The State Government has established the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee under the leadership of former Premier, the Hon. Ted Baillieu, to provide advice on how best to commemorate Victoria’s involvement in and contribution to World War I, and to help support community involvement.
The Committee will also be working to ensure that there is the opportunity for every community in Victoria to participate and to develop its understanding of Victoria’s role during the war.
The primary role of the Committee is to advise the Government, through the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon. John Eren MP, about priorities for the Centenary and to make recommendations to him in respect of proposals submitted to the Committee or the Government more broadly.
The Committee will also have a role in assisting the Government of Victoria to engage with Victorians and to provide advice to communities about proposed initiatives and events.
The Hon. Ted Baillieu
Former Premier of Victoria
Ted Baillieu was born in Melbourne, studied architecture at the University of Melbourne, and throughout his public life has retained a keen interest in planning.
In 1999 he became the Member for Hawthorn.
Ted was elected Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party on 8 May 2006. Following the Victorian State Election on 27 November 2010, he served as Victoria’s 46th Premier and Minister for the Arts from 2 December 2010 to 6 March 2013.
Ms Sharon Knight, MLAMP Member for Member for Wendouree, Parliamentary Secretary for Human Services
Sharon was appointed Member for Wendouree at the 2014 Victorian election.
Her professional experience is in proactively engaging local communities through her work in the health and community sectors. This includes managing Lifeline in Ballarat and serving on the board of Pinarc Disability Support for over a decade. Sharon has also worked with Ballarat’s Vietnam Veterans and their families to identify better ways of offering support and services.
Sharon has qualifications in Social Work and Business Management.
Major General David McLachlan, AO (Rtd)
State President of the Returned and Services League
General McLachlan served 37 years in the Australian Army, retiring at the rank of Major General. He currently represents the RSL as a Trustee on the Shrine of Remembrance Trust.
Rear Admiral John Lord, AM (Retd)
Chair of the Victorian Veterans Council
As well as Chairman of Huawei Technologies (Australia), John is Chairman of the Victoria Veterans Council, a member of the Victorian Government’s Defence Council and a Director of the Board of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board of Victoria. He is also a member of the Serco Systems Advisory Board and, in a voluntary capacity, he is a Trustee of the Defence Bank Foundation.
Previously he was a Director and Chairman of DMS Maritime Systems, a former Chief Executive and Director of the Marine Board of Victoria, and a member of the Australian Maritime Group and the National Plan Committee for maritime emergency responses around Australia. John was an Executive Director of P&O Maritime Services where he was responsible for operations and government business worldwide. He served with the Royal Australian Navy for over 36 years with two major warship commands, saw active service in Vietnam and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.
Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence, AO (Rtd)
Chair of the Shrine Trustees
Air Vice Marshal Spence joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Academy at Point Cook in 1969. He has commanded at various levels in the RAAF and retired from the RAAF in 2007. He is the current Chair of the Trustees of the Shrine of Remembrance and has held this position since 2011.
Air Vice Marshal Spence was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004.
Mr Terry Makings, AM
Nominee of the Melbourne Naval Centre
Terry has worked in Defence and local government over many years. He was Commander Fleet Maintenance at the time he left the Royal Australian Navy. He had appointments as the Officer- in-Charge of shore upkeep facilities and the engineer of warships at sea.
Terry left the Navy to join the City of Melbourne. He held several appointments in the engineering environment, eight years as Group Manager Engineering Services and three years as Director City Services. Terry also held the position of General Manager – City Services at the City of Greater Geelong.
Ms Claire Chisholm
Former recipient of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize
As a 16 year old, Claire was an inaugural Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize recipient in 2005 when she travelled to the Western Front and England.
She has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Geography, Politics) and a Diploma of Languages (French) from The University of Melbourne. Claire has also been a member of the Youth and Creative Working Groups assisting the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board at a federal level.
Mr Greg Williams
Afghanistan veteran and serving member of Victoria Police
Greg enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in June 2007, graduating from the School of Infantry later that year to join the 6th Royal Australian Regiment.
He was deployed to Afghanistan on Operation SLIPPER with Combat Team Delta between February and October 2010, on Mentoring Task Force 1. His Battle Group was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. Greg was then transferred to Reserves 5/6th Royal Victorian Regiment in late 2011.
Since leaving the Army he entered Victoria Police where he presently works as a member of the Public Order Response Team.
Mr Mark Duckworth, PSM
Nominee of the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet
Mark Duckworth is Executive Director, Citizenship and Resilience in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), in Victoria. His responsibilities include security and emergency management, multicultural affairs and citizenship and veterans’ affairs. Mark is also a member of Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre Advisory Board and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in history and law.
In the 2007 Australia Day Honours he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his work in establishing Australia’s National Counter-Terrorism arrangements.