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position: Committee Member
name: Sarah Pavillard
description: Sarah Pavillard is a Weapons Engineer and the founder and CEO of ADROITA, a defence professional services, engineering and advisory firm with emerging capability in AI, machine learning and decision support. Sarah is obsessed with finding simple solutions inside complex problems, and helping businesses transform to meet their future needs. She seeks opportunities for businesses to collaborate with defence industry, and translates technical requirements into plain objectives for those businesses to take advantage of opportunities to secure their future.

Sarah has nearly 25 years of Defence experience working both as a Naval Officer and as a consultant, delivering value across acquisition, support and in-service programs in the maritime and joint (C5ISREW) domains. During this time, Sarah has supported the Department of Defence, Australian and international companies, and academic institutions in developing, integrating and supporting some of the most complex Defence materiel in service today, such as the $10B Air Warfare Destroyer capability. As ADROITA grows, Sarah’s team and clients are delivering into key undersea surveillance programs.

Sarah is uniquely positioned between business and Defence, and possesses a combination of strategic, commercial and technical expertise that enables her to bring skills, knowledge and the right people to her clients. She now manages a fastgrowing team within ADROITA of talented defence and industry professionals, all of whom are committed to the purpose of Engineering Success for Sovereign Capability. Sarah loves working with leaders to help them identify the true value of their capability and capacity, to harness opportunities to pivot into the defence supply chain, and in doing so futureproof their businesses and directly contribute to the national interests of Australia.

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