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Audit and Risk Committee

The RWTF has established an audit and risk committee in accordance with the PGPA Act.

The primary objectives of the RWTF Audit and Risk Committee are stated in the charter. The Audit and Risk Committee Charter was reviewed and updated in February 2020 and is available at the following link:

https://raafwelfaretrustfund.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/Audit-and-Risk-Committee-Charter.pdf .

The current audit and risk committee is comprised of three members. The committee comprises:

  • Group Captain R. Alberts, CSC - Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (Appointed 8 April 2020)
  • Air Commodore G. Pinder - Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (Resigned 8 April 2020)
  • Squadron Leader C. Milton - Trustee
  • Squadron Leader P. Alomes - Independent member

A summary of attendance for the RWTF Audit and Risk Committee is listed in the following table:


Number of meetings attended

Total number of meetings

Total annual remuneration

Group Captain R. Alberts , CSC




Air Commodore G. Pinder




Squadron Leader C. Milton




Squadron Leader P. Alomes




Group Captain Richard Alberts, CSC

GPCAPT Richard Alberts (Alby) joined the RAAF in 1991. As a junior officer, postings included time in Darwin as Exercise Logistics Support Officer and Movements Officer. He was posted to Headquarters Air Command in 2000 in Logistics Plans. From there he served in a number of joint operational postings including Officer in Charge of Strategic Lift in Headquarters 1st Joint Movement Group and Logistics Plans within Headquarters Joint Operations Command. He completed a number of postings in Joint Logistics Command including Staff Officer to Commander Joint Logistics, Officer in Charge of the Defence National Storage & Distribution Centre, Williamtown site and staff appointments in Strategic Logistics Branch and Logistics Assurance Branch. He is currently Director of Logistics in Air Force HQ.

He has commanded two units, 1 Air Terminal Squadron and Joint Logistics Unit (South).

GPCAPT Alberts has supported a number of multi-national and inter-agency operations. As well as participating in flood and cyclone relief operations within Australia, he conducted drought relief operations in Papua New Guinea in 1997 supporting AUSAID. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 as liaison officer to the G4 of the Polish-led Multi-National Division in Centre-South. He was appointed Officer Commanding the Joint Movement Coordination Centre - Sumatra in response to the Tsunami of December 2004, supporting United Nations, NGOs and military elements. In 2017 he deployed as Senior Logistics Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.

GPCAPT Alberts was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2000 for his work in Darwin supporting UNAMET and INTERFET missions to East Timor and a US Meritorious Service Medal for his work as Logistics Advisor in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, UK Advanced Command and Staff Course and the Australian Company Directors Course.

Air Commodore Grant Pinder

Air Commodore Pinder enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Clerk Supply on 1 May 1984, promoted to Sergeant in July 1993, and commissioned, with the rank of Pilot Officer, as a Supply Officer (later renamed Logistics Officer) in July 1995. Following completion of officer training, he was posted to RAAF Base Williamtown and employed as the Stores Officer responsible for warehousing, explosives and hazardous goods storage operations. In July 1998, he was posted to No 2 Operational Conversion Unit (F/A-18 Hornet) and then in September 2000 posted to Penang, Malaysia as the Officer-In-Charge Logistics Services Flight 324 Combat Support Squadron (now No 19 Squadron) and responsible for coordinating logistics and air terminal operations support to RAAF and Australian Army elements in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

On promotion to Squadron Leader in July 2003, Air Commodore Pinder was posted to Melbourne as the Staff Officer to Commander Joint Logistics and during the following year deployed to Iraq as the Staff Officer Grade 2 Logistics Operations Headquarters Joint Task Force 633, where he was responsible for coordinating logistics support to Australian Defence Force elements in the Middle East Area of Operations. In January 2005, Air Commodore Pinder was posted to Air Force Headquarters and involved in a number of Defence logistics and asset accounting projects. A posting to the then Defence Materiel Organisation followed in January 2007, where he was involved in future logistics systems projects while also seconded on a part-time basis to the Australian Joint Strike Fighter Project Office as the Supply Chain Manager.

Following promotion to Wing Commander in June 2008, Air Commodore Pinder assumed command of Joint Logistics Unit (South), located in Adelaide, and was responsible for supporting Navy, Army and Air Force elements operating in (and from) South Australia. In January 2011, Air Commodore Pinder was posted to Headquarters Air Command as the Deputy Director Logistics Support and Systems, and responsible for coordinating supply chain operations and logistics information systems support to Air Force units in Australia and overseas. Between April and October 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of Logistics within the NATO Command Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield.

In January 2014, Air Commodore Pinder was posted to the Australian Command and Staff College as a member of the directing staff and in November 2014 (on promotion to Group Captain) was appointed Commander 1st Joint Movement Group (later re-named 1st Joint Movement Unit). During his command tenure, he initiated a review of the joint movements capability, which resulted in, amongst other things, a realignment of operational command and control responsibilities. In January 2018, Air Commodore Pinder was posted to Headquarters Air Command as Director Logistics (A4) and in December 2019 (on promotion) assumed his current appointment.

Air Commodore Pinder has been awarded an Air Commander’s Commendation (1995), a Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Commendation (2004) and a Chief of Air Force Commendation (2015). He holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from The University of Newcastle and a Masters degree in Management Studies (Project Management) from The University of New South Wales. Air Commodore Pinder is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional Logistician.

Squadron Leader Claire Milton

Squadron Leader Milton joined the Air Force in January 2002, commencing studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Following graduation from ADFA, she proceeded on her first posting to RAAF Base Edinburgh for a year of Professional Development & Training before moving to Williamtown to take on the role of Aircraft Maintenance Officer at 76 Squadron.

On promotion to Flight Lieutenant in 2009, she took on a team leader role within the Tactical Fighter System Program Office. Responsible for support to all aeromechanical systems on the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet, she provided technical, logistical and financial expertise for the fleet of 71 aircraft. For her consistently high performance in this role and contribution to significant unit outcomes, she was awarded a Defence Support Services Commendation.

In 2013, she undertook a challenging staff officer role within the Surveillance and Control Group Headquarters, managing the Technical Capability and in-service support elements of P-3C Orion and E-7A Wedgetail aircraft. The following year, she posted to Canberra, taking the opportunity for a System Safety role within the P-8A Poseidon Project Office. During her tenure, she was promoted to Squadron Leader before taking on the position in charge of aircraft certification activities. For her contribution to the P8-A Poseidon Acquisition, she was awarded a Defence Support Services Group Commendation.

Squadron Leader Milton transferred to Service Category 3 in April 2019 and is currently employed as a Certification Manager within the C-27J Project Office.

Squadron Leader Milton’s qualifications include:

2013 – Advanced Diploma of Air Force Studies

2005 – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours – University of New South Wales

Squadron Leader Peter Alomes

Squadron Leader Alomes has served in Defence in various military and civilian roles since enlisting in 1978. During his career he has completed numerous internal management and accounting courses. Squadron Alomes has served as the Alternate Other Rank member on the Board of Trustees of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme, has managed Army and Air Force business entities being appointed as Secretary and Chief Finance Officer and has completed training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Squadron Leader Alomes brings to the Committee extensive administrative and accounting experience as applies to the uniqueness of Defence Portfolio business entities generally, and in this case, with the RAAF Welfare Trust Fund.