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Royal Military College of Australia


Commissioned Australian Army Engineering Officer
Australian Defence Force Career
01/1978 to 01/1990

7.1 Managed base level maintenance and modification to Army's electrical and mechanical equipment within the 2nd Base Workshop Battalion.
7.2 Supervised production management and control, contract repair, provision of computer support including electronic data processing, and human resource planning.
7.3 Financial management (budget A$10.8 million-2020, delegation A$1.9 million-2020).
7.4 Led and line managed a two-hundred-and-fifty-person team.

6.1 Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the 22nd Construction Squadron Workshop.
6.2 Senior squadron engineer for mechanical design, maintenance and modification planning for plant and other hydraulic machinery and associated equipment, and human resources officer.
6.3 Financial management (budget A$0.8 million-2020, delegation A$0.7 million-2020).
6.4 Led and line managed a forty-person team.

5.1 Senior engineer responsible for production planning and control, contract repair, supervision of design modification and implementation at the Perth Workshop Company.
5.2 Facilities planning coordinator and officer in charge of computer support, Electronic Data Processing, and human resources management.
5.3 Financial management (budget A$3.9 million-2020, delegation A$0.7 million-2020).
5.4 Led and line managed a fifty-five-person team.

4.1 Executive military assistant to His Excellency Sir James Plimsoll, A.C., C.B.E., Governor of Tasmania, with duties including detailed event planning and public relations.
4.2 Liaison with government departments and press, and attending all functions within Government House as well as all public functions and ceremonies and on occasion representing the Governor of Tasmania. Throughout my tenure as Aide-de-Camp to Sir James we traveled to a multitude of official functions covering about 33,000 kilometres within Tasmania.
4.3 Led and line managed a two-person team.
4.4 Normally only a one year post, during my tenure I was invited by Sir James to extend my term as his ADC by a further six months to allow the Chief of the Defence Force latitude to source a replacement of similar comportment.

3.1 Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the unit 1st Watercraft Workshop.
3.2 Senior engineer for mechanical design, maintenance and modification planning for all Army watercraft and associated electrical and mechanical equipment, and human resources management.
3.3 Financial management (budget A$3.3 million-2020, delegation A$0.7 million-2020).
3.4 Led and line managed a forty-person team.

2.1 Overall responsibility for all electrical and mechanical engineering activities within the unit 101st Field Workshop.
2.2 Duties included engineering design, maintenance and modification planning for the field repair of electrical and mechanical assets within the Brigade.
2.3 Led and line managed a thirty-five-person team.

1.1 Full-time Royal Military College of Australia Staff Cadet, and full-time student in Engineering (Mechanical) at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Military Studies.
1.2 Graduated 14 December 1982 from the Royal Military College of Australia and Entered in Record of Graduates, Certificate #2888.
1.3 Graduated 14 December 1982 from University of New South Wales Faculty of Military Studies in Engineering.

Commission and Service Certificate

1990 - Awarded by Assistant Chief of General Staff - Personnel
Date of Separation: 14 January 1990
Date of Entry: 19 January 1978

1981 - At the Royal Military College of Australia I received my Commission to be an Officer of the Australian Army by His Excellency The Governor General of Australia, the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen dated 14 December 1982.

Good Character

Australian National Police Check (criminal history record check)
NSW Service Ref: WWC2271629E

Dated: 16 April 2021 valid 16 April 2026
Result: "cleared (Employee)"
The Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in NSW.
It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.

Australian Federal Police - National Police Certificate
AFP Ref: 3151/5488721 Client Ref: VC0259312
Dated: 11 December 2020
Result: "no disclosable court outcomes"

Australian Federal Police - National Police Certificate
AFP Ref: 6077469PC
Dated: 09 December 2019
Result: "no disclosable court outcomes"