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, DIRECTOR ACT, CHAIR RNC**

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. 

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


Ms Alexandrea Cannon

DIRECTOR SA, RNC**

MBA, B Bus, FAICD, FAHRI, FAMI

Ms Cannon is the Chair of Credit Union SA,  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 member 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

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

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. 

*Investment, Audit and Risk Committee (IARC)

 

Mr Robert A Harvey
DIRECTOR WA

BE (HONS), MBA, MAICD, MIEA

Mr Harvey is currently Deputy Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority and a Commissioner of the Western Australian Planning Commission.

Mr Harvey was previously a non-executive director of the Water Corporation Western Australia from 2007 to 2012 and a Commissioner with the Western Australian Planning Commission from 2010 to 2016.

His executive positions include Pro­ Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University; Executive Director, Department of Justice, the Department of Contract and Management Services and the Water Authority of Western Australia. He has also served on the Board of the Joondalup Business Centre and chair of the State Tender Board.

 

Associate Professor Jane Munro
DIRECTOR VIC, RNC**

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*, RNC**

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.

*Investment, Audit and Risk Committee (IARC)

 

Alex Sloan
DIRECTOR ACT

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

BMedSc MB BS

Dr Walters graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1979 and has been a practising GP in suburban Hobart for 32 years. He is also a medico-legal adviser and case manager for the Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS) in Tasmania and sits as a part-time member on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

From 2002 to 2005 Rob was the National Chair of the Australian Divisions of General Practice, the Australia-wide organisation that represented local Divisions of General Practice, to which over 90% of practising GPs belonged. Between 1994 and 2015 he was on the Board of his local Division of General Practice, including six years as Chair.

Professionally, Rob has a special interest in occupational medicine and workers compensation, and is a long-term director of the WorkCover Board of Tasmania. He has served and continues to serve on a number of national and state 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 both the RACGP and the AMA, organisations of which he remains a member.

Rob has served in the Australian Defence Force since 1972 and is currently the Senior Medical Officer for the ADF, Tasmania Region in an Army Reserve capacity, holding the rank of Colonel. From 1985 to 2013 he provided military compensation advice to the ADF in Tasmania and from 1996 to 2013 he was general practice consultant to the Surgeon General of Australian Defence Force.