New Head to lead Shoal Defence and Space

Michael Matthew Claire

Adelaide 21 September 2021 — Shoal Group announced today that aerospace and defence professional Claire Knight has joined the Shoal team to lead Shoal’s Defence and Space business.

Claire brings over 25 years of global experience in demanding leadership and management roles across industry and government including BAE, Raytheon, RAAF, and RAF UK.

Claire succeeds former Head of Defence and Space, Matthew Wylie who moves across to lead Shoal’s growing Transport and Infrastructure business.

The appointments demonstrate Shoal’s ongoing commitment to the Defence, Space, Transport and Infrastructure industries, and investment in supporting systems thinking through model-based systems engineering practices.

“The appointments of Claire and Matthew are testament to our culture of thought leadership and engineering excellence,” said CEO of Shoal Michael Waite.

“We invest in our people and our capability and continue to deliver innovation through our high-performing workforce.”

“Through our experience in Defence, space, transport and infrastructure, we have built a strong foothold across many government and industry clients in a variety of domains within Australia and New Zealand.”

As Head of Defence and Space, Claire’s leadership focus will be on management of strategy development and execution, project delivery, business and people development.

“With Shoal’s sovereign capability and experience working with all levels of Defence and now the burgeoning space industry, I am thrilled to join Shoal as it continues to grow and partner with Australian primes and government agencies,” said Claire.

Shoal’s new Head of Transport and Infrastructure, Matthew Wylie has been with Shoal since 2015 leading complex capability design projects and supported organisations in the development of their systems engineering capabilities. Prior to joining Shoal, Matthew worked within the automotive and electronics industries in Australia and Japan.

“I am looking forward to using digital engineering practices to address the challenges of complex, capital intensive projects, and help to build sustainable future transport and infrastructure capabilities.”

About Shoal

2021 marks 20 years of operations for Shoal, who started out as Aerospace Concepts in Canberra supporting the defence sector. Shoal Group has flourished into an SME headquartered in Adelaide, with nearly 100 people across four cities including Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.

Shoal’s experienced team has led the development of the early-stage design and development for some of Australia’s largest and most complex systems.

Media contact: Jacqui Tyack, Marketing and Brand Manager +61 422 999 088 [email protected]

Pictured: Michael Waite, Matthew Wylie and Claire Knight