Andrew Bridgman became the Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence on 1 July 2019.
Before becoming Secretary of Defence, Andrew was the Chief Executive and Secretary for Justice, commencing that role in August 2011. Andrew was previously the Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry of Health from 2007 and from August 2010 to January 2011, was the Acting Chief Executive and Director-General of Health.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Health, Andrew was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Legal Group, Ministry of Justice. Andrew began his career in the Public Service in 1991 as a Senior Solicitor in the Ministry of Maori Development. He has a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Victoria University of Wellington and worked as a Solicitor in Rudd Watt and Stone (now Minter Ellison).
Andrew has led substantial change management programmes in large, complex departments and has been responsible for developing justice policy and advice to Ministers on matters relating to criminal justice and crime prevention, constitutional law, human rights and public and commercial law.
Andrew is married with two children, enjoys spending time with his family and reading.
Harry Coker Jr. is a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) senior executive having served both in these roles and as a U.S. Navy Officer.
His key appointments have included service as Executive Director of the NSA, as well as various leadership positions in the CIA’s Directorate of Science & Technology, Directorate of Digital Innovation, and the Director’s Area.
Harry has been the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the CIA’s Don Cryer Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Harry is currently a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Chris is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OSINT Combine – who are leaders in open-source intelligence training and software with support to counter-human trafficking, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and other strategically important efforts around the world.
Chris spent over a decade in the Australian Defence Force with extensive operational experience around the world. He has an established background working in military and law enforcement environments domestically and overseas, with proven outcomes in developing open-source intelligence capabilities for multi-national teams that service strategic and operational objectives where the cyber, human, and physical terrain overlap.
Additionally, Chris is the creator of NexusXplore, a leading OSINT software platform that is trusted globally in supporting complex mission sets in the open-source environment.
Shelly Thompson is the Chief People Officer for the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Shelly joined the intelligence and security agencies in 2015, and leads the joint NZSIS and GCSB People and Capability team as the Chief People Officer. Shelly has more than 25 years of experience in the Human Resources profession, and previously held a number of similar senior positions in the New Zealand Defence Force.
On behalf of the intelligence and security agencies, she is a recent winner of the Chorus Ambassadorship Award at the 2021 New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards.
Dave Henderson currently leads the fast-evolving intelligence unit in Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand. His leadership has seen this newer business unit evolve to the New Zealand government’s need, taking advantage of innovation and talent as opportunities present themselves.
Prior to this, Dave served as Defence’s Director of Human Intelligence in the years spanning 2019-2022, a role in which he oversaw the start of the Army’s regeneration of a human intelligence capability comparable to that of our Five Eyes partners.
Furthermore, during his time as Director of Human Intelligence, Dave was responsible for coordinating the deployed NZDF contribution to the multinational, multi-agency intelligence fusion centre, Operation Gallant Phoenix. Such responsibilities saw Dave coordinate NZ Police and NZSIS requirements for the intelligence collection and analysis team deployed forward to Jordan.
Prior to this role, Dave also served as the Officer Commanding the 1st Military Intelligence Company, where he proved fundamental to the Army’s expeditionary tactical operations and the reinvigoration of the NZDF’s Conduct After Capture (CAC) capability.
Glen is the National Manager for Intelligence Collections at New Zealand Police, having served in a variety of sworn roles.
He has previously served in the Napier Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) as a detective and retains extensive experience in policing intelligence nationally and on the East Coast.
Glen is a champion for intelligence collectors and an inspiring leader who has further enabled New Zealand’s intelligence community with his involvement in the annual OSINZ conferences hosted by NZ Police’s National Open Source Intelligence Team.