Governance

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is a company limited by guarantee. The Trust is a not for profit educational institution governed by a Board of Directors who give their time voluntarily. The Directors are responsible for the financial administration of the funds initially raised by the Australian public in the appeal of 1965 and the administration of the Churchill Fellowship award scheme.

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Directors currently in office are as follows:
 

Mr David Trebeck
NATIONAL CHAIR

BSc Agr (Hons), MEc, FAICD

Mr Trebeck is immediate past President of the ACT Divisional Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Chairman of Australia’s Oyster Coast Ltd and Delos Delta Pty Ltd.

Mr Trebeck is a former Commissioner of the National Water Commission (2005-08), a former non-executive director of several ASX companies and former adviser to the local subsidiary of the world's largest shipping company, AP Møller Maersk. He was a member of the finance and audit committee of Brumbies Rugby for 5 years, and was a board member and Chairman of the fundraising foundation of Canberra Grammar School for nearly a decade. In 1983, he co-founded (and was later CEO of) ACIL Consulting (now ACIL Allen), from which he retired in 2004. He has also held senior positions with the National Farmers Federation and its predecessors (1972-83).

Mr Trebeck was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1974.

 

Mr Adam Davey
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND COMPANY SECRETARY

BA Comms, GAICD

Mr Davey, as a highly experienced senior public servant, over his 20 year career he has managed large teams working on complex policy and associated government initiatives. Mr Davey has worked at ComSuper, Defence Housing Australia, Medicare (where he was public spokesman), the Australian Taxation Office, Treasury, IP Australia and has extensive small business experience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Adam is highly regarded for his leadership, strategic direction, creative thinking and people management skills.

 

Mr Gerard Bradley
DIRECTOR IARC* 

B.Com, Dip Adv Acc, FAICD, FCPA, FCA

Mr Bradley is a Non-Executive Director of The Star Entertainment Group and Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited. Mr Bradley is also the Chairman of Queensland Treasury Corporation and related companies, having served for 14 years as Under Treasurer and Under Secretary of the Queensland Treasury Department. He has extensive experience in public sector finance in both the Queensland and South Australian Treasury Departments.

Mr Bradley has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at QSuper. His previous non-executive board memberships also include Funds SA, Queensland Investment Corporation, Suncorp (Insurance & Finance) and South Bank Corporation. 

 


Ms Alexandrea Cannon

DIRECTOR SA, RNC Chair**

MBA, B Bus, FAICD, FAHRI, FAMI

Ms Cannon is the Chair of the Leaders Institute of SA Inc. and SATAC Ltd (SA and NT Tertiary Admissions Centre). She is also a Director of Hood Sweeney Pty Ltd and Bizbuild Pty Ltd, a management consulting business, as well as a governance facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors State Council. 

Ms Cannon's past positions include Trustee of the South Australian Country Arts Trust, SA President of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Member of University of SA Division of Business Advisory Council, Department of Education and Children's Services Voices of Women Board, Information Economy Advisory Board, BreastScreen SA Advisory Committee, BreastScreen SA Ministerial Review Steering Committee;  Director of Queensland Arts Council, Vice President of Adelaide College of TAFE and SA Representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

She has extensive business experience from her senior national roles as HR Director in international consumer products and FMCG companies and as a consultant with a top five chartered accounting firm.

 

Ms Suzan Cox QC
DIRECTOR NT, RNC**

BA, LLB, UNSW 1978; LLM (Criminal Law) NYU 1985.

Ms Cox’s past positions include Solicitor at the Office of the Public Solicitor, Port Moresby, Senior Criminal Solicitor at the Central Australian and then Northern Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Services, Barrister at Owen Dixon Chambers, Melbourne, Principal Family Lawyer and then Principal Criminal Lawyer with the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission and Hearing Commissioner with Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. 

Ms Cox was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Charles Darwin University Law School.

 

Mr Chris Fennell
DIRECTOR IARC*

FCA, FAICD

Mr Fennell is a Principal of the firm Christopher R. Fennell Chartered Accountant and was formerly a Principal of Pitcher Partners Chartered Accountants and now consults to that firm. He practices in corporate transactions, consults to small to medium sized clients in various industries and maintains a number of directorships in industry and investment.

 

Mr Andrew Leake
DIRECTOR NSW, RNC**

BEc, FGIA, CA

Mr Leake is a senior business leader with extensive experience in business consulting, corporate finance, publishing and education. He is a director of Governance Institute of Australia and Wenona Foundation Limited. Mr Leake has an executive role in the leadership team of Wenona School, a leading Sydney school for girls.

 

Mr Warwick Hemsley
DIRECTOR IARC*

B.Com, Assoc. Dip VAL., CPA, FAPI, FAICD

Warwick Hemsley served as CEO of Peet Limited for 17 years and was a Director of the company from 1985 to 2011. He is Chairman of QWest Paterson Valuers & Property Consultants. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, he commenced his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and subsequently moved into the property development industry and gained his formal property qualifications.

Warwick is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division), and a past President of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Warwick's commitment to community, and in particular the arts and education, continues through his various involvements as a board member of the Western Australian Opera company, a member of the New Century Campaign Committee at the University of Western Australia, a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council, and co-chairman of the Anglicare Winter Appeal Committee. From 2006 to 2016 he was a Council member of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 

 

Mr Colin Murphy
DIRECTOR WA

FCPA, FCAANZ, GAICD, FIPAA

Colin Murphy served as Auditor General for Western Australia from 2007 to 2018. Colin has held strategic leadership positions in State and Commonwealth government roles.

He has held key leadership roles within the state government in the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Finance, Land Administration and the Building Management Authority. He was the Business Manager for Murdoch University and has also held financial management roles with the Commonwealth Department of Finance in Perth and Washington DC. Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.

He is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia.


Associate Professor Jane Munro

DIRECTOR VIC

MBBS FRACP MPH

A/Prof Munro is a Paediatric Rheumatologist and Head of the Rheumatology Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Group Leader of the Rheumatology Research group and Senior Research Fellow at The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

A/Prof Munro was the national Chair of the Australian Rheumatology Group (2010-2015), is on the Clinical Leadership Group (Musculoskeletal) for The Victorian Government Health Minister and Past Chair of the Victorian Paediatric State Committee.

A/Prof Munro was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2004.

 

Ms Anne O'Donnell
CHAIR IARC*

BA (Bkg & Fin), MBA, FAICD, SFFinsia

Ms O'Donnell's current positions include non-executive directorships of Equity Trustees Ltd, Community CPS Australia Ltd and Eastwoods Group Ltd. She is also an Independent Member, Audit Committee, IP Australia and an External Member Compliance Committee UBS Global Asset Management (Australia) Ltd and member of the Board of the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Ltd.

Ms O'Donnell's former positions include Managing Director and CEO Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, non-executive directorships of Grain Growers Ltd, Financial Services Council and the Centre for Australian Ethical Research Pty Ltd. She also has extensive knowledge of the superannuation and financial sectors gained from over 35 years in industry.

 

Alex Sloan
DIRECTOR ACT, RNC**

BA - Curtin University WA

Ms Sloan has been a journalist for 30 years, 27 of them as a broadcaster with ABC Radio. She formally retired from the ABC in January 2017.

During her career at the ABC, Ms Sloan was awarded a DFAT Travelling Scholarship to travel and report from Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.  She is a current member of the ACT Architects Board, former member of both the ACT Placenames Committee (1997-2017) and ACT and NT Selection Panel of Australian-American Fulbright Commission (2007-2010).

In 2012 Ms Sloan was awarded the Clem Cummins Medal which recognises contributions by non-architects and architects to architecture and the public interest.

In 2017, Ms Sloan was named Canberra Citizen of the Year “In recognition of her services to the Community of the ACT …and through her selfless support of a range of community organisations and charitable events.”

Ms Sloan continues to support a range of charities and is a well-known MC and facilitator in Canberra.

 

Dr Damien B Thomson
DIRECTOR QLD

MBBS (Adel), FRACP

Dr Thomson is a retired Pre-eminent Staff Specialist and Director of Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Services at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Queensland University, Brisbane.  He is the Editor in Oncology for the Internal Medicine Journal. He has an extensive research interest in melanoma and germ cell tumours. He was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is currently a member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Australian Doctors Orchestra and World Doctors' Orchestra.

 

Dr Rob Walters
DIRECTOR TAS, RNC**

BMedSc MB BS

Dr Walters is a practising GP, a medico-legal adviser and a case manager for the Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS) in Tasmania as well as sitting as a part-time member on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

From 2002 to 2005 Dr Walters was the National Chair of the Australian Divisions of General Practice and from 1994 to 2015 he was on the Board of his local Division of General Practice, including six years as Chair.

Dr Walters has a special interest in occupational medicine and workers compensation, and is a director of the WorkCover Board of Tasmania. He has served on a number of boards and councils representing general practice, including the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, the Headspace Board, and previously the Beyondblue Clinical Reference Council, National Advisory Council on Mental Health and National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention. He was also a National Men’s Health Ambassador, advising the Australian Government on policy relating to male health matters, and Cancer Council of Tasmania Chair from 2001 to 2004.  He has also served on a number of committees for the RACGP and the AMA, organisations of which he remains a member. 

Dr Walters served in the Australian Defence Force from 1972 to 2017 in an Army Reserve capacity retiring with the rank of Colonel as the Senior Medical Officer for the ADF, Tasmania Region. From 1996 to 2013 he was general practice consultant to the Surgeon General of Australian Defence Force.

 

* Investment, Audit and Risk Committee (IARC)
** Remunerations and Nominations Committee (RNC)