Members of Council
Chairman of Council
Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd) was appointed to Council in November 2009 for a three-year term and again in 2012 for a further three years. He was elected Chairman on 8 March 2012. Admiral Doolan joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 13 year old cadet midshipman in 1953 and completed full time service in 1993 in the rank of rear admiral. He served in the destroyer Vampire during Confrontation with Indonesia in 1966 and in the guided missile destroyer Perth in 1970/71 during the Vietnam War. He was the first Commanding Officer of the amphibious heavy lift ship Tobruk and commanded the guided missile destroyer Brisbane in the mid-1980s. During the Gulf Crisis and Gulf War of 1990/1991, Admiral Doolan was Maritime Commander, Australia and in this role was Operational Commander of all Australian combatant forces deployed to that conflict. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 1991. Subsequently, Admiral Doolan has filled several remunerated and honorary positions, including membership of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal, National Secretary of the Order of Australia Association and President of the Australian Institute of Navigation. He has also written several books and established a publishing firm. Admiral Doolan has also served for many years as a member of the National Defence Committee of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL). In September 2009 he was elected National President of the RSL and was re-elected to this position in 2010 and 2011. From 2010 to 2011 Admiral Doolan was a member of the National Commission for the ANZAC Centenary and now sits as an ex officio on the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board. Other appointments include Chairman of the Forces Entertainment Board; Vice President of the Australian Institute of Navigation; member of the Defence Reserves Support Council and board member of the Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Medical Research Foundation.
Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO was appointed to Council in July 2011. Air Marshal Brown joined the RAAF in 1980 graduating from No 111 Pilot's Course in 1981. After graduating, he was posted to 12SQN Amberley flying Chinooks for three years before being posted to 2FTS Pearce as a Flying Instructor. In 1986 he was posted to CFS East Sale and between 1987-89 was a member of the Roulettes. In 1990, Air Marshal Brown was posted to Williamtown for Hornet conversion and then to 77SQN. On promotion to squadron leader in 1991, he was posted to 75SQN Tindal as a Flight Commander. In 1993 Air Marshal Brown was posted back to 77SQN as the Executive Officer and in 1995 and was posted to Headquarters Air Command as Staff Officer Operational Evaluation. From 1997 to 2000, Air Marshal Brown commanded 3SQN. In 2000 he completed F-111 conversion and assumed the position of Officer Commanding 82WG. In 2003 he commanded all F/A-18 and C-130 operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia and a Legion of Merit for his service in the operation. He was Officer Commanding Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Program Office from June 2003 until December 2004 and spent 2005 at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. He then commanded Air Combat Group from 2006 until taking up an appointment as Director General Capability Planning in Air Force Headquarters. Air Marshal Brown has over 5000 hours in military aircraft. Air Marshal Brown was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Force in June 2008 and Chief of Air Force in July 2011 and was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day 2012 Honours List for his outstanding contribution to the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Defence Force.
The Honourable Graham Edwards AM was appointed to Council in June 2010. He is a Vietnam veteran and former MP. He attended Christian brothers College, Perth and later Leederville Technical College. Following school Mr Edwards was employed by W.A. Government Railways, and served in the regular army for three years (1968 – 1971) seeing active service in Vietnam with the 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in 1970. Mr Edwards was wounded twice in Vietnam, the second time losing his legs to a 'jumping jack' anti personnel land mine. After discharging from the army and a period of rehabilitation he spent ten years with the Commonwealth Public Service in Defence, Veterans’ Affairs and the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service. Mr Edwards was elected as a Councillor with the City of Stirling in 1980 and in 1983 he was elected to the Parliament of W.A. where he served for fourteen years including seven years as a Minister. In 1998 he was elected to the House of Representatives and retired in 2007. Graham was recognized by the RSL with the Anzac of the Year award in 1991 for service to the Veteran community and has also been awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and the Lions Melvin Jones Fellow. He is a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Mr Edwards was recently made a Freeman of the City of Wanneroo in W.A, and is a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veterans. Mr Edwards was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to the parliament and to the community through contributions to veterans and disabled welfare.
Mr Peter FitzSimons AM was appointed to Council in March 2012. Mr FitzSimons is a renowned sports columnist, writer, journalist and author. He was Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer in 2001 and 2004 and is author of nearly 20 books, including Kokoda, Tobruk and biographies of Kim Beazley, servicewoman Nancy Wake and several sportsmen. He is a former Australian rugby union player and radio host on Sydney’s 2UE. He is currently a member of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board. Mr FitzSimons was acknowledged as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator; and for service to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.
Vice Admiral Raymond J. Griggs AO CSC RAN was appointed to Council in June 2011. During the first half of his career, Vice Admiral Griggs served in a number of vessels, including the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, HMA ships Yarra, Advance, Cessnock, Torrens, Tobruk, Jervis Bay, HMS Jersey and twice in HMAS Perth. Between 1995 and 1997 Vice Admiral Griggs served as commissioning Executive Officer of HMAS Anzac and in 2001 assumed command of HMAS Arunta involved in border protection duties and deploying to the Persian Gulf to enforce sanctions against Iraq and in support of the War on Terror. He was promoted to commodore in 2006 and appointed as the Deputy Maritime (Fleet) Commander until assuming the position of Director General Navy Strategic Policy and Futures. In 2009 he attended the UK Higher Command and Staff Course and was later promoted to rear admiral and appointed as Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance. In June 2011, Vice Admiral Griggs was promoted to his current rank and appointed Chief of Navy. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1997 and a Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2003 for his work in the Persian Gulf. Admiral Griggs was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 and upgraded to an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2012.
Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (Ret'd) was appointed to Council in April 2011. She joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1977 and served for 28 years as an electronic engineer in the fields of aircraft maintenance, technical intelligence, electronic warfare, and information and communications technology. She was the first serving female Australian Defence Force member to achieve one and two star ranks and to command an operational unit in the Royal Australian Air Force. From 1996 to 1998 she was one of the Prime Minister's representatives on the Governor-General's Australian Bravery Awards Council. She is an active member of professional associations representing engineers, and has served as the National President of Engineers Australia. Her contribution has been recognised through a number of awards which include, being awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1997, being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004, being named the 2003 University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year, being named as Australian Capital Territory Australian of the Year in 2005, and being awarded a Doctor of Engineering Honoris Causa by the University of New South Wales. She is a non-executive Director of the .au Domain Administration Ltd, the administrator of the Australian country code top level internet domain.
Dr Allan Hawke AC was appointed to Council in March 2012. Dr Hawke was previously High Commissioner to New Zealand, President of the Repatriation Commission, Secretary of the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs, Transport and Regional Services and Defence. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Public Administration, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He served a three-year term as Chancellor of the Australian National University from 2006 to 2009 and now serves on a range of public and private sector boards. Until recently he was Chair of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters. He is also involved in charitable, community and sporting organisations and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Ms Jane McAloon was appointed to Council in April 2011 for a three-year term. She has extensive business expertise and experience in government and business administration. She is currently the Group Company Secretary of BHP Billiton and has held senior positions in the Australian Gas Light Company. She previously held various State and Commonwealth government positions, including Director General of the NSW Ministry of Energy and Utilities and Deputy Director General for the NSW Cabinet Office, as well as working in private legal practice. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
Lieutenant General David Morrison AO was appointed to Council in June 2011. He joined the Army in 1979 and graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Senior appointments include Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion - The Royal Australian Regiment, Chief Instructor Command - Staff Operations Wing, Colonel Operations - Headquarters International Force East Timor (INTERFET) and Chief of Staff Deployable Joint Force Headquarters. On promotion to brigadier in 2002 he commanded the 3rd Brigade until 2004. Lieutenant General Morrison was appointed Director-General Preparedness and Plans – Army in 2004 until his promotion to major general in 2005. Between 2006 and 2008 he was Commander of the Australian Defence Colleges, Head Military Strategic Commitments and the Deputy Chief of Army. He was appointed Land Commander Australia in 2008 and became Army's first Forces Commander in 2009. Lieutenant General Morrison was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999 for his services as Brigade Major, Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation and as CO 2RAR and was upgraded in 2010 to an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his service as Commander Australian Defence College, Head Military Strategic Commitments and Deputy Chief of Army. Lieutenant General Morrison was appointed Chief of Army in June 2011.
Ms Wendy Sharpe was appointed to Council in June 2005 for a three-year term, in 2008 for another three years, and again in 2011 for a further two years. She is a major Australian artist who in 1999 was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial as an official war artist to East Timor. She was the first woman to have such a commission since the Second World War. She has won many awards including the Sulman Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Award (twice) and the Archibald Prize. She was commissioned by the city of Sydney to paint an Olympic Pool size mural for the Cook and Philip Park Aquatic Centre and has been awarded two important travelling scholarships. In 2011 she held a major retrospective of her work at S H Ervin Gallery Sydney and a monograph has been published on her work. She exhibits regularly in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne and is a visiting lecturer in painting at the National Art School, Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), a Graduate Diploma (Art), a Graduate Diploma of Education (Art), and a Master of Fine Arts.
Major General Paul Stevens AO (Ret’d) was appointed to Council in March 2012. Major General Stevens was previously the Repatriation Commissioner from 1997 to 2003 and Director of the Office of Australian War Graves from 2006 to 2010. He graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1967 and served in Vietnam with the 105th Field Battery and the Headquarters of the 1st Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. He was the Australian Army’s Chief of Personnel from 1993 until his retirement in 1997. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 and was recently appointed Chair of the Ceremonial and Commemorative Working Group of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board. General Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland.
Mr Kerry Stokes AC was appointed to Council in August 2007 and again in April 2011. Mr Stokes is Chairman of Seven Group Holdings and Seven West Media. Seven Group Holdings – through WesTrac, one of the five biggest Caterpillar dealerships in the world - has a market-leading presence in media in Australia and the resources services sector in Australia and China. The company also has a significant investment in media with major shareholdings in Seven West Media and Consolidated Media. Seven West Media brings together a market-leading presence in broadcast television through the Seven Network, magazines and newspaper publishing through Pacific Magazines and West Australian Newspapers, and online through Yahoo!7 and other expanding new communications platforms. Through his private holdings, Australian Capital Equity, Mr Stokes has broad business interests and investments in a range of major business sectors: property, construction, mining resources oil and gas exploration. Mr. Stokes was the recipient of Australia's highest honour, the Companion in the General Division in the Order of Australia (AC) in 2008, having earlier been awarded the Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995. He holds a Centenary Medal for Corporate Governance, and presented the Boyer Lectures in 1994 and the Andrew Olle Lecture in 2001. Mr Stokes holds a Life Membership of the Returned Services League of Australia and is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award. He is also a former Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia.
Mr Kevin Woods CSC OAM was appointed to Council in June 2011. Mr Woods joined the Army in 1973, and after Recruit Training was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Early postings included the 10th Independent Rifle Company and the 5th/7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. Promoted to sergeant in 1981 he served as an Instructor at the 2nd Training Group and Rifle Platoon Sergeant and Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant at 5th/7th Battalion. In 1986 he was promoted to warrant officer class two and posted to the Land Warfare Centre Detachment Singleton and later back to 5th/7th Battalion as a Company Sergeant Major. Promoted to warrant officer class one in 1990, with postings in this rank including: Wing Sergeant Major - Field Training Wing - Royal Military College Duntroon; Instructor and later Regimental Sergeant Major - School of Infantry; Regimental Sergeant Major - 49th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment, Instructor - Land Warfare Centre; Regimental Sergeant Major - 3rd Brigade (which included the Brigade deployment to East Timor); Regimental Sergeant Major - Training Command Army; and Academy Sergeant Major - Australian Defence Force Academy. Mr Woods was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major Army in December 2003 and retired from the regular army in February 2008.