Spotless Defence Builds Leadership Capacity



To this end, he called upon Dr Garry Tester (CEO) and the Australian Corporate Challenge (ACC) team to build a 2 day residential conference program that would build the collegiate spirit of the leaders, stretch their capacity, psychometric test and build their innovation skills while promoting team work.  A further key objective was of a new Safety Behaviour Charter.

“Mission first – self-interest last” this was the theme of the 2 day Spotless Defence Leadership conference held in Melbourne in July.  Under the new stewardship of (EGM) Defence Jacob Bonisch, he was keen to bring his top 50 leaders from around Australia to set the intent of the business unit, develop a Safety Behaviour Charter, build the leadership skills and capacity of his current & future leaders.


What an outstanding 2 days where these 50 leaders demonstrated their thirst for learning and understanding that a leadership role is both “relentless” and fulfilling when you get it right.

Their new Safety Charter was signed by all and will now be the centre piece in every Spotless Defence location around Australia and will be inducted with every Spotless Defence staff member and their industry partners.  As Jacob said “This will be the cornerstone to our desired culture moving forward and these 50 leaders will now be our exemplars.”

The (ACC) team led by Garry Tester and with great support from Jennifer Clay and Jordan De Leo in providing the analysis of the psychometric testing and providing

immediate email feedback to the 50 leaders, delivered an outstanding program.

The feedback was the best (ACC) has received in 15 years, with the 50 delegates rating the conference 2.8 from a maximum of 3.0 on all objective measures.

The narrative feedback reinforced the commitment that Jacob Bonisch and his Key leadership reports of Jeff Collins (Operations Manager) and Susan Lillehagan (HR) had wanted in Spotless Defence, being recognised as the industry leaders in (ADF) support.

These 50 leaders will now mobilize, stretch and innovate with their immediate staff and partners to be the Defence industry ‘bench mark’.

As Dr Tester explained “after leaving the conference and to see that 37 of the 50 leaders highlighted in their feedback that they wanted ongoing support to be better leaders, I left Melbourne with a sense of uplift and confidence that these leaders will now place Mission first – Self-Interest last?”


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