Major General Fergus (Gus) McLachlan (Ret.) AO

Senior Advisor

Gus is a leading adviser on the complex global strategic environment. He has led the development of cyberspace, electronic warfare and command and control systems having served as Head of Army Modernization during his 37-year career with the Australian Army.

Gus was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) and also awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit by Secretary James Mattis for his service in the international coalition force in Afghanistan. His final appointment was leading Land Forces Command where he was responsible for 35,000 women and men of the Army. He led a major structural transformation of the command in order to field new drone, cyber and electronic warfare capacity.

In the private sector, Gus has fulfilled strategic positions with construction, defense, cyber and space technology companies. As an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, he advises on national security research and chairs the Advisory Board for Cyber and Data Security at Charles Sturt University. Gus is also Director of an air and space think tank, the Williams Foundation.

Gus serves on the board of 1941 investee Internet 2.0 and uses his extensive knowledge of Defence procurement and dual-use technologies to help clients map growth opportunities.