Media Release | July 2024


Battleground bolsters its risk capabilities with new hire.

Battleground, a leading provider of resilience, GRC software and business consulting, has bolstered its risk portfolio with the appointment of Luke Smailes as Director – Risk Strategy & Technology. With continuous growth both locally and globally, Battleground is addressing the real-world needs of businesses now and into the future.

Luke Smailes is a proven leader with an extensive track record in driving significant transformation projects in risk, data and governance, digital and technology, regulatory change, and GRC systems. His expertise in APRA’s prudential architecture has seen him part of the industry group at APRA developing CPS 230, alongside numerous other prudential regulatory reforms over the past two years.

“I thrive on partnering with clients to develop effective solutions for real-world issues and am thrilled to join the team at Battleground, who share the same principles of maximising technology, streamlining processes, and, most importantly, empowering people,” said Luke Smailes, Director – Risk Strategy & Technology, Battleground.

Luke has held senior management roles across consulting firms and financial services organisations, giving him a unique perspective on delivering services that generate sustainable, long-term value for clients.

Craig Goldberg, CEO and Founder of Battleground, stated, “It took a long time to find the right person for this role, but when we met Luke, we knew we had to have him. Luke’s proven leadership and track record in delivering on large scale projects for some of Australia’s leading organisations makes him an invaluable addition to our team.”

Battleground is renowned for putting its customers first, empowering both executives and boards of Australia’s leading companies through interactive simulations and exercises. Their intuitive SaaS resilience software seamlessly manages the entire risk and resilience lifecycle at the push of a button.

“Luke’s expertise, wide range of experience and drive for innovation, will enable us to continue supporting our clients’ resilience today and tomorrow,” added Craig.

Battleground has been in business for over ten years, has conducted more than 500 crisis simulations, and supports more than 60 active clients.

For more information about Battleground’s award-winning software and consultancy services, visit



Craig Goldberg


Battleground Group Pty Ltd

1300 952 859

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