Matt Dawson

Director, Space Business, Thales


Expertise:  Leading large, complex Aerospace and ICT infrastructure and systems integration projects


Matt has over 30 years’ leadership experience successfully delivering some of Australia’s largest and most complex Aerospace and ICT infrastructure and systems integration projects. 


Prior to joining world-leading technology company, Thales, where he heads up the Space Business, Matt was Director and General Manager of the NBN Co’s Satellite Network, a program he established from scratch, NBN Co’s Fixed Wireless program; leading the digital transformation and optimisation of the Tabcorp Group’s IT systems and national network. 


Prior to that, Matt successfully integrated Western Mining Corp’s IT service contracts with those of its new parent after BHP took it over. He was also a leader and engineer on the RAAF’s Air Operations Communication System upgrade , the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar project, the Jindivik drone jet as well as the Nulka naval anti-missile decoy (which is now one of Australia’s major defence export success stories). He also enjoys the privileges of his Private Pilots licence.