January 24 - 30, 2021: Issue 480


Australia Day 2021 Awards: Pittwater Recipients + More

Susan (Sue) Martin OAM - photo by A J Guesdon

The Australia Day 2021 Honours List, recognises 844 Australians.

Included in the list are:

  • 570 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (4 AC, 36 AO, 159 AM and 371 OAM) 
  • 28 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (2 AO, 11 AM and 15 OAM) 
  • 176 meritorious awards 
  • 70 Distinguished and Conspicuous awards 

Some of the first recipients recognised, at least in part, for their contribution in support of Australia’s response to the 2019-20 Bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic (more nominations are likely to be considered for future lists).  

Announcing the list, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), said:

“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate everyone recognised in the Australia Day Honours list.

“The individuals we celebrate today come from all parts of our great nation and have served the community in almost every way conceivable. They’re diverse and unique but there are some common characteristics, including selflessness, commitment and dedication.

“Recipients have not put their hand up to be recognised. Most would consider the achievements that they are being recognised for to be ‘ordinary’ or just what they do. Therein is the great strength of our system – recipients in the Order of Australia have been nominated by their peers, considered by an independent process and, today, recognised by the nation.

“The sum of these contributions speaks to our nation’s greatest strength – its people."

Among the Pittwater recipients are Mr Kenneth Craig ALLEN AM, Palm Beach (OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA) ‘For distinguished service to international relations, particularly through global information sharing networks for expatriate Australian professionals’. 

There are four recipients in the MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION, Sue Martin OAM, of Clareville, ‘For service to the community of Pittwater’, David Palmer OAM, of Ingleside, ‘For service to conservation and the environment’ and Roger Sayers OAM, of Avalon Beach, ‘For service to surf lifesaving’ and William Stuart SHERMAN OAM, of Bayview, 'For service to public relations, to sport, and to the community'.

The full list for our area:


Mr Kenneth Craig ALLEN AM, Palm Beach NSW 

For distinguished service to international relations, particularly through global information sharing networks for expatriate Australian professionals.

Advance (previously Young Australian Professionals in America)

Founder and Chair Emeritus, since 2006.

Advance has more than 17,000 community members across more than 83 countries.

Operates a range of global programs, summits and events, including: Advance Global Australian Awards, Advance Global Australian Summit, Innovation Programs, Elevate 61 and Propel.

Founder, Young Australian Professionals in America, 2003-2006.

Allen Partners

  • Chairman of the Board and Global Advisor since 2009.

Lexington Partners, USA

  • Senior Advisor, USA, Australia and the Asia Pacific, 2006 -2019.

UBS Investment Bank, Australia

  • Senior Advisor, Australia and the Asia Pacific, 2006-2011.

Talent2 International Limited

  • Chairman of the Board, 2006-2011.

Australian Chamber Orchestra's Instrument Fund

  • Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra, 2006-2011 and initiator of the Orchestra's Instrument Fund.

Garvin Institute for Medical Research

  • Contributor/benefactor, Garvin Institute for Medical Research, current.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • Australian Consul-General in New York, 2001-2006.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Member of the Order of Australia, since 2005.


Mr Richard Patrick CHADWICK, Killarney Heights NSW 

For service to the building and construction industry.

The Chadwick Group

  • Chairman and Managing Director, since 1963.

Civil Engineering and Mining Foundation, University of Sydney

  • Chairman, 1982-1986.
  • Governor, 12 years.
  • Honorary Life Member.

NSW Chamber of Commerce

  • Member, Board of Directors, 1988-1997.
  • Council Member, 1988-2003.
  • Vice-Chairman, Export Committee, five years.

Professional Affiliations

  • Life Member, Metal Roofing and Cladding Association of Australia.
  • Fellow, Engineers Australia.
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management.


  • President, Northside Ballet Company and Sydney City Ballet Company, 1971-1976

Mr Robert LLOYD, Terrey Hills NSW 

For service to children with a disability.

Rainbow Club Australia

(Rainbow Club Australia is a network of social swimming clubs for children with a disability -myrainbowclub.org.au)

  • Vice-President, since 2010.
  • Board Member, since 2009.
  • Chair, Organising Committee, Murray Rose Malabar Magic fundraising swim, since 2009.
  • Life Member, 2018.

Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim

  • Event Director, since 2009.
  • Co-Founder, 2009.

LBW Trust

  • Board Member, since 2015.
  • Committee Member, Batting for Change, since 2013.


  • Director, The Pathways Foundation, 2003-2012.

Barker College

  • Former President, Barker Rugby Club.
  • Former President, Barker Cricket Club.
  • Former President, Barker Football Club.


  • Managing Director, Breckenridge Property Group, since 2000.
  • Non-Executive Director, Arcadia Healthcare Australia, since 2015.

Mrs Shirley McLAREN, Narrabeen NSW 

For service to veterans and their families, and to the community.

Ex-Service Organisations

  • Patron, Sydney Branch, Women's Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF) Association, since 1978.
  • Social Club Coordinator, Northern Beaches War Widows Guild, Australian War Widows NSW, current.

RSL LifeCare Retirement Village, Narrabeen

  • Delivered “Call to Commemoration” speech on behalf of Ex-Service WRAAF and residents of the Village, 2019.
  • Resident, since 2010.
  • Coordinator of ex-service women within the village.

Endemol Shine Australia Productions

  • Participant, “Old People's Homes for 4 year olds” (documentary), 2019 and participant representative, Australian Academy and Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, 2019.

Ms Susan Christine MARTIN, Avalon NSW 

For service to the community of Pittwater.

Pittwater Community

  • Various roles including Secretary, Treasurer and Publicity Officer, Avalon Preservation Association, 1989-2018.
  • Founder and Leader, Pittwater Ramblers, 1996-2006.
  • Management Committee Member, Careel Bay Pittwater Protection Association, 2003-2010.
  • Honorary Secretary, Friends of Currawong, since 2008.
  • Honorary Secretary, Save Mona Vale Hospital Community Action Group, since 2018.
  • Avalon Computer Pals trainer, since 2016.


  • Teacher, Consultant, New South Wales Department of Education, 1968-2014.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Joint Volunteer of the Year, Pittwater Council, 2009.

Mr David Sydney PALMER, Mona Vale NSW 

For service to conservation and the environment.

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association

  • Secretary, since 2010.
  • Representative, Ingleside Landcare Group, 1994-2009.
  • Secretary and Founding Member, Pittwater Escarpment Sub-committee, 1994-2000.

Pittwater Council

  • Secretary, Sustainability Working Group, 2006-2010.
  • Former Member, Planning an Integrated Built Environment Reference Group.

Environment and Conservation - Other

  • Vice-President, Northern Beaches Envirolink, current.
  • Member, Sustainable Northern Beaches Group, current.
  • Member, Bushcare with Elanora Road, North Narrabeen Bushcare Group, 2010-2012.
  • Committee Member, Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment, 2005-2011.
  • Member, Project Reference Group (for the Narrabeen Lagoon - Creating a Sustainable Catchment Project), late 2000s.
  • Chair, Ingleside Landcare Group, 1990s-2000s.
  • Co-ordinator, Bahai Temple Bush Regeneration Project, current.

Ingleside Residents' Association

  • President, mid-1990s.
  • Member, 1990s-2000s.

Community - Other

  • Supporter and Fundraiser, East Timor Project, Friends of Oecusse TL, early 2000s.


  • What's Happening to Our Creeks, (in conjunction with the Coastal Environment Centre, Pittwater Council).
  • Co-Author (with Jacqui Marlow) Mitigating Impacts on Biodiversity in the Ingleside Locality by improving Fauna Connectivity.
  • Co-Author (with Angus Gordon OAM) A History of the Campaign for the Preservation of the Warriewood Escarpment.
  • Author, Bird Survey of the Upper Mullet Creek Valley.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Finalist, Citizen of the Year, Pittwater Council, 2006.
  • Environmental Volunteer of the Year, Coastal Environment Centre, Pittwater Council, 2002.
  • Recognition and Reward, for Outstanding Customer Focus, Northern Sydney Institute TAFE, 2002.
  • 20 Years' Service, for Recognition for valuable service to education and training in NSW TAFE, TAFE NSW.

David Palmer OAM

The late Mr Graeme Allan PAUL
Formerly of Forestville NSW 

For service to the community of the Northern Beaches, and to chemical engineering.

Rotary Club of French's Forest

  • Former Secretary.
  • Former Organiser, Northern Beaches Police Officer of the Year Awards.
  • President, 2011-2013.
  • Former Member.

Community - Other

  • Volunteer Santa Claus at community events.
  • Involvement with a cyber safety awareness program for parents of school children in conjunction with the Northern Beaches Police Area Command.
  • Co-leader, Bush Tucker Garden Project in Davidson Park, Garigal National Park.
  • Volunteer, Rural Fire Service, Davidson Rural Fire Brigade, 1998-2020.
  • Volunteer Surf Lifesaver and Beach Inspector, 1967-1971.
  • Referee and First Aid Official, Manly Rugby Union Club, 1970's.
  • Deputy Inner Division Controller, State Emergency Service, City of Sydney, 1960's1970's.
  • Volunteer, Red Cross, 1960's-1970's.

Community - Papua New Guinea - 2002-2008

  • Organiser, photographic documentation of graves of Australian WWII soldiers who died in Morobe Province - photographs presented to the Office of Australian War Graves.
  • Leader, efforts to re-establish ties between the Situm Memorial and School in Morobe Province with the 7th Division, Second Australian Imperial Force - 2nd AIF.
  • Arranged for provision of infrastructure and educational materials for the Situm School.
  • Arranged for provision of water tanks for other schools and villages in Morobe Province.
  • Involved in establishment of libraries in schools in Morobe Province and at the prison in Lae.
  • Organised for a new fire truck, protective clothing and training for members of the Lae Fire Department.
  • Organised for a new fire truck to be provided to the fire department in New Britain.
  • Organiser, mobile dental van for villages and schools near Lae.
  • Supporter of students, Lae Technical College, including on return to Australia and until recently.


  • Chairman, International Chemistry Olympiad, 1998.
  • Member, Waste Management Working Group, New South Wales Chemical Industry Task Force, 1992-1993.
  • Former Member, Science Box Committee.
  • Member, New South Wales Chemical Industry Task Force, 1991-1992.
  • Chairman, New South Wales Group, Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1987-1988.
  • Chartered Engineer, 1988.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

  • National President, circa 1995.
  • Member, circa 1978. 
  • Fellow, 1991.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Northern Beaches Council, 2020.
  • R.K Murphy Medal for chemical engineering research and development, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 1997.
  • Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
  • Life Member, Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, 1996.
  • Neville Whiffen Medal for Practical Chemical Engineering, 1992.
  • Honorary Secretary, Chemeca, 1992.
  • Fellow, The Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1989.

Dr Susan ROWLEY, Queenscliff NSW 

For service to medicine, and to emergency rescue organisations.


  • General Practitioner, The Mosman Practice, since 2017.
  • General Practitioner, private practice, 2003-2017.
  • Doctor and Honorary Medical Director, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, 1976-1985.

Mr Roger Philip SAYERS, Avalon Beach NSW 

For service to surf lifesaving.

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club

  • Former and longest-serving Club Captain.
  • Former Patrol Captain.
  • Publicity Officer, current.
  • Chair, Heritage Committee, current.
  • Life Members and Service Honours Awards Committee Member, current.
  • Member, since 1985.
  • Life Member, 2007.


  • Executive Committee Member, Avalon Preservation Society.
  • Contributor, Pittwater Online News.
  • Member, Avalon Beach Historical Society.

Awards and recognition include:

  • 30 Year Long Service Award, Surf Lifesaving NSW, 2015.
  • Patrolman of the Year, Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 1991, 1992.
  • Norman Cook Award, Most Outstanding Member, Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 1994 and 1997.
  • Presidents Award for Outstanding Service, 1999

Roger Sayers OAM in IRB - photo by Geoff Searl OAM, Summer 2010-2011

Mr William Stuart SHERMAN, Bayview NSW 

For service to public relations, to sport, and to the community.

Public Relations Institute of Australia

  • Former Council Member, 1980s-1990s.
  • Former Chair, Committee on Establishment of National Accreditation Regime for Public Relations Practitioners.
  • Former Member, Ethics Committee.
  • Convenor, Golden Target Awards Program, 1990s.
  • Life Fellow.
  • Co-author, Australian and New Zealand Public Relations Manual (1987).

Public Relations Institute of New South Wales

  • Former President, 1990s.
  • Former Council Member.

Pittwater Probus Club

  • Former President.
  • Former Convenor, Major Events.
  • Volunteer Bus Driver, current.

Moss Vale Probus Club

  • President, 2010-mid-2010s.
  • Committee member, 2010s.

Southern Highlands Branch, Sporting Shooters Association

  • Inaugural President, 2010s.

Buffalo Rifle Association of Australia

  • Former Secretary/Treasurer, 10 years.
  • Team Member, representing Australia, Quigley Match, United States of America.
  • Founding Member.

Bowral Pistol Club

  • President, 2012-2013.
  • Committee Member, 2000s.
  • Member, 10 years.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

  • Vice-Commodore, early 1990s.
  • Board Member, 1980s-1995.
  • Former Flag Officer.

Awards and recognition include:

  • 3 Golden Target Awards, Public Relations Institute Australia.
  • Winner, Business Communication Competition, Australian Financial Review.
  • Award, Employee Communications, International Public Relations Association.

More available in:

Sue Martin: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Sue-Martin-Profile 

David Palmer: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/David-Palmer-Profile 

Roger Sayers: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Roger-Sayers-Profile 

Worth Noting: 


Mr Stephen Bruce CATHCART, NSW

For outstanding public service to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, particularly to the protection of the Wollemi Pines during the 2019-2020 bushfires.

Mr Stephen Cathcart has dedicated his career to the conservation of New South Wales' natural and cultural heritage. Commencing at the National Parks and Wildlife Service as a Ranger in 1991, he has worked across various landscapes including as the patch ranger for the Wollemi National Park, home to the critically endangered Wollemi Pine.

Now managing the northern part of the Kosciuszko National Park he returned to the Wollemi National Park during the summer of 2019-2020 to assist as bushfires threatened the Wollemi Pines. In response to the bushfire threat, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service, implemented the 'Wollemi Pine Operation' assembling a group of highly experienced firefighters and ecologists to work together to minimise the impacts of fire on the trees.

Mr Cathcart was an integral member of this specialist team, using his extensive knowledge, skills and experience to assist in developing and implementing an operations plan that reduced the intensity of the fire as it travelled towards the Pines. As Air Attack Supervisor he also coordinated the aerial components of the fire response, including integrating air attack and on-ground activities, and coordinating aircraft requirements and operations.

As the fire reached the canyon where the Wollemi Pines were located he was winched into the site and found that fire had damaged the irrigation system and that some of the pines had been affected by fire. He quickly repaired the damaged irrigation section and extinguished most of the active fire at the site thereby saving these important trees.

Mr Cathcart's service to the National Parks and Wildlife service during his almost 30 year career has been exemplary.


The Honourable Malcolm Bligh TURNBULL, NSW

For eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through significant contributions to national security, free trade, the environment and clean energy, innovation, economic reform and marriage equality, and to business and philanthropy.

Parliament of Australia

  • Prime Minister, 2015-2018.
  • Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, 2017.
  • Minister for Communications, 2013-2015.
  • Cabinet Minister, 2007, and 2013-2018.
  • Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, 2007.
  • Leader of the Opposition, 2008-2009.
  • Shadow Treasurer, 2007-2008.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, 2006-2007.
  • Member for Wentworth, 2004-2018.

Liberal Party of Australia

  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party, 2008-2009, and 2015-2018.
  • Honorary Federal Treasurer, 2002-2003.

Professional Appointments

  • Senior Advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, since 2019.
  • Partner, Goldman Sachs and Co, 1998-2001.
  • Chairman and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Australia, 1997-2001.
  • Chairman, OzEmail Ltd, 1994-1999.
  • Director, FTR Holdings Ltd, 1995-2004.
  • Director, Star Mining NL, 1993-1995.
  • Managing Director, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Limited, 1987-1990.
  • Managing Director, Turnbull & Partners Limited, 1990-1997.
  • Barrister, 1980-1985.
  • Solicitor, 1986-1990.
  • General Counsel and Secretary, Consolidated Press Holdings Group, 1983-1985.
  • Journalist, 1975-1979.


  • Honorary Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Co-Founder and Director, The Turnbull Foundation, since 2000.
  • Director, Menzies Research Centre, 2001-2004.
  • Chair, Australian Republican Movement, 1993-2000.
  • Chair, Republic Advisory Committee, 1993.


  • Author, Fighting for the Republic: The Ultimate Insider's Account, 1999.
  • Author, The Spycatcher Trial, 1998.
  • Author, The Reluctant Republic, 1993.
  • Author, The Bigger Picture, 2020.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Centenary Medal, 2001.