Steve Ludlam is a global submarine expert who was Chief Executive of naval shipbuilding company ASC Pty Ltd from 2010 to 2014. Before moving to Adelaide to take up this role, Steve was President of Submarines at Rolls-Royce plc in the United Kingdom, where he led the successful modernisation of the country’s nuclear-powered submarine program.
Steve’s career began with Rolls-Royce as a development engineer working on nuclear submarine programs. He became General Manager of the Submarine Nuclear Reactor Test Establishment and held several Executive Vice-President roles in the Marine Sector of Rolls-Royce. His final position in Rolls-Royce was as President of Submarines – part of the senior executive.
Steve holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2010. He has been voted one of Engineers Australia’s 100 most influential engineers on four separate occasions.
He is currently Chairman of SA Rugby Union Ltd; Chairman of two SA Government Boards, one responsible for Automotive Transformation and the other for the Northern Economic Plan. He is a member of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a member Engineers Australia – South Australia Committee.
ROLE AND HOPES FOR ILF
South Australia’s industrial capability, the talents of our workforce and our leaders have made significant contributions to Australia’s economy over many years. Our heritage is significant and my determination is that we continue to grow our workforce talent and our leadership capabilities to further develop South Australia and the national economy.
Our ability to do things differently is driven by our industrial leaders. My hope is that the contribution made by the ILF facilitates the growth of our leaders and their businesses through our encouragement and support for their continuing education and through our mentoring program.