Orbital is a Perth-based manufacturer of advanced spark ignition propulsion systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

Orbital UAV provides engine development, testing, validation and refurbishment services in world class facilities.

With academic qualifications and hands on experience, concept and detailed designs, prototyping and sourcing, testing and validation are executed in-house.


  • John Welborn, Chairman

    John Welborn is an industry leader with extensive experience in the resources sector as a senior executive and in corporate management, finance and investment banking. John is currently Managing Director & CEO of Resolute Mining Limited, a Director of Equatorial Resources Limited and a Director of Kilo Goldmines Limited.  He was previously the Head of Specialised Lending in Western Australia for Investec Bank. As a Director and Chief Executive, he has been responsible for driving growth in a number of ASX listed companies.

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  • Todd Alder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

    Todd has a strong background in financial and corporate services management in the mining, steel manufacturing and energy industries.  His previous role was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Toro Energy Limited where he was responsible for financial and management accounting, company secretarial functions, investor relations and information technology.  Todd has also worked with Capgemini Consulting (previously Ernst & Young) and Origin Energy Limited.

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  • Steve Gallagher, Non-Executive Director

    Steve is currently a Non-Executive Director with Optal Ltd (an innovative global payment solutions company), Vix Technology Ltd (an industry leader in transport ticketing, fare collection/payments), Ventura Bus Lines Pty Ltd (a leading public transport and charter bus service provider in Australia) and Transact1 Pty Ltd (a financial services provider for cash management optimisation).

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  • Kyle Abbott, Non-Executive Director

    Kyle joined the Orbital Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 May 2018.

    Kyle is an experienced aerospace and defence industry executive who brings vast relevant experience to the Board of Orbital. Kyle was Managing Director of Western Australian Specialty Alloys (WASA) from 1996 to 2015. During this period, WASA grew from a Western Australian specialised alloy manufacturer to become a major supplier to the global aerospace industry with key customers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

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