Quickstep is Australia’s largest independent aerospace and composites company. Providing engineering, manufacturing, and aftermarket services, with the highest accreditation and global standards, to the defence, unmanned/autonomous, space, clean-tech and MRO markets. Delivering advanced composite solutions to make high-technology products lighter, safer, stronger, more cost-efficient and sustainable​.

With three distinct lines of business (Aerostructures, Aftermarket and Applied Composites), three Australian locations and one in the US, the business employs 300 people and delivers almost $100 million in revenue. Quickstep’s customer base includes many household names such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines and many others.


  • Mark Burgess, CEO and Managing Director

    Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the global aerospace and defence industry, his successful delivery of profitable growth and complex projects in advanced technology businesses has led to significant employer, customer and industry recognition. Mark has held leadership roles with British, American and Australian aerospace and defence companies across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. He is a dual national of the United Kingdom and Australia.


    Mark has extensive experience of leadership, governance and stakeholder management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, managing several successful acquisitions and post-acquisition integration projects and has held board positions in listed companies, subsidiaries, international joint ventures and start-ups.

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  • Dexter Clarke, CFO

    Dexter is an experienced CFO with over 30 years’ experience working in a range of different industry segments and in multiple international markets.

    Dexter has an extensive manufacturing pedigree along with significant M&A and business transformation experience.  He has successfully grown businesses in Australia and internationally and has spent time living and working in China, Thailand, USA and UK.  He is passionate about building world class businesses and teams.

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  • Demi Stefanova, COO

    Demi, is a highly skilled senior executive providing Quickstep with experience in successfully establishing and managing complex manufacturing operations in highly regulated environments. She has successfully integrated disconnected cross functions in organisation to take them to the next level of efficiency and growth.

    Demi has played key leadership roles in a number of global businesses; building operations, and executing global change and transformation programs.

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