Chelly Litster takes the wheel as BMT is recognised as Finalist in major Australian defence industry awards

Litster takes the helm as the organisation drives more commercially innovative solutions for defence industry and pivots to capture a bigger slice of Australia’s growing defence sector expenditure.

12 October 2020

Defence and Security

Chelly Litster takes the wheel as BMT is recognised as Finalist in major Australian defence industry awards

Litster takes the helm as the organisation drives more commercially innovative solutions for defence industry and pivots to capture a bigger slice of Australia’s growing defence sector expenditure. She brings commercial experience to boost the leadership portfolio, as the business makes finalist in ‘Defence Innovator of the Year’ category at this year’s highly competitive Australian Defence Industry Awards.

BMT, a leading international multi-disciplinary engineering, science, and technology company, has appointed Chelly Litster as acting Managing Director for BMT’s Australian Defence and Security business.

Peter Behrendt is handing over to Chelly, as he moves into his new role as BMT’s Global Strategy Director. Chelly is a seasoned business director with a strong focus on capability and has a breadth of experience managing and running companies across multiple disciplines. She joined BMT in 2018 and has progressed, now stepping into her region’s leadership role as acting Managing Director.

“I am immensely grateful to Pete for all that he has accomplished for the Australian Defence business and wish him the best in his new position within the organisation,” BMT Portfolio Managing Director for Shipping, Defence & Security, Phil Metcalfe.
“Chelly has done an outstanding job since starting with BMT two-years ago and brings an intimate knowledge of the business and the market to her new post, combined with a wealth of leadership experience. It is a great credit to her and her team that BMT is a finalist in the Defence Innovator category in this year’s Australian Defence Industry Awards.” says Mr Metcalfe.
“We look forward to Chelly fulfilling her potential in leading the Defence and Security business in Australia to new heights. She is here to help continue meeting the challenges and opportunities that defence investment will bring in a post-COVID environment.” added Mr Metcalfe.

BMT has been listed as a finalist in the category of Defence Innovator of the Year in the 2020 Defence Connect Awards for the industry-leading Discrete Event Simulation software that supports Defence with managing major fleet lifecycle requirements.

In addition BMT has been recognised for a digital defence training solution, called ‘Warships 101 e-learning’, that allows our industry stakeholders to collectively share their diverse experiences and skills via a secure, digital, game-based/simulation learning platform.

“Our powerful Discrete Event Simulation modelling allows us to test multiple project outcomes to see which one is going to be the most effective and efficient before you even start.” commented BMT acting Managing Director, Defence and Security, Australia, Chelly Litster.
“In addition to our success with modelling, our newly launched digital training environment, including Warships 101, has meant that we have been able to continue to upskill government and industry resources.” she added.
“As Australia embarks on an unprecedented shipbuilding program, BMT’s courses are an essential component of ensuring the domestic defence industry remains well trained and informed about the critical elements of ship and submarine design and management.” says Mrs Litster.
“I am also honoured to mention that one of our graduate naval architects, Thomas McLean has been confirmed as a finalist in the hotly-contested Graduate of the Year category of the same awards.” she concludes.

Chelly is based in Adelaide, Australia, but will oversee the defence and security business across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

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