J. O'Brien & Associates Pty Ltd since 1978.
He has published over 400 scientific papers, many reports from consultancies, and several monographs and books. Several remain directly relevant in 2019 to cost-effectiveness of Australian industries including space and to social impacts and cultures. His inventions range from two types semiconductor refrigerators to rocket and satellite payload designs - including Injun 1, the first satellite to use digital telemetry, and to 5 highly successful innovative experiments in two different sciences on the Moon.
A firm advocate of synergies of science and engineering, he was elected (FTSE) Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 1993. His professional culture emphasises Total Systems Analyses. Thus when he considered his Apollo Charged Particle Lunar Environment Experiment (CPLEE) as likely at risk from dust, he invented and promoted despite many obstacles the Apollo Dust Detector Experiment (DDE), because otherwise the Apollo 11 EASEP was incomplete. The Apollo 11 dust measurements proved such innovation essential. The DDE proved dust to be the cause of overheating and failure of the total EASEP. More about Professor O'Brien can be found here.
Mr Roger Franzen
For longstanding and valued services to the SIAA and the Australian space industry, particularly in relation to his service as a former co-founder and office-holder of ASICC and Chair of the SIAA, and among many professional accomplishments, as a space hardware designer, system engineer and project manager, as Managing Director of Auspace, and as project leader at ANU at Mount Stromlo and at the CSIRO SKA Consortium.
Roger Franzen is one of Australia’s acknowledged space experts with nearly 40 years of relevant experience. He has spent most of his career analysing, managing and implementing solutions to complex multi-discipline engineering problems in space and related fields. After commencing his professional life in Perth, his career soon moved to the UK and Europe. Combining strong interpersonal, organisational and collaborative skills with intuitive technical abilities, he contributed to the success of many early European Space Agency commercial space missions. Returning to Australia in late 1986 to work for Auspace Limited and then, in 1998, accepting the role of CEO of Auspace, Australia’s then premier space engineering company, he has contributed to and influenced Australian civilian and defence space activities, receiving the National Space Society of Australia’s Space Pioneer Award in 2002.
Leaving Auspace in 2007, Roger began a broader role of education, facilitation and engineering consultancy across the fields of astronomy, science and Defence. A strong relationship builder and communicator, he consults, facilitates and advises research organisations, universities and the private sector on space and astronomical engineering matters and participates regularly in relevant national events. In 2010, Roger joined the Australian National University (ANU) to lead the engineering program at Mt Stromlo. In 2015, Roger joined the CSIRO under contract to lead the largest Square Kilometre Array International Design Consortium. Since 2017, Roger has worked with Shoal Engineering to support DST to support a supercomputing project and AFHQ with space situational awareness and broader space matters.
Dr Paul Scully-Power
For longstanding and valued services to the Australian and global space sectors as the first Australian-born person to fly in space (as a payload specialist on the Challenger Space Shuttle mission STS041-G in 1984), as a leading researcher and governmental advisor in oceanography, aviation and science and strategic policy and as a strong advocate for the advancement and growth of the Australian space sector.
Dr Paul Scully-Power is an integrator, strategist and orthogonal thinker and is Australia’s first astronaut. He has a unique international background in Industry, Government, Defence, Space and Academia in the US, UK, Australia, and NZ, and is well known for his network of people and institutions around the world. A leader in applying technology, he has broad expertise in defence, national security & intelligence, aviation & aerospace, remote sensing, cybersecurity, and systems analysis & ICT. He is currently engaged in AI (national iAward for innovation), UAVs, microsatellites, smart sensors, nanotechnology and big data analytics.
He has been Chairman, President, Executive Director, CEO and CTO in the corporate sector, and has served with the Royal Australian Navy, the UK Royal Navy, the US Navy, and NASA, the Pentagon, US Military Intelligence and the White House, where he was Head of a Government-Industry partnership for the design, fabrication, and operational deployment of a highly advanced, ultra-broadband communications system.
He is a Member of the Order of Australia and a Grand Officer of the Imperial Order of Star of Ethiopia. A life-size oil painting of Dr Scully-Power hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.