Praetorian Aeronautics People

Over 20 years experience in the aircraft industry across both civil and military platforms.

Meet the team


Brett Hill
CEO - Managing Director

Brett Hill is an expert in aircraft design with over 20 years of experience working in the aircraft industry.  He has worked both internationally and in Australia for Boeing, with experience across both civil and military platforms.  Brett’s experience also encompasses leading the engineering team of one of Australia’s first eVTOL companies.  He founded Praetorian Aeronautics to build an Australian sovereign military UAS program the is agile and responsive to the needs of Australia and its allies.

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Richie Bower
Program Manager

Richie Bower is a Consultant Engineer, Product Manager and Project/Program Manager with extensive commercial, systems engineering and senior executive leadership experience gathered during a worldwide career. His specialist fields are the global defence and MedTech industries, with a particular focus on emerging/breakthrough product design, research & development, product realisation and global commercialisation.


John Teager

Chairman - Advisory Board


After an extensive military flying career (RAF & RAAF), culminating in senior Defence leadership appointments, John joined Defence SA, facilitating significant growth in Defence and Defence Industry capabilities in South Australia. In 2013, John moved to Melbourne to establish and grow the Australian subsidiary of a major Swiss technology group, spending three years as VP Sales & Marketing followed by three years as Managing Director.  Returning to Adelaide, John established ‘Open Mind Thinking’ as a vehicle to deliver leadership excellence programs across multiple industry sectors, both profit and not-for-profit.


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Richard Trotman-Dickenson, AM, GAICD

Advisory Board Member

Richard is a Business Development manager at Leidos Australia, located in Adelaide, and responsible for Command and Control, Space and Intelligence Systems business development. Prior to joining Leidos, Richard was a career Air Intelligence Officer, who completed 33 years service in the Royal Australian Air Force, departing as a Group Captain.

He is a graduate of the Combined Strategic Intelligence Training Program at the US Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC, and the UK National Information Operations Course at the UK Defence Academy.




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Advisory Board Member

Ben is the Head of the Asia Pacific Region for BrainBox AI, a scale up using predictive AI to fight climate change across the globe.   

Ben’s leadership experience extends from AI, start up and scale up ventures, digital and marketing, technology management, finance, property and governance.   He has led businesses as diverse as those with zero turnover and $125m in turnover, creating millions of dollars of value along the way.


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