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Our Leaders

Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Kristen Raby

General Manager - Operations ANZ

Kristen is responsible for the support of over 400 employees, middle managers, and professional support staff,...

Kristen is responsible for the support of over 400 employees, middle managers, and professional support staff, including Nova Systems Operations Managers, the HR team, and the Recruitment team. She leads Strategic Workforce Planning and co-chairs the Global Resource Management Forum. Kristen joined the Nova Group in 2006 and has significant leadership experience in Operations Management, Test and Evaluation, Systems Engineering, Project Management and Professional Services.

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Lee Kormany

General Manager - Maritime, Land & Future Systems

Lee is responsible for the development and management of the Maritime Program. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the Royal Australian Navy....

Lee is responsible for the development and management of the Maritime Program. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the Royal Australian Navy. She has provided specialist support CASG with Major Maritime Acquisitions and is an acknowledged expert in Naval Combat Systems.

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Nick Pengelly

General Manager – Communications, Information & Space

Nick is responsible for the Communications, Information and Space Business Unit which comprises a number of Nova’s key ...

Nick is responsible for the Communications, Information and Space Business Unit which comprises a number of Nova’s key programs growing proficiency to support the delivery of specialised services and product in the areas of information, cyber security and communications which encompasses Nova’s strong Satellite Communications and Space business. Nick joined Nova Systems in 2008 where he was chartered to grow Nova’s Satellite Communications business on the back of Nova’s purchase of Auspace from Astrium in late 2007.

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Peter Tippner

General Manager - Operations APAC

Peter is responsible for the strategic resourcing and operations management of the Nova Systems - Asia Pacific division. ...

Peter is responsible for the operations management and strategic resourcing of the Nova Systems – Asia Pacific division. With over 18 years of aviation and defence experience, Peter previously served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot and a Qualified Test Pilot. He is a Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and holds a Bachelor of Science from UNSW.

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Steven Robinson

Chief Executive - Australia New Zealand

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. ...

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. In his current role Steve is responsible for leading and developing the Nova Systems Australia business as a professional solutions provider enabling technologies to solve the problems that really matter for our clients and industry partners.

As an Australian owned and operated business, Steve and his team are proud to grow sovereign capabilities that deliver tangible outcomes to the most complex of problems in the Air, Land, Sea, Joint and Space domains whilst remaining true to the Group’s core values of Trust, Professionalism, Passion and Community.

Steve joined the Nova Group in 2009 and has over 25 years’ experience within Australian Defence and the Defence Industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aeronautical), a Master’s in Business Administration (Technology Management), and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

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