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Gary The Honourable Gary Nairn AO – CHAIRMAN

Gary Nairn has a professional business background in surveying and mapping in Australia, the UK and Geneva. In 1996 Gary was elected to the Australian Parliament as the member for the Eden-Monaro and went on to be reelected in 1998, 2001 and 2004. Over his time in parliament he also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and as Special Minister of State.

Some of his recent and current appointments have included:


  • Chair, The Northern Territory Planning Commission (NTPC)
  • The Tasmanian Spacial Information Council (TASSIC)
  • Chair, The Mulloon Institute (Not-for-profit)
  • The advisory committee of the Centre for Spacial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA)
  • The Spacial Industries Business Association (SIBA)
  • Board Member of The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA)
  • Chair of Trustees for the Alliance Francaise de Canberra Building Fund
  • Consultant for AAM Group
  • Strategic advisor for Monaro Early Intervention Services (MEIS) – a not for profit organisation helping young children with disabilities.

In 2015, Gary was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to the Australian Parliament, his work with NSW and NT communities, the special sciences and disability support services.


 The Honourable Sandra head shot_FINALSandra NORI – DEPUTY CHAIR


Sandra Nori is a former Minister for NSW and was a member of NSW Parliament from 1988-2007. She held portfolios in Tourism, Small Business, Sport & Recreation, Major Events & Venues and Women. Sandra was also an Assistant Minister for State Development and was previously a director and Chair of Komosion Pty Ltd . Sandra was a Board Member of NSW TAFE Commission from 2008-2013, she has trained as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and is a member of Macquarie University Council. Currently, Sandra is the Chair for Taekwondo NSW 2016, sits on the Advisory Board of Luxury Travel Magazine and is Secretary of The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.





B Ed, Dip Teaching, GAICD, JP

Tom is Managing Director of the Trade Glass Depot group of companies and is an executive director of Merchant Place. He also serves as a non-executive director for a number of companies in the construction, education services and property development industries. He has worked in both the Public Sector (25 years) and the Private Sector (12 years). He was formerly Assistant Director General of Education in Queensland. He is an independent director, company secretary and treasurer of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia. Tom is also a Director of The Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia.



Cameron SMART

Cameron Smart has 30 successful years of experience in the commercial property industry. Cameron began his career with Craig Miller Pty Ltd where he was responsible for the property and asset management of a portfolio of commercial properties, gained experience as a property valuer as well as exposure to court work in the areas of land acquisition, resumption and family law. Throughout his career with several high profile property companies including Richard Stanton & Sons and Landsburys International (of which he was a founder), he has been responsible for investment sales and acquisitions for and on behalf of high net worth individuals, property trusts and institutions. Cameron has also become involved with some of Australia’s leading institutions, guiding their investment and development strategies, in particular the Uniting Church in Australia. Cameron has been an active committee member of BOMA (the forerunner to the FCA) and a non-executive Director of the Uniting Church Trust Association, a role which he held for some 13 years.  Throughout his involvement with the Uniting Church, Cameron has served on School Councils, The Board of Education (the church’s governing body for its educational and conference activities) and Burnside Home. Cameron is currently on the National Board of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia.


Rae-Maree POWELL

Education, B SC., Grad Dip. Ed.

Rae-Maree Powell is the Principal Consultant for UXC Consulting, specialising in IT Service Management. She has 20 years of experience teaching Information Technology across schools in different states/territories, as well as 15 years of experience in the corporate IT industry. During her teaching years, she became an Army Cadet Officer for a short period and also took on the role of Coordinator for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for a 10 year period. Rae-Maree spent 10 years as a Venturer Leader with Scouts Australia ACT where she achieved a number of outdoor & instructor certifications. She is currently a member of St Johns Ambulance Australia, ACT where she is the Training Officer for the Namadgi Event Health Services (volunteer) Division and the commercial trainer for St John Ambulance during weekends, instructing both Advanced First Aid and Remote Area First Aid courses. Rae-Maree is the Chairperson for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia – ACT Division and is appointed as the nominee of the ACT Board.



BPharm JP (ComDec)

In 1965, Elizabeth graduated from University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree and has worked as a locum around Queensland and in New Zealand. She has retired from Pharmacy but is the Managing Director of Trenlin Pty. Ltd. managing residential real estate properties in Brisbane. Elizabeth has held positions with the Girl Guides Association of Australia as Support Group Chairman, District Commissioner, Region Commissioner, Ranger Guide Leader, Guide Leader, Region Treasurer and Queensland State Commissioner from 1996 to 2001. As State Commissioner she has been involved with Queensland Youth Alliance since 1996 and when her term as State Commissioner finished she continued her involvement as the State Youth Advisory Council Representative from 2001 to 2004. She was Chairman of QYA from 2005 to 2008. Elizabeth has been very involved with the schools attended by her children and has held various voluntary positions including President of the Somerville House Foundation and was a Patron sitting on the Board of Management of this Foundation. She was appointed to the Duke of Edinburgh State Award Committee in 2004 and Deputy Chair in 2007.  She was Acting Chair of the Committee from 2012 until 2014. Elizabeth was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and became a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for her service to Youth and the Community.



B Eng. (civil), GradDipEd, GradDipOccHazMgt., MAICD, CPRM, FSIA, and FEA

Gary is the Chair for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award  in Victoria and a National Board Member. Gary is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Safety Action Pty Ltd. He has nearly 30 years experience in risk management, workplace safety and compliance programs. Gary has presented at numerous conferences both locally and overseas including numerous Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) national conferences, and on workplace safety for the Law Institute.  Previous positions held include Deputy General Manager at Richard Oliver Risk Managers, OHS Manager  for National Safety Council of Australia, Safety Co-ordinator for Swinburne University, Safety Engineer for the Department of Agriculture, Structural Engineer and mathematics and science teacher with the Education Department of Victoria. Professional memberships and gradings include; Fellow of Engineers Australia, Certified Practising Risk Manager (CPRM) with Australian Institute of Risk Management, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal (silver) from Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Australia in 2016.



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