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position: Ordinary Committee Member
name: Toff Idrus OAM
description: Until recently the Managing Director of JFD Australia, a niche undersea capability provider to both the Defence and Commercial sectors most notably providing the current Submarine Rescue Service to the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Force, Toff has both strong military and industry experience; experience which underpins a point of difference in the establishment of his engineering management consultancy.

In his near-23 year service in the RAN as a Marine Engineer Officer (MEO) and submariner, Toff’s military highlights includes two operational deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), establishing the Collins Class Systems Program Office and being its inaugural Director under the then Defence Materiel Organisation. He served at sea as a Charge Engineer in Oberon submarines, including the first home porting of a submarine to WA in 1987, as well as MEO of HMAS ANZAC and Deputy MEO in HMAS SUCCESS, and finally as Chief Staff Officer (Engineering) in Fleet Command before transferring from the Permanent Forces in the rank of Navy Captain at the end of 2007.

He cites his greatest honour while in the navy was undoubtedly serving beside the sailors that he was privileged to have led, as they taught him so much about so many things. Being a worthy leader amongst them. Toff was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the 2000 Australia Days Honours List for distinguished service to Naval Engineering, a reflection Toff says of the quality of the people who served with him along the way.

Since his naval career, Toff has held Program or General Management positions across a variety of sectors. This includes being responsible for the functional and strategic planning of data centres across Asia Pacific for a well-known global blue chip IT company, the General Manager for all Rollingstock and above rail assets for a national Australian rail freight company, the GM for the previous ANZAC Class Ship Alliance and some asset management consultancy for a major Australian iron ore mining company.

His recent role as MD JFD Australia since Dec 2015 interestingly brings Toff back to supporting the community that he spent so long in service of, and to this day respects and honours: our submariners. Toff has built a portfolio of varied experiences that ultimately has culminated in becoming a strong business leader with sharp commercial sense but well understanding of the uniqueness and needs of Defence.

Originally from Melbourne, Victoria, Toff now calls Safety Bay WA home with his wife of 30 years Rosemary, and with his adult sons Daniel and Hayden pursuing their careers away from home in paramedicine and dance respectively.

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