Senior appointments at Commonwealth security agencies

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday March 2, 2020


Two more women have been appointed to top roles in Australian intelligence agencies.

Abigail Bradshaw has been named head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Australian Signals Directorate director-general Rachel Noble on Friday praised Bradshaw for her “deep experience in crisis management and incident response”.

“Cyber threats in Australia continue to increase in sophistication. Ms Bradshaw has the proven experience to continue the ACSC’s commitment to ensuring Australia is the safest place to connect online,” she said.

Bradshaw currently holds the role of deputy coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency. She has also served as deputy commander at Maritime Border Command, and has held senior positions in Home Affairs, and in the National Security Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She began her career as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Bradshaw said she was “delighted” to be returning to the Defence portfolio, where she would utilise her crisis management experience.

“I look forward to working closely again with colleagues inside and outside the portfolio, and with the talented team in ACSC to acquit our important cyber mission,” she said.

Noble also welcomed the return of Linda Geddes to the ASD. She has been named deputy director-general Sigint and Network Operations, starting March 16.

“Ms Geddes will be a tremendous asset to ASD as she brings to this role her deep counter-terrorism and national security experience, including through her current role as the Commonwealth’s counter-terrorism coordinator,” Noble said.

Geddes has previously worked as deputy secretary for policy at Home Affairs, and has held senior roles with PM&C and the Office of National Intelligence. She has also served in New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau, and spent 11 years in the Australian Army.

Having held a number of roles in the ASD, Geddes said she was “very excited” to return.

“I have had the privilege of working in this great organisation twice before, both as a member of the ADF and as a public servant, and I look forward to renewing old relationships and making new ones. I also look forward to working with director-general Noble once more,” she said.

Noble was appointed to lead the ASD in December, making her the first woman to do so. She was also the first woman to head a major intelligence agency in Australia, having previously led the ACSC.

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