Our team is your team

Our Mission

Equatorial Launch Australia’s (ELA) mission is to be the pre-eminent multi-user commercial space launch company, providing world-class launch services supporting testing, launch and recovery of space vehicles and payloads flown to and from all space orbits.

Our Purpose

We are dedicated to providing world-class launch services. Our team of top-line mission and launch experts and aerospace engineers strive to truly understanding our customers’ needs and are committed to providing exceptional customer service and seamless and simplified launch services. Through ‘game changing’ launch pad technology, state-of-the-art integration facilities and extensive and complete launch services, we are delivering the spaceport of the future.

ELA Board

Michael Jones

Group Chief Executive Officer

Michael has over 35 years of experience in space, aviation, corporate finance and general industrial management. An experimental Test Pilot turned successful entrepreneur and business executive as evidenced by roles as the Founder and CEO of the Aerospace Group (later acquired by and renamed Raytheon Australia); Founder and CEO of Regional Express Airlines (REX), and recently as the Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Virgin Australia. Michael is a graduate of the Royal Military College, he has a Bachelor of Arts/Economics from UNSW, Grad Dip in App Investment from FINSIA, is a distinguished graduate of the Empire Test Pilots’ School UK and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Non-Executive Director

CEO & Founder of AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. Dr. Walker Co-Founded Aspen Medical. In 2016 Dr. Walker was Ernst & Young’s “Australian Entrepreneur of the Year,” and has been twice inducted into the EY Entrepreneur Global Hall of Fame. Prior to going into business, Dr. Walker served as an officer with the Australian Army. He has graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Medicine and Medical Science (Hons) from Newcastle University (with scholarships to both Oxford and Harvard) and has an MBA from Melbourne Business School. Dr. Walker has founded two Charities, the latest being the Insight Health Foundation which focuses on health issues in indigenous communities.
In addition, Dr. Walker has founded 16 companies and served on numerous Company Boards, both listed and private.

Garry Lowrey

Non-Executive Director

Garry is an experienced board director, coming from a background of investment banking, both as a professional and manager, and funds management. Garry professional experience includes a number of years as an executive director with domestic and international investment banking groups including SBC Warburg (now UBS) and as Head of Investment Banking at Wilson HTM than as managing Director of Wilson HTM. Garry has managed a number of small/boutique financial services companies including Shaw and Partners and Greenwich Capital.
Garry is now primarily a non-executive director, direct corporate advisor and investor, with interests in alternate assets and emerging companies. Garry has been an investment and corporate advisor to ELA since 2019. Garry has a Bachelor of Business and Masters of Applied Finance.

Jack Walker

Non-Executive Director

Jack Walker joined the AMI board in February 2020. Over the past 10 years, he has been active in a number of industries, including property investment, securities trading, and private equity.

Alongside his duties at AMI, Jack continues to be involved in a number of commercial enterprises. He serves as Managing Director of Aethon Properties, a Melbourne-based property development group, and Sydney-based medical-legal report funding business, Pinnacle Healthcare Pty Ltd.

Jack received his education at Monash University and Melbourne Law School.

ELA Team

Our team’s expertise spans across mission and launch planning and management, trajectory planning, aerospace and mechanical engineering, commercial enterprise, regulation, asset development, and complex project management, along with space strategy and systems engineering. We’re a high-performing team of professionals and we’re here to support you and your mission.

Michael Jones

Group Chief Executive Officer

Ben Tett

General Manager Operations and Launch

Travis Marshall

Head of Business Development

Amanda Hudswell Head of Marketing and Communications

Amanda Hudswell

Head of Marketing Communications and Public Affairs

Joshua Daish

Head of ASC Site Operations

Kieran Hollis

Launch Safety Manager

Deb Houlahan

Program Coordinator

James Kelly

Construction Manager ASC

Bri Lambert

Launch Portfolio Manager

Nishanth Madhavan

Launch Operations Engineer

Stephanie Marsh

Orbit and Launch Specialist

Andrew Mead

Recruitment Manager

Samuel Miller

Junior Mechanical Engineer

Jess Nugent

Executive Assistant

Taylor Simpson

Launch Operations Engineer

Carly Smith

ASC Site Maintenance Assistant

Dr Alexander Wright

Launch Technology Manager

3/3 Successful Launches

Space Launch Complexes

Multi-user launch pads