The Geospatial Council of Australia (GCA), the peak professional body for the geospatial sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stewart Dunne, former Hydrographer of Australia, as its new Independent Non-Executive Director. Bringing over three decades of naval expertise, Stewart is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the geospatial industry.
Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1990, Stewart’s journey into the geospatial industry began as a Hydrographic Surveyor. Over the course of 34 years, he specialised in hydrography, and gained extensive experience in command, operations, training, and capability development. Stewart’s career took him to remote areas, both domestically and overseas, and earned him leadership roles at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong, where he served as the Hydrographer of Australia, and as the Chair of the Australasian Hydrographic Surveyors Certification Panel.
Drawing on his extensive experience as the Hydrographer of Australia, Stewart possesses a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the maritime domain. He envisions GCA emerging as the trusted voice of Australia’s geospatial industry, fostering inclusivity and innovation through focused advocacy, education, and advice.
The Honourable Kate Lundy, HonLittD, GAICD, Chair/President of GCA, comments, “We are delighted to have Stewart join the GCA Board. His remarkable career in hydrography, leadership roles in the Australian Defence Force, and commitment to advocacy, align perfectly with the GCA’s mission. Stewart brings invaluable insights that will contribute to the growth and innovation of the geospatial sector.”
Commenting on his appointment, Stewart Dunne, former Hydrographer of Australia, shared his vision for his role on the GCA board: “I am honoured to join GCA’s Board during this transformative period. Having spent over three decades in the maritime sector, I am eager to contribute to the geospatial industry’s future trajectory. GCA’s vision, particularly its emphasis on community and advocacy, resonates with my values. I am committed to working collaboratively with industry stakeholders to strengthen the foundation of the geospatial sector, and promote its significance in various disciplines.”