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WDSN Careers Panel: Working in defence intelligence

WDSN Careers Panel: Working in defence intelligence

Speakers Dr Alex Caples, Vanessa Ganley, Brigadier Nerolie McDonald, Air Commodore Dianne Turton and Commodore Alison Westwood

ASPI’s Women in Defence and Security Network (WDSN) is pleased to invite you to a public event on careers in Defence intelligence.

Join us in Canberra or online for a special panel with senior intelligence leaders from Defence for a discussion on their career experiences and the different career pathways in this sector.

Speakers include:

  • Vanessa Ganley, CSC, Assistant Secretary Intelligence Enterprise Management, Defence Intelligence Group
  • Brigadier Nerolie McDonald, Director General Pacific and Timor-Leste Branch, Department of Defence
  • Air Commodore Dianne Turton, AM, Director General Intelligence Capability Integration, Defence Intelligence Group
  • Commodore Alison Westwood, Director General Joint Cyber Warfare – Force Development

This discussion will be moderated by former intelligence official and ASPI Director, Dr Alex Caples.

This event is suited to those studying, working or interested in national security, international affairs and STEM related fields, and are keen to learn more about Defence intelligence as a career, including what it involves and why the field is vital to the national interest. As career intelligence professionals, panellists will discuss their different career choices, share career advice with attendees and explain how Defence intelligence fits into the national security community.

While ASPI’s WDSN is primarily a forum for women in the Defence, foreign policy and security communities, we encourage attendance from anyone with an interest in this event.

For those joining us in Canberra, this event will be followed by a networking reception.

To attend the event online, register here.
To attend in person, register via the ‘register’ button above.


Dr Alex Caples

Dr Alex Caples is Director of The Sydney Dialogue, ASPI's annual summit for critical, emerging and cyber technologies.

Vanessa Ganley

Vanessa Ganley is Assistant Secretary Intelligence Enterprise Management in the Defence Intelligence Group.

Brigadier Nerolie McDonald

Brigadier McDonald is currently Director-General Pacific and Timor-Leste Branch within Defence’s Pacific Division.

Air Commodore Dianne Turton

Air Commodore Dianne Turton is Director General Intelligence Capability Integration in the Defence Intelligence Group.

Commodore Alison Westwood

Promoted to Commodore in December 2022, Commodore Alison Westwood was appointed to the role of Director General Joint Cyber Warfare – Force Development.