Ms Anderson has been appointed as the Principal Member of the Veterans' Review Board for a five-year term commencing on 31 January 2018. Previously she had been appointed as a Member of the VRB in 2015. She 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 Austin has served in the Australian Army since 1980. He is currently an Active Reservist holding the rank of Colonel and is posted as the Deputy Adjutant General – Army. He also conducts complex inquiries for the ADF within Australia and overseas and is appointed as an Assistant Inspector General of the ADF. He has experienced operational service in East Timor, the Middle East and the Queensland Floods and is an Aide de Camp to the Governor General. Having enjoyed a corporate career within the building industry for over 20 years, Chris now runs his own consulting business and sits on a number of Boards and Committees. He was appointed to the VRB in 2015.
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.
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.
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 (NATO), Iraq, the Balkans and Sumatra. Colonel Carlin was appointed to the VRB as a Senior Member in 2014.
Colonel Catherine (Bunny) Carrigan has over 30 years' service in the Australian Army and is a currently serving member of the Army Reserve. She served for 20 years as a logistics officer in the Australian Regular Army before transitioning to the Army Reserve in 2005. She saw operational service in Somalia in 1994. On leaving the full-time Army, Colonel Carrigan established a niche supply chain and business reform consultancy which she still owns and manages. She has been active on several committees and Boards, has been an Honorary ADC to the Governor of Victoria, and is currently the Victorian/ Tasmanian Colonel Commandant for the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Diploma in Transport and Distribution, a Masters of Defence Studies, a Masters of Business (Logistics Management), and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was appointed a VRB Services member in 2018.
Dr Clark is a Psychologist with a background in both clinical and organisational psychology. He has a particular interest in psychology of old age and has worked in acute, extended care and community services. Dr Clark has served in the Army Reserve since 1990 initially as a Rifleman before becoming a Psychologist in 1997.
Steve served as an Army Signals Officer from 1998 to 2006 during which time he saw operational service in Bougainville and Pakistan. Since transitioning he has held senior management positions within both the telecommunications and broader infrastructure sectors.
He is a graduate of both the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and Royal Military College — Duntroon (RMC-D) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics (UNSW), a Master's degree in International Relations (Macq) and Diplomas in Business, Personnel Management and Administration.
He spends his spare time helping serve the families of our deceased veterans as part of Legacy WA.
Colonel David Collins has served in the Australian Regular Army and the Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Education and Training, Diploma of Law and a Masters of Management and Governance. He has deployed on operations several times. In 2005 he was the Officer in command of the 2nd rotation of the ADF Medical Detachment attached to the US Theatre Hospital, Balad, Iraq. In 2006 the 2nd rotation ADF Medical Detachment was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for its efforts in Iraq.
He is currently employed by the Royal 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 re-appointed as a VRB Services member in July 2018.
Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC was appointed to the Veterans' Review Board as a Services Member for a five-year term in January 2019. She also Chairs the ACT Veterans' Advisory Council, the Board of Governors for The Road Home and The Hospital Research Foundation ICT and Cyber Security Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation, an ACT Defence Ambassador and member of the ACT Defence Industry Advisory Board, a member of the AustCyber Canberra Node Industry Advisory Group and Strategic Adviser for the University of NSW Defence Research Institute. Brigadier Creagh is the Representative Colonel Commandant for the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. 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 served on operations in Cambodia East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ms Desses has been appointed as a Member of the Veterans' Review Board commencing 1 January 2019 for a period of five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma of Adult Education, and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992.
Mary worked as an Associate for two Federal Court judges, a Mediation Officer at the Retail Tenancy Disputes Unit, an advocate for the Repatriation Commission and a Conference Registrar at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Mary is a nationally accredited mediator with over twenty years' experience as an Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioner.
Mr Douglass holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Laws from Monash University and a Masters degree in Arts (Military History) from the Australian Defence Force Academy. 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 Group 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 and a Senior Member in 2015.
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.
A consultant corporate psychologist in the defence, security, mining, higher education and health sectors in Australia and the UK, Dr Harte has also served in the Australian Army Psychology Corps (Reserve) for nearly 30 years. She has degrees from Australian and Swedish universities and academic appointments with James Cook and Southern Queensland Universities in addition to delivering annual lectures in the Graduate School of Management at St. Andrews University in Scotland. In 2007 Dr Harte was appointed to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal in Canberra as one of the foundation members, with her tenure completing in 2015. Subsequently she has been appointed as a professional member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and as a researcher member on the Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee.
Dr Henry is a Psychologist with significant leadership experience in workplace health, including work related illness/injury and workers' compensation. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology (with Honours) and a PhD in Organisational Psychology. Dr Henry commenced duties in 1995 as an Army Reserve Psychologist, serving periods of full time service and deploying on operations.
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 Hunt leads teams conducting military justice audits at Australian Defence Force establishments for the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force. She was appointed a Services Member in 2015 and a Senior Member in 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Kelly holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Management. He is an admitted legal practitioner and the Director of an incorporated legal practice. He joined the Australian Army in 1986 and has held a range of RAAC regimental, and staff appointments. His service includes operational service in the Middle East Area of Operations.
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.
She has administrative law experience on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Guardianship Board and in assessing offshore asylum-seeker refugee status claims. She has also undertaken mediation training.
Previously Hilary worked for the Legal Aid Commission representing clients in criminal, prison and mental health law. She has also worked in criminal law research and complied the report of the Women in Prison Task Force to the Minister for Corrective Services.
Hilary was appointed a member of the VRB in 1998 and senior member in 2006.
David Letts completed more than 30 years of fulltime service in the RAN at the end of 2012. During his military career David worked as supply officer and a legal officer, as well as holding senior appointments in Navy and Defence. He is now the Director of the ANU College of Law's Centre for Military and Security Law where his academic teaching and research interests centre on the application of the law to all aspects of military legal practice.
John Lewis is a Barrister & Solicitor in private practice with Lindbloms Lawyers in Adelaide and a graduate of the University of NSW, University of New England and the College of Law. John is a nationally accredited dispute resolution practitioner, an accredited mediator with the Law Society of South Australia, and undertakes pro bono mediations with the Adelaide Magistrates Court. He is also graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and his military service included two tours of service with the United Nations in Cambodia. His Unit was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation in the 2014 Australian Day Honours List.
Ms Lumb holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Law. She has 20 years' plus experience in both legal and policy roles across a range of Commonwealth Government agencies. Ms Lumb worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1998–2011, including serving on diplomatic posting in Chile from 2001–2004. She also served on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in 2014–15. Ms Lumb was appointed to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal as a member in 2017.
Ms MacDonald has extensive experience working in Commonwealth Administrative Review Tribunals. She was a member, senior member and the Deputy Principal Member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal, a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and a Conference Registrar and District Registrar of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She is currently a part-time member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal. She is also contracted to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to implement changes to the Commonwealth biosecurity system. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy from the University of Sydney.
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.
Prof Rob McLaughlin is Professor of Military and security Law at UNSW Canberra. He researches, publishes, and teaches in the areas of Law of Armed Conflict, Law of the Sea, Maritime Security Law and Maritime Law Enforcement, and Military Law. He routinely engages in research activities, and course development and delivery, with the ICRC, the Australian Red Cross, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Rob joined academia after a career in the Royal Australian Navy as a Seaman officer and a Legal officer.
Colonel Robin (Rob) Regan, CSC has over 34 years' service in the Australian Army. He enlisted as a soldier in April 1964, attended the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1966 and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Army Service Corps. He saw operational service with 26 Transport Company in Nui Dat, South Vietnam in 1969/1970. On the disbandment of the Royal Australian Army Service Corps in 1973 he was reallocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport and served in a variety of regimental and staff postings including exchanger postings with the British Army and the US Army. He is also graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College. In 1988/1989 he commanded the Army School of Transport and in 1990 he was promoted Colonel and served in senior logistics postings until his retirement in February 1998.
In March 1998, Colonel Regan was appointed as a full-time advocate with the RSL Melbourne Branch, representing veterans before the Veterans' Review Board. In August 1999, he was appointed as a Services Member on the Veterans' Review Board, a position he has held since.
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.
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.
Brigadier David Thomae graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1988 and was appointed to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He has commanded a platoon, company and battalion in the Infantry and is currently the Commander of the 11th Brigade, the reserve brigade in Queensland. His operational service has been with the United Nations in Syria, Lebanon, East Timor and Iraq. Since 2003 he has practised as a barrister in Queensland.
Group Captain Anne Trengove was reappointed to the Board in July 2018 as a Senior Member, having previously served on the Board from August 2014 to February 2018. She also sits as a member of the Defence Force Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal.
Group Captain Trengove is a Reserve Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and has served since 1997. She 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.
Mrs Trotter holds Bachelors of Law and Commerce from the University of Queensland. From 1989 to 1991, Mrs Trotter worked as an Associate with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and then worked in private practice as a lawyer for 13 years. Mrs Trotter is currently also a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (practising in its Migration and Review, Child Support and Social Security and National Disability Insurance Scheme Divisions) and previously, from 2007, was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Further, Mrs Trotter has been a member of the Migration Review Tribunal/ Refugee Review Tribunal and a reviewer for the Independent Protection Assessment Office. Additionally, Mrs Trotter is an accredited Mediator.
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 board reviews, director recruitment, organization reviews and grievance investigations. She was the CEO of Legacy Australia from 2014 to 2018 and Chaired the Strategic Governance Board of the Advocacy Training and Development Program. Jennifer was initially appointed to the VRB in March 2013 and was reappointed in July 2018.
Sophia White served in the Royal Australian Navy for 16 years, full time, transferring to the Active Reserves in 2018. She has operational experience in Afghanistan, on border protection operations, in Headquarters Joint Operations Command and served as the Fleet Legal Officer in 2017. She is a lawyer and holds postgraduate qualifications including a Master of Laws (Maritime Law) and Master of Military and Defence Studies. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
Warwick Young has served as an officer in Australian Army since 1991, in both a full-time and part-time capacity. Warwick saw active service in Iraq in 2006 and is currently the Deputy Commander — Training at Headquarters 5 Brigade.
Warwick has a diverse background and is a multi-award winning filmmaker. He holds a Master of Screen Arts degree from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS); a bachelors degree in Applied Science (B.App.Sc) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT); a graduate of the Royal Military College (RMC); a graduate of the British Aerospace-Ansett flying College (56 Army Pilots Course); a graduate of the Australian Command And Staff College (ACSC); and trained as an actor at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
His films have won multiple awards when screening at several international film festivals, including the 2013 European Union Film Award, he was nominated for a 2014 Australian Directors Guild Award; the 2014 UK Film Festival; the 2014 Sydney Film Festival, the 59th Valladolid International Film Festival; the 2015 Flickerfest International Film Festival; the 2015 39th Cleveland International Film Festival; the 2015 Down Under Berlin Film Festival for which Warwick won the New Talent Award; the Antipodes program of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; was runner up for the Nicolas Baudin Prize for Best Short Film at the 2015 Saint-Tropez Film Festival; won Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival; and Warwick was also nominated for a 2017 Best New Filmmakers LA Award.
In 2014 Warwick was instrumental in the design and delivery of the Australian Defence Force Theatre Project, a joint venture between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Sydney Theatre Company, The project was designed to provide wounded, injured and ill members of the ADF an opportunity to utilise theatre as a form of therapy to assist them in overcoming their injuries, both physical and psychological. The resulting production 'The Long Way Home' toured nationally and Warwick was engaged as a cast member and as a mentor to the participants. As a result of the success of this project he was a part of the team that designed and planned the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program, and was appointed head of the drama stream during the conduct of the trial in June 2015 and for the roll out in November 2015.
On Australia Day 2019, Warwick was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to veterans and their families.
Warwick has been a Services Member of the Veterans' Review Board since 2008.