Department 13 Leadership

Department 13 Executives

Lee Croft

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Croft is the Chief Executive Officer of Department 13.

Prior to Joining Department 13, Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the technology arena after leaving his Military career, serving on HM Submarines (SSN & SSBN).  Lee has served the Australian Government and Defence sectors for the last 10 years, delivering security solutions and technology advancements to ensure the capability and national character of Australia have been upheld. Lee is a highly efficient and results-driven executive and management professional, Lee is focused on undertaking new challenges and making a valuable contribution in the National Security and Defence arena for 5eyes nations.

Demonstrating a proven track record of achievement in the delivery of cutting edge communication and technologies across the Government and Commercial ICT sectors, Lee is privileged and energized to drive Department 13 into a new era of C-sUAS capability.

Lee held the position of Head of National Security & Federal Government for BAE Applied Intelligence prior to joining Department 13.

Connect with Lee on LinkedIn.


Jonathan Hunter

Managing Director Americas

Jonathan Hunter has been with Department 13 since it’s inception and is an expert in counter-drone technology. Having spent 20 years in the defense, federal law enforcement and commercial sectors delivering capabilities to defeat Improvised Explosive Devices, clients appreciate his extensive experience in field and military applications. Jonathan also served as an advisor to the Chinese Olympics, National Academy of Sciences, National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board, and the National Tactical Officers Association.

Jonathan is a former U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Officer with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Bosnia. He is a Bronze Star Award recipient for actions in combat.

Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn.


Leuk Andersen

Chief Technology Officer

A 25 year career in the Information Technology industry developing and supporting infrastructure and software solutions for Finance, Construction and Biotechnology, Leuk Andersen joins Department 13 as Chief Technology Officer to focus on technology strategy and innovation for Department 13’s new product and service offerings.

Leuk founded a startup in 2000 that developed bespoke software systems eventually specialising in mobile application development, consulting and managed services. With a mobile first mentality, the business grew rapidly through the enormous changes that saw the decline of BlackBerry and the rise of Apple and Android. The business was acquired by Telstra in 2016 to augment their mobile applications and services business.

Connect with Leuk on LinkedIn.


Ben McAlister

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Department 13, Ben is primarily responsible for finance and treasury operations across both Australia and the USA. Ben also provides strategic oversight including the extensive patent portfolio, mergers and acquisitions.

Ben is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience gained working across multiple jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Ben trained with KPMG in Sydney, and has held various executive and director roles within technology businesses over his career. He also has experience with global names such as UBS, Shell, Westpac, Macquarie Airports as well as a large Canberra based family office, Doma Group.