Kristen Raby


Kristen Raby is the Strategic Program Senior Manager - Future Business, previously working as the Land Domain IWP Portfolio Manager for Nova Systems ANZ, an Australian-owned Professional Services firm with locations throughout Australia, and offices in New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and the UK. Nova Systems specialises in the provision of engineering and management services to government and industry. Within Australia, Kristen’s team of Operations Managers, HR, and Recruitment leads over 500 consultants, working in highly challenging environments, and spanning the breadth of Defence Elements, Defence Industry, Digital Solutions, Transport, and E&R Domains. 

A Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive, Kristen has consulted as a Flight Test Engineer on the Australian Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program and been involved in numerous Aviation and Aerospace Programs. She worked as both the Victorian Operations Manager and the Regional Operations Manager – VIC, SA, WA in Nova, before becoming the General Manager in 2019.

Kristen involved in a number of Industry Associations and Technical Organisations within Australia. She is a Director of Aviation/Aerospace Australia, the NEC, and the Australian Defence Alliance – Victoria, volunteering with the Alliance on the Aerospace, Digital and Land Committees. Before joining Nova, Kristen Raby spent 13 years in the Canadian Air force as an Aerospace Engineering Officer and Flight Test Engineer.

She was selected as the first female in Canada to attend Test Pilot school at EPNER in France, and as a Flight Test Engineer, amassed hours on over 30 different aircraft types and supported flight test programs on the Hornet, Hawk and Harvard aircraft. She was a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.