Burton, Lucinda

Burton, Lucinda

Policy Officer, Strategy, Policy, and Industry Group, Department of Defence, Australian Government, Sydney

Before moving to Defence, Lucy studied for a double degree at the Australian National University; a Bachelor of International Security Studies and a Bachelor of International Relations, with a minor in the French language. Subsequently, she completed a graduate rotation at QinetiQ, where she developed skills in project management, analysis and communications.

Moving to Defence, she worked as a capability analyst in the Contestability Division. There, it was her responsibility to provide robustly, evidence-backed advice to senior decision-makers. While working as a Project Manager in the Future Submarine Program (FSP) she was responsible for coordinating audits, streamlining and managing reporting systems and managing risk. After completing her secondment to FSP she returned to the Contestability Division, with an augmented skillset and deep understanding of Defence’s most complex program. She will continue to develop her skills as a policy officer in the Strategic Policy and Industry Group, particularly as she completes her Master’s degree in Public Leadership and Policy through the University of NSW.  

Outside of work, her interests include running, mountain bike riding, and horse riding, or on rainy days, learning French and playing the piano.  

Lucy’s policy interests include global security with a particular focus on Antarctica and geopolitical threats.