name: Mark Sander
description: Mark is a former submarine qualified senior Naval Officer. As a graduate of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Command Course, ‘Perisher’, Mark completed three tours of duty as a Submarine Commanding Officer, served on the Staff of the Commander Submarines Pacific as the RAN exchange officer and later as the Deputy Submarine Squadron Commander at HMAS Stirling.
Mark also served as the Commandant of the Royal Australian Naval College, he was responsible for all Navy new entry training (sailors and officers). This was followed by a posting as the Commandant of the ADF Warfare Centre responsible for Joint warfare training, doctrine and exercise management.
His defence postings to Canberra included Project Director for the New Submarine [Collins] Project Office and Director General Navy Safety and Certification. His latter service in the RAN included duties as the Director General for the Future Submarine Project and then as the lead for the Submarine Life Evaluation Program, the technical analysis of the Collins Class Submarines to determine the feasibility of a life extension.
His academic qualifications include an Executive Masters in Complex Project Management, an MBA in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. Mark is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia.