Senior Associates

WA DEFENCE REVIEW values our Senior Associates, whose service and legacy over their careers have been integral to shaping the development of the defence and industry sectors in Western Australia.

Reserved for eminent senior professionals who we recognise as meaningfully contributing to the advancement of WA’s defence and industry sectors.

Terry Booth

Former Director, Defence Industry Skills Unit (2005-2010); Senior advisor and board member, Australian Industry & Defence Network of Western Australia (1995-2018)

Jonathan Smith

Former General Manager, Australian Marine Complex – Common User Facility (2010-21)

Eve Clark

Managing Director, L3Harris IMSA (2018-24)


RADM Raydon W Gates AO CSM (Rtd)

WA Defence Advocate (2017-21)

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Terry Booth
Former Director, Defence Industry Skills Unit (2005-2010); Senior advisor and board member, Australian Industry & Defence Network of Western Australia (1995-2018)

In keeping with many of his generation, Terry commenced work at age 16 and pursued academic qualifications in conjunction with full-time employment, in his case in the WA state public sector.  

His first appointment was to the nascent Department of Industrial Development, then under its mercurial creator, the soon-to-be-knighted Charles Court. It was a time when the department was negotiating some of WA’s earliest resources agreements, which have so changed the state’s fortunes. 

He stayed just one year, before moving on to gain experience and opportunity, but he subsequently returned to represent the department in the Goldfields and, later, Great Southern regions. 

Between those two stints, Terry acquired useful experience in the Water Corporation (then MWSS+DB), where he received a grounding in the functioning of a major public utility.  Seeking more excitement, he moved to the Local Government Department’s travelling audit teams and visited local government authorities across WA.  

Not wishing to remain in auditing, Terry requested a move to the newly created Community Health Services, a branch of Public Health charged with bringing preventive health to people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.  

There, he worked with its colourful founding director, Dr Lawson Holman, a former surgeon who valued results over conformity. Holman was to send Terry on missions that often transcended his pay grade, including resolving industrial disputes in remote places by taking immediate actions on site, and negotiating with tribal elders to facilitate access to indigenous lands for nursing staff.  

His taste for challenging roles saw him accept two pan-government projects. The first was to oversee the implementation of a motor-vehicle fleet management system across all WA government agencies and the other was to manage a team charged with obtaining and outfitting office accommodation for all state government agencies. Many of his negotiations were at the high-end of the real estate sector.

A period in the Building Management Authority followed, with Terry managing in-house staff training across the multi-disciplinary agency, which employed a diverse range of employees from trades apprentices to engineers.  

That led to a posting to South Metropolitan TAFE, as a consultant to industry clients in customised training. The college had a contract with Australian Submarine Corporation to supply teaching staff to the submarine training school at HMAS Stirling, so Terry became involved with defence suppliers and their representative body, the Australian Industry and Defence Network (AIDN).   

With his industrial development background, it followed that he accepted membership of community and industry boards; these included local government development committees, and the Executive Board of Fremantle Chamber of Commerce. His job took him interstate to attend defence and industry conferences and to build relationships with fellow colleges and defence-related businesses. 

Terry’s last role as a public servant was to increase the number of students choosing STEM subjects and, subsequently, taking university courses relevant to the ADF and the defence industry. There he worked with a committee of senior defence industry personnel under the chairmanship of recently elected MP, Hon Paul Papalia.  

On retiring from his 44-year career in 2010, Terry maintained his place with AIDN for some years, and used his skills to assist WA DEFENCE REVIEW, where he was affiliated as a Special Correspondent from 2018 to 2023. In 2024, Terry commenced as a Senior Associate.

Jonathan Smith
Former General Manager, Australian Marine Complex – Common User Facility (2010-21)

Jonathan is an experienced general manager with extensive Australian and international credentials in successful, high-profile and complex industrial projects, with significant senior management responsibilities for the total life cycle of high value-added products and services. 

He also has wide-ranging experience in both commercial and defence environments with major clients. 

Jonathan was the Business Development Manager and General Manager of the Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility (AMC CUF) in Henderson, WA, for 15 years from 2006 to 2021. 

During his tenure, the AMC CUF serviced over 400 projects employing thousands of local workers, created over $2.55bn of economic benefit to the State and expanded the original infrastructure to service a growing WA industrial base. 

The AMC CUF became a centre of excellence for local industry to undertake major projects in the naval defence, oil and gas, mining and marine industry sectors.

A graduate naval architect from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Jonathan entered British Shipbuilders as a graduate engineer in 1980 before joining Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in Newcastle, UK, initially working on performance improvement and productivity initiatives, and introducing Japanese shipbuilding methods and controls across production. 

A post-graduate MBA in Industrial Management led to management positions in the engineering department, where he was the Technical Manager for the UK’s Type 23 frigates. 

In 1997, Jonathan moved to Melbourne to build Anzac-class frigates at the Tenix Williamstown Shipyard, transferring to the Tenix Henderson Shipyard in 2002 as the General Manager, where naval maintenance on Anzac frigates and Collins-class submarines was undertaken, along with para-military and commercial new builds and maintenance. 

The WA government AMC CUF was being built during Jonathan’s tenure at Tenix Henderson and he engaged with the government on the utilisation of the AMC CUF to provide deepwater berthing for future Tenix projects. 

As the Proposals Manager on the Royal Australian Navy’s SEA 1654 Phase 2A (the conversion of the merchant tanker Delos to HMAS Sirius) project, Jonathan combined his knowledge of the development at the AMC CUF with the capabilities of the adjacent Tenix Henderson shipyard to deliver a winning tender that brought the first major project to the AMC CUF.

Since retiring, Jonathan has undertaken consulting assignments for the Northern Territory and Queensland governments.

From 2021, Jonathan was affiliated to the WA DEFENCE REVIEW Editorial Advisory Group, and latterly in 2023 was appointed as a Senior Associate.

Eve Clark
Managing Director, L3Harris IMSA (2018-24)

Eve Clark was Managing Director for six years for L3Harris IMSA based in Fremantle, WA, with responsibility for $130mn annual revenue and 200 employees. 

The company provides and supports advanced defence and commercial technologies across sea, land and air domains. L3Harris in Australia has maintained a top 20 rating in the Australian Defence Magazine Top 40 Defence Contractors list.

Over a period of 20 years, Eve has also held the roles of Deputy Managing Director and Director Programs and Technology, after initially starting as a Project Manager. 

Her initial roles after graduation included software team lead for Computer Sciences Australia to develop the original combat system for the Collins-class submarines. She later transitioned to project and product management, moving to Vancouver with Canadian-based MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates. 

Gaining further international experience, Eve was Director of Engineering for Offshore Systems International, which provides the electronic navigation charts for many navies around the world, including the Royal Australian Navy.

Eve holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Herriot-Watt University in the UK and a Degree in Applied Science and Computer Studies from the University of South Australia.

In 2024, Eve joined WA DEFENCE REVIEW as a Senior Associate.