The Defence Connect Australian Defence Industry Awards last week highlighted the top businesses and professionals from across the defence industry.
BAE Systems Australia won the Prime Contractor of the Year Award and was recognised as the company who has most effectively capitalised on market opportunities and business growth while strengthening Australia’s defence and security capabilities.
“This award acknowledges the hard work and ongoing efforts of all employees across the business, the work that we do with industry, our supply chain, and importantly our customers,” said Chief Executive Officer Ben Hudson.
Chief Counsel, Angela Wiggins was awarded the prestigious Executive of the Year Award. Angela was commended for her efforts in building a workplace environment built on trust, inclusion, empowerment, accountability and accessibility at all levels of the organisation. She was also recognised by the industry for her efforts in sponsoring our company’s mental health and wellbeing agenda.
“Angela is a worthy recipient and a valued member of our team,” said Ben.
“Congratulations also to those who also supported our nominations in the other categories of this year’s awards.”
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Aust. Defence Industry Awards

The awards dinner capped off a series of recent events celebrating high achievers across the defence sector, including the Women in Industry Awards and the Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards.
The Women in Industry Awards recognised outstanding women from a range of industrials sectors, for driving change in their industries and – in doing so – breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.
BAE Systems Australia Project Engineer, Anika, was a finalist in the Rising Star of the Year category, which acknowledges ‘an individual who has shown significant promise within their chosen industry as well as reaching new goals early in their career’.
Senior Detail Designer – Nesting, Julie, was a finalist in Excellence in Manufacturing category. She was selected for her contribution to the manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community, as well as her ‘outside of the box’ thinking.
Three more of our female employees were recognised at the Australian Defence Magazine Women in Defence Awards.
Haley, our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group Chair, was one of five finalists from around Australia in the Indigenous category. Haley continues to make a significant contribution to advancing BAE Systems Australia’s reconciliation activities.
Communications Manager Siobhan was one of four shortlisted in the communications category for her part in producing the podcast ‘Technically Possible’ – a six-part series exploring Australia’s greatest defence technologies and the inspirational people behind them.

Remote Site Operations Project Manager, Trish, was one of four shortlisted in the operations category – an award that recognises the efforts of women deployed in remote areas, with a focus on logistics, services and support roles.

Congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners from across the business.

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BAE Systems Australia and BAE Systems Digital Intelligence nominations:
  • Executive of the Year - Winner
    Angela Wiggins, BAE Systems Australia
  • Consultant of the Year
    Dan Pitcher, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
  • AIC Champion of the Year
  • Cyber Business of the Year
  • Naval Business of the Year
  • Prime Contractor of the Year - Winner
  • Veteran Support Program of the Year
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