Key Staff

Oleg Vornik

Oleg Vornik, CEO and Managing Director

An experienced financier with investment banking and treasury experience at the Royal Bank of Canada, Leighton Contractors, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.

Mr. Vornik was most recently an energy and industrials investment banker with the Sydney office of the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to RBC, he worked as an investment banker at Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Australia and New Zealand and held the position of a Treasurer at Leighton Contractors. Mr. Vornik  holds a BSci (Mathematics) and BCom (Hons) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has completed a business program with Columbia University in New York. 


Claire Newey

Claire Newey, CFO

An experienced Chartered Accountant with 12 years of international financial reporting, management and advisory experience, across public and private companies spanning various industries.
Prior to joining DroneShield, Ms. Newey was Group Finance Manager with GrainCorp (ASX 100).  She has previously worked at Deloitte (Sydney and London) as a Director and with global chemical group Adama, as Chief Financial Officer for Switzerland and European Financial Controller.


Simon Woodward

Simon Woodward, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Woodward previously held a number of high profile technical and engineering roles in communications and banking industries in Australia and Europe.  He was also the founder of several businesses including Wholesale Communications Group, which rapidly become the largest non-retail telecommunications provider in Australia before being acquired by ASX-listed M2 Group Limited (ASX:MTU).  Simon’s previous projects included leading the architecture and implementation of a nation-wide telecommunication network across the challenging landscape of the Solomon Islands, and development and support of large scale transactional processing engines handling billions of records a day.  Simon has studied Material Engineering, Physics, IT and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong.  Simon is certified in PRINCE2 project management.

John Franklin

John Franklin, Chief Scientist

DroneShield’s unique intellectual property was originally developed by John M. Franklin and Dr. Brian P. Hearing. Mr. Franklin holds an M.Sc. in Applied and Computational Math from Johns Hopkins University. 

Previously, he was a member of the research staff at the Air and Missile Defense Sector at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Adjunct Research Associate (Science and Technology Division) at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 


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William Taggart, Vice President of Global Business Development

Mr. Taggart was previously a Director at Colt’s Manufacturing Company and Director (Military and Law Enforcement) at Trijicon, Inc. where he was responsible for all domestic military/government programs and all global commercial and military efforts.  During his tenure at Trijicon, Mr. Taggart grew his division from one to 17 personnel while establishing offices in four foreign countries. During Mr. Taggart’s tenure, Trijicon’s annual sales increased from US$17M to US$130M. Prior to the commercial career, Mr. Taggart has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 26 years across Infantry, Reconnaissance, Signal Intelligence and Defense Acquisition billets.

Joshua Desmond

Joshua Desmond, Vice President of Sales

Mr. Desmond brings over 15 years of experience in business management, sales, and operations. He is a proven sales leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Mr. Desmond has extensive experience working with law enforcement and government agencies, at the local, state, and federal levels.

Mr. Desmond’s career began as a federal law enforcement officer. After a short time, he transitioned into a role within the intelligence community where he spent most his career as a targeting officer, serving TDY’s in two different warzones. While continuing his work within the intelligence community, Mr. Desmond started a professional services company providing intelligence gathering, analytical, and targeting services to a variety of companies & organizations. After his time in the intelligence community, Mr. Desmond then worked for an organization where he was responsible for development and growth of the Public Safety vertical for over half of the United States. Most recently Mr. Desmond was the Director of Sales for a company providing innovative software and SaaS fleet management solutions serving the transportation sector.

Throughout his career, Mr. Desmond has shown the ability to work with both public and private organizations of all sizes while utilizing his skills in relationship building, collaborative sales efforts, networking, and leadership.

Mr. Desmond holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and sits on the Advisory Board for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.

Anand Sundaraj

Anand Sundaraj, Company Secretary

Mr. Sundaraj is a Principal and Solicitor Director of Whittens & McKeough Lawyers and Consultants, with prior positions at law firms Allen & Overy, King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills as well as for global investment bank Credit Suisse. He is the company secretary of several ASX listed companies.