Chairman of Council

Kerry Stokes

Mr Kerry Stokes AC was elected as Chairman of the Australian War Memorial on 10 November 2015 with his term commencing on 12 November 2015.  He was reappointed to Council for the third time in August 2014 after previously being appointed to Council in August 2007 and again in April 2011.  On 11 November 2015,  he was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian War Memorial. 

Mr Stokes is Chairman of Seven West Media, a company which 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.  Mr Stokes is also  Chairman of Seven Group Holdings, a leading Australian diversified operating and investment group with market-leading businesses and investments in industrial services and media.  SGH has a major shareholding in Seven West Media.  In industrial services, WesTrac Group is the sole authorised Caterpillar dealer in Western Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory in Australia, and in North Eastern China territories. WesTrac Group is one of Caterpillar's top five dealers globally.  SGH Energy is developing an expanding presence in oil and gas projects in Australia and the United States.

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 is a 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 an Honorary Life Membership of the Returned and Services League of Australia and received an RSL Commendation Award for outstanding service rendered to the ex service community.  He is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award and is also a former Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia.

Council Members

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett

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.


Wing Commander Sharon Bown (retired)

Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) was appointed to Council in June 2016 for a three-year term.  Wing Commander Bown had a distinguished 16-year career with the Royal Australian Air Force, commencing as a Nursing Officer in 1999. She has held command appointments in both operational and garrison settings, including as Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Medical Task Force in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Wing Commander Bown has also served in Bali, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.  Wing Commander Bown has worked at Federal Government level within the Department of Defence, serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Minister for Defence in 2006, and as a Military Support Officer with the Defence Community Organisation in 2007. Both roles provided her with a more global experience of Defence capability, and the welfare concerns and challenges of Defence personnel and families. Wing Commander Bown is a passionate advocate within the field of Military and Veteran's Health, and demonstrates a unique insight into the welfare and healthcare needs of those adversely affected by their service. With a Bachelor of Nursing and post graduate diplomas in Peri-operative Nursing and Family and Child Health, Wing Commander Bown is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychology, pursuing her interest in enhancing the resilience of those who continue to serve. Wing Commander Bown is an ambassador for the Women Veterans Network Australia and the author of One woman's war and peace : a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force.


Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

Lieutenant General Angus John Campbell DSC AM was appointed to Council in May 2015.  He joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).He then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor.Lieutenant General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.In late 2005, he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy.Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations.  He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to his current rank to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.Lieutenant General Campbell was appointed Chief of the Australian Army on 16 May 2015.Lieutenant General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University and he is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.


Les Carlyon AC

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 been editor of The Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald & Weekly Times group and visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT. He has received both the Walkley Award (1971 and 2004) and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award (1993). He is the author of Gallipoli, a bestseller in Australia, New Zealand and Britain, and winner of the Queensland Premier's History Prize. His The Great War, published in 2006, was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's prize for Australian history and was voted book of the year at the Australian Publishers' Book Industry Awards. Mr Carlyon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne.


Brigadier Alison Creagh

Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC was appointed to Council in March 2015 for a three year term. Brigadier Creagh is a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation and The Repat Foundation - The Road Home, a member of the Board of Governors for The Repat Foundation, and a committee member on the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project. Brigadier Creagh retired from the Australian Regular Army in March 2015 after a 30 year career and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. In the private sector she has been the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, which is a joint venture between the Australian Government, Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank. Brigadier Creagh joined the Army in 1985 and graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. She served on operations in Cambodia (United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia) in 1993, East Timor (International Force East Timor) in 1999/2000, Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan (Headquarters International Security Assistance Force) in 2008/2009. Her senior military appointments included Director-General Public Affairs, Director-General Strategic Communication and Director-General ADF Theatre Project (The Long Way Home). Brigadier Creagh was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994 for her work in Cambodia and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 for her work in Afghanistan. Brigadier Creagh holds a Master of Management Studies, a Master of Defence Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Communications and Information Systems Management and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Women's Leadership Forum, Harvard Business School in 2014.


Air Marshall Leo Davies AO CSC

Air Marshal Leo Davies AO CSC joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a cadet Navigator in 1979 and graduated to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft with Number 11 Squadron at Edinburgh in South Australia. In 1987 Air Marshal Davies completed pilot training and after completing F-111 conversion course was posted in 1988 to Number 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley. In 1990, Air Marshal Davies was posted to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to fly F-111D aircraft on exchange with the United States Air Force. On return to Australia in 1993, Air Marshal Davies was posted to Number 1 Squadron as the Operations Flight Commander followed by one year as Operations Officer at Headquarters Number 82 Wing during 1996. After a posting in 1997 and 1998 as the Executive Officer at Number 1 Squadron, Air Marshal Davies completed RAAF Command and Staff Course. In 2000, he commenced two years in Capability Systems within Defence Headquarters. In 2002 and 2003, Air Marshal Davies' long association with Number 1 Squadron was again rekindled when he returned as Commanding Officer and achieved 2000 hours flying the F-111. He was the Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Force during 2004, before taking up the post of Officer Commanding Number 82 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley, where he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for outstanding achievement. Air Marshal Davies worked as Director Combat Capability within Air Force Headquarters in 2006 and 2007, during which time he was deployed to the Middle East to work in the Combined Air Operations Centre. Between 2008 and 2010, Air Marshal Davies was the Director General Capability Planning within Air Force Headquarters. He was then posted to Washington as the Air Attaché, where he was awarded the United Stated Legion of Merit - Officer. Air Marshal Davies returned from Washington in January 2012 to take up his appointment as Deputy Chief of Air Force. Air Marshal Davies was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. He was promoted to Air Marshal and appointed Chief of Air Force on 4 July 2015.


Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd)

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd) was appointed to the Council on 11 November 2009 for a three year term and reappointed for a further 3 year term on 11 November 2012. He was elected Chairman of Council on 6 March 2012 serving in that position until 11 November 2015. On 26 November 2015 he was appointed for another three year term as a member of Council. Admiral Doolan joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 13 year old Cadet Midshipman in January 1953 and completed full time service in December 1993 in the rank of Rear Admiral. He served in the destroyer HMAS Vampire during Confrontation with Indonesia in 1966 and in the guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth during the Vietnam War. He was the first Commanding Officer of the Amphibious Heavy Lift Ship HMAS Tobruk and later commanded the guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane. During the Gulf Crisis and Gulf War of 1990/1991 Admiral Doolan was Maritime Commander, Australia and, as such, was appointed Operational Commander of all Australian combatant forces deployed to that conflict (Operation Damask). He was appointed an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in January 1991. Since ceasing full time naval service Admiral Doolan has held several remunerated and honorary positions including membership of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal, National Secretary of the Order of Australia Association, National President of the Australian Institute of Navigation, Chairman of the Forces Entertainment Board, Member of the Board of the Hoc Mai Foundation, member of the National Commission for the Centenary of ANZAC and member of the Defence Reserve Support Council. He has written several books and in 2006 established a publishing company. After serving for many years as a member of the National Defence Committee of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) he was elected RSL National President in September 2009 a position he held until June 2016. 


Corporal Daniel Keighran VC

Corporal Daniel Keighran VC was appointed to Council in June 2016 for a three-year term. Corporal Keighran enlisted in the Australian Army at 17 and served his country as part of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), discharging from full-time service in 2011. Corporal Keighran deployed to Rifle Company Butterworth, Malaysia, in 2001 and 2004; Timor-Leste (East Timor) in 2003–04; Iraq in 2006; and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010. Corporal Keighran is the only Victoria Cross recipient from the Royal Australian Regiment in its proud 67-year history, with his citation reading ‘For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril at Derapet, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, as part of the Mentoring Task Force One on Operation SLIPPER.”’. Since completing his full-time service Corporal Keighran has held various private sector roles including his current association with Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) as a Brand Ambassador, working on military and tactical apparel and load carriage with the Research, Development and Innovations Team. Dan continues to serve his country as an Active Reservist with the Australian Army and donates his time as an Ambassador to Mates4Mates.


Mr James McMahon DSC, DSM

Mr James McMahon DSC, DSM was appointed to Council in October 2015 and is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia. He commenced this appointment in November 2013 and is leading the Corrections reform agenda.Commissioner McMahon led leadership and risk management disciplines to enable substantial growth in deal volume and value as Chief Operating Officer of Azure Capital - a corporate advisory firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital raising and financing. Subsequently as the Managing Director of Chauvel Group, a management consultancy, Commissioner McMahon advised companies, government and for-purpose organisations in strategy, governance, operations, risk and people performance. This was preceded by a 24-year career in the Australian Army which included Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) leading deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Timor Leste. While an SAS Squadron Commander, the Squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for exemplary performance. During his time as SAS Commanding Officer, the Unit was awarded both the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Unit Citation for Gallantry. The Commissioner was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for command and leadership in action in Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also served in South East Asia, Europe, Solomon Islands and Bougainville. Board memberships include the West Coast Eagles Football Club 2007–2015, where he also served as Deputy Chairman, and the SAS Resources Trust Board since 2008. Education qualifications include a Masters in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.


Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC

Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC is a Hobart based Senior Counsel who has been a member of the ADF Reserves since 1966. He commanded at all levels from section to brigade before becoming Australia's most senior Reserve officer in 2007  and later becoming the ADF's Head, Centenary of Anzac Planning Team in 2011. Units in which he served include 2RNSWR, I Cdo Coy, 12/40 RTR and 8 Bde. He has been a Principal Crown Counsel in the Tasmanian Crown Law Office, a Statutory Member of the National Crime Authority and  the NSW Casino Control Authority and was appointed a part time Deputy President of the AAT in September 2014. He is Cricket Australia's anti corruption special investigator and has conducted several investigations including the one into the Beaconsfield mine collapse.He is a member, and former chairman, of the board of St John Ambulance (Tasmania). 


Jillian Segal AM

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, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Chair of the Australia–Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW). She is Deputy Chancellor of UNSW Australia, and Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a national scholarship organisation. She is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust. Ms Segal has previously held a range of other corporate and government board positions, including a Non-Executive Director of ASX Limited, as a member of the federal government's Remuneration Tribunal, Chair of Administration Review Council, and Chair of the Banking Industry Ombudsman Board (now FOS). From October 1997 to June 2002, Ms Segal 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/LLB from the University of New South Wales and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to society through business leadership, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to business law, particularly in the areas of financial services reform and market regulation.


Josephine Stone

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.