Gabby Costigan is Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Australia, the largest defence and security company in Australia.
Gabby is Chair of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service. This forum provides women and families a direct connection into the Minister of Defence’s office to raise issues affecting Defence members and their families.
Gabby has particular interest in veterans affairs and has been instrumental in supporting the Soldier On charity, as well as championing both women in defence and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) across Australia.
Gabby has previously been a board member of the Australia-ASEAN Council where she focused on women in transport leadership and provided support to the Australia-ASEAN Council aims of broadening and deepening relationships between Australia and the countries of Southeast Asia through support programs that strengthen next-generation links within Australia and the region.
Prior to joining BAE Systems Australia Gabby was CEO for Linfox International Group, where she focused on transforming the business with an emphasis on strong customer service and the highest standards in safety and integrity across the region.
After graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Gabby joined the Australian Army, eventually retiring as a Colonel after a distinguished career that included operational experience commanding logistic operations for both Australian and US deployed military forces.
Gabby has been honoured for her military service by the Australian and US Governments and NATO and was awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to UK/Australia relations in 2019.