His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd),
Governor-General of the Commonwealth Of Australia
Peter Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947. The son of a soldier, he attended Waverley College in Sydney and graduated in 1968 from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Early in his military career, he fought in Vietnam, commanding a rifle platoon. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1971 for his performance and leadership during an assault on enemy positions.
In 1972, he served as Aide de Camp to Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck. He returned to regimental life as second in command of a Company, rising to Adjutant then Company Commander in the Army’s 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), then 5/7 RAR in Holsworthy, Sydney. Subsequent appointments included a period as a tactics instructor at the Army’s Infantry Centre in Singleton, New South Wales; a year’s study at the United States Marine Corps Staff College in Quantico, USA; extended periods of duty in the United Kingdom and India; and command of 1 RAR. He was appointed a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service in command in 1983-84.
Peter Cosgrove came to national attention in 1999 when, as Commander of the International Task Force East Timor (INTERFET), he was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence. For his leadership in this role he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AC).
Promoted to Lieutenant General, he was appointed Chief of Army in 2000. After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005. He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.
Subsequently, he accepted positions on several boards, including QANTAS, Cardno and the Australian Rugby Union. He was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the taskforce rebuilding communities in the Innisfail region following the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he chaired the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and served as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University from 2010 until early 2014.
On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove gave the Boyer Lectures series, "A Very Australian Conversation" in 2009. His autobiography “My Story” was published in 2006. He was named Australian of the Year in 2001.
An avid sports follower, General Sir Peter Cosgrove takes particular interest in rugby and cricket.
He and his wife Lady Cosgrove have three adult sons and one grandson.
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His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), was born in Wollongong, NSW in 1953. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
His Excellency served in the Royal Australian Regiment, and early in his career went on exchange to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (British Army). Upon his return to Australia he served with the 5th/7th Battalion.
In 1989 he served as the Mechanised Infantry Adviser, Australian Army Project Team Malaysia and, as a Lieutenant Colonel he assumed command of 1 RAR which he led during Operation SOLACE (Somalia) in 1993.
Following his promotion to Colonel, he was appointed Chief of Staff Headquarters 1st Division. He attended the United States Army War College in 1996 and 1997, returning to a posting as Military Secretary to the Chief of Army.
His Excellency was promoted to Brigadier in January 1999 and assumed command of the 1st Brigade in Darwin, overseeing the Brigade's transition to a higher degree of operational readiness and its support to Australian led operations in East Timor.
From 2001 - 2003 he served as the Director General Land Development within Capability Systems, Head Capability Systems Division and Land Commander Australia.
In December 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant General in the role of Chief of Capability Development Group and in October 2007 was appointed Chief Joint Operations Command.
His Excellency was appointed to the position of Vice Chief of the Defence Force in July 2008. In 2010, he became a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force. He had previously been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in Somalia during Operation SOLACE.
He was promoted to General and assumed his appointment as the Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 2011, until his retirement from the Australian Regular Army on 30 June 2014.
His Excellency holds the academic qualifications of Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Wollongong in 2013.
Together with Mrs Linda Hurley, they have three children. Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.
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His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia
His Excellency was born in Central Vietnam in 1954, where he attended school before studying Economics at the Dalat University in the Highlands.
Following the end of the Vietnam War, His Excellency, and his wife, Lan, left Vietnam in a boat in 1977. Travelling via Malaysia, they were one of the early groups of Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Darwin Harbour. His Excellency and Mrs Le soon settled in Adelaide, starting with three months at the Pennington Migrant Hostel.
As his Tertiary study in Vietnam was not recognised in Australia, the Governor returned to study at the University of Adelaide, where he earned a degree in Economics and Accounting within a short number of years. In 2001, His Excellency’s further study earned him a Master of Business Administration from the same university.
His Excellency gained Certified Practising Accountant accreditation, and from 1991 worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, where he led many high-profile matters. Upon his retirement from the Commission in March 2009, he held the position of Senior Manager – Financial Services Regulation.
His Excellency has served on many community boards and committees, in particular those relating to cultural and linguistic diversity, the arts and education.
In 1995 Mr Le was appointed a member to the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2001. When His Excellency became Chairman in 2007, he was first person of Asian background to be Chairman. His Excellency resigned from the Commission in August 2014.
In August 2007, His Excellency was sworn in as the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia. Over the next seven years in this role, His Excellency served as the Patron or Honorary member of more than thirty organisations.
On 1 September 2014, His Excellency was sworn in as Governor of South Australia.
It is understood that His Excellency is the first Vietnamese-born person who has ever been appointed to a Vice-Regal position in the world.
His Excellency was awarded the Australia Day Medal in 1996 for outstanding service to Australian Securities and Investment Commission, and has been awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for service to the advancement of multiculturalism.
On Australia Day 2010, His Excellency was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the community in South Australia. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from both Adelaide University and Flinders University.
His Excellency is married to Mrs Lan Le, with whom he has two adult sons, Don and Kim.
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Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM was sworn in as the 22nd Administrator of the Northern Territory on 31 October 2017.
As Administrator Her Honour is at the same time Her Majesty The Queen’s Representative, the Governor-General’s Representative and the Senior Australian Government Representative in the Northern Territory. Her Honour performs a similar constitutional role to that of a State Governor and does not participate in the political process.
Her Honour was born in Tasmania and moved to Darwin in 1991, where she has resided for the past 26 years with her husband Craig and their daughter Coco.
Prior to her appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour was the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services, a non-government, not for profit, youth, family and community welfare organisation indigenous to the Northern Territory.
Her Honour has also been involved in a range of commitments, sitting on numerous boards and committees at both the local and national levels. Her Honour was Chair of National Disability Services Northern Territory (served as National President of National Disability Services from 2012-2015) and the Northern Territory Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability Reform, as well as a Board Member of National Disability Services and the Northern Territory Council of Social Services. Her Honour was a Committee Member of the Northern Territory Government Community Benefit Fund, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Pricing Committee, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Operations Committee, the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council’s Housing Innovations Working Group and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Northern Territory, as well as the AICD Not for Profit Chairs Forum and the Territory Economic Summit External Reference Group.
Her Honour was also a member of the Children Australia Journal’s Editorial Board and has been a juror of the Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Architecture Awards.
n 2015 Her Honour was a Territory (State) Finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2013 she was appointed to the Northern Territory Government Events Ambassador Program, a position she held for two years. Her Honour was awarded the Telstra Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year in 1998.
Her Honour was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for her significant service to people with a disability. Her Honour has a Bachelor of Children’s Services and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania
Tasmania's 28th Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, was sworn to Office at Government House on Wednesday 10 December 2014.
Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School.
On 26 January 2014 Her Excellency was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform and education.
Her teaching interests included Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology and Sentencing, and her research interests included Sentencing and Criminal Justice.
She was a Commissioner of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, with a particular interest in regulation, gaming policy and harm minimisation.
Professor Warner had been a Member of the Sentencing Advisory Council since 2010, and had assisted with the preparation of the Council’s discussion papers and reports.
She was a Member of the Board of Legal Education; a Member of the Council of Law Reporting; and Director, Centre for Legal Studies.
In addition to working with the Tasmania Law Reform Institute on its projects, she had been involved in providing advice and submissions on rape law reform, drug diversion and mental health diversion programs and abortion law reform. She also assisted other law reform bodies nationally including the New South Wales Law Reform Commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission.
As President of the Alcorso Foundation, Her Excellency supports social and cultural advancement in the community through its programs in the Arts, Environment and Social Justice.
She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2007; Visiting Fellow All Souls College Oxford in 2009; the University of Tasmania Distinguished Service Medal in 2013; and the Women Lawyers Award for Leadership in 2013. She has been nominated as a finalist in the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards for her contributions to the law, law reform and legal education.
Her Excellency graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania in 1970, and a Master of Laws in 1978. She served as associate to the former Chief Justice, Sir Stanley Burbury, in the early 1970s.
She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and law reform reports. She first published Sentencing in Tasmania in 1991, which has since become an indispensable tool for judges and magistrates. She is a member of the editorial boards of Current Issues in Criminal Justice; Women Against Violence; and the Criminal Law Journal. She has contributed the annual Sentencing Review to the Criminal Law Journal since 1998. Related to her role with the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, she has written a number of papers and reports for the Board.
Her Excellency is married to Richard Warner, and has two daughters. Richard was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 1999, and is actively involved in the Derwent Valley community. He is a keen horticulturalist, and interested in the re-use of redundant heritage buildings in Tasmania.
She is grandmother to five grandchildren, a passionate gardener, keen bushwalker and occasional cyclist.
Her most significant publications include:
Warner K, Sentencing in Tasmania, 2nd ed. The Federation Press, Sydney (2002) (with J Davis, T Henning and D Porter).
Gans J, Henning T, Hunter J and Warner K, Criminal Process and Human Rights, Sydney: Federation Press (2011).
Warner K, 'Gang Rape in Sydney: Crime, the media, politics, race and sentencing' (2004) 37Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 344-361.
Warner K, Davis J, Walter M, Bradfield R & Vermey R. 'Public judgement on sentencing: Final results from the Tasmanian Jury Sentencing Study' Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No 407 (2011).
Warner K and Davis J, 'Using jurors to explore public attitudes to sentencing' (2012) 52 British Journal of Criminology 93-112.
Warner K, Sentencing, Final Report No 11, Tasmania Law Reform Institute, 2008 (374pp)
Warner K, 'The Role of Guideline Judgments in the Law and Order Debate' (2003) 27 Criminal Law Journal 8-22.
Warner K, 'Equality Before the Law and Equal Impact of Sanctions: Doing justice to difference in wealth and employment status' in Zedner L and Roberts J (eds), Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth, Oxford, 2012.
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Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia
Mrs Kerry Sanderson AO has had a distinguished career in government and business and was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport in Western Australia.
She was born in Western Australia and was educated at Wembley Primary School and Churchlands Senior High School. She then attended the University of Western Australia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in mathematics and later with a Bachelor of Economics. In 2005 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Western Australia.
After graduating from University, Mrs Sanderson joined the Western Australian Treasury where she worked for 17 years, including 5 years as Chief Research Officer and 5 years as Director of Treasury’s Economic and Financial Policy Division.
She has taken a strong interest in continuing education throughout her career, and she co-chaired the First Murdoch Commission which looked at Western Australia and its place in the region, and assessed the challenges and prospects that the Asian region will present to WA. She has also, earlier in her career, been on the Council of Curtin University and, more recently, on the Advisory Council to the Curtin Business School as well as holding the voluntary position of Adjunct Professor in the School. She has also been a member of the Ambassadorial Council for the UWA Business School and of the advisory board for the Notre Dame Business School and the Board of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College London.
Her distinguished career with government included 17 years as Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports. She led Fremantle Ports through a program of major change, reform, commercialisation and improvement with Fremantle Ports achieving triple accreditation for quality, safety and the environment. Container trade quadrupled while she was at the helm, and Fremantle Ports in 2007 was the first Western Australian organisation to receive an Australian Business Excellence Gold Award (the top level). Fremantle Ports was also awarded the Australian Business Excellence Medal for the top organisation in Australia in terms of the Business Excellence Framework in that year. Other awards received by Fremantle Ports under her leadership were a Premier’s award for contribution to economic development and a Lloyds List award for corporate social responsibility in the transport and shipping industry.
Mrs Sanderson points out that it is teamwork and a contribution from all staff which led to Fremantle Ports being recognised, and her leadership style involves an inclusive approach.
Mrs Sanderson received a number of other awards during her time at Fremantle Ports including the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year for Western Australia in 1996, the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to the maritime industry, being the inaugural inductee in the national Lloyds List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame in 2005, being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in the Fremantle First Business Awards in 2002 and receiving an Export Hero award from the Australian Institute of Export in 2008. She has also served as an Ambassador for the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards.
Mrs Sanderson was on the executive of Ports Australia for a number of years, serving as both Chairman and Deputy Chairman of this national association. She was also on the Board of Austrade, the Australian Wheat Board and the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund and was a Trustee of the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Trust Fund.
Before taking up the position as Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports Mrs Sanderson was Deputy Director General of Transport, and spent almost a year as Acting Director General, covering all modes of transport. As part of that role Mrs Sanderson chaired a number of Committees and participated in a number of studies designed to improve Perth and Western Australia's transport.
From 2008 to 2011 Mrs Sanderson was Agent General for Western Australia. This position is based in London and covers Europe and Russia and is responsible for promoting investment in Western Australia as well as Western Australian exports and interests generally. While in London she also worked to promote Western Australia as a base for the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope (the SKA) as well as to co-ordinate with UK based parties for aspects of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and the royal visit to Perth in November 2011. As part of her role she promoted the excellence of WA science and scientific research and worked with outstanding WA scientists to do this.
Immediately prior to taking on the role of Governor Mrs Sanderson was Chairman of Gold Corporation and the independent chair of the State Emergency Management Committee. She was also a non-executive director of listed companies Downer EDI and Atlas Iron, and a board member of the not-for-profit St John of God Healthcare and of the International Centre for Radio-Astronomy Research. She was also on the Board of charities Senses Australia and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund and a patron of children’s charity Variety WA as well as patron of the Australian Branch of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association. She chairs the alumni of the Committee for Perth.
Other Boards she has been a member of include the Rottnest Island Authority, Western Quarries, the Urban Lands Council, the Western Australian Lands Authority (LandCorp), Stateships and the Dampier Port Authority (Deputy member).
During her career she has held a comprehensive list of professional affiliations including being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (and a member of the State Council), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women. ,P. Mrs Sanderson married Lancelot (Lance) John Sanderson in 1972. They had been married for 35 years and travelled extensively including a four month trip around Australia with their infant son. Lance passed away in 2007 after a twelve month battle with cancer. He had a distinguished career as a telecommunications engineer with Telstra, having been Chief Engineer for Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory and then Regional General Manager Network and IT before leaving to set up his own consultancy in 1997. They have two sons, Jarrad and Jason. Jarrad is currently studying for a veterinary science degree at Murdoch University and his first degree was a science degree with majors in biochemistry and genetics from the University of Western Australia. Jason graduated from engineering at University College London and works on a FIFO basis with Rio Tinto.
Mrs Sanderson’s parents were both from WA, her father was born in Kunjin (near Corrigin), and was an agricultural scientist and Deputy Director General of Agriculture for many years. Her mother was a high school teacher and Deputy Principal.
Mrs Sanderson enjoys the natural environment and her recreational interests include keeping fit, walking and hiking , travel and reading as well as continued learning.
Mrs Kerry Sanderson was installed as the 32nd Governor and the inaugural female Governor of Western Australia on 20 October 2014.
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His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
Kaye and Paul de Jersey are dedicated long-standing Queenslanders.
The Governor was born in Brisbane in 1948, the third son of school teacher parents Ronald and Moya (both now deceased).
His Excellency won a Commonwealth Scholarship to the University of Queensland, and graduated with degrees in Arts in 1969 and Laws (with Honours) in 1971. Also in December 1971, the Governor married Kaye Brown. His Excellency and Mrs de Jersey have three children and three grandchildren.
The Governor was called to the Bar at the end of 1971 and was appointed as Her Majesty’s Counsel (QC) in 1981.
The Governor was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985, when aged 36 years, becoming the 17th Chief Justice of Queensland on 17 February 1998, and served in that role for more than 16 years until 8 July 2014.
In recognition of his contribution to the Australian community, the Governor was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000, and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland (2000) and the University of Southern Queensland (2008), and has recently accepted an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.
His Excellency was appointed the 26th Governor of Queensland on 29 July 2014.
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