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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 Institute for Defence and Security Studies NSW Board Members.

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


 Mr Jim Braid go BACK to Board page

Jim Braid has been an active member of RUSI NSW for over 20 years and spent 8 years as a Councillor (2008 - 2016, including 6 years as Chair of the Membership Committee (2010 - 2016).

He served as a Director on the RUSI National Board for the past 2 years.

His working career was wholly within the Financial Services Industry. Jim held Management roles in various companies, with a specific focus on business development, sales management, product design and marketing.

Jim spent 9 years in the Army Reserve serving as a piper with the 17th Battalion Pipes and Drums. He continues to be a playing member with the NSW Scottish Regimental Association Pipes and Drums.

 Ken Broadhead OAM RFD go BACK to Board page

Lieutenant Colonel KJ (Ken) Broadhead OAM RFD (Ret'd) has been a member of the Institute of NSW since he was commissioned from Eastern Command OCTU in February 1969.

He was elected to the Council in 2005 and served as Assistant Secretary until 2007, when he became Secretary and Public Officer a position he held until the AGM in September 2010. He remains on the Council.

He was commissioned into the Royal Australian Artillery and served in a range of regimental and staff appointments.

He was a Battery Commander in 7th Field Regiment RAA (HQ and 28 Field Batteries), Officer Commanding 133 Divisional Locating Battery RAA (1979-81), Battery Commander (10 Field Battery) and Commanding Officer 23 Field Regiment RAA (1984-87). He attended the Joint Services Staff College in 1988 and wrote the first Staff Officers courses for the Army Reserve. He was President of the RAA Association (NSW) from 1992 to 1995.

He had a long career in the Reserve Bank of Australia in economic and banking policy, security, rural credits and community and press relations.

He is active in Rotary and the SES, serves as a Board member of a financial institution and writes for a boating magazine.

In 2020 Ken was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to the community.

He has 4 children and 13 grandchildren which occupy his spare time. His golf handicap is not improving.

 David Deasey OAM RFD go BACK to Board page

Lieutenant Colonel David Deasey OAM RFD, BA (Hons) Dip Ed was born in Corowa, NSW in 1949. He was educated at Sydney Technical High School and the University of NSW (BA (Hons) 1971 Dip. Ed. 1972). He enlisted in the University of NSW Regiment in 1968 and was commissioned in 1971. He undertook postings in UNSWR, 17 RNSWR, 4 RNSWR and 4/3 RNSWR as well as postings at Brigade, Division, Military District and Command Level before commanding UNSWR 1995-1998. He was posted to the Inactive Reserve in 2001 and retired in 2014. He was awarded the RFD with three clasps for his service. With K J McKay he was Co Author of A History of the University Of New South Wales Regiment 1952-2006.

In civilian life he taught English and History in NSW schools from 1973 until 2009 retiring as Deputy Principal of Picnic Point High School. He was formerly Chairman of the NSW Committee of the National Boer War Memorial Association. He was awarded an OAM in 2019 for his work on the Boer War memorial. He is a Military Historian with specialties including Boer War and World War 1.

 Diana Figgis go BACK to Board page

Diana spent her working life as a lawyer in Sydney, with a decade at the Sydney bar in the 1990s.

In the latter part of the thirty plus years of her legal career, working at a firm of private solicitors, she ran an online bulletin covering recent case law; that was between 2007 to 2012. The bulletin was emailed out five days a week.

Diana's interests include English literature, European culture and creative writing. In recent years she has had some essays published about Australian literature and song.

Her father was a Coast Watcher in New Britain during WWII, and therefore she has a particular interest in that part of Australia's military history.

 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.

 Theodora Fox go BACK to Board page

Theodora Fox [aka Theodora Kariotoglou] BA Lib Sci (KG CAE) has been a member of the Board since April 2018. Position: Social Media Manager.

Theodora worked as the Office manager and Librarian for RUSI NSW from September 2013 to July 2016. She was so impressed with the immense talent, dedication and camaraderie of the RUSI NSW members and volunteers that when she was approached to join the board she was honoured and immediately accepted her nomination.

Theo currently helps once a week with the RUSI NSW Library catalogue. She applies her technical and artistic abilities to producing the RUSI NSW monthly newsletter, designs and manages the events emails, and manages the RUSI NSW social media arm.

Theo achieved a university degree in Library Science and Information Management in 1985 and for 32 years worked as a Librarian, Search Help Desk Manager, and Information Consultant for a wide range of corporations and government entities such as: A. C. Hatrick Chemicals - Technical Library, Electricity Commission of NSW (Pacific Power), AIDC LTD - Information Services, McKinsey & Company, The NSW Water Board, Rothschild, McKinsey & Co, Information Xtra, Macquarie University , WorkSafe Australia, Australian Securities Commission, Hambros Australia Limited, Thomson, Dialog, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, LexisNexis Australia, and The University of Sydney. Her wide experience in the library and information world during great technological changes gave Theodora an opportunity to present papers to her colleagues, sharing her understanding on how to navigate through a changing online world at the 2005 and 2007 Information and Online conferences.

Theodora is married with two grown daughters.

 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.

 John Howells OAM RFD go BACK to Board page

John Howells first joined the then United Services Institution of New South Wales in 1969. In 2004, he was asked to develop a website for the Institution, a website that he developed and has managed since. His current volunteer work for the Royal United Services Institute of NSW includes being the webmaster and preparing material for the institute's YouTube channel that covers the Institute's monthly lecture series.

John is also the secretary of the New South Wales Lancers' Memorial Museum Incorporated. The duties include ensuring the Museum is commercially viable as a not-for-profit organisation with charity status. The Museum is a Designated Gift Recipient and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.

John contributes to the Museum as a volunteer. He first developed the Museum's website in 1997. Today he manages the site, coding and writing most of its content, also operating the online shop and booking system. He prepares papers, gives public presentations on the Museum, guides tours of the Museum, edits and distributes online and in traditional format the publication "Lancers' Despatch". John has been an active Museum volunteer since 1995.

Since retiring from the Commonwealth Bank in 2010 and a bit before that John has been a volunteer for many other organisations. He has completed military history tour guiding assignments to the Solomon Islands, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Greece, and France to include many places where the Lancers were engaged in combat. He served as webmaster and on the board of the National Boer War Memorial Association, effort for which he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal. He is currently volunteer webmaster for the Army Museum of Sydney and a number of other service-related charities. As part of his work for the Army Museum of NSW he built that organisation's audio guide system.

Prior to retirement, John Worked for the Commonwealth and Westpac Banks, and the Australian Public Service including some time with the National Archives. He has tertiary qualifications in management and IT. John served 30 years in the Army Reserve including postings to the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers; he was awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration for his service.

John is married with two children and six grandchildren.

 Paul Irving AM PSM RFD go BACK to Board page

Major General Paul Irving AM PSM RFD is a former Army Reserve signals officer who rose to command the 8th Signals Regiment, the 8th Brigade and the 2nd Division. In civilian life, he was a senior human resources manager in the NSW Public Service who became an Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Corrective Services. He is a Past President of the Institute, Past National President of the Defence Reserves Association and Representative Colonel Commandant of the Signal Corps. He is currently National President of the Royal United Service Institute of Australia, in addition to being our library Manager.

 David Leece AM PSM RFD ED go BACK to Board page

Past President and Board Member Emeritus from 2020 to date; Immediate Past President (2016-19); President (2013-16); Vice President (2007-13); Secretary (2002-07; Library Manager (2016-19); and Editor of United Service (2005-21). He served on the Council (2002-19) and on its Executive, Corporate Governance, Finance and Journal Advisory Committees.

Following four years in the Australian Cadet Corps at North Sydney Boys High School, 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 phytophysiology, 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 in 2002 after 42 years of public service. He was awarded the Public Service Medal PSM in 2001 for outstanding public service in the Environment Protection Authority. Subsequently, he was Assistant Commissioner (part-time) of the Natural Resources Commission of New South Wales (2004-09).

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

Brigadier Leece was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2020 for significant service to the environment and to defence and security studies.

 Ron Lyons RFD go BACK to Board page

Lieutenant Colonel Ron Lyons RFD has been a member of the Institute since 1970. He enlisted in 3RNSWR (Pentropic) in 1964 and was commissioned into 4RNSWR in 1966.

He served in a number of regimental, staff, instructional and command appointments including OCTU 2 Trg Gp, 2ic 4RNSWR, SO2 HQ 5 Bde, SO1 appointments at HQ 2MD and HQ 2 Div. He was CI Basic Wing, RCSC 2 Trg Gp in 1993 and in 1995 he was appointed Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor of the Regimental Training Unit, 2 Trg Gp. In 1997 he was also appointed as Corps Adviser RAInf Eastern Region. In 2000 he was Project Director of the establishment of the Sydney University Regiment Museum as part of their Centenary celebrations. He was also S5 (Plans) on HQ 8 Bde. He retired in 2002.

Ron is an Associate Member of The International Guild of Battlefield Guides, a past deputy Chairman of The Army Museum of NSW Foundation, a member of The Western Front Association, a member of the Military History Society of NSW and also The Association of 4th Infantry Battalions.

Ron has been a part time battlefield guide/historian since 2008 on the Western Front and at Gallipoli. He has carried out military history speaking engagements to community groups and on cruise ships.

He has been a partner in Battle Honours Australia, a battlefield touring company 2017 - 2021.

In his civilian career, Ron has worked in sales, marketing and management in the materials handling industry and in consulting in the commercial office industry.

He is married to Margaret and they have two sons and three grandchildren.

 Joe Matthews go BACK to Board page

Colonel Joseph (Joe) Matthews (Ret'd) is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy; from the latter, he was commissioned to an Infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, holding a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies, following which he earned a Diploma in Senior Defence Management from the Army War College, India.

During his army career, he served in a Brigade HQ forming part of an Indian Army Strike Corps, and in a Corps HQ as the Operations Officer (Internal Security / Anti Terrorism). He commanded an infantry battalion in counter-insurgency operations, after which he took voluntary premature release from the Indian Army.

He migrated to New Zealand where he pursued a career in global/regional counter-terrorism research and analysis. Currently, he is pursuing a career in Financial Crime Risks and Fraud Analysis-Management in Sydney.

Joe became a member of the Royal USI in 2011; and is a life member of the USI, New Delhi, India. In Jan 2022 he became the national Editor (Chair) United Service, the national journal of the Royal United Service Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia (RUSIDSS-A).

 Ian Mitchell go BACK to Board page

Ian has had a career over 50 years in the Australian financial sector specifically in the Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Funds Management industries.

He has held various positions including Director, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of substantial businesses within the sector. He has also served on a number of company boards for major infrastructure projects in Australia and as advisor to a number of significant infrastructure projects in Australia.

Ian is a lawyer, admitted to the Bar of the NSW Supreme Court.

 Christopher Skinner go BACK to Board page

Captain Christopher Skinner RAN (Ret'd) had 30 years service as Weapons and Electrical Engineering Officer (WEEO) in the Royal Australian Navy. He served on six surface warships including all three DDG guided missile destroyers:

HMAS HOBART 3rd Vietnam deployment
HMAS PERTH digital upgrade in USA
HMAS BRISBANE north-west Indian Ocean
Seconded USN for FFG-7 lead ship T&E
Initial ANZAC Frigate Project Director.

Chris is a Member ANI, USNI, Navy League, SIA, UNSW alumnus, IEEE, ACM, Engineers Australia.

He is currently Compiling a Nuclear Propulsion Roadmap for Australia.

 Alan Smith go BACK to Board page

Recently retired from the Australian Army with 49 years service (32 years full-time and 17 years as an active Reservist - including 3 years of full-time service in various roles).

Graduate of the Office Cadet School Portsea, gaining my Commission in Dec 1976.

Completed a wide range of postings at Regimental, Training and higher level Headquarter Staff positions, and also a series professional development courses, including Command and Staff College (2003).

Base Support Manager (Defence Public Service role) for the Shoalhaven region managing the Naval Bases in Nowra, Cresswell and Wollongong.

Deployed to the Middle East in 2017/18 as the Senior Safety Adviser for the Middle East Region. Last 10 years in Safety roles within Special Operations Command in Parachute safety and Safety Risk Management and Planning.

 David Toose go BACK to Board page

David got his accounting degree from Macquarie University and also obtained a masters degree from there.

He worked for the State Government for 42 years:

• 29 years for Sydney Water.

• 5 years for Sydney Ferries, ending as the Chief Financial Officer.

• 8 years for Transport for NSW running the financial management of bus, ferry and light rail contracts.

He has been the treasurer of 2 cricket associations for a combined 40 years.

He has been a keen student of military history all of my life, with my grandfather serving with the 1st AIF and my father in the 2nd AIF.

 Kim Turner, RFD go BACK to Board page

Kim Turner joined the RUSI on 13 September 1987. He served on the RUSI Council as Service Representative (representing COMD 2nd Division from 2007- 2009 and COMD Forces Command from 2010 - 2011). Board Member from 2014 to date. Elected Vice President in 2021.

Kim served as an active member of the Australian Army Reserve from 1977 to 2021 (Rank: Colonel): commissioned through Sydney University Regiment in 1983; graduated from Army Command and Staff College in 2003; 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 - 2003); 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 - 2014); Staff Group and Standby Reserve in 2014 - 2018; Assistant Inspector General Australian Defence Force (ADF), Office of the Inspector General ADF (2018 - 2021) (Afghanistan Inquiry). Retired in Jul 2021.

In his civilian employment Kim was a legal practitioner, admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court of Australia, and High Court of Australia; Litigation Counsel and Solicitor on the Record for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (retired Sep 2021).

Other interests: Director, Bulwarra Co-Op Limited (Bulwarra Resort, Terrigal), Chairman 2009 - 2010, 2012 to date); Member, Government Solicitors Committee, The Law Society of New South Wales (2012 - 2017); former Member, NSW State Executive of the Defence Reserves Support Council; Honorary Solicitor, Army Museum, Victoria Barracks; Honorary Solicitor, Association of 17th Battalions.

Kim is married to Amanda and has three children

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Keith Morris

December 2021

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