Members of Council
Chair of the Council
The Hon Kim Beazley AC
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC was the 33rd Governor of Western Australia.
Prior to being installed as Governor, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan.
In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
Mr Beazley was born in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. In 1973, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia and completed a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford University.
Mr Beazley was a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments (1983-1996) holding, at various times, the portfolios of Defence, Finance, Transport and Communications, Employment Education and Training, Aviation, and Special Minister of State.
From 1995 to 1996, Mr Beazley was Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1996 to 2001, and 2005 to 2006. Mr Beazley served on parliamentary committees, including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee.
After his retirement from politics in 2007, Mr Beazley was appointed Winthrop Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at The University of Western Australia.
In July 2008 he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Mr Beazley has previously been a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial from July 2009 to December 2009.
Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.
Upon returning to Australia from Washington in 2016, Mr Beazley was appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (2016-17), Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue (2016-18), Distinguished Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and a Director and Distinguished Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.
Members of Council
Mr 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.
The Hon Anthony (Tony) Abbott AC
Appointed by the Governor-General of Australia to the Council of the Australian War Memorial on 1 October 2019 for a three year term. Tony Abbott was elected prime minister by the Australian people on September 7, 2013, and served for two years. In his time as PM, the carbon tax and mining tax were repealed, free trade agreements were finalised with China, Japan and Korea; the people smuggling trade from Indonesia to Australia was halted and Australia became the second largest military contributor to the US-led campaign against Islamic State in Iraq. In 2014, and again in 2015, he spent a week running the government from a remote indigenous community. Tony Abbott served as the member for Warringah in the Australian parliament between 1994 and 2019. As the local MP, he was instrumental in the creation of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to preserve the natural and built heritage of his electorate. Prior to entering parliament, he was a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to opposition leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Since 1998, he has convened the Pollie Pedal annual charity bike ride which has raised nearly $7 million for organisations such as Soldier On and Carers Australia. He still does surf patrols with the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and serves as a Deputy Captain with the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade. He is married to Margaret and they are the parents of three daughters – Louise, Frances and Bridget. Mr Abbott is a recipient of Australia's highest honour, the Companion in the General Division in the Order of Australia (AC) in 2020 for "eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia".
Wing Commander (Ret’d) Ms Sharon Bown AM
Wing Commander(Ret’d) Sharon Bown AM was appointed to Council in June 2016 and re-appointed for consecutive three-year terms in 2019 and in 2022. Wing Commander Bown served as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force for 16 years, discharging from service in 2015. Wing Commander Bown deployed to Timor–Leste in 2000 and 2004; Afghanistan in 2008 as Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Medical Task Force in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan; and on various aeromedical evacuation tasks, including Papua New Guinea in 2001, Solomon Islands in 2003, and Bali following the terrorist bombings in 2005. Wing Commander Bown is a passionate advocate within the field of military and veterans’ health and demonstrates a unique insight into the welfare and healthcare needs of those adversely affected by their service. She has cared for Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in Australia and overseas, and survived life threatening and enduring injuries in a helicopter crash whilst serving on operations in East Timor in 2004. Wing Commander Bown is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Psychological Science and is the author of One Woman's War and Peace: A Nurse's Journey in the Royal Australian Air Force. She serves as a Judge of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards since its inception in 2018, an ambassador for Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, since 2019, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing since 2020, an ambassador for the Air Force Association since 2021, and served as National Vice President of the Air Force Association 2020 - 2021.
Mr Glenn Keys AO
Mr Glenn Keys AO is the Founder, Owner, and Executive Chairman of Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. He was invited to join AWM Council in February 2021 for a 3-year term. He is also a member of the and Memorial Development Committee.
Glenn was born and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales and joined the Australian Defence Force in 1980 where he studied Mechanical Engineering while completing his Officer Training at RMC Duntroon. He then went on to study Aeronautical Engineering with UK MoD in the United Kingdom and later studies Flight Test Engineering at the International test Pilots School in the UK
From 1980 to 1994 Glenn had a distinguished career serving in the Australian Defence Force in which he was the first Army Flight Test engineer at the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit and the Chief Engineer, Army Aircraft Logistics Management Squadron, from 1992 to 1993.
In 1994 Glenn started Aerospace Technical Services (ATS) as the General Manager. He helped grow the company from a start up until ATS was acquired by Raytheon in 1999. He worked at Raytheon Australia up until 2003 when Glenn founded Aspen Medical, which has just celebrated a major milestone of 20-years of operations across the globe.
Glenn also founded the Aspen Medical Foundation in 2010. One of the programs funded by the Foundation was the Australia wide study into Ex-Service Support Organisations (ESO) Mapping Project. The Foundation has also supported numerous veteran’s causes, from PTSD recovery programmes to the Invictus Games. In 2012, Glenn founded Project Independence, an innovative social housing development for people with an intellectual disability and the first of its kind in Australia.
Alongside operating Aspen Medical in its many forms as the Executive Chairman, Glenn also sits on several boards alongside the AWM and was a Founding Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency board and served for 9-years until 2022. He was also one of the early proponents to lead to the campaign to inaugurate the Invictus Games in Australia and became a Director of the Australian Invictus Games in 2018. In 2022, Glenn was invited by the Federal Government to Chair the Australian ASEAN Council.
Glenn is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Glenn has been awarded with the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year for his work in Business & Disability, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 and was selected as Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.
Glenn is passionate about social and community responsibility; these are central drivers at the heart of all that he does.
Mr James McMahon DSC AM DSM
James is currently the Director of his own consulting company, JFM Global. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Australian Capital Equity and Commissioner for Corrective Services WA, COO of the corporate advisory firm, Azure Capital and 34 years full time and allocated as a reservist with the Australian Defence Force, the majority of this time within Special Operations, at the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).
Starting as an Infantry Soldier, he went on to become an Officer and command an Australian SAS Squadron. As the Officer Commanding in Timor Leste the sub-unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for exemplary operational performance. As the Commanding Officer of the SAS Regiment, equivalent to a Chief Executive Officer, the Unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation and Gallantry Citation for their operational performance in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for leadership and command in action in Timor-Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also served in Europe, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Philippines and other South East Asia Countries.
James was named Western Australian of the Year 2019 for his service to the Community and in 2022 was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of significant service to veterans and their families, and to the community.
He has been a Board member and Deputy Chairman of the West Coast Eagles Football Club (2007–2015) and subsequently has remained of the Leadership and Integrity Committee. James has been an advisor to RSL WA since 2017, Legacy WA in 2022 and is currently is on the Board of the SAS Resources Fund (2009), St John of God Health Care (2017) and the Australian War Memorial (2015). Also, he is an ambassador for ‘The Fathering Project’ (2017), was inaugural Chair of JTC School ‘Fathering Project’ (2013), ambassador for Disaster Relief Australia and has a Masters in Management (Defence), Graduate Diploma in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.
Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC (Ret’d)
Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC was appointed to Council in March 2015. He is a Hobart based Senior Counsel who has been a member of the ADF Reserves since 1966. He has 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 of the Centenary of Anzac Planning Team in 2011. Units in which he served included 2nd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment and One Commando Company and units/ formations he commanded included 12th/40th Battalion, Royal Tasmania Regiment and 8 Brigade. He is also the Colonel Commandant of 1st Commando Regiment. 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. He was appointed a part time Deputy President of the AAT in September 2014 and the part time Chief Commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission in 2015. He was elected National President of the Returned & Services Leagues of Australia on 30 May 2019. He has conducted several investigations including the one into the Beaconsfield mine collapse, and is Cricket Australia's anti-corruption special investigator. He is a member and former chairman of the board of St John Ambulance (Tasmania).
Dr Susan Neuhaus AM CSC
Dr Susan Neuhaus AM CSC was appointed to Council in April 2018 and reappointed in 2021. Susan commenced as Chair of the Memorial Development Committee in 2023.
Susan is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, holds an adjunct appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and is a practicing surgeon. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) and qualifications in project management and quality audit.
Susan has completed a career spanning 20 years in both the Regular Army and Army Reserve. She is a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College (Res). Her operational service includes deployments to Cambodia, Bougainville and Afghanistan. She was the Commanding Officer, 3rd Health Support Battalion, promoted to Colonel in 2008 and retired from military service in 2011.
Susan has held significant board appointments, across diverse sector including health, commercial and non-for-profit entities. She is current Chair and President of the South Australian-Northern Territory Division of the AICD and a director on the AICD national board. Her former roles include Chair of The Repat Foundation -The Road Home, member of the South Australian Veterans Health Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the South Australian PTSD Centre of Excellence Ministerial Advisory Panel and Chair of the Veterans’ Advisory Council, South Australia.
Susan is widely published including areas of operational health care and has undertaken research investigating gender-specific effects of military service and deployment. Susan is co-author of ‘Not for Glory: A century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies’ which was adapted by The Shift Theatre into the acclaimed play, ‘Hallowed Ground Women Doctors in War’.
Susan is Patron of the Virtual War Memorial, Australia.
Susan has been admitted to the Roll of Fellows of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2009 for military service and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2020 for services to medicine and veterans and their families.
Mrs Josephine Stone AM
Mrs Josephine Stone AM was appointed to Council on 26 February 2015. Mrs Stone is a graduate of the Melbourne Law School and has worked in a number of legal institutions, both public and private, in Victoria and the Northern Territory of Australia. Previous professional involvements include being a statutory member of the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (CWTH), Professional Standards Manager at the Northern Territory Law Society, Assignments Director at the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission, solicitor with the Australian Government Solicitor and with private firms in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Darwin. Currently, Mrs Stone is a director of a private family company. Community engagements include Zonta Alice Springs, Darwin Private Hospital Advisory Board, NT Women’s Advisory Board, Chairman of the Red Cross (Katherine) Flood Appeal, together with a number of roles in school Parents and Friends committees and boards in Darwin and Brisbane.
Additional personal interests have included instigating the 100 year history of St Marys Primary School in Darwin and the political advancement of women, which has involved a number of appearances at international conferences as moderator and speaker. Mrs Stone was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to the Law and the community.
Mrs Stone is a first generation Australian whose parents migrated to Australia as refugees from Yugoslavia, having spent many years in refugee and labour camps throughout Europe during World War 2. Her husband served in the Naval Reserve for many years and her son has served in the Army Reserve. Mrs Stone finishes her third term as council member in February 2024.
Ms Rhondda Vanzella OAM
Ms Rhondda Vanzella OAM was the National President of Australian War Widows Incorporated until October 2022. She has been a member of Australian War Widows NSW since 2014 and has served as its State President and Chair since 2016.
She has dedicated her career to mentoring and working with communities at a local, rural regional and national level on a range of issues and successful community projects. Some of her projects have included walking the Kokoda track to assist with building and opening of track memorials; helping lead the re-enactment of the Kangaroo March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney in 2015 and leading a fundraiser to build low cost retirement units on RSL land in Batlow.
Rhondda is Co-founder and President of the Ozy Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service (Ozy) which brings civilians, veterans and current serving Defence families together in regional and rural areas across Australia through the arts. Bringing music and history together, Ozy inspires and develops young leaders with a focus on commemoration, education and welfare.
Rhondda is a member of a number of boards including the National Council for Woman and Families United by Defence Service; the Ex-Service Organisations Round Table; the Remembrance Driveway Committee and an Affiliate Member of the Bundanoon RSL sub-branch. She also served as a committee member on the Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council.
As both a war widow and woman united by defence service, Rhondda is passionate about finding and creating ways to bring organisations together to collaborate to better honour and support women, veterans and their families and believes that The Australian War Memorial plays a vital role in this as Australia’s national place to honour, learn and heal for all generations.
Air Marshal Robert Chipman AM CSC
Air Marshal Robert Chipman joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1989, graduating from Sydney University with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1992. He completed Pilot’s Course in 1994, F/A-18 Operational Conversion in 1995 and Fighter Combat Instructor Course in 1999. Following various operational and instructor assignments, he commanded No 75 Squadron from 2006-2009 and No 81 Wing from 2013-2014. In 2008, No 75 Squadron was awarded the Duke of Gloucester Cup for the most proficient flying squadron and the Kittyhawk Trophy in 2009 for the most proficient fighter squadron.
Air Marshal Chipman has staff experience in capability development roles within Capability Development Group and Air Force Headquarters.
He has completed a tour as Director of the Australian Air and Space Operations Centre within Headquarters Joint Operations Command. He was an inaugural Director of Plan Jericho in 2015, an Air Force transformation program intended to deliver joint, integrated air and space capability for the Australian Defence Force. On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal in 2019 Air Marshal Chipman served as Australia’s Military Representative to NATO and the European Union. He was the Head of Military Strategic Commitments, responsible for the strategic level management and situational awareness of current and potential Australian Defence Force commitments from January 2021, until his selection as Chief of Air Force and promotion to Air Marshal in July 2022. Air Marshal Chipman deployed on Operation SLIPPER in 2012 as a Battlecab Director in the United States Air Force 609th Air and Space Operations Centre.
He deployed on Operation OKRA in 2014 as inaugural Commander Air Task Unit 630.1, for which he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2015. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for his exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in coalition air operations, air combat capability preparedness, and strategic capability development and sustainment.
Air Marshal Chipman has completed a Masters in Business Administration and graduated as a fellow of the Defence and Strategic Studies Course in 2016. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme. He is also an alumni of the Cranlana Institute and has completed the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course. Air Marshal Chipman is married to Alyce and has four sons, Thomas, Oliver, Darcy and Charlie. He enjoys keeping fit and reading.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AO, RAN
Vice Admiral Mark Hammond joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986 as an Electronics Technician, before commissioning as a Naval Officer in 1988. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in 1990, Hammond served in frigates before volunteering for submarine service and qualifying in the Oberon class. He is a dual qualified officer, graduating from the RAN Principal Warfare Officers Course, and the Netherlands and USN Submarine Command Courses, and Australia’s Senior Submariner.
Hammond served extensively in Collins Class submarines. He also gained international experience in French, British and US nuclear attack submarines and Dutch conventional submarines. His Command of HMAS Farncomb included submarine operations across the Indo-Pacific. Subsequent shore postings included the Assistant Naval Attaché in Washington DC, Submarine Capability and Joint Exercise Staff roles, and 12 months as the Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.
On promotion to Commodore, Hammond was appointed Director General Maritime Operations. Hammond then returned to the United States as the Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit (Officer) for his performance in this role, and in 2018 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff roles.
On promotion to Rear Admiral, Hammond assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Navy in 2018, and in late 2020, was appointed Commander of the Australian Fleet. In these demanding appointments Hammond first oversaw substantial workforce growth, and then focused on enhancing the resilience and warfighting capability of Navy’s people and Fleet during the COVID19 pandemic.
Vice Admiral Hammond assumed Command as Chief of Navy on 07 July 2022, the first RAN Recruit School and ADFA graduate to do so, and only the second submarine Commanding Officer to be appointed to the role. In 2023 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior command roles.
Vice Admiral Hammond holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Management and Masters in Maritime Studies, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Away from the Navy his interests include antique wooden boats, cricket, rugby league (South Sydney Rabbitohs), AFL (Port Adelaide), chess and submarine warfare in World War II.
Lieutenant General Simon Stuart AO DSC
Lieutenant General Simon Stuart AO, DSC is the Chief of Army and was appointed to the Memorial’s Council in July 2022 as an ex-officio member for a three-year term.
Enlisting as a soldier in 1987 and commissioning into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in 1990, Lieutenant General Stuart has more than thirty-five years’ experience across a range of leadership, operations, training and program management appointments in Australia and overseas. His regimental appointments were in the 2nd/4th and 2nd Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment, and culminated in his command of the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, in 2008-10. He held command positions on operations on five occasions – at the platoon, company, Joint Task Force (East Timor), brigade (Afghanistan) and multinational force levels (Sinai).
For much of the past twenty years, Lieutenant General Stuart has worked in joint, whole of government, international and multi-national environments. Before assuming command the Australian Army in 2022, Lieutenant General Stuart was Head of Land Capability in Army Headquarters following his command of the Multinational Force & Observers in the Sinai from 2017-19.
Lieutenant General Stuart is a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon (1990), the United Kingdom’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (2003), the United States Army War College (2015) and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (2022). He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New England and Masters’ degrees in Project Management (UNSW), Arts - Defence Studies (Kings College, London) and Strategy (US Army War College).
His honours and awards include appointment as Member of the Order of Australia (2011), the Distinguished Service Cross (2014) and advancement to Officer of the Order of Australia (2020). Lieutenant General Stuart has received a number of foreign awards, including those from the United States, Timor Leste, Columbia, Uruguay, Czech Republic and Japan.
Lieutenant General Stuart is the patron for both Army AFL and the Army Drone Racing Team. He and his wife Katy are from Perth, Western Australia, and they have two teenage children and a labrador retriever.