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New appointments to Australian War Memorial Council

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011



Three appointments to the Australian War Memorial Council were announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon.

Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (retd) and Ms Jane McAloon will join the Memorial’s Council and Mr Kerry Stokes AC has been reappointed.

Mr Snowdon said the appointments were for a period of three years and had been approved by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

“I congratulate all three members on this honour and I am sure that their vast experience and knowledge will bring great benefits to the Australian War Memorial,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The Australian War Memorial is a national icon and it is fitting that leaders of Australian industry, former senior military personnel and other luminaries are at the helm.”

Air Vice-Marshal Hammer brings considerable military and technical experience to the Council. She was the first serving female Australian Defence Force member to achieve one-star and two-star ranks as well as the first woman to command an operational unit in the Royal Australian Air Force, for which she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has also been an active member of professional associations representing engineers, and has served as the National President of Engineers Australia. Her contribution has been recognised through a number of awards, including being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 and as Australian Capital Territory Australian of the Year in 2005.

Ms McAloon has extensive business expertise and experience in government and business administration. She is currently the Group Company Secretary of the BHP Billiton Group and has held senior positions in the Australian Gas Light Company. Previously she held a number of senior positions in the New South Wales

Government, including Director-General of the Department of Energy and Utilities and Deputy Director-General of the New South Wales Cabinet Office.

Mr Stokes was appointed to the Council for a three year term on 19 August 2007. An eminent businessman with broad interests and investments in a range of major business sectors, he has a deep and long-standing interest in the arts. He was appointed an Officer and Companion of the Order of Australia in 1995 and 2008 respectively for his service to business and commerce, to the arts and to the community. He also holds Honorary Life Membership of the Returned and Services League of Australia.

The Australian War Memorial Council is an independent body responsible for the strategic direction of the Australian War Memorial.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203