Lee Goddard CSC is an Executive Leader with significant experience in leadership, command, industry and management roles; across the commercial, innovation and philanthropy sectors, Defence, and a range of Australian Government agencies.
He 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.
In April 2022 he was appointed as the inaugural Managing Director of the Australian Missile Corporation. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, Advisor to Ocius Technologies and Willow Technologies, and Chairman (Race Director) of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Throughout his career he has focused on setting the requirements for and identifying the solutions for a range of innovative dual technologies, across the security and wider commercial spheres. This has included; robotics, AI, unmanned systems, digital twinning and the wider AUKUS advanced technologies suite.
In 2021 he joined the Minderoo Foundation, Australia’s leading philanthropy and he remains a Strategic Advisor.
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. This was preceded by a two-year secondment into the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.
On promotion to Commodore in late 2014 he assumed the role of Commander Surface Fleet, commanding 18 major warships and over 3500 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.