Dr Mansell is an experiencedÂ senior executive within the Australian Department of Defence where he is responsible for establishing ASA as an authorised submarine engineering organisation, as well as developing and applying the science, technology and innovation base Australia requires to be a safe and effective independent owner/operator of our nuclear-powered submarine capability.
He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program (AMP188). With 35 years experience in submarine research, development, acquisition and operations analysis, Dr Mansellâ€™s contribution to submarines has been recognised with the Minister for Defence, Award for Scientific Achievement.
Prior to his current role, Dr Mansell was posted into The Boeing Company (USA) where heÂ worked alongside the Chief Engineer and his leadership team on engineering realignment, innovation supply chain and R&D transformation. This posting provided invaluable experience leading a company through a crisis, as well as the technical and commercial challenges creating innovative products and transitioning them into new capability through industrial supply chains.
From 2017-2019 Dr Mansell was Chief Science Strategy and Program Division and the Acting Chief Defence Scientist (6 mths), where he was accountable for assuring Defence had the Science & Technology (S&T) capability required to meet Defenceâ€™s current and future needs. He also has experience leading Defenceâ€™s S&T programs supporting Air Force (as Chief Air Operations Division), the Joint Force Domain (as Chief Joint and Operations Analysis Division), and the formation of Contestability Division and the National Naval Ship Building Strategy (as First Assistant Secretary â€“ Strategic Policy and Intelligence Initiatives).
Throughout his career, Dr Mansell has been responsible for all aspects of the technologies that support submarines through their capability lifecycle (including, combat systems, weapons and countermeasure systems, communications and EW, ship control and manoeuvring, hull and mechanical systems, power generation and distribution, propulsion, signatures, force structure modelling, operations analysis and shore based facilities).
In recent years, Dr Mansell has shaped Defence innovation (as the architect of the Defence Innovation reforms announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper and Defence Industry Policy Statement) and Australiaâ€™s National innovation ecosystem (where the led the Innovation and Science Australia Taskforce responsible for producing the nationâ€™s 2030 Innovation, Science and Research Strategic Plan titled Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation).
Dr Mansell has a deep knowledge of the five-eyes research and development environments through previous postings to the USNâ€™s Naval Undersea Warfare Centre, Canadaâ€™s Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, and as Counsellor on Defence Science in the United Kingdom.