Chairman of Council
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 in June 2017 for a further three year term commencing in August 2017. Mr Stokes has previously been appointed to Council in August 2007, April 2011 and again in August 2014. 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.
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 (Ret’d) was appointed to Council in June 2016 for a three-year term. 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. Having cared for Australian Defence Force personnel and their families in Australia and overseas, 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. Wing Commander Bown is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science, pursuing her interest in exploring the effects of service. Wing Commander Bown is the author of One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force; a Service Ambassador for Soldier On; and a Member of the Board of the Veterans’ Film Festival.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO DSC 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. He 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. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University, and is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College. LTGEN Campbell was made an Officer in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in June 2017 for distinguished service as Head Military Strategic Commitments, Deputy Chief of Army, and Chief of Army.
Les Carlyon AC was reappointed to Council in June 2017 for a three-year term. He has previously served three-year terms on Council from June 2014, May 2006 and April 2009. He has been editor of the Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group, and visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT. He has received 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.
Margaret Jackson AC was appointed to Council for a three year term from 27 June 2017. Margaret is Chairman of Ansett Aviation Training Limited, Prince’s Charities Australia and is also a Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Barefoot to Boots and a member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors. Margaret has also served as Chairman of Spotless, Qantas, FlexiGroup Ltd, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and a Director of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, the Australian and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Pacific Dunlop Limited, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Billabong International Ltd, Telecom Australia, West Gippsland Healthcare Group, and President of Australian Volunteers International. She is a former partner of KPMG Advisory and BDO Nelson. Margaret was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AC) in June 2003 for service to business in diverse and leading Australian corporations and to the community in the area of support for medical research, the arts and education, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society in Business. Margaret holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University. She is the former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Playbox Theatre Company, and Methodist Ladies’ College.
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 Road Home-The Repat Foundation, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for The Road Home, Vice Chair of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project and member of the Australian Capital Territory’s Defence Industry Advisory Board. Brigadier Creagh is an Industry Fellow and research academic at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales Canberra. Brigadier Creagh retired from the Australian Regular Army in March 2015 after a 30 year career and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. She joined the Army in 1985 and graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. Brigadier Creagh served on operations in Cambodia in 1993 as Quartermaster of the Force Communications Unit as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia; in East Timor in 1999-2000 where she was Second-in-Command of the 1st Joint Support Unit and then commanded 145th Signal Squadron as part of the International Force East Timor, in Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2008-09 as the Chief of Personnel (CJ1) in Headquarters International Security Assistance Force. Brigadier Creagh commanded the Defence Force School of Signals and 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, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 for her work in Afghanistan, a Chief of Defence Force Commendation in 2014 and the Meritorious Unit Citation as a member of the Force Communications Unit in Cambodia. 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 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) 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. On 11 November 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian War Memorial.
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 was appointed to Council in October 2015. James recently finished as the Commissioner for the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia. He commenced this appointment in November 2013 and concluded the reform agenda in April 2017. He has worked in the private sector, first as Chief Operating Officer of Azure Capital and later as the Managing Director of Chauvel Group. This included advising companies, government and not for profit organisations in strategy, operations, risk, governance and people performance. James’ private industry and public sector experience followed a 24 year career in the Australian Defence Force which included Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). He lead several deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Timor Leste and also served in South East Asia, Europe, Solomon Islands and Bougainville. As an SAS Squadron Commander, his squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for exemplary performance. As the SAS Commanding Officer, his unit was awarded both the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Unit Citation for Gallantry. He was personally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for command and leadership in action in Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq. Board memberships include the West Coast Eagles Football Club 2007–2015, where he also served as Deputy Chairman, the SAS Resources Trust Board since 2008 and the Australian War Memorial Board since October 2015. He is also an ambassador for ‘The Fathering Project’. Education qualifications include a Masters in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.
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 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).
Mrs Josephine Stone AM was appointed to Council on 26 February 2015 for a three-year term. 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.