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Paddy Gregg

Paddy Gregg

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick (Paddy) Gregg was promoted to the position of Austal’s Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2021, following approximately 4 years as Austal’s Chief Operating Officer.

Paddy is a highly regarded senior leader with significant project management, manufacturing and business experience acquired within the high-technology nuclear defence industry, Rail Industry and Naval Shipbuilding Industry.

Prior to joining Austal, Paddy was the Route Delivery Director (Western) for Network Rail in the United Kingdom. In this role he was responsible for all enhancements and renewals of infrastructure on the Route where he built the Western team following an organisational resturcture. He progressively grew the team and turnover to c.£200m before moving to Australia.

Paddy has extensive experience in the naval sector having worked for BAE Systems Submarines, based in Barrow-in-Furness. Paddy was the Head of Project for the second of class hunter killer nuclear submarine build. The project was circa £1Bn and in this role he worked closely with both the Ministry of Defence and Navy to ensure the project was successfully delivered.

As Chief Operating Officer at Austal Paddy had responsibility for the shipbuilding and sustainment operations in Australia, China, Philippines and Vietnam. This responsibility covers both new build of commercial and naval vessels, including the Commonwealth of Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program and the sustainment stream of the business, focused on the Armidale and Cape Class Patrol Boats in service support for Australian Border Force and Royal Australian Navy.

As Chief Executive Officer, Paddy joins the Board of Austal Limited and oversees a global company comprising 7 shipyards and 6 service centres in 5 countries, with more than 6,800 employees worldwide.

Paddy is a Charted Engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Warwick Business School. He is married to Suzie and they have 2 boys.