June 13 - 19, 2021: Issue 498


Queen's Birthday 2021 Honours List

Ferrero & Monika Biernacki - photo by Michael Mannington, Community Photography

The Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List recognises 1,190 Australians.

Included in the list are:

  • 947 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (5 AC, 50 AO, 252 AM and 640 OAM) - 
  • 33 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (1 AO, 14 AM and 18 OAM) - 
  • 139 Meritorious awards -  
  • 71 Gallantry, Distinguished and Conspicuous awards

Announcing the list, the Governor-General said:

“On behalf of all Australians, congratulations to all recipients. Each of these individuals are unique and their story deserves to be shared widely and celebrated.

“Collectively, they speak to who we are as a nation. There are countless examples of selflessness, commitment and dedication. There is diversity and there are examples of exceptional achievement in almost every field imaginable.

“I am pleased that this list includes the highest ever percentage of women (44 per cent) recognised through the General Division of the Order of Australia. It is important that the Order of Australia represents the diversity and strength of Australia – for this to happen we need to ensure outstanding women, members of our multicultural community and First Nations people are nominated by their peers in the community. I am prioritising increasing awareness of and engagement with the Order of Australia amongst groups that have been historically underrepresented. We are seeing positive progress and I am determined that it continues.”

“To the individuals being recognised today, many of whom Linda and I look forward to meeting over the coming year, thank you for your service and congratulations on being recognised by your peers and your nation.

“To all Australians, I encourage you to consider nominating someone outstanding from your community for recognition. The great strength of our system is that it is ‘bottom-up’ – everyone recognised through the Order of Australia has been nominated by someone else, considered through an independent process and, today, celebrated by our nation.”

Local Awardees

Dr Michael HENDERSON, Church Point 

For distinguished service to motor vehicle and motorsport safety, and to the prevention of road trauma.

Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability, Federation Internationale De L'Automobile (FIA)

  • Fellow, current.
  • Former Member, Medical Advisory Panel, more than 10 years.

Motorsport Australia (formerly Confederation of Australian Motorsport)

  • Life Member, 2004.
  • Deputy Chair, Historic Motor Sport Commission, 2001-2003.
  • Safety Adviser and Member, Historic Motor Sport Commission, 1997-2007.
  • Former Member, National Technical Committee.

Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety, Motorsport Australia

  • Inaugural Chair, 2006-2014.
  • Board Member, 2006-2017.
  • Chair, Research Advisory Group, current.

Other Motorsport Safety

  • Designer, six-point race harness for competition vehicles.
  • Introduced and promoted the universal use of safety harnesses for motorsport, 1968.
  • Team Member for the design and construction of the Pininfarina/Ferrari Sigma Grand Prix safety concept race car, 1968-1969.

Department of Motor Transport, New South Wales (now Transport for NSW)

  • Former Executive Director of Traffic Safety.
  • Director, Traffic Accident Research Unit, 1968-late 1970s.
  • Instrumental in the mandatory fitment and use of seat belts in Australia, the original design, development and certification of child restraint systems, and the design and introduction of safety helmets for bicycle riders.
  • Concept founder, Crashlab, New South Wales Centre for Road Safety.

Road Safety

  • Former Chair, statutory body, the Australian Advisory Committee on Road Trauma 1995.
  • Road safety and injury prevention consultant for State and Federal Governments, universities and non-government organisations, 1989-2008.


  • Author, more than 100 research papers, monographs and book chapters on road safety.
  • Author, Motor Racing in Safety, the Human Factors, PSL London, 1968.
  • Author, Living with Risk, British Medical Association, 1987. 

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 1995.
  • Fellow, Australasian College of Road Safety, 1995.

Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales

  • Vice-President, 1998-2000.
  • Secretary, 1998-1999.

Awards and recognition include:

  • The Award of Merit, Confederation of Australian Motorsport, 2016. 

Michael was born to his Australian father and Scottish mother in 1937 in Woking, UK. His basic education was at Wellington College in Berkshire, moving on to become a Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital London graduate in medicine. After graduation he commenced training as an ophthalmologist, entranced by the precision and technology involved with eye surgery. But his joint interest in medicine and engineering took him instead into fields that embraced both sciences. To start with, he joined the RAF and worked with a team training aircrew in the basics of aviation medicine. Posted for three years in Cyprus, one of his duties was as the medical officer in the Near East Air Force parachute rescue team.

His aviation medicine experience awakened his interest in the prevention of injury in aircraft crashes, which led on to his lifetime's work in the prevention of all kinds of accidental injury and the emerging science of biomechanics.

He cannot remember ever not being interested in cars and motoring. He started racing in 1960 with a Lotus Seven he put together from a kit. It was the first Seven BMC and his racing was supported by Lotus Components in return for writing about it and involvement in a promotional film. He went on to race different sports-racing cars, and took an Elva BMW out with him when he and his wife Norma emigrated to Sydney, his father’s birthplace.

While still in the RAF he combined his interests in aviation crash protection and motor racing, establishing the close relationship between one and the other, and going on to document the causation and outcome of race crashes in the UK through the 1967 season.

The book he wrote following his studies, “Motor Racing in Safety, the Human Factors” (PJS, 1968), proved to be a seminal step in the introduction of safety concepts into a sporting field that was then exceptionally dangerous and was resulting in hundreds of deaths and countless injuries world wide every year. His work was most notable in the promotion, use and development of safety harnesses. Previously, the use of any kind of safety belt in motor racing was virtually unheard of, but very rapidly it became universal after he proved its worth. Throughout the years 1968 and 1969 race harness use went from near-zero to near 100 per cent, and death rates in motor sport plummeted. Among other innovations he introduced the concept of a six-point harness, which firmly restrains the pelvic region and prevents potentially fatal "submarining" under the lap belt. The six-point belt is now a virtual necessity in all forms of the sport and for which he has received substantial recognition.

In 1968 he and Norma emigrated to the country of three generations of his Henderson forebears, Australia, and settled in Sydney with Norma and daughter Anita (the designer and manager of this web site). The plan was to join the aviation medicine division of the Australian Department of Civil Aviation, but before the planned job became available he was invited to fly back to Europe for an even more exciting proposition.

Michael in Sigma GP, Geneva Motor Show 1969

He joined a project team sponsored by Italy's famous Pininfarina and Ferrari companies. The intention was to design and build the “Sigma Grand Prix”, a concept safety race car based on a 1967 Formula One Ferrari. The team members included Sergio Pininfarina and his colleague Renzo Carli, racing driver Paul Frere, Professor of engineering Ernst Fiala and Mauro Forghieri of the Ferrari Formula One team, all brought together by Swiss motoring journalist Robert Braunschweig. The Sigma (S for "safety") was hugely influential in stimulating interest in race car crash protection in the early 1970s. It embodied every known principle of crash protection at the time, and every one of its innovations eventually became incorporated into Formula One (and other) sporting regulations. Until his death the car was still regarded by Pininfarina as one of his most important Ferrari concept cars ever. It is still shown world wide, and is usually displayed either in Turin or at the Ferrari museum in Maranello.

Returning to Sydney, and partly as a result of publicity associated with his work on race car safety and the Sigma Grand Prix, he was invited to join a brand new team in Sydney. The NSW government had decided to established the first government-funded road crash research institute and laboratory in Australia, and one of the first in the world. He soon came to direct the work of what became the Traffic Accident Research Unit, and was nominated Director of Traffic Safety in New South Wales. In this job he was one of the then quite few road safety researchers and administrators in the world, overseeing innovations such as the universal use of seat belts, testing for alcohol in the blood and breath, and a substantial direction of funds and policies to safer cars and safer roads.

This was inspiring work but by the end of the seventies Michael found the bureaucratic demands of public service became too heavy for challenging research. This then allowed him and Norma to concentrate on their joint passion for sailing, and plans to sail the world. They worked together to build a suitable yacht from a bare hull, and set off across the Pacific ocean in September 1981. Their experience in sailing the oceans of the world in the 37-ft sloop Cera from 1981 to 1989 is documented on this web site in the Yachting pages.

On return to Sydney Michael established a road safety research consultancy, which became very successful until it was gradually wound down by 2008.

His interest in motor sport safety never abated, and in 2007 he was invited to became the inaugural Chair of the new Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety.  Soon after, he was awarded Fellowship of the Institute for Motor Sport Safety of the FIA, the world governing body for international motor sport.

After the voyaging, while still enjoying sailing, Michael returned to racing in the historic vehicle categories in a wide variety of interesting and fast cars. See much more in the Racing pages of this site.

Retrieved from https://www.michaelandnorma.com/about-us/michael-henderson/ 

Dr. Henderson was made a Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), and a member of the Australian Trauma Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Even though there have been changes in the way it is administered, the essentials of the approach to road vehicle safety initiated by Henderson are now incorporated in the Centre for Road Safety of the Roads and Maritime Services of the NSW Government, and which includes an expansion of the testing laboratory of the Engineering Research Section originally at Rosebery, New South Wales, now in Huntingwood (now called Crashlab) which conducts full-scale vehicle crash testing, and testing of helmets, adult and child and baby restraints, and safety work harnesses.

Clinical Professor Carol Anne POLLOCK, Manly NSW

For distinguished service to medical research, education and science, to nephrology, and to clinical practice and governance.

University of Sydney

  • Clinical Professor, Chair of Medicine Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, since 2000.
  • Member, Strategic Review of Medical Research, 2012-2013.
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee, Faculty of Medicine, 2012-2013.
  • Member, Medical Foundation Research Advisory Committee, 2003-2010.
  • Chair, Renal Research Quality Framework Working Party, 2007-2007.
  • Member, Research Strategic Direction Committee, Faculty of Medicine, 2001-2007.
  • Member, Resource Allocation Committee, Faculty of Medicine, 2005-2006.
  • Member, Rolf Edgar Lake Advisory Committee, 2004-2006.
  • Member, University of Sydney Research Committee, 2001-2007.
  • Member, Major Equipment Allocation Committee, 1997-2007.

Government Advisory Roles

  • Deputy Chair, Australian Organ, Tissue and Transplant Authority, since 2017.
  • Chair, Council of Board Chairs of NSW Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks, 2017-2020.
  • Member, Health Ministerial Advisory Council, 2011-2016.
  • Chair, Board for the Agency of Clinical Innovation, 2011-2016.
  • Chair, Board for the Clinical Excellence Commission, 2011-2016.
  • Director and Chair, Bureau of Health Information, NSW, since 2016.
  • Member, Health Ministerial Advisory Council, 2011-2015.
  • Member, Audit Taskforce on costs in healthcare, 2011-2012.
  • Chairman, Clinical Practice Variation Reference Group of the Health Efficiency Taskforce, 2008-2011.
  • Member, Leadership Group NSW Health, 2010-2011.
  • Chair, Northern Sydney Local Health District Board, 2011-2016.
  • Chair, Board for the Clinical Excellence Commission, 2009-2011.
  • Chair, Governing Council, 2010-2011.
  • Inaugural Chairman, Board for the Agency of Clinical Innovation, 2009-2011.
  • Chairman, The Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce, 2007-2009.
  • Chairman, Northern Sydney and Central Coast Area Health Advisory Council, 2004-2010.
  • Member, Ministerial Council for Science and Medical Research, 2003-2006.
  • Member, Northern Sydney Area Health Board, 2002-2004.

Other Committees and Appointments

  • Ambassador, Business Events Sydney, Appointed by New South Wales Premier, since 2018.
  • Member, Project Delivery Board, Northern Beaches Hospital Development, 2013-2016.
  • Member, Clinical Reference Committee for the NSW Health Atlas, 2010-2011.
  • Member, Public Health Research Organisation Committee (formerly Research Hub Liaison Working Party (Dept of Health), 2008-2011.
  • Member, Hub Liaison Committee, Office of Science and Medical Research, 2006-2008.
  • Executive Member, Cardiovascular Research Committee in NSW, 2005-2008.
  • Member, Chronic Disease Management Clinical Reference Group, 2009-2010. 
  • Member, Executive Steering Committee of the Acute Inpatient Modelling Tool, 2009-2010.
  • Member, 4 Pillars Transitional Taskforce, 2009-2010.
  • Chair, Review Renal Research, 2004-2006.
  • Member, Biofirst Review subcommittee, 2003-2006.
  • Member, Shared Scientific Review Panel, 2002-2004.
  • Member, NSW Government Health Care Council Acute Medical Services Working Party, 2000-2001.
  • Chair, Working Party on Bone Marrow Transplantation, 2000-2001.
  • Member, NSW Government Health Care Council Metropolitan Services Working Party, 2000-2001.
  • Member, NSW Government Resource Allocation Working Party Group, 2000.


  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, 2015.
  • Inaugural Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Research, 2015.
  • Member, Council of Board Chairs of the Local Health District Boards, Specialty Networks, since 2011.
  • Director, Certa Therapeutics, since 2018.
  • Chair, NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, since 2011-2021.
  • Renal Physician, Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital, since 1991.

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Member, Triennium 2018-2021.
  • Member, Project Grant Review Panels, 2018.
  • Member, NHMRC National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Joint Call for Research Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australian Peer Review Committee, 2015
  • Member, Project Grant Review Panels, Assigners Committee, 2006-2009.
  • Member, Project Grant Review Panels, Cardiovascular/Renal Sports Medicine, 2005-2008.

International Society of Nephrology

  • Member, Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), Management of Complications in Dialysis, Lisbon, 2019.
  • Co-Chair, KDIGO Meeting on Initiation and Preparation of Dialysis, 2018.
  • Chair, Meetings Committee, 2015-2018.
  • Co-Chair, Novel therapies in CKD at CKD Summit, Vancouver, 2016.
  • Member, Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), Vancouver, 2015.
  • Member, Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), San Francisco, 2014.
  • Member, Scientific Committee and Abstract Reviewer, Congress of the International Society of Nephrology Meetings, 2003-2013.
  • Chairman, Scientific Programme Committee, World Congress Nephrology, Hong Kong, 2013.
  • Editor, ISN News, 2001-2007.
  • Member, ISN Publications Committee, 2005-2011.
  • Stream Advisor, International Congress of Nephrology, Canada, 2009-2011.
  • Member, ANZ and Pacific Scientific Advisory, International Congress of Nephrology, 2009-2011.
  • Co-Chair, Abstract Committee, International Congress of Nephrology, 2009-2011.
  • Co-Chair, Younger Members Initiative, 2006-2007.
  • Chair, ISN Guidelines for Peritoneal Dialysis Committee, 2006. 
  • Executive Councillor, 2005-2007.
  • Councillor, 2001-2007.

Kidney Health Australia

  • Chair, since 2017.
  • Board Member, since 2014.
  • Reviewer, Key Strategic Research Directions, 2004.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology

  • Chair, Research Committee, 2016-2019.
  • Site Co-ordinator, Sister Centre mentoring program with Bandung, Indonesia, 2001-2005.
  • Site Co-ordinator, International Dialysis Outcome and Practice Patterns Survey, 2000-2005.
  • Chair, Scientific Program and Education Committee, 2000-2002.
  • Chairperson, Working Group developing guidelines for Biochemical and Haematological Targets in end-stage renal disease, 1998-2008.
  • Chairperson, Working Group developing guidelines for Nutrition and Growth in renal disease, 1999-2006.
  • Honorary Executive Officer, 1996-1998.
  • Member, Scientific Program and Education Committee, 1995-2002.
  • Councillor, 1996-2000.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Richard Yu Medal, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015.
  • New South Wales Ministerial Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research, 2014.
  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision, 2012.
  • Distinguished Professorial Achievement Award, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, 2012.
  • Rotary Award for Community Activity, 2007.
  • TJ Neale Award for Established Investigators, Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, 2000.

Ms Monika BIERNACKI, Ingleside NSW 

For service to animal welfare.

Animal Welfare

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monika's Rescues, since 1993.
  • Former Coordinator/Presenter, Pets of the Week, Radio 2UE, encouraging responsible pet ownership.


  • Telephone Counsellor, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Branch, Lifeline, 1988-1996.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Centenary Medal, 2001. 
Ms. Biernacki, a former scientist, gave up her work twenty years ago to begin Doggie Rescue when she saw a desperate need to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs that were perfectly healthy yet had been abandoned because their owners didn’t want them anymore. There are literally thousands of heartbreaking stories behind these animals, but it is the heartwarming result of every new adoption that provides the drive that keeps Monika and her loyal, dedicated volunteers going.  

“Doggie Rescue was created to provide a viable NO KILL alternative in Sydney and to educate the public on their lifelong responsibilities when owning a dog.  Dogs should never be an impulse purchase and people need to become educated about where their new addition has come from. Rescue dogs are very special, most adoptees tell us that in actual fact, the rescue dog has saved them! There is nothing like the love and dedication of a rescued animal.”  Monika adds

In 2018 DoggieRescue founder Monika Biernacki and her team had a goal, to create a large space for rescue dogs to stretch their legs, play, make new friends and recover from past experiences.

In June of 2018 a fundraising campaign was started with the goal of raising $15,000 to fence in a large unused area at the back of DoggieRescue. This campaign raised over $25,000 which was incredible and much appreciated by everyone at the shelter. Over a period of months, the park began to take shape, fencing went up around the exterior and a shelter was built to protect the dogs from the sun on hot days. A smaller yard was attached to the park for slowly introducing dogs to each other.  

The DoggieRescue Freedom Park has been in operation for several months now, dogs are given the opportunity to run and play without interaction with humans if they are not yet ready. Those who are social with other dogs get to play and interact with each other in a safe space. 

On Sunday October 20th 2019, Monika and one of the key donors Joss Stewart officially opened the Freedom Park in an event which was live streamed on social media for all DoggieRescue supporters and followers to see. Two of the current residents of the shelter Olympia (a 5 year old female Dogue de Bordeaux) and Oscar (a 4 year old male Labrador x Wolfhound), were the first to enter the park after the official opening with Monika and kennel hands and they demonstrated why this park is so special. Olympia took the time to sniff and explore bushes whilst Oscar delighted in running around and chasing any ball, toy or Frisbee thrown for him by the volunteers.  

Monika best described the park during her official opening “The dogs happily enjoy their freedom, released from leads and harnesses and being absolutely free to run and play and just enjoy life”  

DoggieRescue is currently home to lots of dogs looking for their forever homes, these dogs and those we save after them will all benefit from this park so thank you to all our supporters, donors and volunteers. We look forward to seeing you at DoggieRescue soon!

More at: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Monikas-Doggie-Rescue-Profile

Doggie Rescue CEO Monika Biernacki - photo by Corrine Daw

Ms Angela Jane BISHOP, NSW

For service to entertainment journalism.

Network Ten

  • Co-Host, Studio 10, current.
  • Entertainment Editor and Reporter, since 1994.
  • News Reporter, 1989-1994.


  • Ambassador, Sydney Eisteddfod, since 2013.
  • Ambassador, GI Cancer Centre, since 2010.
  • Member, Grace Gala Committee (Grace Centre for Newborn Care - Children's Hospital Westmead), since 2008.
  • Supporter and contributor, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, since 2008.
  • Founding Member and Ambassador, Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation, since 1995.
  • Founding Member, Pink Ribbon Ball. 

Angela with her mum, The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop

Mr Michael BROWN, Manly NSW 

For service to rugby union.

Creating Chances (formerly The Rugby Youth Foundation)

  • Secretary, since 2019.
  • Chairman, 2003-2019.
  • Foundation Board Member, 2003.

Rugby Union

  • Former Director, Macquarie University Rays.
  • Former Director, Australian Rugby Union.
  • Former Youth Director, NSW Waratahs.
  • Former Chairman, Australian Junior Rugby Union.
  • Former Director, Sydney Junior Rugby Union.
  • Founder, Highlander Shield, 1997.
  • Former Director, Gordon Rugby Union and President, Gordon Junior Rugby Union.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Public School Volunteer of the Year, Federation of Parents and Citizens of New South Wales.

Mr Geoff COOMBES, Frenchs Forest NSW 

For service to the community through charitable organisations.

Tour De Cure

  • Co-Founder, since 2007.
  • Board Member, since 2007.
  • Director of Development, since 2007.


  • Owner, Tribe Design, 2009-2018.
  • Account Director, The Promotions Factory, 2003-2006.
  • Sales Manager NSW, EDA Point of Sales Solutions, 2004-2005.
  • Account Director, Creative Field Marketing, 1998-2004. 

Tour de Cure - In 2007, three mates – Geoff Coombes, Samantha Hollier-James and Gary Bertwistle – met up for a quiet coffee in Sydney.   

They wanted to make a difference and decided to see what disease affected the most Australians. With 1 in 2 men and women affected by cancer by the age of 85, they decided to focus their efforts on helping to find a cure for cancer.

Why cycling? Cycling was becoming the new golf.  Geoff had ridden more than 5,800kms across America and it had inspired him to use his passion for riding to drive change. Gary was a former marathon runner who had just got into riding and knew all about endurance. Samantha had lost her beloved nan to bowel cancer and didn't want anyone else to lose their loved ones to the disease.

Curing cancer, changing lives. Drawing on their professional backgrounds in events, marketing and sponsorship, could they combine their skills and passion to create a life-changing bike ride here in Australia and raise money for pioneering cancer research?

Co-Founder and Director of Development, Geoff Coombes

It takes a certain kind of person to set up a charity. Visionary, creative and full of never-ending ideas, Geoff is a big advocate for living out your dreams. His passion for cycling was the catalyst for our very first Signature Tour in 2007, and he continues to inspire and empower positive change every day. As our Director of Development, Geoff works with our corporate partners to engage their brand, staff and customers in our mission to cure cancer. A very proud dad to India, Jack and Lily, Geoff is the driving force behind our Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program, which raises awareness about cancer prevention to school kids across Australia. Geoff's a pretty busy guy, but he's always up at 4.30am to ride his bike and he's generous in helping others train for tour. A boarding school education has left Geoff with a cast iron stomach. Seriously, he can eat anything!

Find out more at: www.tourdecure.com.au

Mr Jeffrey James CREE AFSM, Davidson NSW 

For service to the community through emergency response organisations.

Davidson Brigade, New South Wales Rural Fire Service

  • Retired Deputy Group Captain, since 2010. (ongoing mentoring and support role)
  • Deputy Group Captain, 1997-2009.
  • Captain, 1990-1997.
  • Senior Deputy Captain.
  • Deputy Captain, 1997-2003 and 1981-1990.
  • Life Member, 1995.
  • Member, since 1976.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service - Other

  • Member, Belrose Brigade, 1972-1976.
  • Deputy Captain/Member, Berowra Brigade, 1968-1972.


  • Community Representative, National Emergency Medal Committee, 2014-2020.
  • Police Volunteer Team Leader, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000.

Awards and Recognition include:

  • Australian Fire Service Medal, 2011.
  • 50 Year Long Service Medal, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, 2018; Long Service Medal, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Clasps, 2011.
  • National Medal, 1988; 1st Clasp, 1994; 2nd Clasp, 2004; 3rd Clasp, 2016.
  • Community Service Award and Pride of Workmanship Certificate, Rotary Club of Warringah, 2002.

Photo:  courtesy Davidson Rural Fire Brigade. Mr. James is the gentleman seated at front right

Today is an important day in our Brigade calendar, being our Annual General Meeting. It is the chance for members to take on new roles in the Brigade and thank those that are outgoing after their years of commitment.

Mrs Francoise Andree GILROY, Warriewood NSW 

For service to the community of North Sydney.


  • Volunteer, North Sydney Stroke Recovery Group, since early 1990s.
  • Member, Mosman Probus Club, Balmoral Beach Club, Mosman Book Club, Alliance Francaise Sydney, current.
  • Author, Mon Historie: Memoires of a French Australian, Inkstone Press, 2009.


  • Former French teacher, Daramalan College and Braddon Catholic Girls School, Canberra.
  • Former Physiotherapist, Royal Military College Duntroon, 1967-1992.

Mr Lincoln John HART, Fairlight NSW 

For service to the tourism industry.

Tourism Training Australia

  • Chair, current.
  • Executive Officer, Tourism Training New South Wales, 1995-1999.

Restaurant and Catering Australia

  • Former Board Member.
  • Former Executive Director.
  • Chief Executive Officer, 1999-2017.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • Executive Chair, Tourism, current.
  • Deputy Chair, Employment, Education and Training Committee, current.

National Tourism Council

  • Former Chair.
  • Former Board Member, 2003-2016.
  • Founding Member, 2003.
  • Head, merge with Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2016.

Services Industry Skills Council

  • Chair, 2006-2014.
  • Chair, Industry Advisory Committee, 2006-2014.


  • Board Member, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, since 2017.
  • Director, Tourism Australia, current.
  • Board Member, Small Business Stewardship Group, Australian Taxation Office, 2014-2017.
  • Executive Director, Business Group Australia, current.
  • Board Member, Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, 2013-2015.
  • Chair, National Tourism Round Table, 2012-2013.
  • Former Volunteer, Council of Small Business Australia.
  • Former Volunteer, Small Business Coalition.


  • Board Member, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 2007-2016.
  • Chair, Commonwealth Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board, 2014-2016.
  • Principal/ Managing Director, Australian College of Tertiary Studies, 1992-1995.
  • Head of School, Australian College of Travel and Hospitality, 1989-1992. 

Mr Alan Philip James MANLY, NSW

For service to tertiary education.


  • Founding Chief Executive Officer, Group Colleges Australia (trading as Universal
  • Business School Sydney), since 1998.
  • Director, Education Holdings, 1989-1995.
  • Former Director, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (now Independent
  • Tertiary Education Council Australia).
  • Former Director, New South Wales Business College.
  • Independent Higher Education Australia (formerly Council of Private Higher Education)
  • Board Member, 2012-2016.
  • Member, Reference Group to Training Services NSW, 2016-2017.
  • Former Member, NSW State Committee.


  • Director, The Lysicrates Foundation, since 2018.
  • Advisory Board Member, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, since 2018.
  • Senior Mentor, Liberal Party, current.


  • The Unlikely Entrepreneur, 2017.
  • When There Are Too Many Lawyers...There Is No Justice, 2013.


  • Sponsor, Hills Relay For Life, Cancer Council New South Wales, since 2001.
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, current. 

Ms Laura O'REILLY, Frenchs Forest NSW 

For service to people with disability.

Fighting Chance

  • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, since 2011.
  • Co-Founder, Avenue Co-Working, 2012.
  • Co-Founder, Jigsaw, 2014.
  • Co-Founder, Hireup, 2015.

Disability Sector

  • Foundation Board Director, Social Enterprise Council of NSW/ACT (SECNA), since 2020.
  • Member, New South Wales Disability Council, 2012-2015.


  • Volunteer, Oxfam, since 2005.
  • Volunteer Team Leader, The Global Poverty Project, since 2010.
  • Awards and recognition include:
  • Woman of the Future, Australian Woman's Weekly, 2014.
  • Young Carer of the Year, Carers NSW, 2011.
  • Westpac Social Change Fellowship, 2019.
  • Westfield Local Hero, 2019. 

Laura O’Reilly is a social entrepreneur who is working to create change in the Australian disability sector. Inspired by her experiences as the sibling of a young man with cerebral palsy, Laura co-founded Fighting Chance Australia in 2011, a not-for-profit organization which has raised over $3.2 million and today supports more than 250 young adults with disability in Northern Sydney.

Above: Laura and Jordon of Fighting Chance with Carolyn McKay (centre). AJG photo

In 2014, Laura and her brother Jordan co-founded HireUp, an online platform which gives people with disability the power to find, hire and manage their support workers. Having successfully raised capital through an impact investment round in 2015, and with a staff team of 30 and thousands of users on the platform, HireUp stands well positioned to revolutionize the attendant care space in coming years.

Laura graduated from Cambridge University in 2010 with first class honours, and more recently graduated from UNSW with a Juris Doctor with Distinction. In September 2014 Laura was awarded the Australian Woman’s Weekly Woman of the Future and was a finalist for NSW Australian of the Year 2016.

More in 2011 Pittwater Online report: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/nbi-agm-2011-and-fighting-chance-talk

Mr Robert David SLATER, Killarney Heights NSW 2087

For service to football.

Fox Sports

  • Commentator, since 2000.

Club Playing Career

  • Manly-Warringah, Australian National Soccer League, 2002.
  • Northern Spirit, Australian National Soccer League, 1998-2001.
  • Wolverhampton Wanders, English Premier League, 1998.
  • Southampton, English Premier League, 1996-1998.
  • West Ham United, English Premier League, 1995-1996.
  • Blackburn Rovers, English Premier League, 1994-1995.
  • Lens, French Football League, 1990-1994.
  • RSC Anderlecht, Belgium Football League, 1989-1990.
  • Sydney United, Australian National Soccer League, 1987-1989.
  • St George Saints, Australian National Soccer League, 1982-1986.

National Playing Career

  • Australian National Soccer Team, Socceroos (44 Games including 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea), 1988-1997.


  • 'The Hard Way', Harper Collins, 1999.

Awards and recognition include:

  • English Premier League Premiership medal, Blackburn Rovers, 1995.
  • Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame, 1993.
  • Oceania Footballer of the Year, 1991. 

Robert Slater (born 22 November 1964) is an English-born Australian former professional football (soccer) player and sports commentator. He played as a midfielder from 1982 until 2001 notably in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers where he was amongst the title winning side of 1995.

He also played in England's top flight for West Ham United and Southampton, as well as playing in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Slater also played in Europe for Anderlecht and RC Lens as well as playing in has native land for St George Saints, Sydney United and Northern Spirit FC.

He won 44 caps for the Australian national team, including the infamous 1997 World Cup qualifier against Iran. He won 44 caps for the Australian national team.

Probably Slater's most memorable match was the World Cup qualifier between Australia and Argentina played at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1993, which also included Diego Maradona. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, but Slater's midfield performance caught the attention of the Argentine press and the team. Without any knowledge of who Slater was, he was labelled "the red one''.

His final appearance for Australia was against Saudi Arabia in the 1997 Confederations Cup. He is a member of the Football Federation Australia Football Hall of Fame. 

Robbie Slater OAM, photo from Wikipedia 

Ms Belinda Susan TALLIS, Manly NSW 

For service to the community through the not-for-profit sector.

Oxfam Australia

  • Deputy-Chair, since 2019.
  • Non-Executive Director, since 2016.
  • Committee Member, Finance Risk and Audit, since 2013.
  • Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury
  • Vice-Chair, 2012-2013.
  • Chair of Fundraising, Marketing and Media Committee, 2012 - 2013.
  • Non-Executive Director, 2010 - 2013.


  • Independent Member, Governance Committee, Lifeline Australia, 2012-2018.
  • Volunteer, Tsunami Hand Aid, since 2018.
  • Non-Executive Director, People Reaching Out to People Limited, since 2016.
  • Volunteer, St Ives Cricket Club, Blewett Team, 2001-2010.


  • Joan and Michael Tallis Endowment, Australian Philanthropic Foundation, 2018.
  • Michael Talllis Fund for Eye Vision Research, Flinders Medical Centre SA (joint contributor).
  • Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co.
  • Co-Head of Legal and Compliance, Company Secretary, 2002-2007.
  • Member, Due Diligence Committee, 2002-2007.
  • Director, LAMP Administration Pty Ltd, 5 years.


  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, since 2010.
  • Independent Member, Compliance Committee, Vanguard Investments Australia Pty Ltd, since 2020.
  • Independent Member, Compliance Committee, Ironbark Asset Management, since 2019. 
  • Independent Member, Compliance Committee, Morningstar Investment Management Limited, 2018-2019.
  • Independent Member, Compliance Committee, Auscap Asset Management Limited, since 2015.
  • Co-Trustee, Carnegie Trust, 2013-2017.
  • Independent Member, Compliance Committee, Capital Group Investment Management Limited, since 2013.
  • General Counsel, Nikko Asset Management Group, Australia, 2013.
  • Precedents Manager, Sparke Helmore, 2000-2001.


  • Senior Solicitor, Crown Solicitor's Office SA, 1996-1997
  • Senior Solicitor, Legal Department, Bank SA, 1994-1996.
  • Solicitor, Legal Department, State Bank of South Australia, 1993-1994.
  • Senior Associate, Finlaysons, South Australia, 1991 - 1993.
  • Solicitor, Finlaysons, South Australia, 1988 - 1991.
  • Judge's Associate, Supreme Court of South Australia, 1984.

USB Global Asset Management

  • Executive Director, Head of Legal and Compliance, UBS Global Asset Management Limited, 2007-2012.
  • Member, Risk, Due Diligence and Operations committees, 2007-2012.
  • Alternate Member, Compliance Committee, 2010-2012. 

Mr Alan WIGGINS, Mona Vale NSW 

For service to hockey.

Hockey New South Wales

  • Former Delegate, representing Sydney Indoor Hockey Association.
  • Sydney Indoor Hockey Association
  • President, since 2004.
  • Men's Indoor Hockey Convenor, since 2008.
  • Volunteer, since 1993.
  • Life Member.
  • Campus FOBs Indoor Hockey Club
  • President, current. 

Mr Walter George WILLIAMS, Narrabeen NSW 

For service to veterans and their families.

Pittwater Sub-Branch, Returned and Services League of Australia

  • President, 1992-2002.
  • Club Representative, Northern District Council, 1998-2002.
  • Welfare Officer, 10 years.
  • Member, since 1979.
  • Volunteer and Resident, Kokoda Hostel, RSL Anzac Village, current.

Returned and Services League of Australia, NSW

  • Member, since 1968.
  • Life Member, 2002.
  • Former Chair, Australia My Country art competition at New South Wales schools.
  • 2/19th Battalion AIF Association
  • Committee Member, 1992-1992.
  • Life Member, 1985.


  • Senior Board Director, Pittwater RSL Club, 1999-2000, and Member, since 1998.
  • Secretary, Harbord Diggers Soccer Club, 4 years.

Military Service

  • Australian Army, 1941-1946.
  • Taken prisoner on fall of Singapore, interned at Changi Prison before sent to work on Burma Railway. Sent to Japan as prisoner labour and ship was sunk enroute. Spent a year as prisoner labour in Japan and survived the bombing of Tokyo and Yokohama. Returned to Australia on 10 October 1945 - his 23rd birthday.

Awards and recognition include:

  • 1939-1945 Star.
  • 1939-1945 Pacific Star.
  • 1939-1945 War Medal.
  • 1939-1945 Australian Service Medal. 
  • 1939-1975 Australian Service Medal, SW Pacific Clasp.

Walter Williams OAM. AJG photo. More in: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Walter-Wal-Williams-WWII-Veteran-Profile

Honorary Medal of the Order of Australia

Mrs Joy Violet CAMPBELL-STEPHEN, Killarney Heights NSW 

For service to the community of North Sydney.

Royal North Shore Hospital Ladies Committee (known as the Pink Ladies)

  • President, since 2008.
  • Volunteer, since 2006.

Awards and recognition include:

  • North Sydney Community Award, 2018.
  • Joint Recipient, Community Service Award, Rotary Club of Roseville Chase, 2012. 

Also ‘locals’ through their Connections with our area over many decades

Mr John Christian VAUGHAN, Castlecrag NSW 2068

For service to vexillography and history preservation.

Australian National Flag Association

  • Former President.
  • Council Member, since 1983.
  • Vexillographer, current.

Historical Societies

  • Life Member, The Flag Institute.
  • Member, Flag Society of Australia.
  • Member, The Heraldry Society.
  • Foundation Member, Australian National Maritime Museum.
  • Member, Naval Historical Society of Australia.
  • Life Member, Sydney Maritime Museum.
  • Life Member, Australia-Britain Society of New South Wales.
  • Honorary Member, Australian Pioneers' Club.
  • Chief Executive, Royal Australian Historical Society, 1985-1986.
  • Founding President, Willoughby District Historical Society, 1974-1980. 

John Vaughan OAM. More in: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/John-Vaughan-Profile.

Mrs Gwen Margaret WINSOR, NSW

For service to netball.

  • Curl Curl Sports Netball Club
  • Foundation President, 1989-2010, 1979-1982.
  • Coach's Convenor, 1985.
  • Club Coach and Selector, 1979-2014.
  • Life Member.
  • Coach, numerous teams of all ages and grades, Curl Curl Youth Club (predecessor), 1969-1979.

Manly Warringah Netball Association

  • President, 1998-2001.
  • Senior Vice-President, 1989-1990.
  • Honorary Secretary, 1991-1997, 1986-1988.
  • Elected to the Executive Committee, 1978-1998.
  • Carnival Secretary, 1978-1985.
  • Delegate to NSW Netball Association Council, 1998-2001, 1991-1997, 1986-1988.
  • Coach, junior and senior representative teams, 25 years.
  • Senior and Junior Selector, representative teams, 25 years, and a NSW Selector, 1991.
  • Life Member, 1988.
  • Manly Warringah Sporting Union
  • Former Secretary and Senior Vice-President.
  • Life Member.

More in: www.pittwateronlinenews.com/manly-warringah-netball-association-profile

Awards and Recognition include:

  • Anne Clarke BEM Outstanding Service Award, NSW Netball Association, 2002.
  • Australian Sports Medal, for services to the administration of netball, 2000. 
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Warringah Council. 

 Manly Warringah Netball Association courts full - Saturday July 11th, 2015