National Board - Dukeofed

National Board

The Hon. Gary Nairn AO B.Surv GAICD – CHAIRMAN

GaryGary Nairn has a professional business background in surveying and mapping in Australia, the UK and Geneva. In 1996 Gary was elected to the Australian Parliament as the member for the Eden-Monaro and went on to be re-elected in 1998, 2001 and 2004. Over his time in parliament he also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and as Special Minister of State.

In 2015, Gary was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to the Australian Parliament, his work with NSW and NT communities, the spatial sciences and disability support.

Some of his recent and current appointments have included:

Chairman, Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC)
Chairman, Tasmanian Spatial Information Council (TASSIC)
Chairman, The Mulloon Institute (Not-for-profit)
Chairman of the advisory committee of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA)
Board Member of The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA)
Chairman of Trustees for the Alliance Francaise de Canberra Building Fund
Consultant to AAM Group
Strategic advisor for Monaro Early Intervention Services (MEIS) – a not for profit organisation helping young children with disabilities services.


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Sandra Nori is a former Minister for NSW and was a member of NSW Parliament from 1988-2007. She held portfolios in Tourism, Small Business, Sport & Recreation, Major Events & Venues and Women. Sandra was also an Assistant Minister for State Development and was previously a director and Chair of Komosion Pty Ltd . Sandra was a Board Member of NSW TAFE Commission from 2008-2013, she has trained as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and is a member of Macquarie University Council. Currently, Sandra is the Chair for Taekwondo NSW 2016, sits on the Advisory Board of Luxury Travel Magazine and is Secretary of The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.




Tom is Managing Director of the Trade Glass Depot group of companies and is an executive director of Merchant Place. He also serves as a non-executive director for a number of companies in the construction, education services and property development industries. He has worked in both the Public Sector (25 years) and the Private Sector (12 years). He was formerly Assistant Director General of Education in Queensland. He is an independent director, company secretary and treasurer of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia. Tom is also a Director of The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. Tom was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2019.


Cameron SMART

THEDUKEOFEDINBURGHSINTERNATIONALAWARD_eventphotography-060418Cameron Smart has 30 successful years of experience in the commercial property industry. Cameron began his career with Craig Miller Pty Ltd where he was responsible for the property and asset management of a portfolio of commercial properties, gained experience as a property valuer as well as exposure to court work in the areas of land acquisition, resumption and family law. Throughout his career with several high profile property companies including Richard Stanton & Sons and Landsburys International (of which he was a founder), he has been responsible for investment sales and acquisitions for and on behalf of high net worth individuals, property trusts and institutions. Cameron has also become involved with some of Australia’s leading institutions, guiding their investment and development strategies, in particular the Uniting Church in Australia. Cameron has been an active committee member of BOMA (the forerunner to the FCA) and a non-executive Director of the Uniting Church Trust Association, a role which he held for some 13 years.  Throughout his involvement with the Uniting Church, Cameron has served on School Councils, The Board of Education (the church’s governing body for its educational and conference activities) and Burnside Home. Cameron is currently on the National Board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.



Stephen has been the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Western Australia and is currently the proprietor of a Child Care enterprise.  He has been an Electrical Retailer for over 30 years. Stephen was an Executive Director and General Manager of Harvey Norman Holdings for 5 years. Stephens’s responsibilities included establishing and overseeing Harvey Norman’s international expansion and the Harvey Norman property division. He has been a Board Member of Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and is on the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Board. He was appointed as a director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia in 2017.



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In 1965, Elizabeth graduated from University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree and has worked as a locum around Queensland and in New Zealand. She has retired from Pharmacy but is the Managing Director of Trenlin Pty. Ltd. managing residential real estate properties in Brisbane. Elizabeth has held positions with the Girl Guides Association of Australia as Support Group Chairman, District Commissioner, Region Commissioner, Ranger Guide Leader, Guide Leader, Region Treasurer and Queensland State Commissioner from 1996 to 2001. As State Commissioner she has been involved with Queensland Youth Alliance since 1996 and when her term as State Commissioner finished she continued her involvement as the State Youth Advisory Council Representative from 2001 to 2004. She was Chairman of QYA from 2005 to 2008. Elizabeth has been very involved with the schools attended by her children and has held various voluntary positions including President of the Somerville House Foundation and was a Patron sitting on the Board of Management of this Foundation. She was appointed to the Duke of Edinburgh State Award Committee in 2004 and Deputy Chair in 2007.  She was Acting Chair of the Committee from 2012 until 2014. Elizabeth was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for her service to Youth and the Community.



B Eng. (civil), GradDipEd, GradDipOccHazMgt., MAICD, CPRM, FSIA, and FEA

Gary is the Chair for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award  in Victoria and a National Board Member. Gary is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Safety Action Pty Ltd. He has nearly 30 years experience in risk management, workplace safety and compliance programs. Gary has presented at numerous conferences both locally and overseas including numerous Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) national conferences, and on workplace safety for the Law Institute.  Previous positions held include Deputy General Manager at Richard Oliver Risk Managers, OHS Manager  for National Safety Council of Australia, Safety Co-ordinator for Swinburne University, Safety Engineer for the Department of Agriculture, Structural Engineer and mathematics and science teacher with the Education Department of Victoria. Professional memberships and gradings include; Fellow of Engineers Australia, Certified Practising Risk Manager (CPRM) with Australian Institute of Risk Management, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal (silver) from Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Australia in 2016.



Nathan Godfrey is a Senior Sports Executive with leadership experience working across multiple codes including the AFL, A-League, and Rugby Union. His most recent role was CEO at Canterbury Rugby in New Zealand, but he made the decision in late 2018 to return home to Australia with his young family and has accepted a Director role at the NSW Government Office of Sport. Nathan is also the Founder & Race Director of the Kangaroo Island International Marathon and is a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club, having recently completed a marathon in Antarctica.




Bob Rutherford is currently Deputy Secretary of Industry and Business Development in the Department of State Growth, Tasmania. His first career was as an academic economist at the University of Tasmania until he left theory for policy analysis and implementation in government as Economic Advisor to Premier Michael Field from 1990-1992 playing a significant advisory role on public finance, microeconomic reform and other major policy decisions. He has been Deputy Secretary in both Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Premier and Cabinet, acted as Secretary on many occasions and held the following statutory positions:  Electricity Regulator, Transport Commissioner, Director of Mines and Director of Energy Planning. Bob was appointed to  the Board for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia in November 2016.



dave sanders

David graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is currently a partner in the Adelaide office Assurance practice of EY. A qualified chartered accountant and registered company auditor (ASIC), David manages a wide variety of clients that range from small businesses to large corporate and government organisations.  David is involved with Zoos SA as President, a Board Member and Treasurer for Believe Foundation and Prince Alfred College, as well as Chairman of Moo Premium Foods Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Terandi Group and former Deputy Chair of ElderCare Inc. for 11 years. Additionally, David is involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award through his roles as Chairman for SA Friends of the Award and was appointed a Board Member for the National and Friends Boards in 2016.



The Hon. Daryl MANZIE AM

Daryl was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa in 2010 by Charles Darwin University. He was a member of the Northern Territory Police for 15 years and was elected to the Northern Territory Parliament as the member for Sanderson in 1983 and served as a Cabinet Minister for a period of 18 years during which time he held most portfolios, including 10 years as Attorney General. He retired from Parliament in October 2001 and has been a “Talk and Current Affairs” presenter on Radio Station Territory FM 1041 for 15 years, retiring in December 2016. Daryl has been involved in many Community organisations, including, past Chairman of the Defence Reserve Support Committee NT and Kimberley (6 years to 2011), a past board member of Automobile Association of the Northern Territory of Australia (10 years), a member of the  Community Advisory Board of Territory FM 1041, a Life Member of the NT Chamber of Commerce, a Life Member of the Darwin Riders and Drivers Association, a member and Patron of the Motor Vehicle Enthusiasts Club, a life member of the Dragon boat Association NT, and the Arafura Dragons paddling club, Past patron of the Northern Territory Football Federation, Patron of the Northline Speedway, and Patron of the NT Motor Sports Council, a Life member and Patron of the Variety Club of the Northern Territory and patron of the Darwin Military Museum. He is currently Chairman of the Australia Day Council, NT, Chairman of the “Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, Australia,” and Chairman of the Darwin International Airport “Community Aviation Advisory Group” and was a past member of the Northern Territory Law Society Appeals Committee. He has been a Brolga Judge (Tourism) on four occasions, and a Gold plate judge (Restaurants/Food) on a number of occasions. Daryl was appointed as a director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia in 2016.


The Hon. Joseph FRANCIS

Joe is a Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and prior to this, as General Manager at Australian Transit Group.  He is also an Active Reservist with the Royal Australian Navy and has continued to be a volunteer firefighter with over nine years’ experience. Joe served as both a Marine Technical sailor in the Navy and later as a qualified Submarine Officer where he completed multiple overseas operational and border protection deployments. In 2008, he was elected as the Member for Jandakot and initially appointed Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation, and the Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. In 2013 he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Emergency Services, Corrective Services, Small Business, Veterans, and later, Fisheries.




Previous Board directors (2018)


Qualified in HR Management, Colin has more than than 30 years’ experience in public service (Sport and Recreation, Premier and Cabinet, London Burrough of Tower Hamlets) including:

  • Corporate services – HR , Finance, asset management
  • Industry development in the sport and recreation sector
  • Community development – utilising sport and recreation as a vehicle for addressing social issues as well as managing the development and implementation broader whole of government responses to community issues (place based) such as youth anti- social behaviour, risk of contact with justice systems and general disadvantage
  • Development of programs to improve access and inclusion in sport for under -represented groups including Aboriginal, People with a disability, women, culturally diverse sectors
  • Managing public housing tenancies and  implementation of community programs to address issues such as anti- social behaviour, drug use, crime etc. on the estate
  • Development of NSW government’s Sport and Recreation centres including programs for schools and community organisations to support access to opportunities to participate in sport and active recreation
  • Implementation of the Award in NSW

Rae-Maree POWELL

B. Education, B Sc., Grad Dip. Ed.

(Ceased in May 2018)

Rae-Maree Powell is the Principal Consultant for UXC Consulting, specialising in IT Service Management. She has 20 years of experience teaching Information Technology across schools in different states/territories, as well as 15 years of experience in the corporate IT industry. During her teaching years, she became an Army Cadet Officer for a short period and also took on the role of Coordinator for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for a 10 year period. Rae-Maree spent 10 years as a Venturer Leader with Scouts Australia ACT where she achieved a number of outdoor & instructor certifications. She is currently a member of St Johns Ambulance Australia, ACT where she is the Training Officer for the Namadgi Event Health Services (volunteer) Division and the commercial trainer for St John Ambulance during weekends, instructing both Advanced First Aid and Remote Area First Aid courses. Rae-Maree was the Chairperson for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia – ACT Division and is appointed as the nominee of the ACT Board.

The Honourable Shane L. STONE AC, PGDK, QC (Sabah)

B.A (ANU), LL.B (Melbourne), Grad Dip Ed Admin (Adelaide), Dip Teaching (Sturt), TPTC (Vic), FACE, FAIM, FAICD, F Fin – CHAIRMAN

(Ceased in March 2018)

Shane Stone is a former primary school teacher, barrister and Member of Parliament. Since retiring from parliamentary politics in 1999 he has served as a director of public and private companies in Australia and the UK including Anne Street Partners Limited (diverse publishing interests in UK and USA), UK owned Mayfair Limited in Australia (Anne Street Partners Financial Services and QNV Constructions) and iEC. He is also Deputy Chairman of UK AIM listed Impellam plc (top 20 labour hire companies in Europe) and Chairman of Impellam subsidiaries in Australia – Medacs and Commensura. Also formerly Thiess Australia and PT Thiess Indonesia. He is Chairman of Energex Limited, QLD Government owned power distributor. He is also the owner and Executive Chairman of the APAC Group of companies. He is an alumnus of Australian National University, Melbourne Law School, Adelaide and Sturt Universities and a former Visiting Fellow Cambridge University; Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also the Australian Institute of Management Formerly barrister in Victoria and NSW, Legal Practitioner and Attorney General (NT). Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Honorary Life Member of LAWASIA. Former Chief Minister, Cabinet Minister NT (1990-1999) and Federal President Liberal Party of Australia (1999-2005). Former National President of the Order of Australia Association, National Chairman Reserve Force Defence Council and director Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Current Chairman Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia. Active Navy Reservist, Head of Navy Legal Panel NT and Northern West Australia. Appointed Chairman of Northern Australian Advisory Group by Prime Minister Abbott June 2014. Recipient of the Companion of the Order of Australia, Bintang Jasa Pratama (Order of Service Republic of Indonesia) and Panglima Gemilang Dariah Kinabalu (Commander Most Illustrious Order of Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia). Married with 2 adult children.


AssocDipMinTec, Bed(AET), MOccEnvSafHlth, CFSIA, ChOHSP, RSP (Aust), FLWA

(Ceased in January 2018)

Greg is the Chair for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award WA and a National Board Member. Greg has been a WA Board Member from 1995 through to 2007 and then from 2009 to now. Greg has achieved the Gold Award and became an Award Ambassador in 2012. He is also on the Safety Institute of Australia College of Fellows Executive and was Chair of the Awards and Fellow Membership Committee. Greg is currently Principal Consultant at Meridio Solutions.


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