Andrew joined Downer in 2005. During his time at Downer he has led many businesses in the engineering, construction, mineral technology, renewable energy, gas and more recently specialist Defence consulting sectors. 

Andrew has extensive experience in growing consulting, engineering and projects companies, leading business turnarounds, leading technical innovation and strategic growth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Emma’s career spans both the public and private sector, starting out as a Graduate at the Department of Defence before moving to Professional Services in 2015. Emma joined Downer in 2018 before being appointed to the position of General Manager, Defence and Government Programs in August 2020.

Emma is a program and project management professional, specialising in Defence Capability project planning and delivery. Emma holds a Bachelor of Security Analysis from ANU, a Master of Capability and Technology Management from UNSW and a Master of Strategic Studies from ANU.


Mat joined Downer Professional Services in 2021 and is currently the General Manager Team Downer Major Service Provider (MSP) and the Defence Acquisition & Sustainment Programs business unit. Prior to joining DPS, Mat held a number of industry responsibilities in MSP management and test & evaluation range development.

A retired Maritime Warfare Officer and Aviation Warfare Instructor, Mat’s 26-year naval career included numerous operational deployments, airworthiness and ship-air integration capability development projects and shore establishment command. Mat holds an Executive MBA, Master of Maritime Policy, Master of Defence Studies and is a Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Darren brings over 25 years of experience in service provider, consulting and industry roles.

Darren started his career with BHP’s Information Technology department before moving to CSC (Global Systems Integrator and Consulting) where he was responsible for leading the Australian and New Zealand IT Advisory and Digital Strategy consulting business. Before joining Downer Darren was Chief Technology Officer at BlueScope Steel driving their Digital Technology Transformation.

James started his career as a Financial Auditor with PwC and is a Chartered Accountant.

James has held senior financial positions in companies such as Dyno Nobel and International SOS before joining DPS as General Manager of Finance in 2020 and has an extensive background in commercial and operational finance and financially managing companies through periods of change.