Senior appointments in Australia and New Zealand strengthen defence sector capability

We have appointed Liam Hale and Chris Kluft, two highly experienced directors, to strengthen our defence sector capability across Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Canberra, Liam Hale will lead our Defence and Security Hub which provides insight to defence and Federal Government clients. The Hub builds on our existing sector work and brings more value from our global defence capability in Australia and New Zealand. Liam started his career in the Royal Australian Engineers. After 27 years with the Army, he made the transition to consulting and has worked with several Federal Government agencies delivering infrastructure advisory, project management and asset management.

Chris Kluft is based in Brisbane and will lead the positioning and delivery of facilities and infrastructure project management services to defence industry clients. Chris’ experience spans 22 years of uniformed and consulting services to the defence industry. During his career, Chris has gained vast experience and skills in areas including defence operations, facilities and infrastructure design management, programme management, project management and cost management.

Alan King, Defence Sector Lead, Australia and New Zealand comments:

It’s fantastic to have Liam and Chris join our defence sector leadership team. The need to develop and deliver robust fit-for-purpose facilities and infrastructure solutions in support of capability delivery across all domains is imperative to support the Australian and New Zealand Governments’ defence requirements. Their combined and complementary skill sets, together with their breadth of industry experience, will support our growth and ensure we can continue to deliver excellent outcomes for our defence sector clients.”

Commenting on his appointment, Liam Hale said:

“The value that Turner & Townsend brings in cost management, infrastructure advisory, and programme and project management is industry-leading. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues in Australia and New Zealand and across the globe to continue to deliver that value.”

Chris Kluft added:

“Turner & Townsend is well placed to provide the in-depth industry knowledge and experience required to achieve programme and project success in support of defence requirements. As an ex-serviceman, I am excited about what Turner & Townsend has to offer in this sector and the real value we can deliver to the uniformed personnel of defence.”   

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Erin Bowen Chairman's Group

Erin Bowen
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