News & Events-Frazer-Nash’s Australia-based defence team flourishes

Frazer-Nash has appointed Steven Holloway as a Business Manager for Defence, with a focus on air, land and joint programmes. His appointment reflects the company's success in adding value to systems engineering projects across defence and industry and its commitment to expand support to air, land and joint clients.

Phil Harris, Manager of Frazer-Nash's Australian Business, commented: "It was a meeting of minds. We look for insight, capability and commitment, and Steve had the lot. Twenty five years as an Australian Army Officer gives him vital insight from the perspective of the end-user. He has gone on to use this sharp-end military experience to shape defence acquisition and sustainment projects. But it was his commitment to create value that really set him apart. The defence sector is being asked to deliver more for less and a focus on value will be imperative."

Commenting on his appointment, Steve said: "Frazer-Nash has a great reputation for managing complex defence projects. I was particularly attracted to the company's collegiate approach, where the team pool knowledge and work together to add real value for the client. That combination of great projects and team ethos makes it an exciting place to be."

Frazer-Nash is already supporting several defence land projects to achieve high value outcomes. For instance, they are supporting Army Headquarters (AHQ) develop their Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) Policy. This policy will provide a uniform approach to real-time data collection from army assets in the field. Value is then derived from this data by informing both tactical decisions on safe, reliable operation and strategic decisions on future acquisitions and asset deployment.

Frazer-Nash Principal Engineer Paul Cree commented: "Imagine buying a product where you can trace exactly how it's used, and understand how that use affects reliability and life-span. That's analogous to the capability we're helping AHQ develop, so intelligent decisions can be made on maintenance, deployment and the optimal life-cycle management of key assets."

The company's ability to provide strategic value is also well illustrated by its support to the Capability Development Group (CDG) Systems Engineering Cell, provided via EY. Frazer-Nash is providing systems engineering mentoring, advice and guidance to CDG, enabling knowledge transfer and the ability to reduce project risk across defence. CDG develops proposals and business cases for major capital acquisition projects seeking Government approval. The project seeks to instill best-practice decision-making, supporting CDG with the acquisition of defence capabilities to meet the Federal Government's strategic objectives.

The team at Frazer-Nash is also supporting the Land 75 project to achieve design acceptance of a computer-based command and control system. The system utilises mobile data to give real-time information to support quality decision-making and inform battle tactics.