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Appendix A: Accountable Authority

This appendix provides details of our Accountable Authority for 2019–20 in accordance with the PGPA Rule.

Table 6.1: Accountable Authority 2019–20

Name

Period as the accountable authority or member within the reporting period

Qualifications of the Accountable Authority

Experience of the Accountable Authority

Position Title / Position held
Executive / Non-Executive

Date of Commencement

Date of cessation

Number of meetings of accountable authority attended

Hon J.A.L. (Sandy) Macdonald

  • Bachelor of Laws (Sydney)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

  • Senator for New South Wales (1993–2008)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence (2006–2007)
  • Wool and beef producer
  • Former board appointments

  • Chairman
  • Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
  • Non-Executive member

February 2018

-

9/9

Mr Barry Jackson

  • New Zealand Certificate in Quantity Surveying
  • Quantity Surveyors Registration
  • Member of the AICD

  • Various executive and senior roles in the Australian Public Service (APS) and Victorian government
  • 25+ years in private sector (construction, property, strategic and business process management)
  • Other board appointments

  • Managing Director
  • Executive member

May 2019

-

9/9

Mr Simon Lewis AO PSM

  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Statistics)
  • Graduate Diploma of Computing Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Administrative Studies
  • Graduate Diploma of Strategic Studies
  • Completed the Harvard and Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Programs
  • Graduate of the AICD

  • Various executive and senior roles in the APS
  • Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (2013–2018)
  • Other board appointments

  • Nominee of the Secretary of Finance
  • Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee
  • Non-Executive member

April 2019

-

9/9

Brigadier Leigh Wilton AM

  • Master of Arts (Strategic Studies)
  • Master of Management
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Information Systems
  • Graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College
  • Graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Graduate of the AICD

  • Member of the Australian Army
  • Various senior appointments including Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor of the Army School of Ordnance and Director General Career Management – Army

  • Nominee of the Chief of the Defence Force
  • Chair of the DHA Advisory Committee
  • Non-Executive member

December 2019

-

3/4

Ms Kate Louis1

  • Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts

  • 20 years’ experience in the Department of Defence including Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary and First Assistant Secretary roles
  • Executive Director of the Defence Council and Head of Industry Development for the Australian Industry Group
  • Member of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability Advisory Board

  • Nominee of the Secretary of Defence
  • Non-Executive member

June 2020

-

0/0

Mr Robert Fisher AM

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Member of the AICD

  • 40+ year public service career
  • Member of the Australian Trade Commission Service
  • CEO/Director General of various WA government departments
  • One of five commissioners on the Australian Government’s National Commission of Audit
  • Former board appointments

  • Commercial member
  • Chair of the Board Investment Committee
  • Non-Executive member

February 2019

-

9/9

Hon Alan Ferguson AM

  • Senator for South Australia (1992–2011)
  • Self-employed insurance consultant
  • Farm owner and joint manager of farming property
  • Other board appointments

  • Commercial member
  • Non-executive member

February 2018

-

8/9

Ms Andrea Galloway

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Diploma of Computer Networks
  • Graduate of the Executive Program (University of Michigan)
  • Fellow of the AICD
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent

  • 30+ years in executive management for national and multinational commercial organisations
  • Former Managing Director and CEO of Evolve Housing
  • Winner of the Australian and NSW Telstra Women’s Award 2014 (Business Innovation category)
  • Other board appointments

  • Commercial member
  • Non-executive member

November 2016

-

9/9

Mr Ewen Jones

  • Member of the AICD

  • Federal member for Herbert (2010–2016)
  • Government Whip (2015–2016)
  • Auctioneer
  • Real estate and corporate finance experience
  • Manager of Business Development at Pickerings Auto Group
  • Other board appointments

  • Commercial member
  • Non-executive member

December 2016

-

8/9

Mr Martin Brady AO

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Member of the AICD

  • 28+ years in the departments of Foreign Affairs and Defence
  • Director of Signals Directorate (1994–1999)
  • Chairman of the Defence Intelligence Board (1999–2001)
  • Consultant on intelligence issues, technology requirements and arms exports

  • Nominee of the Secretary of Defence
  • Non-Executive member

June 2017

June 2020

9/9

Commodore Vicki McConachie CSC RAN

  • Bachelor of Arts/Law
  • Master of Laws
  • Graduate of the AICD

  • Member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve
  • Various senior appointments, including Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Director General ADF Legal Service
  • Operational service as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate Multinational Force—Iraq
  • Lead of an Australian Government legal division

  • Nominee of the Chief of the Defence Force
  • Chair of the DHA Advisory Committee
  • Non-Executive member

December 2016

December 2019

3/5

Note
1. K Louis was appointed to the Board on 21 June 2020, after the final Board meeting of the 2019–20 financial year.