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Life Governors and Governors assist the Trustees in the conduct of commemorative services. Meet the team.

Life Governors

Lieutenant Colonel David W Ford CVO AM GM

David Ford was appointed as a trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in 1982 and became a Life Governor in 2001. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1959 and served as a career officer in Sydney, Puckapunyal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. David has been active in Melbourne Legacy since 1984 and served on the Victorian Veterans Council from 2006 to 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Adrian J Lombardo

Adrian Lombardo was appointed as a trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in 1987 and became a Life Governor in 2001. Conscripted into the Army in June 1965, He graduated from the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville NSW in December that year as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. Adrian served in South Vietnam with 8th Battalion as a platoon commander and subsequently filled regimental, training and staff appointments in his 23-year Army career. Adrian retired in 1987 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been a member of Melbourne Legacy since 2011 and serves on its Investment Committee.

Colonel George P Mackenzie OBE RFD

George Mackenzie joined the Army Reserve as a military lawyer in 1962. He has held numerous staff appointments and served with HQAFV in South Vietnam in 1970–71. George was appointed as a trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in 1978 and continued in that role until he chose to become a Life Governor in 2001. He is a Life Member of the 39th Bn (1941–43) Association and a member of Melbourne Legacy (President 2004).

Mr Peter R Whitelaw

Peter Whitelaw was appointed as a trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in 1995 and became a Life Governor in 2001. He graduated as a National Service Second Lieutenant (Army) in 1966 and has served the veteran community in many roles including President of Woodend RSL Sub-Branch, Chair of the Gallipoli Oaks project. Peter was recently awarded RSL Life Membership.

Governors

Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

Steve Campbell-Wright was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2016. He has served over 40 years in the Australian Defence Force. Steve has deployed overseas on many occasions, including a recent staff role with the Air Task Group in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in history and cultural heritage and is a published author of Air Force histories.

Colonel Jason Cooke

Jason Cooke was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2019. He has served over 35 years in the Australian Defence Force, currently at the rank of Colonel. Jason has deployed on several domestic operations including the 2009 and 2019 Bushfire Task Forces and the COVID-19 Task Force with the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre. Jason currently works for the Department of Defence as a Deputy Director within the Victorian Barracks Melbourne. He is also President of the Royal Australian Artillery Association of Victoria and is the RSL Anzac Day Chief Marshal.

Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

John Coulson was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2005. He was a member of the Army Reserve for 35 years, retiring as Colonel. John was attached to 5 RAR in South Vietnam in 1967 and the British Army in 1981. In civilian life, John was a teacher, school principal and education consultant. He continues to be active in several veteran and community organisations, in recognition of which he was awarded the OAM.

Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

Jan was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2019. She joined the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) in 1966 and the Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR) in 1980 and was awarded the Federation Star for 40 years’ service. Jan also serves the veteran community in many roles including Treasurer of Naval Commemoration Committee Victoria and Royal Australian Navy Communications Branch, as well as being a volunteer at the Museum at HMAS Cerberus. She is also a trainee Wellbeing Advocate.

Group Captain Annette Holian

Annette Holian was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2006. She received a commission in the RAAF Reserves as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in June 2000. Annette has served in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia and the Middle East Area of Operations in peacekeeping, warlike and non-warlike operations and in humanitarian disaster responses. Her current military role is as the Clinical Director for Surgical and Peri-operative Services, RAAF, and Patron of the Catalina association at RAAFA.

Commander Terry Makings AM

Terry Makings was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2006. He served in the Royal Australian Navy, attaining the rank of Commander. Terry has actively supported veterans as: President, Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria; President, Scrap Iron Flotilla Association; President, Melbourne Sub-section Naval Association; and past National President, Naval Association.

Major Maggie More RFD

Maggie More was appointed as a Shrine Governor in 2006. She was a member of the Army Reserve, mainly in administrative roles, for 33 years. In civilian life Maggie worked in the stockbroking industry in various operating and administrative roles. Since her retirement from the Army, Maggie has maintained contact with many services through various associations both as an ordinary and committee member.

Reviewed 04 June 2021

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