meet the team

Since inception, the WA DEFENCE REVIEW team has steadily grown to encompass a stable of well-regarded and experienced professionals, whose expertise and contributions are integral to the delivery of the high-quality products and services that our clients and stakeholders within the local and national defence sector have come to depend upon.

Our team is highly skilled, quality focused, and driven to serve the industry with their knowledge and expertise.

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Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe

Founder | CEO | Principal Editor

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Stephen Bunce

Managing Editor | Security Analyst | Defence Writer | Distribution Manager

Emma Kelly

Emma Kelly

Associate Editor | Senior Correspondent

Leighton Luke

Leighton G. Luke

Associate Editor | Senior Correspondent | Account Director – New Zealand

Dr Peter Layton

Senior Correspondent

Brett Dowsingr

CDRE Brett Dowsing, RAN (Rtd)

Senior Defence Writer

Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wilkinson

Aviation & Space Affairs Correspondent

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Ross Louthean

Resources Sector Correspondent

Stephen Haydon - Defence Writer

Stephen Haydon

Defence Writer | Sub-Editor | Events Manager

Michelle Hutchins

Michelle Hutchins

Events Co-Host


David Nicolson



Eddy Lidya



Michael McArthur

Editor – Video Channel

AJ Jayalath - Production Manager

AJ Jayalath

Production Manager – Video Channel

Terry Gropp (1)

Terry Gropp

Business Development

Mark Musarra

Business Development


John McIntosh

Business Development


Kiki Stokar von Neuforn

Administration & Accounts Officer

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Guy Provan
Legal Counsel

As the Principal of Provan Legal and a senior lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in the fields of intellectual property and technology law.

Guy’s extensive qualifications and experience include being a graduate of Edinburgh University and admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1987; three years in London working with intellectual property lawyers Bristows; 10 years with Parker & Parker/Freehills, one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious law firms; five years working with boutique IP law firms Watermark and Wrays; and now operating his own legal practice.

His areas of practice include intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the Federal Court jurisdiction, involving patent, design, copyright and trade mark disputes; and advice on intellectual property licensing, commercialisation and strategy.

Terry Gropp
Business Development

As an experienced senior professional, Terry served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years, and has since successfully forged a career in the private sector spanning nearly three-decades in the defence, construction, mining and oil and gas industries.

In this capacity he has further refined his skills, knowledge and expertise in a variety of roles for a number of companies, namely as a General Manager, Operations Manager, Bid Manager and Business Development Manager.

Being a founding board member of the Henderson Alliance, a leading WA defence industry peak body, Terry has long advocated for the interests of local defence industry.

His contribution was prominently recognised when he received the inaugural Minister’s Award for Services to WA Defence Industry, which was presented to him by the Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA, WA Minister for Defence Issues, at the inaugural WA Defence Industry 2021 Gala Dinner.

In recent years, Terry launched his own business consultancy Maritime Defence Solutions (MDR), which provides advisory and business development support services for companies seeking to either enter or expand their profile within WA defence industry.

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Serge DeSilva-Ranasinghe
Founder & Managing Editor

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