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Institute Board Members 'Getting To Know You'

Following is a brief description of the military and civilian careers undertaken by the 2009-2010 Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW Board Members.

The information illustrates the depth of experience that Councillors bring to bear on the complex issues they face as Councillors serving the Institute and the wider community.


 Graham Brown go BACK to Board page

Mr Graham Brown, BEc, MBus, FFin was appointed Treasurer of Institute of NSW shortly after becoming a member in 2014.

He served in Sydney University Regiment from 1967 to 1973 and was commissioned in 1972.

Graham worked in the finance industry for over forty years and held senior executive positions with major Australian and international banks.

He is a past NSW Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and past committee member of the Overseas Bankers' Association. He is currently a crisis support counsellor for Lifeline Australia.

Graham is a widower and has three sons and four grandchildren.

 Michael Flynn go BACK to Board page

Commodore Flynn graduated from Melbourne University in Medicine in 1969, the year he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Surgeon Lieutenant. He has post-graduate qualifications in General Practice, Obstetrics, Venereal Diseases, Occupational and Aviation Medicine. He also qualified as an Aviator in the RAN, USN and Royal Navy flying both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

He served in a variety of RAN Hospitals in Australia, and with the PNGDF (HMAS LAURENGAU, Manus Island). He was Medical Officer in Charge of health facilities at RANAS ALBATROSS (Nowra) and RNAS Culdrose (Cornwall, UK). He filled senior staff appointments in the Naval Support Command, Maritime Headquarters, and Office of Surgeon General (HQADF), Campbell Park ACT. He was appointed as the medical officer, HMAS PERTH (DDG 38) and as Fleet Medical Officer, he experienced service at sea in all classes of RAN ships and submarines.

As Officer in Charge, he lead the (Tri-Service) Task Group Medical Support Element (USNS COMFORT) during Gulf War I for which he was awarded a Secretary of Navy (US) commendation. In 2000, he was posted to the UNTAEF headquarters in Dili, East Timor. In December 2004, he lead the first medical contingent from Australia to Banda Aceh. This was the first international contingent to arrive in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami.

In May 1989, he was seconded to the Australian Embassy, Beijing, to provide health advice and support. This period encompassed the Tien an Mien Square incident (3rd/4th June).

He retired from full time service in 1998, after serving as Director General Naval Health Services and Director General Corporate Health Services in the office of SGADF.

In 1999, he assumed the role as NSW Health Services Functional Area Coordinator which included responsibility for Disaster Response planning for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games. From 2001 until 2007, he was the Medical Director of the Ambulance Service of NSW.

He is married to Caroline, and they have three children, and three grand-children.

 Michael Hough, AM, RFD, ED go BACK to Board page

Professor Michael Hough AM RFD ED BE (NSW), BA (Macq), Dip Sch Admin (ACEA), Grad Dip Ed (N'cle NSW), Grad Dip Ind Eng (N'cle NSW), MedAdmin (UNE), EdD (Georgia USA), Cert4 (WorkTrg and Assesst) (TAFE NSW), FAIM, FACE, FACEL, JP (NSW)

Dr Michael Hough is currently a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where he works in the Sydney Business School. He is a Fellow of the IC2 (Innovation, Competition and Co-operation) Institute of the University of Texas at Austin Texas USA.

He was the Event Co-ordinator of the annual "Wings Over Illawarra" (WOI) Air Shows at Illawarra Regional Airport over 2007-2013; is an adviser to the current professional Air Show organisers, and is a senior member of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). He currently heads up the project to form a partnership between HARS and the RAN to develop and run the HARS Navy Heritage Flight.

Professor Hough was Wollongong's Citizen of the Year in 2004. This was followed by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2006. He has a long history of military service and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired). He was a Cadet Pilot Officer in 21 Flight Air Training Corps, and enlisted in the then University of Newcastle Company of the University of Technology Regt-which became UNSWR. He was commissioned into Infantry Corps in UNSWR but transferred to Armoured Corps as a Captain, and then held command appointments in 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles, before becoming 2ic of OCTU. He held SO2 appointments in HQ 2nd Division, before command of the University of NSW Regiment.

 David Leece, AM, PSM, RFD, ED go BACK to Board page

President from 2013 to date; Vice President from 2007 to 2013; Secretary from 2002 - 2007; and Editor of United Service 2005 to date. He has served on the Executive, Corporate Governance, Finance and Journal Advisory Committees.

Following 4 years in the Australian Cadet Corps at North Sydney Boys High, David became a citizen soldier and served, mostly part-time, in the Australian Army for 37 years. He was commissioned through Sydney University Regiment into the Infantry Corps in 1962. He subsequently commanded a United States Marine Corps Reserve rifle company (1967-69), the 17th Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (1978-81), and the 8th Australian Infantry Brigade (1988-90).

While a student at the Joint Services Staff College, he was a member of the first Australian military delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China (1982) and later held senior staff appointments on Headquarters 2nd Division, Field Force Command and Training Command. He was Deputy Commandant, Reserve Command and Staff College (1985-88).

In civilian life, David, who holds a PhD in plant physiology, was a research scientist in the NSW Department of Agriculture for 20 years and then became a senior executive in the State Pollution Control Commission, and later in the NSW Environment Protection Authority, becoming Executive Director and Chief Scientist. Concurrently, he was a Deputy Commissioner of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission for 13 years before retiring after 42 years of public service. Subsequently, he was Assistant Commissioner (part-time) of the Natural Resources Commission of New South Wales (2004 to 2009).

He is married to Priscilla and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Brigadier Leece was awarded an AM in the 2020 Australia Day Honours list. Richly deserved.

 Doug Roser go BACK to Board page

Group Captain Roser joined the Institute of NSW in June 1995, having been a member of the Institute of the ACT from 1979 to 1995.

He joined the Council in 2005, became a Vice President in 2006 and President in 2010.

He has been Deputy Chair of the Library Committee since 2005 and in 2007 became Chair of the Library Computerisation Committee.

He enlisted in the RAAF as an Aircraftman Apprentice in February 1959 and was commissioned in Engineer Branch in January 1963. He served at Melbourne Telecommunications Unit, HQ Support Command, Communications Control Centre RAF Stanbridge UK, and in Australia at the Departments of Air and later Defence. He attended the Joint Services Staff College in 1979 and retired as a Group Captain in June 1981 from Headquarters Operational Command, Glenbrook, where he was Staff Officer Control and Communications.

His post-RAAF civilian career has included roles as Executive General Manager AWA Defence and Aerospace Division, Director of Defence AWA Defence Industries, General Manager Technical Service Division and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority, and Project Director for civil aviation restructuring projects for the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and the Japan International Cooperation Agency in the Philippines, PNG and Indonesia. He has also served as Acting CEO PNG Civil Aviation Authority.

He is a past Chair of the Centre of Engineering Leadership and Management of Engineers Australia (Sydney Division) and is currently the National Chair and NSW Chapter Chair of the Australian Society for Defence Engineering, a Technical Society of Engineers Australia. He is also a delegate for the National Congress of Engineers Australia. He and his wife, Karen, are active volunteers with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

 John Rudd go BACK to Board page

Mr John C. Rudd, B.Com (UNSW), FCPA, FAICD (Retd), FCIS (Retd) was commissioned in the RAAF (Sydney University Squadron), whilst completing a B.Com (Accounting) at the University of NSW in 1968. He joined Institute that same year.

Whilst attending university he was employed by the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd (cadetship) fulfilling several accounting positions before moving into a Management Accounting position with Overseas Containers Australia as the containerisation of the shipping industry around the world gained momentum.

A move into the Advertising industry as Finance Director of Clemenger Sydney followed in 1973 as the company expanded from a very small base into one of state's largest advertising agencies. Merchant and Partners Australia - one of the country's largest independent media buyers, approached John to join them as their National Finance Director in 1987 and he continued in that role until retirement.

John was a Legatee with Sydney Legacy for 10 years including being a member of the central Finance Committee and a short period of time on the Board of Directors. He has been a member of Council of Trinity Grammar School Sydney for 24 years where he has chaired the Audit Review Committee as well as Honorary Secretary.

Professionally John is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs and has retired as a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries.

 Kim Turner, RFD go BACK to Board page

Kim Turner joined the Institute of NSW on 13 September 1987. He served on Council as Service Representative (representing COMD 2 Div from 2007- 2009 and FORCOMD from 2010 - 2011). He was elected to Council in 2014.

Kim enlisted in 1977 and was commissioned through Sydney University Regiment in 1983. He graduated from Army Command and Staff College in 2003. Appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd/17th Battalion of the Royal New South Wales Regiment (1999 - 2001), having previously served in the battalion as Regimental Signals Officer; Second in Command Support Company; Officer Commanding A Company (NSW Scottish) and Second in Command of the Battalion. Thereafter he held a number of senior appointments: Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor Regional Training Centre NSW (2001 - 2002); Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, 8th Brigade (2004 - 2006); Assistant Commander, HQ 2nd Division (2007 - 2010); Reserve Training Adviser, Office of the Director General Training, HQ Forces Command (2010); Director, Army Personnel Agency - Sydney (2011); Colonel Capability and Plans, HQ 8th Brigade (2012 - 2013); transferring to Staff Group and Standby Reserve in 2014/15.

In his civilian employment Kim is a legal practitioner and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia and High Court of Australia. He is currently Litigation Counsel, Solicitor on the Record for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Other current appointments: Chairman, Bulwarra Co-Op Limited (Bulwarra Resort, Terrigal); Honorary Solicitor, Army Museum, Victoria Barracks; Honorary Solicitor, Association of 17th Battalions; Member, Government Solicitors Committee, The Law Society of New South Wales.

Kim is married to Amanda and has three children.

 Lyall Wood AM RFD go BACK to Board page

Lieutenant Colonel Lyall Wood, AM, RFD, BA, T Cert School Mgt (Retd) commenced his military career in SUR in December 1965 and was commissioned in January 1968. His Regimental service continued till 1982, by this time he was a Major.

He was one of three students who passed the Army Reserve Senior Officers Tactics Course 1984 and was awarded the Blamey Sword of Honour as the Top Student. He was appointed 2IC 4RNSWR in 1985 followed by CO 17RNSWR in 1986 and CO 2/17RNSWR in 1987 following the linking of the Battalions as part of the restructure of the Regiment. He relinquished Command in January 1989 and was honoured to have his service recognised in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours with the award of an AM.

He was a High School mathematics teacher with the NSW Department of Education for 40 years culminating as Deputy Principal.

He has been married to Jeanie for 45 years, have four married adult sons and 12 grandchildren. In his spare time he is actively involved in Scouting and in his church.

 Geoffrey Ellison, FCA, MAICD go BACK to Board page

A Chartered Accountant and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with nearly 50 years experience in Insolvency and Business Reconstruction. Co founder and Director of an International Accounting group, 5 years in the commercial world as General Manager of a hotel group and working with the Commonwealth on the ANSETT Airlines failure have provided a very broad experience base.

Currently Geoffrey is a director of a Bendigo Community Bank® and a director of a UK property group.

Geoffrey commenced military service with National Service (1956), graduated as a lieutenant through OCTU and finished 15 years service with A Company (NSW Scottish) 17 RNSWR.

A member of Institute since 1969, Geoffrey has served as Honorary Auditor for so long he received Honorary Life Membership. Council Member for 5 years (Assist. Treasurer and currently Honorary Treasurer).

 Tony Hunt, AO, RAN go BACK to Board page

Rear Admiral Hunt joined the Institute of NSW in 1992 having been a member of the Institute of ACT from 1979-92. He joined the Council of the Institute of NSW in 1995 and served as Vice President 1996/1998 and as President from 1998-2002.

He served on the Lectures/Seminars Committee from 1995-98 and from 2005-2008. He is currently a member of the Library Management Committee

He joined the RAN in 1954 and retired as Naval Support Commander in 1995. He served off Malaya during the Emergency and off South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and undertook exchange postings in the UK and USA.

He worked in the ADF Helicopter Project from 1981-84 and was Navy Chief Engineer 1987-92.

In civilian life, he serves as President of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, as Chairman of the Royal Humane Society and Deputy Chair Life Education Australia.

 Bob Treloar, AO go BACK to Board page

Bob Treloar joined the Institute of NSW in 2001 and was previously a member of USI ACT. He served as Vice President of Institute NSW 2005-07 and President 2007 - 2010. He has served on the Executive, Lectures/ Seminars and Journal Committees.

He enlisted in the RAAF in September 1966 and graduated with Wings in February 1968. He served in South Vietnam with No 9 Squadron 1969-70, flying helicopters in support of the Australia Task Force. Other overseas squadron postings include Butterworth, Malaysia with Nos 75 and 3 Squadrons flying Mirages. He later commanded the RAAF's first operational F/A-18 (Hornet) Squadron and No 41 (Air Defence Radar) Wing at Williamtown. He subsequently commanded the Integrated Air Defence System, controlled under the Five Nations Defence Agreement, at Butterworth Malaysia.

He was Commander Australian Theatre (now Joint Operations Command) 1999-2001 and was responsible for planning and supporting ADF operations in East Timor, provision of ADF support to the Sydney Olympics and numerous other ADF operations.

Following retirement from the Permanent Air Force in November 2001, he transferred to the RAAF Reserve and serves as a member of the ADF Airworthiness Board. He led the Review of Interoperability of the ADF and U.S. Armed Forces at the request of the Minister for Defence. He also led the Defence Team supporting the Senate Review of the Military Justice System and has conducted several specific studies for the RAAF. He is Patron of the RAAF Radar Air Defence Association.

In civilian life, he has advised Leighton Contractors and at the request of the Minister participated in a review to improve the procurement process for personal clothing and equipment for ADF members.

He is married to Marilyn and they have two sons.

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Steve Bell

January 2021

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