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Shrine trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the care, management, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine monument and the Shrine Reserve. Meet the team.

Captain Stephen Bowater OAM RAN

Shrine Chair Stephen Bowater

Stephen Bowater was appointed Chair of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in February 2021. A proud Victorian inspired by the military service of three generations of his family, Stephen entered the Royal Australian Navy as a 15-year-old Junior Recruit in 1976.

Participating in operations and peace enforcement deployments around the world, highlights of Stephen’s Navy career include commanding the frigate HMAS Arunta and Victorian naval base HMAS Cerberus.

Most recently, Stephen served as Commander Shore Force holding responsibility for 14 Naval Bases and 3,200 people. He led Navy’s efforts in support of Operation Bushfire Assist 19 and the deployment of over 1,500 personnel nationally to support Australia’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

With a sound knowledge of military history and commemorations in Victoria, Stephen leads the Shrine’s board of directors in fulfilling their responsibilities for the care, management, maintenance and preservation of the Shrine monument and the Shrine Reserve.

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Sally Capp Shrine of Remembrance

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018. With her re-election in October 2020, Sally became the first woman to be directly elected to the office of Lord Mayor. Sally’s top priority is, ‘…bringing the buzz back to Melbourne,’ and driving the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sally was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and as Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. A passionate Collingwood supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood Football Club.

Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. She is involved in several charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.

Tracey Curro

Tracey Curro is a former 60 Minutes reporter, Al Gore Climate Change Ambassador and a Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumnus with over 20 years’ experience as a journalist, producer and presenter in mainstream media.

She currently serves as General Manager Strategic Communications & Engagement for Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools. Previously, Tracey led communications and stakeholder relations at Ambulance Victoria and Sustainably Victoria, and from 2010 to 2019 led the Corporate Affairs practice for an executive search firm.

Her signature strength is helping organisations to develop creative, high-performing teams that deliver outstanding results.

Nikki Deighton

Nikki Deighton is the daughter and granddaughter of Army veterans who served in the Vietnam War, Borneo and the First World War. She has worked in education for over 30 years and is Director and Principal Consultant at dk2 where she develops programs that support the design of learning experiences that effectively engage students and the wider community.

Nikki prides herself in her ability to explore ways of engaging diverse audiences and targeting practical strategies to support social wellbeing.

Colonel Michelle McCormack GAICD FIEAUST

Michelle McCormack Shrine Trustee

Michelle McCormack is a seasoned Australian Army veteran with over 30 years of service. She blends her military and civilian careers with a passion for aiding others, having engaged in humanitarian engineering both locally and abroad. Her diverse experience spans education, youth development, veteran support, HR, and community safety. Currently serving as Director of Force Modernisation in the Australian Defence Force, Michelle also sits on various boards, including the Royal Australian Engineers Foundation. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Engineers Australia, she is dedicated to preserving the Shrine monument and honouring veterans.

Graeme Plumridge OAM

Graeme Plumridge is the nominated Melbourne Legacy representative to the board of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees. He is a Past President of Melbourne Legacy and currently chairs their Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee. Graeme has previously served as a director and treasurer of Legacy’s National Body, Legacy Australia Incorporated.

In his business life, Graeme was Director and Chief Financial Officer of a private company with two other proprietors. The company operated successfully in the construction industry and employed 250 staff. Graeme served two years in the Australian Army as a National Serviceman and is a Vietnam veteran.

Dr Robert (Rob) Webster OAM FCPA

Rob Webster was a National Serviceman in the Australian Army and served in Vietnam 1970–71. He is the State President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc, being awarded Life Membership with Gold Badge in 2002.

During his working career, Rob was an accountant, land valuer and university lecturer in property and finance. He was appointed as a trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees in 2017 — the same year received a Medal in the Order of Australia.

Rob is Chairman of the Victorian Veterans’ Children’s Education Board (DVA) and a Director of the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree.


The following committees assist the Trustees in the performance of their duties:

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management Committee considers matters including:

  • corporate governance and compliance
  • risk management
  • operating and capital budgets
  • oversight of financial management practices
  • statutory compliance.

Ceremonial Committee

The Ceremonial Committee considers matters including:

  • ceremonial protocols and policy
  • the conduct of commemorative service
  • applications to conduct services and place memorial plaques.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee considers remuneration related matters.