Our Team

Our Team

Navantia Australia employs people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. We are committed to growing our local workforce and expanding our footprint.

Currently we have over 120 people across Australia designing and building ships, managing programs and growing our relationship with Australian industry.

Navantia Australia recognises the need to develop future generations to support Australia’s shipbuilding industry. That’s why we are partnering with Australian universities and technical colleges to sponsor, mentor and train young Australians in the skills our country will need into the future

Our Leadership

Warren King

Chairman

Warren first went to sea as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Following over 20 years’ service in the Navy, Warren worked in a range of roles in the defence industry.

In 2012 Warren was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation and oversaw the department charged with procuring and maintaining the equipment for the Australian Defence Force.

He has continued to be closely associated with Australian shipbuilding since retiring from the Defence Materiel Organisation, and was appointed to the board of Navantia Australia in 2016.

Francisco Barón

Board Director

Francisco (Paco) is currently a Director of Navantia Australia’s Board and a senior advisor. Prior to June 2017 he had been Navantia Australia’s Managing Director since 2013.

Throughout his thirty-five year career, he has held a wide range of positions within Navantia in Spain and internationally, acquiring extensive experience and knowledge of shipbuilding and international business.

Donato Martínez

Managing Director

Donato was appointed Managing Director of Navantia Australia in 2017. He first moved to Adelaide in 2014 to lead the Navantia Australia design and operations centre there. Since coming to Australia, he has led the activities of the SEA 5000 program for Future Frigates, and was previously the Director of Production, Planning and Engineering for the AWD Reform program.

Other positions held by Donato include Deputy to the Technical Director in the Paris Office for the Scorpene Program for the Chilean Navy. After several positions within the Scorpene Consortium in the areas of quality and technique, he moved to Madrid in 2006 to develop programs within the Technical Department. In 2009 he was appointed as Project Manager of the S-80 submarines for the Spanish Navy.

Juan de la Cueva

Commercial and Business Development Director

Juan has been responsible for managing commercial and business development activities with Australia since 2011, supporting the development and consolidation of Navantia Australia as a key member of the Australian Defence Industry.

Juan has a strong engineering background and has been involved in all of Navantia’s Australian projects at their early stages. He holds a MSc in Naval Artchitecture.

Jorge Filgueira

Operations Director

Jorge joined Navantia Australia in 2014 as Operations Director. In January 2016 he was appointed as Program Director for Shipbuilding Management Services and is responsible for managing the AWD shipbuilding activities. He was also appointed as Shipbuilding Integrated Project Team Director within the AWD Alliance and as Program Director for the AWD Platform System Designer program.

Jorge has worked for Navantia since 1997. He has been involved in many projects for Spanish Navy ships, merchant ships, F310 series for the Norwegian Navy and all amphibious ships projects. He is a qualified Naval Architect.

Pauline Richards

Human Resources Director

Pauline is responsible for managing Navantia Australia’s growing workforce and developing innovative solutions to meet the growing need for a range of technical expertise in the Australian defence industry space.

Based at Navantia Australia’s Canberra office, Pauline brings many years of Human Resources expertise to the company. Pauline’s expertise ensures that Navantia Australia’s workforce of the future best serves the customer, and enables the Navantia Australia team to deliver.

Alfonso García-Valdés

SEA5000 Program Director

Alfonso is the SEA 5000 Program Director and moved to Adelaide from Spain in September 2017.

His career incorporates every element of good systems engineering practices:  mission system design and development, support system development, construction, verification and validation, warranty and through life support management.

Alfonso joined Navantia in 1993 as a yacht designer for the America’s Cup Spanish Challenger. He has previously held developing structural engineering roles, been the naval architect of over 51 different type of vessels, and coordinated naval architect activities with over 500 engineers of different areas. He was also involved as a Project Manager in the second BAM series (Spanish Corvettes) and multipurpose vessel as BAM SR and IO (Search and Rescue units and Oceanographic Research).

Alfonso was formerly the Corporative Detail Engineering Manager Director of all Navantia Shipyards, and contributed as a Design Authority in the San Fernando (Cadiz) shipyard, to the delivery of more than 20 different ships (corvettes, AOR, light frigates, roll-on roll off). Other positions include Program Director of the Spanish Navy corvettes and multipurpose vessels, and also for the AVANTE 2200 light frigates for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.

Dominic MacNamara

Business Development Manager

As the Business Development Manager, Dominic is responsible for identifying and developing new commercial opportunities for Navantia Australia, both domestically and internationally. Dominic provides a wealth of Naval experience and knowledge from his 27 years’ of RAN service as a warfare officer, including including two sea commands (guided missile frigate (FFG) and minehunter coastal (MHC)).

Greg Keen

SEA5000 Supply Chain Manager

As SEA5000 Supply Chain Manager, Greg is responsible for working directly with industry small and medium enterprises to foster opportunities for engagement through Navantia’s Australian and international programs

Greg has over 26 years’ supply chain experience, including working on the Hobart Class destroyers and Collins Class submarines.

Martin Di Palma

Security, ICT and Facilities Manager

As the Security, ICT and Facilities Manager, Martin is responsible for supporting Navantia Australia’s people, information, capability and assets with a specific emphasis on the Australian Defence Industry Security Program.  Martin and his team are committed to providing a safe and secure work environment and maintaining the continuous development of seamless, up-to-date, sustainable and scalable information and communications technology systems to enable current and future Defence projects.

Martin brings many years of Australian Defence Security, ICT and Facilities expertise to the company, particularly in the area of protective security management.

 

 

Ana Rodríguez de Guzmán Válles

Administration and Finance Manager

As Administration and Finance Manager for Navantia Australia, Ana is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company.

Ana has extensive experience in legal and tax management for international projects undertaken by Navantia in India, Norway, Turkey and Australia, as well as in administration and finance.

Previously she held the position of Technical Manager and Compliance International Taxation – Tax Advisory for the Navantia (SEPI) Finance Department, where she was responsible of the tax and customs of the company, delegations and subsidiaries, within the Advisory, Fiscal Management and Customs team.

She commenced her career with Navantia in 2000 in Spain and moved to Australia in 2017.

Ana holds Masters degrees in Auditing, Tax Consultancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

 

Jenaro Sánchez

Senior Quality Manager

In his role as the Senior Quality Manager, Jenaro brings many years of experience to Navantia Australia. He has been involved in several Navy projects including the AWD Platform System Designer program as Australian resident team Engineering Manager from 2008 until 2010.

Jenaro commenced employment with Navantia in Spain in 1989 and has worked in many different areas such as Production, Test and Activation, Engineering, Systems Engineering and Quality management. He joined Navantia Australia in 2017.

Jenaro holds a Masters in Physics Science (Electronics) and Ph.D. (Doctorate) in Industrial Engineering.

 

Warren King

Chairman

Warren first went to sea as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Following over 20 years’ service in the Navy, Warren worked in a range of roles in the defence industry.

In 2012 Warren was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation and oversaw the department charged with procuring and maintaining the equipment for the Australian Defence Force.

He has continued to be closely associated with Australian shipbuilding since retiring from the Defence Materiel Organisation, and was appointed to the board of Navantia Australia in 2016.

Francisco Barón

Board Director

Francisco (Paco) is currently a Director of Navantia Australia’s Board and a senior advisor. Prior to June 2017 he had been Navantia Australia’s Managing Director since 2013.

Throughout his thirty-five year career, he has held a wide range of positions within Navantia in Spain and internationally, acquiring extensive experience and knowledge of shipbuilding and international business.

Donato Martínez

Managing Director

Donato was appointed Managing Director of Navantia Australia in 2017. He first moved to Adelaide in 2014 to lead the Navantia Australia design and operations centre there. Since coming to Australia, he has led the activities of the SEA 5000 program for Future Frigates, and was previously the Director of Production, Planning and Engineering for the AWD Reform program.

Other positions held by Donato include Deputy to the Technical Director in the Paris Office for the Scorpene Program for the Chilean Navy. After several positions within the Scorpene Consortium in the areas of quality and technique, he moved to Madrid in 2006 to develop programs within the Technical Department. In 2009 he was appointed as Project Manager of the S-80 submarines for the Spanish Navy.

Juan de la Cueva

Commercial and Business Development Director

Juan has been responsible for managing commercial and business development activities with Australia since 2011, supporting the development and consolidation of Navantia Australia as a key member of the Australian Defence Industry.

Juan has a strong engineering background and has been involved in all of Navantia’s Australian projects at their early stages. He holds a MSc in Naval Artchitecture.

Jorge Filgueira

Operations Director

Jorge joined Navantia Australia in 2014 as Operations Director. In January 2016 he was appointed as Program Director for Shipbuilding Management Services and is responsible for managing the AWD shipbuilding activities. He was also appointed as Shipbuilding Integrated Project Team Director within the AWD Alliance and as Program Director for the AWD Platform System Designer program.

Jorge has worked for Navantia since 1997. He has been involved in many projects for Spanish Navy ships, merchant ships, F310 series for the Norwegian Navy and all amphibious ships projects. He is a qualified Naval Architect.

Pauline Richards

Human Resources Director

Pauline is responsible for managing Navantia Australia’s growing workforce and developing innovative solutions to meet the growing need for a range of technical expertise in the Australian defence industry space.

Based at Navantia Australia’s Canberra office, Pauline brings many years of Human Resources expertise to the company. Pauline’s expertise ensures that Navantia Australia’s workforce of the future best serves the customer, and enables the Navantia Australia team to deliver.

Alfonso García-Valdés

SEA5000 Program Director

Alfonso is the SEA 5000 Program Director and moved to Adelaide from Spain in September 2017.

His career incorporates every element of good systems engineering practices:  mission system design and development, support system development, construction, verification and validation, warranty and through life support management.

Alfonso joined Navantia in 1993 as a yacht designer for the America’s Cup Spanish Challenger. He has previously held developing structural engineering roles, been the naval architect of over 51 different type of vessels, and coordinated naval architect activities with over 500 engineers of different areas. He was also involved as a Project Manager in the second BAM series (Spanish Corvettes) and multipurpose vessel as BAM SR and IO (Search and Rescue units and Oceanographic Research).

Alfonso was formerly the Corporative Detail Engineering Manager Director of all Navantia Shipyards, and contributed as a Design Authority in the San Fernando (Cadiz) shipyard, to the delivery of more than 20 different ships (corvettes, AOR, light frigates, roll-on roll off). Other positions include Program Director of the Spanish Navy corvettes and multipurpose vessels, and also for the AVANTE 2200 light frigates for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.

Dominic MacNamara

Business Development Manager

As the Business Development Manager, Dominic is responsible for identifying and developing new commercial opportunities for Navantia Australia, both domestically and internationally. Dominic provides a wealth of Naval experience and knowledge from his 27 years’ of RAN service as a warfare officer, including including two sea commands (guided missile frigate (FFG) and minehunter coastal (MHC)).

Greg Keen

SEA5000 Supply Chain Manager

As SEA5000 Supply Chain Manager, Greg is responsible for working directly with industry small and medium enterprises to foster opportunities for engagement through Navantia’s Australian and international programs

Greg has over 26 years’ supply chain experience, including working on the Hobart Class destroyers and Collins Class submarines.

Martin Di Palma

Security, ICT and Facilities Manager

As the Security, ICT and Facilities Manager, Martin is responsible for supporting Navantia Australia’s people, information, capability and assets with a specific emphasis on the Australian Defence Industry Security Program.  Martin and his team are committed to providing a safe and secure work environment and maintaining the continuous development of seamless, up-to-date, sustainable and scalable information and communications technology systems to enable current and future Defence projects.

Martin brings many years of Australian Defence Security, ICT and Facilities expertise to the company, particularly in the area of protective security management.

 

 

Ana Rodríguez de Guzmán Válles

Administration and Finance Manager

As Administration and Finance Manager for Navantia Australia, Ana is responsible for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company.

Ana has extensive experience in legal and tax management for international projects undertaken by Navantia in India, Norway, Turkey and Australia, as well as in administration and finance.

Previously she held the position of Technical Manager and Compliance International Taxation – Tax Advisory for the Navantia (SEPI) Finance Department, where she was responsible of the tax and customs of the company, delegations and subsidiaries, within the Advisory, Fiscal Management and Customs team.

She commenced her career with Navantia in 2000 in Spain and moved to Australia in 2017.

Ana holds Masters degrees in Auditing, Tax Consultancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

 

Jenaro Sánchez

Senior Quality Manager

In his role as the Senior Quality Manager, Jenaro brings many years of experience to Navantia Australia. He has been involved in several Navy projects including the AWD Platform System Designer program as Australian resident team Engineering Manager from 2008 until 2010.

Jenaro commenced employment with Navantia in Spain in 1989 and has worked in many different areas such as Production, Test and Activation, Engineering, Systems Engineering and Quality management. He joined Navantia Australia in 2017.

Jenaro holds a Masters in Physics Science (Electronics) and Ph.D. (Doctorate) in Industrial Engineering.