David Eyre joined Defence SA as Director of Maritime in August 2016. The focus of his role is to develop and deliver a program of activities that grows defence presence and the defence industry base of the state sustainably.
David has over 30 years’ experience in Shipbuilding construction (including Submarines, Patrol Boats, Frigates and Offshore Gas Platforms) across engineering, major subcontracts and senior management positions. Over 15 of those years working on South Australian naval shipbuilding projects with over 7 years on construction of the Collins class submarines, and almost 8 years on the construction of the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers.
Prior to joining Defence SA, David was responsible for the overall management of the Forgacs, Tomago (NSW) shipyard (400+ personnel) in construction and delivery of over $200m of ship blocks as part of the SEA 4000 Air Warfare Destroyer project. This role included management of all aspects of an EPC construction project including planning, production, quality, risk, safety and overall cost/schedule control.
David’s formal qualifications in Engineering (BEng Hon), Project Management (CPPM) and Business Management (MBA) provide him with a broad skill set, with an excellent understanding of all aspects of naval ship construction.