Young Leaders Program - Adaptation through innovation: Building resilience to the challenges of climate change
Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC
interactive conversation, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC, RAN (ret), will share with
members of our Young Leadership Program the work the Minderoo Foundation is
doing combatting climate change. He heads their Fire and Flood Resistance
Initiative, which is outlining the pathway for Australia to become the global
leader in fire and flood disaster resilience – providing the opportunity to
‘use technology for good’, think differently about solutions and rebuild
Lee will discuss the need for leaders of the future to consider sustainability risk as well as how climate change is impacting fires and floods globally. The Minderoo Foundation is combining leading edge technologies and data driven decision making to deliver improved, solutions.
Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC, is an Executive Leader who has experienced many ‘careers within a career’, who continues to serve as a Royal Australian Navy active reserve officer (rank of Rear Admiral) following 34 years full time service up until January 2021.
He has proven achievement in complex leadership, command, industry and management roles; across the commercial and philanthropy sectors, Defence, and a range of Australian Government agencies.
He is mission focused leader who has consistently developed high performing teams that deliver and make impact. These results are always achieved with and through the people that he leads.
In 2021 he joined the Minderoo Foundation, Australia’s leading philanthropy and he remains a Strategic Advisor. The Foundation, co-chaired and founded by Nicola and Andrew Forrest, is an impact focused philanthropy that takes on the tough, persistent issues of our time with the potential to drive enduring change.
In April 2022 he was appointed as the inaugural CEO of Australian Missile Corporation, and he is a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and The Whiskey Project Group, as well as the Chairman (Race Director) of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
The Australian Missile Corporation formed to partner the Commonwealth Government’s establishment of the Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise. The AMC has formed collaborative partnerships with more than 320 organisations from within Australia and around the globe, including state governments, academic institutions, Australian Small to Medium Enterprises and large Australian and International companies.
Prior to joining the AMC and Minderoo Foundation he was dual appointed as Commander of the Joint Agency Taskforce 'Operation Sovereign Borders' and as Commander, Maritime Border Command. Preceded by a two year secondment into the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (National Security & International Policy).
On promotion to Commodore in late 2014 he assumed the role of Commander Surface Force, commanding 18 major warships and over 3000 personnel. He has Commanded warships and joint-agency Taskforce's at every senior Navy rank from Commander to Rear Admiral.
He has contributed to a range of professional and academic journals focused on national security, maritime issues and international affairs. He is a Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Fellow 2021 and completed the Executive Cranlana Colloquium in 2018.