Born and raised in Alice Springs, Joel joined the Navy as a Maritime Logistics Officer in 2006 before graduating the Naval College and then the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelor of Business in 2009. Joel had a number of memorable postings whilst in service, posting to Fleet Logistics Support Element – Darwin as the Deputy Officer in Charge providing logistics support to tender units and Major Fleet Units supporting Operation Resolute, and then to the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Program to provide Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the delivery of the Navy’s new Destroyer capability.

During his sea postings, Joel deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations on a number of occasions supporting Operations CATALYST and SLIPPER. Joel also deployed ashore to South Sudan in 2013 for Operation ASLAN supporting the United Nations Mission as a Staff Officer Logistics Plans and then to Operation HIGHROAD in 2015 as the NATO Funded Equipment Manager controlling all NATO assets in theatre.

Transitioning from service in 2017 to industry, Joel continued to deliver support to the AWD Program as the ILS Manager where the team was successful in delivering the three DDG platforms and the Support System into service. He continues to provide ILS and Project Management support and expertise to major Maritime acquisition programs.

Joel joined the board of JY Australia in June 2020 and continues to provide strategic advice and direction for the Company after helping build JY Australia’s Professional Services capability as the General Manager from 2017.  Joel is passionate about Indigenous advancement and is committed to breaking down barriers to develop opportunities for Indigenous involvement and employment in the Defence Industry.

In additional to his Bachelor of Business, Joel’s academic achievements include a Masters of Project Management from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Living in Adelaide with his wife Kim and two border collies, Joel enjoys partaking in the many South Australian wineries and watching American Football, AFL Football and Cricket.