National Board – Dukeofed

National Board

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


Gary 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)

Board Member NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust 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.

Gary was appointed Chair by the President and Patron of the Award in Australia, His Excellency General General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on the recommendation of the National Board (since 2018).


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 a Non Executive Director of Providence Philanthropic Foundation. Cameron is a Board appointed director on the National Board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award- Australia (since 2012) and he also serves as Treasurer of The Friends of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia . Cameron is a recipient of the Silver Distinguished Service Medal for eminent service to the Duke of Ed in Australia.




Tom was a primary school teacher, school principal and senior executive in the Queensland Department of Education for 25 years. He is currently Chairman of Pareto Phone, Smoke Alarms Australia, Trade Glass Depot Group and The Hilton Misso Group. He is Managing Director of Merchant Place Investments. He also serves as a non-executive director in construction, education services and property development companies.

He is Board appointed director, company secretary and treasurer of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (since 2005). Tom is also a Director of The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2019, for distinguished service to youth, particularly through charitable awards programs, and to public administration and education. Tom is a recipient of the Silver Distinguished Service Medal for eminent service to the Duke of Ed in Australia.

Lynne Foley OAM  Lynne has held many different roles within the Education sector including Chair, Non-State Schools Accreditation Board of Queensland (current), Chair, Zonta International Leadership Committee (current), Executive Director Commercial and Corporate for TAFE Qld and Regional Executive Director (Central and West Qld) Department of Education. Lynne is currently CEO & Principal Consultant Co-Founder of PotentialPlus Solutions.  Lynne was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for service to technical and further education in Queensland. Lynne is currently the Chair of our Queensland Division of the Award (since 2021).



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 by the Board as a director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (since 2017).


Celia Murphy

Celia Murphy joined the Office of Sport in April 2020 as Executive Director, Policy and Planning. Celia has 20 years’ experience in shaping policy and implementing major reforms at a state and national level. She has a background in regulation including operational and policy leadership roles. Prior to joining the Office of Sport, Celia held senior roles with the National Disability Insurance Agency and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Celia is currently the Chair of our NSW Division of the Award (since 2020).




Bob Rutherford is recently retired as 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 is currently the Chair of our Tasmania Division of the Award (since 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 a Board Member of Zoos SA, Lifecare, Believe Foundation and Prince Alfred College, as well as Chairman of Moo Premium Foods Pty Ltd and the Advisory Board of Terandi Group. 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. Dave is a recipient of the Silver Distinguished Service Medal for eminent service to the Duke of Ed in Australia. Dave is currently the Chair of our South Australia Division of the Award (since 2016).




The Hon. Daryl MANZIE AM

Daryl was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa in 2010 by Charles Darwin University in recognition of his contribution to the people of the Northern Territory. Daryl was a member of the Northern Territory Police for 15 years. In 1983 he was elected to the Northern Territory Parliament as the Member for Sanderson and served as a Cabinet Minister for a period of 18 years. During this time he held most portfolios, including 10 years as Attorney General. He retired from Parliament in October 2001.

Since his 2001 ‘retirement’ has Daryl kept busy by co-presenting a talk/current affairs radio show on Territory FM 1041, he did this for 15 years. He also volunteered and served on with a wide range of organisations across the NT. He was Chair of the Defence Reserve Support Committee NT/Kimberley, a Board Member of Automobile Association of the Northern Territory of Australia, Chair of the Australia Day Council NT, Chair of the Darwin International Airport Community Aviation Advisory Group, and a Member of the Northern Territory Law Society Appeals Committee. He was Patron of the Motor Vehicle Enthusiasts Club, Northern Territory Football Federation, of the Northline Speedway, the NT Motor Sports Council, the Variety Club of the Northern Territory and the Darwin Military Museum. Daryl is a Life Member of the NT Chamber of Commerce, Darwin Riders and Drivers Association, the Variety Club of the Northern Territory, and the Dragon Boat Association NT.

Daryl is currently appointed as a Director on the National Board and as Chair of Northern Territory Division of the Award (2016 onwards).


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. Joe is currently the Chair of our West Australia Division of the Award (since 2018).



Sue Lloyd-Williams AO  GAICD

Sue is the Chairman for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Victoria. Sue has an extensive background in business and administration both nationally and internationally. She had a long and distinguished 32-year career with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) including the position of Deputy Chief Executive from 2002-2011. Since retiring from the VRC Sue has worked as a consultant for the private sector and the Victorian State Government. She undertook a lead role with Victorian Government (sector) Trade Missions to Asia, Turkey and the Middle East. Drawing on her broad business skills Sue has developed a portfolio of board positions around commercial, educational and cultural industries. She is Chair of the Advisory Board, RMIT University School of Economics, Finance and Marketing; Board Member and Finance Committee member for Bendigo Art Gallery and Immediate Past Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Ltd. In 2003 Sue received the Committee for Melbourne Achiever Award and in 2012 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) to recognise her achievements for the thoroughbred racing industry; for the promotion of women and for community work. Sue is currently the Chair of our Victorian Division of the Award (since 2019).


Recently Retired Board Directors (2019-2021)

  • Nathan Godfrey
  • Gary Rowe
  • The Hon Sandra Nori
  • Elizabeth Gilchrist AM

The current directors recognise the service and legacy of the former 108 directors that have served on the national Board since it was established in 1962.





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