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 Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN joined Council in July 2014 when he assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy. His career began in the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in aviation. A dual-qualified officer, Vice Admiral Barrett served in Her Majesty’s Australian (HMA) Ships Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and HMS Orkney as a Seaman Officer and then as Flight Commander in HMA Ships Stalwart, Adelaide and Canberra. His staff appointments include Deputy Director Air Warfare Development, Director Naval Officer’s Postings and Director General of Defence Force Recruiting. He has served as Commanding Officer 817 Squadron, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Australian Navy Aviation Group, Commander Border Protection Command and most recently as Commander Australian Fleet. Receiving a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2006 for his achievements in naval aviation, Vice Admiral Barrett became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service as Director Naval Officers’ Postings and Commander Navy Aviation Group. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his leadership of Border Protection Command and the Australian Fleet. Vice Admiral Barrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History and a Masters of Defence Studies, both from the University of New South Wales. He recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
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.
Ms Gabrielle Trainor was appointed to Council in June 2013. Her Chair and Director roles span public, private, not for profit and government organisations in industries including tourism, urban development, transport, education, the arts and sport. Ms Trainor was a founding partner and co-owner of John Connolly & Partners, a communications and public affairs firm. Her present appointments include Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, a member of the advisory board of Leighton Contractors, director of Cape York Group and a member of the board of trustees of the University of Western Sydney. She co-chaired the 2012 Federal Government review of the Australia Council for the Arts. Ms Trainor holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne is presently studying for an M.A. in Cultural and Creative Practice. She is an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at Sydney University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Les Carlyon AC was appointed to Council in June 2014 for a three year term. He has previously served on Council from May 2006 and April 2009, each for three year terms. He has had a distinguished career in journalism having been editor of The Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and a visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT. As one of Australia's most respected journalists he has received both the Walkley Award (1971 and 2004) and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award (1993). He is the author of Gallipoli, a best-seller in both Australia and Britain, and has authored several other books on sport and Australian history. His most recent book The Great War was published in 2006 and was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's award for Australian history. Mr Carlyon was made a Companion of the Order of Australia June 2014.
Ms Jillian Segal AM was appointed to Council in June 2014 for a three year term. Currently, Ms Segal is a Non-Executive Director of the National Australia Bank, ASX Limited, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. She is Deputy Chancellor of UNSW Australia, and Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a national scholarship organisation. She is a Trustee of The Sydney Opera House Trust. Previously, Ms Segal has held a range of other corporate and government board positions including Member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal, Chairman of Administration Review Council and Chairman of the Banking Industry Ombudsman Board (now FOS). From October 1997 to June 2002, she was a Commissioner and later Deputy Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Prior to this, Ms Segal was a partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters). Ms Segal has a BA LL.B from UNSW and an LL.M from Harvard Law School.
Mr Kerry Stokes AC was reappointed to Council for the third time in August 2014. Previously Mr Stokes 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 the resources and industrial services sectors in Australia and China. Seven Group Holdings also has a significant presence in media with a major shareholding in Seven West 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 Yahoo7 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 and 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.
Mrs Josephine Stone AM was appointed to Council in February 2015 for a three year term. Mrs Stone is a graduate of the Melbourne Law School, the first in her family of post-World War 2 migrants to complete a university degree. Mrs Stone has worked in both private practice and public institutions in the Northern Territory, including the Legal Aid Commission where she managed the distribution of funds in the civil and family law jurisdictions. During her time at the Law Society she was instrumental in developing the ethical and professional standards and guidelines in the Northern Territory, as well as the introduction of the reformed Legal Profession Act, the largest piece of legislation in the Territory’s history. She has held various positions in a number of charitable organisations in Alice Springs and Darwin, being the youngest person to be chairman of the Zonta Club at the age of 25. Her later roles on the Chief Minister’s Womens’ Advisory Council and The Darwin Private Hospital Advisory Board saw the introduction of several new initiatives.
In 1998 she chaired the Red Cross (Katherine Flood) Appeal which raised substantial funds for that flood ravaged community and its surrounds. Mrs Stone has played an active role in various schools both in the Northern Territory and Queensland. In 2006 she published a 100 year history of St Marys Primary School and inaugurated its Alumni. Mrs Stone was subsequently recognised with the award of Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the legal profession and to the community for a variety of charitable activities over 25 years.