Born and raised in Melbourne, Hayden is a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Veteran where he served for 12 years before joining JY Australia in 2019. Initially employed as the Business Development Manager, Hayden was promoted to General Manager in 2020 before handing over to Daniel Cooper in July 2021.

Serving for over 12 years as a Maritime Logistics Officer in the RAN, Hayden experienced a diverse career which included sea postings on ANZAC Class Frigates HMAS Warramunga and HMAS Arunta and overseas deployments on Joint Task Force 631 (Timor Leste) and Joint Task Force 631 (Operation Resolute / Border Protection Command). Complementing his Operational experience, Hayden also served on CASG and CIOG Logistics Information Systems Programs and supported ADF Operations from Joint Logistics Command’s (JLC) Operational Headquarters.

The pinnacle and most influential posting of Hayden’s ADF career was a two-year exchange posting to Jacksonville Florida, where he was the Officer-in-Charge of Fleet Logistics Center Mayport, supporting the provisioning and cargo distribution for all United States Navy (USN) unit’s operating in the South East area of the Contiguous of the Unites States of America (CONUS).

Transitioning out of the ADF in early 2019, Hayden’s passion for the growing Australian Defence Industry led him to JY Australia where he was able to diversify his skillset by growing an Australian SME while support Defence requirements. As JY Australia’s capability to support Defence continues to grow, Hayden is also committed to increasing the low Indigenous representation in Defence and ensuring career opportunities are created for Indigenous talent in the Defence sector.

With a Masters In Business and soon to be certified with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Hayden aspires to continue supporting Veterans employment in the Defence sector, creating more opportunities for Indigenous talent in Defence and collaborating with other Australian SME and Veteran owned businesses.

Melbourne’s Bayside is home for Hayden, his fiancé Melissa and their puppy Roxi. He enjoys all things sport, having a hit at the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club and enjoying time with his friends and family.