ADA’s long history of continuous service is a source of great pride to our company and our people. We were established in 1912 as the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory, responsible for the manufacture and supply of uniforms to Australia’s fighting forces through two world wars and many other conflicts, playing an instrumental role in creating what has become the iconic visual image of the Australian ‘digger’.
The Australian Defence Force remains a major customer to this day, with ADA manufacturing and supplying cutting-edge uniforms, protective clothing and ceremonial dress.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
With 20+ years in the Textiles industry Chris has a broad knowledge and experience in all facets of technical textile manufacture, dying, printing and finishing and a long history in both local and offshore garment manufacture.
Spending most of his career in Senior Sales, Brand and Business Development and Contract Management, Chris has worked as a supplier to the Australian Textile Industry and also as a buyer, manufacturer and provider of high performance uniforms and online inventory management programs to large organisations, both private and government.
Chief Financial Officer
Ed is ADA's Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, with 15 years of professional experience. Ed has been with ADA for 2 years. Prior to joining ADA, Ed worked for the accounting firm Deloitte for 13 years in a range of roles, both in Melbourne and London. Most recently, he was a Director in the Corporate Finance practice, where he spent 5 years providing due diligence support to M&A transactions.
Ed heads up the Finance, IT and HR functions of ADA. Key responsibilities include forecasting, working capital management and reporting to the board.
Ed is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies and Economics from the University of Sheffield.
Information Technology Manager
David has more than 15 years experience in IT positions across a diverse range of sectors including defence, apparel, manufacturing and professional services.
During this time he has led various multi faceted IT functions both locally and internationally and strongly believes in the value that a commercially supportive IT group can provide to a business and it's customers.
David and his team are responsible for maintaining the security, performance and efficiency of ADA's IT systems and services. They are also committed to innovating and developing systems and services that support ADA's internal requirements and external customers.
Getting the best return on investment in a uniform requires the skills of a specialist. That’s where ADA comes in with Total Apparel Management – individualised and integrated solutions that match your organisation’s unique needs.
Total Apparel Management streamlines our expertise in uniforms of all types into one perfected process that encompasses every aspect of research and development, design, innovation, sampling, sourcing, manufacture, ordering, inventory management, warehousing, dispatch and reporting.
No matter the size of your uniform wardrobe, its complexity, its material requirements or its diverse components, Total Apparel Management can be adapted to create a cost and time-effective uniform solution that will meet or exceed your objectives.
Innovation & Exploration
ADA embeds the conditions for innovation through its culture. Every staff member has a responsibility to contribute to the ideas, research, and exploration that are a part of our everyday business environment.
ADA invests heavily in the research and development aspects of uniform design and materials technology. We seek continuous improvement in our processes by challenging our approach to design, and our use of materials.
When you look at a uniform wardrobe created by ADA, you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Although the rest is unseen, it’s not a mystery.
Corporate Social Responsibility
ADA has a strong belief that to provide services to our clients continuously, we must maintain strategies and plans that will protect the interests of all of our stakeholders, including our clients, the staff members employed by our clients, as well as our key stakeholders, employees, suppliers and the communities in which we work.
ADA manufacturing partners are compliant to SA8000 Standards. SA8000 is based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child and various International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and is the most widely recognised global standard for managing and maintaining human rights in the workplace.
SA8000 universally protects workers from being exploited and encourages ethical workplace practices worldwide. SA8000 provides a framework for assuring stakeholders that an organisations management is appropriately controlling social accountability. It addresses the following criteria; Child Labour, Forced Labour, Workplace Health & Safety, Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining, Discrimination, Discipline, Working Hours, Remuneration, and Management System for Human Resources.
ADA was the first Australian textile company to sign the “No Sweat Shop” label agreement. ADA demonstrates this ongoing commitment and support by its registration to “Ethical Clothing Australia” previously known as the Outworkers Code of Practice and the No Sweat Shop label to ensure sub-contractors used are also compliant to these rules.
Seeking to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians ADA is committed to working with Indigenous suppliers with industry experience, knowledge, and capability needed to deliver products and services that reflect the diversity of ADA’s customers and the communities in which we operate. ADA recognises that an inclusive supply chain directly supports participation by all, in Australia’s economic development with an Aboriginal Procurement Policy.
ADA extends its role in protecting the wellbeing of servicemen and women by partnering with not-for-profit Mates4Mates – an organisation dedicated to supporting current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members (and their families) who are wounded, injured or as a result of their service.
Certifications & Accreditation
Words aren’t enough when it comes to critical issues such as ethical practices, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, compliance, quality and the behaviour of our overseas suppliers.
ADA has taken numerous actions to ensure that our employees, our customers and the end-user can always take pride in the way we conduct our business.
ADA is accredited and licensed to display the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on its Australian-made garments.