The South Australian Space Industry Centre’s executive team brings together a wealth of diverse experience and talents responsible for growing South Australia’s space industry by providing strategy and policy advice to government.

  • Richard Price
  • Reg Carruthers
  • Darin Lovett
  • Nicola Sasanelli
  • Tiffany Katchmar
  • Dr Andrew Dunbar
  • Richard Price
  • Reg Carruthers
  • Darin Lovett
  • Nicola Sasanelli
  • Tiffany Katchmar
  • Dr Andrew Dunbar
  • Richard Price

    Chief Executive

    Richard Price was appointed Defence SA Chief Executive in October 2017. In this role, he was simultaneously appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC).

    Richard has worked within the defence and public safety sectors for over 25 years and has international industry experience in leadership, business development and engineering.

    Prior to joining Defence SA and SASIC, Richard led a Stockholm based business unit for Saab AB with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and the UK. The focus was the global market for communication and control room solutions.

    Before moving to Sweden in 2013, Richard was Managing Director of Saab’s Australian operations.

    Richard is an engineering graduate of the University of Wales (BSc Hons, 1985) and a graduate of the Melbourne Business School Advanced Management Program (2006) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010).

    Richard is the Chair of Autism SA who help each person on the autism spectrum live the life they choose in an inclusive society.

  • Reg Carruthers

    Executive Director, Defence and Space

    Reg Carruthers commenced with Defence SA as Director, Aerospace in October 2016 with a focus on growing the aerospace industry in the state. Reg is also one of the founding members of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) executive team and works across Government supporting the space industry. In February 2020, Reg was appointed Executive Director Defence and Space where he works with all Defence SA sector leads, Workforce and Skills, and Government Relations to support and grow the defence and space industries in the State.

    Reg joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1981, graduating from the RAAF Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science. After graduating as a Navigator, he completed numerous tours flying the AP3C Orion on operations and exercises nationally and internationally. He completed a three year exchange program flying the CP140 Aurora in Canada, and completed numerous commands including 28 active reserve squadron, the 92 Wing detachment in Butterworth Malaysia, 10 Squadron RAAF Edinburgh and the AP3C Operational Task Group on active duty in the Middle East Area of Operations.

    Reg’s last military command was as Commander of the Aerospace Operational Support Group (now Air Warfare Centre) responsible for electronic warfare, cyber, intelligence, aviation medicine, aviation publications and flight test, weapons and engineering squadrons, as well as the Woomera Test Range.

    Reg has completed staff positions in policy and plans and as staff officer to the Chief of Air Force, as well as an instructor on the Australian Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Australian Staff Course and a Distinguished Graduate from the US National War College. He has a Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies (Canberra) and Masters of Science (National Security Strategy) Washington DC.

    After 31 years in uniform, Reg transferred to the Public Service as Director of the Woomera Test Range in 2012, overseeing the project to modernise range systems and the establishment of RAAF Base Woomera.

    Reg remains an active member of the Air Force Reserves and as a Group Captain is Honorary ADC to the Governor General.

  • Darin Lovett

    Director

    Darin Lovett is Director, Space at the South Australian Space Industry Centre. His focus is on leveraging disruption, innovation, and strong support to build a sustainable space industry in South Australia.

    He brings more than 25 years’ experience in strategy and capability development for the Air and Space domains. His diverse background includes space operations and policy, university lecturer, weapons test and evaluation, airborne anti-submarine and surveillance operations, coalition partnering, and working on large-scale transformation projects.

    His space credentials include working as a staff officer in Australia’s joint Defence Space Coordinating Office, four years at the US Executive Agent for Space within the Pentagon, graduate of the International Space University, and Chief of Australia’s Space Operations Centre within HQ Joint Operations Command.

    Darin holds Masters degrees in Philosophy (Military Strategy), Arts (Strategy and Policy) and Science (Technology Management); and a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace). He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canadian Forces Aerospace Systems Course (ASC), Australian Command and Staff Course (ACSC), and the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air & Space Studies (SAASS).

  • Nicola Sasanelli

    Senior Advisor

    Nicola Sasanelli joined SmartSat CRC in July 2019 as Director: Communications & Outreach.

    Prior to this he joined Defence SA in April 2016 as Director of the Space Industry and R&D Collaborations project. Nicola was subsequently appointed as Director of the South Australian Space Industry Centre when it was created in September 2017, Nicola was appointed as Director. His focus in this role was to support space industry growth and increase international R&D collaborations in South Australia’s space sector. In September 2019 Nicola became a Senior Advisor at SASIC.

    In 2018 Nicola was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia – Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and he was appointed on the board of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA).

    Nicola graduated from the University of Bari, Italy in 1987 with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in microelectronics high-reliability components at Tecnopolis S&T Park, Bari before being appointed as Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Canberra from 2001 to 2008.

    In 2009, Nicola joined the South Australian Government as a Special Envoy for higher education research and technology transfer to Europe with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and later joined the Department of State Development as Director for International R&D Collaborations.

    From 2003 to 2013 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology at the University of Canberra, Australia, and in 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.

    Nicola’s main passion, outside of his interest in space, is painting.

  • Tiffany Katchmar

    Director

    Tiffany Katchmar, who serves as the Director for Space Industries at the South Australian Department for Trade and Investment, commenced as a Director of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) in 2017.

    As part of her role at SASIC, Tiffany works with both large and early-stage space-orientated companies, within and outside of Australia, to further build the local ecosystem and grow the space economy in South Australia.

    Tiffany joined the Department of Trade and Investment in 2015. During this time, she has been responsible for working with numerous national and international technology companies on investment opportunities in South Australia, with a focus on NewSpace, immersive technologies and digital production for film and television.

    Tiffany has held several business development, marketing and stakeholder engagement roles within the State Government. Prior to this, she was also employed by EY as a Business Development Director for the Government sector.

    Previously, Tiffany was employed in the retail and property sector for the Westfield Group (Now Scentre Group) for 10 years, working in regional marketing management roles across Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

  • Dr Andrew Dunbar

    Director

    Andrew is currently Acting Executive Director, Innovation and Science in the Department for Innovation and Skills. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer, Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur and prior to this role, Director of the Office of Science, Technology and Research within the Department.

    Andrew has more than 17 years’ experience working in the life sciences (biotech and pharma) industry both in Australia and Europe.

    Andrew has a PhD in molecular biology/ biochemistry from Flinders University, and is an Observer on the Board of the SA Venture Capital Fund, an Advisory Board Member of UniSA’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre and the Medical Devices Partnering Program at Flinders University and is a Director of SABRENet Ltd. Previous roles included Board Director and Vice President of Childhood Cancer Association, Director Business and Corporate Development at Mayne Pharma Group and Senior Manager, Corporate Business Development and Acquisitions at Novozymes A/S, based in Denmark. He has also held senior roles at GroPep Ltd, Bionomics Ltd and CSIRO. Andrew is a Graduate Member of the AICD.