Management Committee

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Chairman

Michael G. Smith AO                    

Major General (Retd)                                                    

Michael Smith is the Chairman of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund, having succeeded the inaugural President, Major General Arthur Fittock AO (Retd) in 2016.  He is also the National President of the United Nations Association of Australia and a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. From 2008-2011, Michael was the founding Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, a multi-agency organisation established by the Australian Government to support the development of national civil-military capabilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond more effectively to conflicts and disasters overseas.

From 2002-2008, Michael was CEO of Austcare (now Action Aid Australia), an international humanitarian and development agency committed to supporting under-privileged communities.

Major General Smith served for 34 years as an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force, graduating with the ‘sword of honour’ from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1971, and had a distinguished military career as an infantry officer, commanding at all levels from Platoon to Brigade Commander. He was a member of the Defence Organisation’s Strategic Review writing team in 1993, served as Australia’s Defence Adviser to the Kingdom of Cambodia in 1994, and throughout 1999 was Director-General for East Timor. He was appointed as the first Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 2000-2001, in recognition for which he was promoted from a Member to an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Michael holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.  He is a graduate of the Cranlana leadership program and the Company Directors Course at the University of New England. 

 

Deputy Chairman

Garrie Gibson

From a diverse and broad career in public affairs, Garrie Gibson, the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund Deputy Chair, came to the role of CEO of the RSL & Services Clubs Association in August 2014 after working as a government relations and issues management consultant for a variety of industry associations, major corporations and community organisations.

 

He had previously been a consultant to the club industry, working with ClubsNSW, ClubsQld and Leagues Clubs Australia, as well as a large number of clubs across NSW and the ACT on government relations, marketing, membership development and campaign management and is currently a State Councillor of ClubsNSW.

 

Garrie has been CEO/Company Secretary of the RSL & Services Clubs Association, since August 2014; CEO/Company Secretary of KYLC Benevolent Fund; CEO/Company Secretary of Operation CARE Benevolent Fund; CEO/Company Secretary of Veterans Benevolent Fund.

Secretary

Graeme Carroll

Graeme Carroll is Secretary of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund and Executive Officer of Golf Management Australia (NSW Division)..

Graeme has almost 30 years experience in industry associations and prior to retiring in 2014 was the first Chief Executive Officer of the RSL & Services Clubs Association from February 2002.  In that role he was also company secretary of the Association and the CEO/Company Secretary of the KYLC Benevolent Fund, Operation CARE Benevolent Fund, a State Councillor of ClubsNSW for 12 1/2 years, Director of the Kokoda Track Foundation for three years and Ambassador to the NSW Government Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council.

Graeme previously worked in government relations and corporate affairs roles at Commercial Radio Australia and the National Meat Industry Association. After starting out a career in journalism, working in newspapers and at the ABC, gained over 10 years experience in Government media relations, including a stint as a Ministerial Press Secretary, and have an extensive background in development of industry codes of practice and compliance; event organisation and music copyright.

Treasurer

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison has been the Treasurer of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund since April 2015. 

He trained as an Engineer in Queensland in the 70s and has worked in the investment industry for 30 years. 

He lived in California for 10 years and now lives in Lane Cove, Sydney, with his wife Stephanie.

 

Chair of Selection Committee

Jan Hartmann

Jan Hartmann joined the Fund Committee in 2010 at the invitation of the inaugural Chairman, Major General Arthur Fittock and in 2011 was appointed the Chairman of the Selection Committe.

 

Since that time, with the support of the other members of the Committee, Jan has been involved in the selection of almost half of the recipients to date. Jan's background is primarily military, having served in the both the regular Army and the Army Reserve for a total of 22 years. On leaving the Army Jan worked in various roles including stock control and management, and was one of the first tour guides at Fairfax Printers where the tour guides first had to familiarise themselves with the printing process for newspapers before writing the script for their tour.

 

A period as a Veteran's Advocate for the RSL followed, before working as an assessor for Veteran's Home Care. In 2001 Jan was appointed to the Veterans' Review Board as a Member, then as a Services Member. She retired in 2015 to spend time at home with her five grandchildren and devote more time to the Gallipoli Scholarship.

Committee Member

Major General M. A. KELLY AO DSC

Major General Mark Kelly is the Repatriation Commissioner at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In an Army career spanning over 36 years, he served in a number of senior command appointments including Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Commander 3rd Brigade, Commander 1st Division, Land Commander Australia and Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF 633).

His operational experience includes service with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (1979-1980), Chief of Staff of the International Force in East Timor (1999-2000), with US CENTCOM in the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Iraq (2003-2004) and as CJTF 633 commanding all ADF elements in the Middle East Area of Operations, Iraq and Afghanistan (2009-10).

Major General Kelly was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 2008 for his service as Commander 1st Division and Land Commander Australia. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) on Australia Day 2011 for his service as Commander JTF 633 in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He had previously been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and as Chief of Staff of the 1st Division.  He was awarded the US Legion of Merit in 2004 for his service with US Central Command.

Committee Member 

Arthur G. Watson JP FIPA FFA CCM

Arthur Watson is a retired Accountant having spent in excess of thirty years in Chartered Accounting.  In 1989 he joined the City of Sydney RSL Club, as Finance Manager, having previously been in charge of the Club’s audit for many years. The City of Sydney RSL Club was one of the early major sponsors of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund, kindling Arthur’s early interest in this organisation.

Upon retirement, Arthur was appointed to the Fund’s Committee in 2008 and has been a member of the Selection Committee since 2009. He has been a valuable mentor to many successful Scholarship winners.

In retirement, Arthur has continued the activities in which he’s had interest all his working life. These include his involvement in local community groups and sporting organisations.  He is still an active cricket umpire having spent many years officiating in NSW Premier Cricket matches controlled by the Sydney Cricket Association. Arthur has officiated at Sheffield Shield and International level involving teams from England, West Indies, Pakistan, India and New Zealand.

The Blind Cricket and Deaf Cricket Associations are among the many and varied organisations with which Arthur is involved. He has officiated at International level with both these groups.

Committee Member

Olivia Rowland

Olivia Rowland was invited to join the GSF Committee in early 2017 to help develop the Gallipoli Scholarship Alumni.  Olivia's presence improves the gender balance on the Committee and benefits other members with her more recent experience and understanding of tertiary study and the pressure on students during their first year of study and living away from home.  She had been associated with the Fund since being awarded a Gallipoli Scholarship in 2012 during her first year of university. 

Olivia studied a dual Business Degree in International Hotel & Resort Management/International Events Management at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, completing her studies in 2014 and now works at The Westin Sydney as a Catering Sales Specialist.

Like all scholarship recipients, Olivia had an opportunity to apply for and was successful in being selected to participate in the RSL & Services Clubs Association's Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge in 2016, where she honoured relatives by walking in their footsteps along the harrowing trail while learning about leadership qualities exemplified by wartime heroes.