Dr Todd Mansell
With the departure of Dr Alex Zelinsky in November 2018, Dr Mansell is acting Chief Defence Scientist.
He is a career scientist, a leader within Australia's Department of Defence and an Adjunct Professor with the University of South Australia.
Prior to taking on the position of Acting Chief Defence Scientist, he was the Chief Science Strategy and Program Division, responsible for ensuring DST has the S&T capability required to meet Defence's current and future needs.
In 2017, Dr Mansell was seconded to Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) where he led the Taskforce responsible for producing the nation's 2030 Innovation, Science and Research Strategic Plan titled Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation.
Other roles that Dr Mansell has held during his 29 year career within defence include First Assistant Secretary – Strategic Policy and Intelligence Initiatives in Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group and Chief of Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) (2013-2016) where he led the scientific analysis supporting the Defence White Paper 2016 and shaped the development of the new Defence Innovation System.
He was also Chief of Air Operations Division from 2011-2013 (where he was responsible for S&T support to major programs including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, E/F-18G Growler, and ADF helicopter programs), and Research Leader responsible for the S&T in support of Australia's submarine (Collins Class and Future Submarine Project) and warship programs.