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Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) – Head Judge

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005-2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years.

He was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from 2011-2013 which provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of the Anzac Centenary.

Sir Angus is Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast. He Chairs a number of boards and also serves as a board member for numerous organisations. He is a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment. In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron of a number of charitable organisations. Sir Angus has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Australia, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.

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John Azarias

John Azarias

John Azarias is a former senior partner at Deloitte in Sydney and has carried out reviews into Defence, Immigration and Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Federal Government. He was most notably the chair of the independent panel which undertook the 457 Integrity Review in 2014 (Azarias Review).

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Sue Blake

Sue Blake

Sue Blake is a senior executive with extensive experience across multiple industry sectors. Sue was responsible for the successful growth and expansion of the RACV Club & Resorts Division, which was progressively developed to a portfolio of 10 world class, award winning Club and Resort facilities and services in three states. As a result, RACV Club & Resorts became the third pillar of the diverse RACV business, accounting for one third of RACV revenues and more than 2.5 million Member transactions each year.

Sue is an accomplished leader with demonstrated skills in the operational management of large and complex organisations. With experience and skills in capital planning, major capital works, negotiation and project management Sue led the planning, construction and commissioning of a number of RACV capital works projects to better align their facilities to member needs.

Sue has worked extensively in public and private settings, across a range of governance, management and clinical roles.  She has a keen interest in quality and safety, clinical service redesign, and clinical governance. Most recently, Sue was the CEO of St John of God Pinelodge Clinic in Dandenong, Victoria which is a private mental health hospital.

In December 2018, sue commenced as the General Manager of the Lyceum Club in Melbourne.

Seven years ago, Sue was appointed as a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.  An active participant in the Galleries of Remembrance Project, Sue is also the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

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Sharon Bown

Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d)

Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) was appointed to the Australian War Memorial 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 the author of One Woman's War and Peace: a nurse's journey in the Royal Australian Air Force; and a highly sought-after Keynote Speaker, guiding individuals and communities to rise with resilience in the face of adversity.

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Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO (Ret’d)

Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO (Ret’d)

Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in July 2015 as Air Marshal in the position of Chief of Air Force (RAAF). In a 35-year career, he commanded at all levels of the RAAF and flew Chinook helicopters, F-111s and F/A-18 as well as being a flying instructor and a member of the Roulette Aerobatic team. His operational service included Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was the operational commander for all RAAF assets.

Among his qualifications, he holds a BEng (Mech), a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Since leaving the RAAF, Air Marshal Brown has been appointed as a Director of Lockheed Martin (Australia), a Director of Electro Optic Systems, Chairman of the ACT Defence and Industry Board, Chairman of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of CAE Asia Pacific and Middle East, Director on the Governing Council for the Temora Air Museum and a Director of GCB Stratos Consulting. He also mentors in Leadership and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College. His honours and awards include his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia, the United States Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal from Singapore.

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Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell is a Director with KPMG Australia’s Management Consulting practice. She is also a Colonel in the Army Reserve. Michelle deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 where she was awarded the Article 5 NATO Meritorious Service Medal for “distinguished service exhibiting outstanding leadership and exceptional contribution”, becoming the 20th Australian to be awarded this medal. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Michelle is an expert in linking strategy to delivery. She specialises in building capability in complex organisations ranging from Defence and National Security, finance to health services. She leverages her breadth of experience by helping organisations and teams refocus on their core mission and purpose. This strategic and consultative breadth is reflected in her non-executive board memberships; Michelle is a Non-Executive Director of The Shrine of Remembrance Board of Trustees and of the Air Combat Advisory Board (RAAF). Furthermore, Michelle is a judge for the Returned and Services League (Victoria) annual ANZAC Awards.

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Jasmine Cooper Sutton

Jasmine Cooper Sutton

Jasmine specialises in public affairs, community engagement and not-for-profit management. She currently oversees Enterprise for Veterans, a national training program assisting veterans and their families with the confidence and skills they need to successfully transition into self-employment.

Jasmine has also worked with the U.S. Embassy Australia, focusing on major programs for entrepreneurial young Australians and emerging leaders - including TEDXFulbrightMelbourne - and Edinburgh Global Partnerships, a volunteer not-for-profit specializing in co-designed international development projects. She holds a Masters with Honours in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters in International and Public Law from the University of Melbourne.

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Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC (Ret’d)

Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC (Ret’d)

Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC is Chair of the ACT Veterans’ Advisory Council, Vice Chair of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project and a former Member of the Australian War Memorial Council. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Hospital Research Foundation and Chair of the Board of Governors for the Road Home. Brigadier Creagh is an ACT Defence Ambassador and member of the ACT Defence Industry Advisory Board, a member of the AustCyber Canberra Node Industry Advisory Group and Chair of the Hospital Research Foundation ICT and Cyber Security Committee. She is Strategic Adviser for the University of NSW Defence Research Institute and a research academic at the University of New South Wales Canberra in Cyber Security. Brigadier Creagh retired from the Australian Regular Army in March 2015 after a 30-year career and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Alison served on operations in Cambodia East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan and is passionate about supporting and representing the interests of the veteran community.

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Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Michael is Managing Director of Michael Fischer & Associates, a boutique consultancy and brokerage company specialising in restaurants, cafes, bars and other hospitality businesses. He was previously the owner/operator of Barnaby’s Waterfront Restaurants in Parramatta and Bankstown, Sydney from 1976 to 2006. During this time, Barnaby’s Waterfront Restaurant was a seven-times recipient of the American Express Best Restaurant Award, the Restaurant and Catering NSW and Restaurant and Catering Australia Best Family Restaurant Award, and was listed in Entertainment Magazine’s Hall of Fame restaurants in Sydney.

Michael was inducted into the Restaurant and Catering Hall of Fame and was inducted as a Lifetime Achiever for the Restaurant and Catering Industry. He served as President of Restaurant and Catering NSW from 1993 to 1998, when he then went on to serve as President of Restaurant and Catering Australia from 1998 to 2001. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Tourism and Hospitality Advisory – Skills Council, Chairman of the National Skills Shortage Strategy – Food Hospitality Project, and Chairman of the Skills Council Taskforce – VET.

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David Gray

David Gray

David Gray is Managing Director of David Gray & Company.  Established in 1939, the company has been a leading supplier of agricultural chemicals products to the WA farming community for more than 70 years.

David is a former member of the Australian Made Campaign Ltd. He was also a former President of the WA Chamber of Commerce 1996-98 and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2001–2003. David previously chaired the Perth Theatre Company and was a former member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.

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Wilhelm Harnisch

Wilhelm Harnisch

Wilhelm Harnisch is Managing Director of the Zennex Pty Ltd group of companies. He is the current Chair of Focus ACT Ltd, Chair of Your Home Canberra Pty Ltd, a Director of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training Limited and is a member of the Government’s National Disability and Carers Advisory Council and Employment Reform Working Group.

Wilhelm was the National CEO of Master Builders Australia for 15 years until June 2017. He was Director of the Cbus Industry Superannuation Fund for 18 years until December 2017.  He also was a director of Cbus Property Pty Ltd. He was deputy chair of Livable Housing Limited and board director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum Limited.

He was voted AIST 2012 Superannuation Trustee of the Year and received the Federal Safety Commissioner Medal in 2017.  He is a Fellow of AICD, Fellow of AIML and a Senior Associate of FINSIA. Wilhelm holds a BA from the University of Canberra, a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and RG146 for Superannuation.

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Rear Admiral Simon Harrington (Ret'd)

Rear Admiral Simon Harrington AM RAN (Ret’d)

Simon Harrington retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral in 2002. A communications specialist, his naval service included command of two warships and the Royal Australian Naval College. He also served as the Defence Attaché in Washington DC, Commander of the Naval Support Command, Director General of Recruiting as well as numerous other sea and shore postings.    

After retiring from the Navy Simon was appointed the Services Member of the Repatriation Commission from 2003–2007. Since then he has been involved in executive coaching and mentoring. He has also served on the Councils of both the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian War Memorial, and was coordinator of the Australian and New Zealand team that worked with a Turkish team to undertake the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Anzac Battle Site at Gallipoli between 2010 and 2014. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and has been an occasional contributor to publications relating to national security.

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Richard Holyman

Richard Holyman

Owner and CEO of Martin & Pleasance Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based manufacturer, importer and exporter of natural medicines, Richard's skills and experience have been acquired over more than 30 years of growing successful business outcomes.

A successful Chief Executive with a global outlook and perspective, Richard has particular knowledge of the health and wellbeing products industry.

As both a local manufacturer exporter and importer, he understands the challenges that excessive regulation poses for business. He also has firsthand experience at opening up export markets for Australian products and the policies required to support Australian business to expand into global markets.

Other positions held include Chair of the Melbourne Awards, Chair of BottleCycler Australia Pty Ltd, Chair of Tripoint Marketing Pty Ltd, Director of Pauling Labs, past President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, board member of A.V Industries Pty Ltd and board member of the Australian Made Corporation Ltd.

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Carmel McGregor, PSM,	FCPHR, FIPAA, FAIM

Carmel McGregor PSM

Carmel McGregor is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a private consultant. She was formerly Deputy Secretary People in the Department of Defence until her retirement from the public service.

Carmel’s previous position was that of Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner where she was a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on Reform of Australian Government Administration (Blueprint).

Carmel was Australia’s representative and Vice Chair of the OECD’s Public Governance Committee from 2008–2012. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in the ACT, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Advisory Group on Defence.

In October 2012 Carmel was selected as the inaugural Woman of Influence Public Policy in the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.  Also in October 2012, Carmel was awarded an ANZSOG Public Service Excellence Award Honorary Adjunct Professorship.  Carmel is the recipient of a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2013 Honours List and also received recognition from the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Exceptional Leadership.

Carmel is originally from Queensland and holds an Arts degree with majors in psychology and sociology from the University of Queensland.

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Peter McMullin

Peter McMullin

Peter McMullin is the Chairman and Director of McMullin Group. Peter’s current roles also include acting as Special Counsel at Cornwall Stodart Lawyers following a diverse and high profile career that includes 25 years’ experience in running a legal practice. Peter has vast experience in business, law, local government, philanthropy and the arts. He has also been engaged in various prominent community and organisational leadership roles has high-level expertise in commercial and financial management and is an experienced consultant and mediator across the public and private sectors.

He is a past President of the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). In 2003, Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal. He has made a significant contribution throughout his career forging positive, constructive partnerships between the private sector and governments, the not-for-profit sector and educational institutions. A recent example is supporting the establishment of the world’s first academic centre dedicated to the issue of statelessness at Melbourne University Law School, known as Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

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David Michaelis

David Michaelis

David Michaelis worked as a solicitor in law firms McKenna & Co and Lovell White & King in London and Stephen Jaques and Stephens in Sydney. Subsequently, he worked as an in-house corporate lawyer, company secretary and in various other senior corporate management roles for major companies including Placer, Allied Mills/Goodman Fielder and Rothmans/British American Tobacco.

David has extensive experience as a company executive, company director, legal adviser, company secretary and superannuation trustee. David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. He is past President of both the NSW Business Chamber and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was previously a Director at John Young (Kelvinhaugh) Pty Ltd, the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of ASSET Superannuation and, following the merger of ASSET Super with CareSuper, as a Director and deputy Chair of Care Super, and a Committee member of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI).

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Major General Paul Stevens, AO

Major General Paul Stevens AO (Ret’d)

General Stevens graduated from Duntroon, in 1967. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and afterwards in a variety of artillery and staff appointments, including command of the artillery school.

As a senior officer, Paul was the Director of Studies at the Australian Command and Staff College, a student at the National Defence College of Canada, Chief of Staff of Army Training Command, the Military Secretary overseeing officer and NCO career management, and finally the Army’s Chief of Personnel.

On leaving the Army in 1997, General Stevens was appointed to the Repatriation Commission at the Department of Veterans' Affairs. He subsequently became the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves before retiring in late 2010.

Paul holds an Arts Degree from the University of Queensland. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the board of directors of the Defence Housing Authority, the Council of the Australian War Memorial, the Administrative Review Council, and the University of Canberra Human-Research Ethics Committee.

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Terry Wetherall

Terry Wetherall

Terry Wetherall is currently chair of CareSuper and a director of Industry Super Australia.  He is also the Director of TCW Consulting, an Illawarra based town planning & property consultancy with over 25 years’ experience in providing a range of specialist town planning and property advice services. He holds qualifications in building surveying, property valuation and town planning. Terry’s working career has spanned local government and the private sector including holding senior management positions in the steel, meat and property industries.

Terry is a Past President of NSW Business Chamber and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has held numerous senior positions in the Illawarra, including President of the Wollongong Chamber of Commerce and President of the Illawarra Business Chamber. Terry is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Property Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. He is a current Director of CareSuper. Terry is a respected opinion leader within the property industry, particularly for his understanding of regional issues.

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