Member Biographies

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Chair

George Frazis

Managing Director and Chief Executive

Bank of Queensland

George Frazis joined Bank of Queensland as Managing Director and CEO in September 2019, and has over 26 years’ corporate experience. 

George has a long history in Banking and Finance, having worked in the industry for the past 17 years.  Most recently he was Chief Executive of Westpac Group’s Consumer Bank. Prior to that George was CEO, St. George Banking Group and Chief Executive, Westpac New Zealand Limited. George has held senior executive roles at National Australia Bank,  Commonwealth Bank of Australia, as well as Air New Zealand.

George started his career as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force with 77 Squadron, responsible for the maintenance of F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Jets.

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Deputy Chair

Jenny Lambert

Director, Employment, Education and Training

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jenny Lambert has been serving the business community for over 30 years as a senior manager within industry associations, including 16 years as a CEO of associations largely in the services sector.

Commencing with the Australian Hotels Association as its Industrial & Research Officer in 1984, Jenny then served as Project Manager at Tourism’s Industry Training Advisory Board in the early 1990s. 

Jenny took on her first CEO role as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW, and then jointly held the national CEO role until 1999. She has also been CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and the National Tourism Alliance, which is the peak body for tourism associations nationally. She commenced with the Australian Chamber in 2011 and is responsible for policy development and advocacy in vocational training, higher education, schools, employment and migration.

Margaret Jackson

Chief Finance Officer

Allied Express Transport

Margaret has been Chief Financial Officer with Allied Express Group since 2008.  Prior to that she worked in senior finance management roles at Aristocrat Leisure Group (Gaming); Trading Post Group (Media); ASX listed - Finemore Holdings Group (Transport based at Wagga Wagga) and ASX listed - Woodger Corporation Group (Property development; real estate and national fuel stations, based in Canberra).

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Amy List 

Director, Sustainment Operations

Boeing Defence Australia

Amy List is the director of Sustainment Operations for Boeing Defence Australia (BDA). She was appointed to this role in March 2021 and has responsibility for managing the company's through-life sustainment support and training solutions for military platforms in order to maximise operational readiness while reducing the cost of ownership. 

Amy joined BDA in December 2018 as director of the Structures and Build capability. She then moved into the position of director of Wedgetail Programs, where she was responsible for all sustainment and training programs in support of the Royal Australian Air Force's fleet of six E-7A Wedgetail aircraft. 

She started her professional career as an Aeronautical Engineering Officer in the RAAF. During her tenure, Amy served in a number of operational roles, before running both acquisition and sustainment programs for the Defence Materiel Organisation. Post-separation from the Australian Defence Force, Amy ran a consulting business, offering project and risk management services to clients across the defence and mining industries. 

Amy is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) and a Masters Degree in Project Management. She is also a Certified Practicing Project Manager and a member of Engineers Australia. 

 

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Natalie Colbert

Owner

CanPLAY Pty Ltd

Natalie Colbert has eight years of corporate experience as the founder and sole Director/Chief Executive Officer of CanPLAY Pty Ltd, a company managing three separate early childhood business in Canberra and offering consulting services to other early childhood education providers.

Natalie is a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force after serving for twenty-two years as a Logistics Officer, including a deployment to East Timor. During her career, Natalie was exposed to many unique aspects of the Defence industry, mainly within the logistics/engineering and financial environments. She has gained substantial experience in tactical, operational and strategic logistics management, the development of Defence capability requirements, and the Defence acquisition process.

Natalie is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the University of New South Wales. She holds separate degrees in Arts, Business and Technology, and Project Management. Natalie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Andrew Plaskett

Director, Clients and Markets & People and Development

Clayton Utz

Andrew Plaskett joined Clayton Utz in April 2007 and is currently the Director of Clients and Markets/People and Development.

Prior to this appointment, he was the National Manager, Client Strategy at Freehills.

Andrew also worked as a Management Consultant for CCA, which included a focus on supporting government agencies across federal, state and local governments in the design and implementation of enterprise development initiatives.

He holds a Bachelor of Business (International Management) from Monash University.

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Brett Sangster

Chair of the Australian Veterans Employers Coalition 

Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Brett Sangster is a Partner of McCullough Robertson Lawyers leading the Defence & National Security Practice Group, drawing on 23 years’ experience across government and private enterprise.

Prior to his appointment to Partner, Brett was the Managing Director of Downer Defence Systems where he was responsible for managing and building a newly established business focused on Defence capability. During his time with the Downer Group, Brett also worked as General Manager of Commercial & Risk for the Engineering & Construction Division, and was the Deputy Project Director on a major industrial project for the Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project Oil & Gas program in central Queensland.

Brett is a veteran with 14 years’ experience in Army where he served with various units and on numerous overseas deployments. He was awarded a commendation in 2011 for legal services whilst on operations. Brett seeks to give back to the Defence community through his membership with the Australian Veteran Employment Coalition, where he was recently appointed to Chairperson from January 2020, and as Chairperson of Wandering Warriors, being a charitable organisation providing support to the Special Operations community and ADF members transitioning into civilian life.

Drawing upon his unique experiences and expertise, Brett develops innovative and effective solutions in support of broader strategic objectives. With a passion for building sovereign Defence capability, he brings a balanced approach when managing the operational imperatives of Defence verses the commercial imperatives of industry. He holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Queensland, post graduate studies in international laws, qualifications in project management and security analysis, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mark Jansen

Partner

PwC

Mark Jansen is a Partner in PwC and leads elements of the Defence and National Security Businesses. He supports clients in Strategy, Aerospace, Command, Control, Intelligence and Information Technology. Mark has over 15 years of consulting experience and was a Partner in Booz & Company before the company was acquired by PwC in 2015.

Prior to working as a consultant, Mark was in the Royal Australian Air Force for 15 years, serving primarily as an Intelligence Officer. Mark gained operational experience in East Timor. He was awarded the Chief of Air Force Prize for professional excellence on No 53 Command and Staff Course and was the academic dux of No 25 Fighter Combat Instructor/Fighter Intelligence Instructor course. 

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Michael Ward

Managing Director

Raytheon Australia

Michael Ward is Managing Director of Raytheon Australia responsible for the executive management of Raytheon operations in Australia and New Zealand.

As a leading provider of whole-of-life capabilities to the Australian Defence Force, Raytheon Australia provides integrated mission solutions, weapon systems and mission support services across a broad range of key naval, land and aerospace capabilities and training solutions.

Raytheon Australia is a full subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX). With 2019 net sales of $74 billion and a global team of 195,000 employees, Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defence company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide.

Prior to assuming his current position, Michael served as Raytheon Australia’s General Manager, Strategy and Business Development, where he was responsible for business growth and operational efficiency. He has also previously served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Technical Services.

Before joining Raytheon, Michael was employed as a Defence Adviser to the Parliament of Australia. Michael’s service to the Parliament of Australia came at the end of a 20-year career with the Australian Military.

Born in Australia, Michael is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He studied for a bachelor’s degree in information technology before completing a master’s degree in business administration. Michael has also undertaken graduate training in aeronautical engineering, defence studies and training.

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Andy Keogh CSC

Managing Director

Saab Australia Pty Ltd

Andy served for 22 years in the Australian Navy. His career included command of two Collins Class submarines and a three-year exchange posting with the US Navy’s Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership whilst in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006.

Andy retired from the Navy in 2007 and joined ASC where he was responsible for establishing the business improvement capability and managing ASC’s operations in WA, which included maintenance and training for the Collins Class fleet.

After a two-year stint as Chief Executive of Defence SA, Andy commenced as the Managing Director of Saab Australia in November 2017. Andy is Chair of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) Defence Council, Member of the South Australian Skills Commission, Member of the QLD Minister’s Advisory Council on Defence Industry and Jobs and Member of the SA Certificate of Education (SACE) Board.

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Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC, RANR

Managing Director, Defence

Serco Asia Pacific

Clint Thomas was appointed as Serco Asia Pacific’s Managing Director, Defence in July 2017 following a distinguished 40-year career in Defence and the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Logistics Officer, during which he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008, awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2003 Australia Day Honours and was awarded a Chief of Defence Commendation for the Defence Integrated Distribution System contract remediation.

As Rear Admiral for the Navy, Clint was previously Commander, Joint Logistics which included specific responsibilities as the Senior Defence Logistician and Strategic Logistics advisor to the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary for the Department of Defence, Head of Defence Fuel Services, Head of Defence Explosives Services, Capability Manager for all Defence Logistics ICT, Head of Defence Inventory Compliance and Assurance, and Manager of all Defence Supply Chain services both within Australia and in direct support of all deployed Operations.

He has previously held senior appointments within Defence/Navy as Director General Strategic logistics, Director General Supply Chain, Director General Logistics – Navy, and is a former Commanding Officer HMAS CERBERUS, Navy’s Largest Training Base and the FFG (Frigate) Capability Element Manager.

Clint also has extensive experience in Defence Contract Management, Supply Chain Management, is highly respected by the senior leaders of the Australian Defence Force and has a deep understanding of our customers’ operational requirements.

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Peter Liston

Co - Chief Executive Officer

Veteran Community Business Chamber

Peter Liston is a veteran of the Royal Australian Army serving for 12 years as Logistics Officer, including deployments to Afghanistan and East Timor. 

Along with his Duntroon classmate Matthew Moseley, they have created multiple businesses together and co-founded the Veteran Community Business Chamber. Their first business after transitioning from the Army, Secure Windows, was the inaugural winner of the Prime Minister's Veteran Employment Award for Veteran employer of the year (small to medium business). Their second business venture, Trust the Process, supports small businesses by applying a military mindset through automation, delegation and communication. 

Peter and Matthew co-founded the Veteran Community Business Chamber (VCBC) to support three key groups of people. Existing veteran community business owners, serving members looking to transition to self-employment and partners of serving members and veterans. The Chamber is committed to building a pathway to self-employment from the military as well as create a complete entrepreneurial ecosystem for our community. Education, Identification, Community and Digital transformation are the four pillars of the VCBC.

The VCBC believes in the potential of the veteran business community and is here to represent them. A key driver of veteran employment is to support the creation of new businesses whilst strengthening existing veteran community owned businesses. Veterans hire Veterans. 

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Richard Johnson

Chief Information Security Officer

Westpac

Richard’s Army Reserve experience has given him a strong appreciation of the benefits veterans bring to employers. He has been an avid supporter of veteran employment in Westpac and is a member of the Westpac Veterans Employee Action Group. Richard’s knowledge and experience in technology and information security strategy, are areas that are attracting many veterans for employment.

Richard has 20 years’ experience at the Westpac Group. Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Information Security Officer, Richard was the Head of Technical Security Services for the Group. In these roles, he has led the Group’s information security strategy, delivery and governance. Prior to joining the Westpac Group, Richard held roles as Head of Technology Audit at Woolworths Limited, Technology Audit Manager at BT Financial Group, and in Computer Risk Management at Arthur Andersen. 

 

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Michael (Mick) McMillan

Owner

Australian Engineering Professionals

(2021 Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year)

Michael initially served in the Australian Regular Army as a rifleman in 1986.  He then commenced study in mechanical engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy in February 1998. He graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and was allocated to the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Michael has served in multiple operations domestically and overseas.

Michael has also worked with BHP Billiton as a design engineer. This gave him broad commercial acumen in project management and design engineering.

In August 2011, Michael completed a Masters of Science, in Military Vehicle Technology at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Upon graduation, he was appointed as an engineering officer at the Defence Material Organisation, LAND 121 Phase 3A (G-Wagon). In this capacity, he was responsible for the engineering and project management for delivery of the G-Wagon Surveillance and Reconnaissance Vehicle. Michael was instrumental in establishing the sustainment engineering processes for the introduction of the G-Wagon fleet.

Michael left the Australian Defence Force in 2016 to pursue a business opportunity to design and manufacture specific military vehicles, and high-end commercial modifications to light and heavy vehicles for the Australian and overseas markets.  His business achievements include support to Haulmark Trailers in the North Queensland Region, as their maintenance representative for all Australian Defence Force trailers. The most significant is an approved Defence Export to JANKEL Armouring in the United Kingdom, as a partner on specific modified vehicle platforms, engineered by Australian Patrol Vehicles.

Michael has grown the company and now has 29 employees across multiple technical disciplines. He has a focus on veteran employment and support, which has seen several adult traineeships provided to veterans.

Australian Expedition Vehicles was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year category of the 2021 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards. Michael is a temporary member of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment.  He will remain a member until the winners of the 2022 Awards are announced.

 

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Chris de Bono

Managing Director

Meru Foods

(2021 Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year)

Chris relied on his Navy training and experiences during the founding of his business, showing resilience, strong problem solving skills and demonstrated dedication to succeed. Chris continues to expand his business range, deepening market penetration and increasing awareness of his products.

Chris graduated from the Defence Force Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (Lit) and went on to complete Navigation training in the Royal Australian Navy. This period of employment, from 2001 to 2013, laid the foundation for many of the training, management and leadership skills he brings to his own business and other organisations today.

From 2013 through to incorporation of Meru Foods in 2017, Chris was engaged in Defence Consultancy and other small business endeavours. These small business endeavours eventually led to the founding of Meru Foods.

As the founder of Meru Foods, Chris has been the Managing Director since incorporation in 2017. Meru Foods is Australia’s largest manufacturer of fermented Asian condiments and is highly regarded amongst Australia’s leading chefs.

Chris was announced as the winner of the Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 2021 Prime Ministers’ Veterans’ Employment Awards. Chris is a temporary member of the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment. He will remain a member until the winners of the 2022 Awards are announced.

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