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VRB Members' Biographies

Principal Member of the Veterans' Review Board
Mr Doug Humphreys OAM, BComm, LLB, LLM, GDML, Acc Spec Govt & Admin Law

Doug Humphreys was appointed as Principal Member of the Board on 22 March 2010. He graduated from UNSW in 1980 with a combined Commerce/Law degree. Following his admission as a solicitor, he spent 3 years in private legal practice. Between 1984 and 2003, he worked for the Legal Aid Commission of NSW in the criminal law area. Between 1993 and 2003, he was the Director of the Commission’s criminal law branch.

In 2003, he was appointed as the Principal Registrar of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). During his time with the AAT he completed a Master of Laws course at Monash University majoring in Tribunal procedures. From 2003 to 2009, he was Secretary and then Executive Officer of the Council of Australasian Tribunals. From 2008 he was elected as a Councillor of the Law Society of NSW and he is the current Junior Vice President of the Society.

Mr Humphreys joined the Australian Army Reserve in 1976, and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Australian Infantry in 1979. He remains an active member of the Reserve, now serving in the Australian Army Legal Corps with the rank of LTCOL.

Commander Gary Barrow

Commander Barrow served as a permanent officer in the Royal Australian Navy for 26 years. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Sydney Law School, and also qualified as a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. He has been in private practice as a solicitor since 1986 and has continued to serve as a Naval Reserve Officer. He was appointed a Member of the VRB in 2007 and a Senior Member of the VRB in 2011.

Frank Brown, LLB

A former national serviceman, later promoted sergeant and then commissioned from OCS Portsea in 1971. Army service included Vietnam in 1968/69 and an exchange posting with the British Army in Germany 1976-1978. He left the Army in 1993 as a lieutenant colonel, following which he worked for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. After graduating in law from the University of New South Wales in 1997, Frank worked as a solicitor in private practice. Frank was appointed to the Board in 2001 and 2011.

Colonel Evan Carlin

Colonel Carlin holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws. He joined the Australian Army as a Legal Officer in 1987, and has extensive legal experience with the Australian Defence Force, including postings to the UK, Iraq, the Balkans and Sumatra. Colonel Carlin was appointed to the VRB as a Senior Member in 2014.

Colonel David Collins

Colonel David Collins has served in the Australian Army and Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Training, Diploma of Law and a Masters of Management and Governance. In 2005 he was posted to Iraq, as the Officer in command of the 2nd rotation of the ADF Medical Detachment attached to the US Theatre Hospital Balad. He is currently employed by the Children’s Hospital Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is also a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s, health performance and professional standards panel. He was appointed a VRB Services member in March 2013.

Ms Alison Colvin

Ms Colvin holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws (with honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Law from Queensland University of Technology. She has practised as a solicitor in private practice and was a Conference Registrar at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has previously held appointments as a part time Legal Member of the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal and as a part time Commissioner with the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

Ms Jennifer D’Arcy

Ms D’Arcy has been a part time Senior Member of the Board since 2001 and is also a part time Legal Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, as well as being a part time Presiding Member of the Guardianship Tribunal.

Mr Robert Douglass

Mr Douglass holds Bachelors of Economics and Laws from Monash University. He joined the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 1993, and was an Assistant Director in the Rehabilitation and Compensation Group from 1995 to 2010, before working as a Senior Lawyer in the Legal Services area of the Department from 2010 to 2014. Mr Douglass has served as a Legal Officer in the Australian Army from 2007, and remains an active member of the Reserve. He was appointed a Member of the VRB in 2014.

Brigadier Christopher Hamilton

Brigadier Hamilton has over 32 years of service in the Australian Army and is currently a serving member of the Army Reserve. He held command appointments at every rank including battalion command and command of units on operations overseas in Bougainville and East Timor. He holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Science and a Masters degree in both Human resource Management and Marketing. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Employment Services Queensland. Chris is also the honorary Aide de Camp to the Governor General. Chris was appointed to the VRB as a Services Member in 2011.

Commodore Simon J Hart CSC RAN (Retd)

Simon Hart served in the ADF for 33 years from 1973 until transferring to the Naval Reserve in 2006. Simon’s operational background is primarily in guided missile Frigates and Destroyers with extensive Command experience in Destroyers. His two key positions in the Navy Senior Leadership Group were Director General, Navy Personnel and Training Organisation; and Commander, Australian Surface Combatant Force Element Group. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College; University of NSW; US Navy Postgraduate School (Computer Science); and Kings College, London (International Relations). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon was appointed to the VRB as a Services Member in 2011.

Ms Elayne Hayes

Ms Hayes has extensive experience as a member of Federal and State based Tribunals. She has previously been a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and is currently a member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal in both the Legal Services and Equal Opportunity divisions. Ms Hayes has undertaken international contracts in Human Resources management. She was appointed as an independent investigator with Wollongong Council in 2011. Ms Hayes was also recently appointed to the North Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils as an independent investigator.  She was appointed a member of the VRB in 2006 and 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Hourn

Lieutenant Colonel Hourn is a 1987 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and served in the Australian Intelligence Corps for 20 years before appointment to the Commonwealth Senior Executive Service. He was a Member of the VRB from 1997 to 2004 and more recently served with the United Nations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Colonel Hourn was reappointed to the VRB in January 2011.

Ms Louise Hunt

Ms Hunt is a graduate in Law and holds a postgraduate Master of International Law. She entered private practice as a Solicitor in 1983 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Legal Panel in 1984. She is currently a Panel Leader for the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve Legal Panel.

Ms Hilary Kramer

Ms Kramer is a graduate in Arts and Law. She is a part time Member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal and a former part time Legal Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the Guardianship Tribunal of NSW. She has practised as a solicitor in private practice and for the Legal Aid Commission representing clients in criminal, prison and mental health law. She has conducted research with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and compiled the final report of the 26-member Women in Prison Task Force to the Minister for Corrective Services. She was appointed Member of the VRB in 1998 and Senior Member in 2006.

Mr Wayne Lynch

Wayne joined the Army in 1971 and served for 38 years. He is presently a Colonel on the Standby Reserve and has been since Jan 2009. In his career he has served in the regular Army component and as a Reservist in both the Ready Reserve and the General Reserve. He started as a rifleman in Infantry and had a wide range of appointments, including Company Commander 3RAR and 6 RAR, CO RURQ, CO QUR, and Commandant of LWC SQ. He has been employed with DVA since 1994 in the Rehabilitation and Compensation business. He retired from DVA in March 2013 and was later appointed as a Member of the VRB located in Brisbane.

Colonel Craig McConaghy

Colonel McConaghy is currently a barrister in private practice and serves as a Colonel in the Australian Army Active Reserve. He holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne. During his career Colonel McConaghy has worked with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1996 to 1998, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Solomon Islands from 2007 to 2008. He was the Director of the Australian Defence Force Military Law Centre between 2003 and 2005. He served as the legal officer to the 2nd Australian contingent to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda in 1995 and as the Command Legal Officer at the Australian National Headquarters in Bagdad, Iraq in 2005. Colonel McConaghy was appointed to the VRB as a Senior Member in 2014.

Ms Jillian Moir

Ms Moir holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Law from Macquarie University and a Bachelor Science (Psychology) from Wollongong University. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1993. Ms Moir has many years’ experience in mediation and conciliation in a number of jurisdictions. In addition to her role at the VRB she is a part-time Senior Member (Legal) and mediator at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), a part-time Legal Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (SSCS Division).

Colonel Robin Regan CSC (Retd)

Colonel Regan (Retd) served in the Australian Army for 34 years including active service in South Vietnam. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross and Deputy Chief of Army Commendation. He has previously been an advocate for the RSL of Victoria. Colonel Regan (Retd) was appointed a Services Member of the VRB in 1999.

Dr Peter Salu

Dr Salu holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide. He commenced legal practice as a solicitor in 1988, and since 2006 he has practised as a barrister. Dr Salu was appointed to the VRB as a Senior Member in 2014.

Group Captain Anne Trengove

Group Captain Trengove holds a Bachelor degrees in Arts (Jurisprudence) and Laws from the University of Adelaide, and a Graduate Diploma in Military Law (with merit) from the Australian National University. She has worked as a solicitor in private practice since 1996 and as a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, South Australia. She also worked on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in London, UK. Group Captain Trengove is a Reserve Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and has served since 1997. She was appointed to the VRB as a Senior Member in 2014.

Ms Jennifer Walker

Jennifer served 16 years in the Australian Intelligence Corps (Army Reserve) attaining the rank of Major. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Market Research and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jennifer has a varied career in technical, management and organisational development roles, spanning over 30 years, in the private and public sectors, working at all levels of government and in a number of jurisdictions. She also has had extensive experience in consulting including the conduct of organization reviews and grievance investigations. She is currently the CEO of Legacy Australia. Jennifer was appointed to the VRB in March 2013.

Commander Iain Alexander Whitehouse (Retd)

Commander Whitehouse (Retd) served for 27 years in the Royal Australian Navy until transferring in 1998 to the Maritime Safety Queensland as Manager of Maritime Safety (Gold Coast). Iain’s sea going appointments include a variety of ships operating in global waters. His operational background is primarily in patrol boats and guided missile destroyers, with command experience of a PNG Patrol Boat based at Manus Island. In 2007 Iain established a maritime consultancy business on the Gold Coast and is involved in advising ship operators on safe material and operational standards. Iain was appointed to the VRB as a services Member in 2011.

Ms Tammy Williams

Ms Williams has graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and was admitted in 2002 as a barrister. She began her legal career at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in 1997. She has served as a Member of the National Indigenous Council and National Human Rights Consultation Committee before moving into Tribunal work in 2008 with the Children Services Tribunal. She has been a Sessional Member of the Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal (QCAT) since 2009.

Air Commodore Bruce Wood (Retd)

Air Commodore Wood (Retd) served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 35 years which included a posting in Ubon, Thailand during the Vietnam War flying Sabre aircraft, and later a tour in South Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller working with the US Army 25th Infantry Division. Towards the latter part of his Air Force career he was the Air Attaché in Washington DC and his last posting before retirement was as Combined Air Component Commander INTERFET and Commander of the Australian Contingent, in East Timor. He is still a member of the RAAF Reserve Staff Group and was appointed a Services Member of the VRB in 2006.

Mr Christopher Wray

Mr Wray is a graduate in Law with a post graduate diploma in Art History. He is a self-employed solicitor and has an extensive history of employment as a senior associate, partner and sole principal in law firms in Melbourne and Perth. He has lectured in legal studies and has authored publications relating to Australian Military History.

Colonel Leslie Young (Retd)

Colonel Young (Retd) has a Diploma in Law and a Diploma in Criminology. He served in the Australian Army for 22 years holding appointments as Judge Advocate Administrator, Judge Advocate, Defence Force Magistrate and Chief Legal Officer. In his capacity as a Judge Advocate he sat on military trials in Somalia and Cambodia. Prior to his appointment as a Senior Member of the VRB in 1997 he worked as a solicitor advocate which he continues to do on a part time basis as a sole practitioner.

Colonel Warwick Young

Colonel Young is an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force and has been since 1992. Colonel Young saw active service in Iraq in 2006. He was appointed as a Services Member of the VRB in 2008.

Ms Jane Anderson

Ms Anderson holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degree from Flinders University of South Australia and a Master of Law degree from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. After working as a Senior Legal Officer for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions she was appointed as a Deputy President of the Guardianship Board of South Australia in 2009. She served in this role for five years before being appointed as a Senior Legal Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2014.

Colonel Christopher Austin

Colonel Austin has served as an Army Officer since 1980. His service has included operational service in East Timor, the Middle East and the Queensland floods. He is an active member of the Army Reserve and is a self-employed Management Consultant and Company Director.

Ms Robyn Bailey

Ms Bailey holds Bachelors of Law and Arts as well as a Master of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales. After working in private practice she was appointed as a Member of the Guardianship Tribunal in 2007 and to the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal in 2009. She is currently employed as a Senior Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and also works as a Mediator in the District Court of NSW, the Workers Compensation Commission and for her own company. She is also facilitator for the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce.

Brigadier Mark Bornholt (Rtd)

Mark Bornholt graduated from Officer School Portsea in 1978. He served in the 3rd and 6th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his leadership of the 1st Battalion and was commended for distinguished service during the war against Iraq. His senior appointments included Chief of Staff Land Headquarters and Commandant Royal Military College of Australia. He retired in 2009 and worked as the CEO of a business unit of a publicly listed company until 2014 when he was appointed to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal. He remains a Chief of Army delegate for Redress of Grievance issues, a Director of the Royal Australian Regiment Foundation and is the Colonel Commandant of the Australian Army Band Corps. He previously served as a Services Member of the VRB in 2010-2011.

Ms Sharon Brennan

Ms Brennan is an Accredited Mediator and graduate in Arts, Education and Business. She has served in the Citizens Military Forces, as an Intelligence Officer for ASIO and in senior HR roles in the public sector. In 2006 she was appointed as a Member of the Veterans’ Review Tribunal and has also worked as a Community Member of the Podiatrists’ Registration Board and as an Independent Merits Reviewer for the Independent Protection Assessment Office. Since 1995 she has been employed as a Conciliation Officer for the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service.

Dr Scott Clark

Dr Clark is a Psychologist who has worked in the area of mental health service delivery in both inpatient and community settings since 1998. He is currently a Team Leader for a specialist Mental Health Service. Mr Clark joined the Army Reserve in 1990, transferring to the Australian Army Psychology Corps in 1997, where he continues to serve as a Psychologist.

Ms Linda Corbould OAM

Ms Corbould had full-time service in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1981 to 2011 as an Officer and as a Pilot. Since 2011 she has been acting as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve. She completed a Diploma of Military Studies at the Australian Command and Staff College in 2005.

Mrs Nadine Crimston

Mrs Crimston holds Bachelor degrees in Business and Law and Masters in Business Administration and Law. Nadine served in the Royal Australian Air Force in procurement and logistics before moving into contract management for the Department of Defence, Boeing and Australian Aerospace. She has been employed by Smith & Nephew since 2012 and is currently working in the capacity of Legal Counsel.

Mr Christopher Keher

Mr Keher is a lawyer and experienced tribunal member. He has served as a full-time member of the Refugee Review Tribunal – Migration Review Tribunal, and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and a part-time member of the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal as well as a Senior Member of the VRB from 2008 to 2012.

Ms Sandra Kerr

Ms Kerr has extensive experience as a member of Federal Tribunals having previously been appointed to the Migration Review Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal and Social Security Appeals Tribunal. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Law from the Australian National University. Ms Kerr also has qualifications in Medical Imaging and Executive Leadership. She served as a Legal Officer in the Army Reserve and has family members who have participated in various Australian military operations.

Colonel Peter Maher

Colonel Maher graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1973. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, and he is a 1984 graduate of the Command and Staff College, Queenscliff. Colonel Maher has overseas service with the United Nations in Kashmir, the British Army in Germany and the United States Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia. He was the Deputy Chief of Operations, HQ Multi-National Security Transition Command in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. He completed his Army full-time service in 2007 as the Commander, Land Warfare Centre, Canungra. Colonel Maher was appointed to the VRB in March 2013.

Mrs June McPhie

Mrs McPhie is a Law graduate with a postgraduate Master of Laws and professional qualifications in Mediation and Physiotherapy. Since 2000 she has been a Director of the University of Sydney Law Extension Committee and Member of the Board for the Faculty of Law at both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology. Having previously served as the President of the Law Society she is currently a Member of their Professional Conduct Committee. She has also been working as the Principal Cost Assessor for the Supreme Court of NSW since 2010.

Mr Francis Roberts

Mr Roberts served as an Army Officer from 1970 to 2005. He then held a Senior Executive Service position in the Department of Defence from 2005 until 2013 before undertaking private consultancy work until his retirement in 2014. Mr Roberts has graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Master of Science and Graduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Mr Nicholas Wilson

Mr Wilson served as an officer in the Australian Regular Army for 20 years in a variety of operational, staff and training appointments. Upon transfer to the Army Reserve, Mr Wilson returned to his home state in 2014 in order to take up an Executive appointment with the Tasmania Fire Service. A graduate of the Defence Academy, the Royal Military College and Australia's Command and Staff College, he holds several tertiary qualifications; including a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and numerous Diplomas. He is married with two children.

Mr Neville Wyatt

Mr Wyatt served full-time in the Royal Australian Navy from 1981 to 1993. Since then he has continued to serve with the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. He is a graduate in Law and Communications. Since 1993 he has been in practice as a private solicitor. In 1999 he started up his own successful firm now known as Wyatts Lawyers and Advisors, which he continues to run with his legal practitioner wife.

Ms Josephine Lumb
Member, ACT

After graduating with a Bachelor of Law in 1998 Ms Lumb has undertaken legal work for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Therapeutic Goods Administration. She currently holds the specialist position of Legal Technical Writer at the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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