Q&A: A life of service leads to a professional services start-up

The celebration of NAIDOC Week is the ideal opportunity to introduce you to David Mallett, a proud Ngarrindjeri man from Adelaide and the founder and managing director of Yanun, a project services company that specialises in the defence and government industries. On leaving school, David spent a decade in the Armed Forces, including as a Navy Clearance Diver and Special Ops Sniper, and training the Iraqi Police Force, before building a successful career in project management within the defence industry. He launched Yanun, which means “to communicate with others” in Ngarrindjeri, in 2020. David is passionate about supporting young indigenous job-hunters and provides mentorship and support to help them into careers in defence.

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Yanun is an Indigenous-owned and operated Project Services company, specialising in the delivery of on-time and on-budget complex projects and programs.