Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC(Retd)

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC(Retd) is a former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and a former Governor of Western Australia. He served operationally in the army in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam and commanded the Army’s 15,000  man 1st Division. He also served in various senior staff appointments in operations, logistics and equipment procurement.

Mr. Malcolm Hazell CVO AM FAICD

Mr. Malcolm Hazell CVO AM FAICD is a former Official Secretary totwo Governors-General, a senior adviser on the personal staffs of two former PMs, and a senior public servant with special expertise in Australia’s machinery of government arrangements.He is also a Director of several non-for-profit companies and a member of the ACT Selection Committee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Josephine Kelly, BA, LLB, M Tax

Josephine Kelly, BA, LLB, M Tax is a barrister at the New South Wales Bar, an accredited arbitrator and mediator, and part-time member of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal. She is a former Senior Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and a former Trustee of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Hon Peter Lindsay

The Hon Peter Lindsay was re-elected for his fifth term as the Federal Member for Herbert in November 2007. During his distinguished parliamentary career Peter served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in the last year of the Howard Government.

Peter takes a particular interest in defence and emerging communication and information technologies. Peter is a keen ham-radio operator and admits to having had little time to indulge his passion while an MP. When only 19, he scrounged around and built his own television set using military radar electronics. A year later he was one of a group of four to be the first Australians to bounce radio signals off the moon.

Mr. Andrew Phelan FIML

Andrew Phelan was appointed to a five year term as the Chief Executive & Principal Registrar of the High Court of Australia by the Governor-General of Australia on the recommendation of the Justices of the Court in July 2007. He was reappointed in July 2012 for a further term of five years. 

Prior to his appointment to this Office, Andrew was Executive Director of the Australian Crime Commission, with particular responsibilities for intelligence-sharing between law enforcement and national security agencies as well as for the Commission’s support operations. From 1998 until 2003, he was a General Manager of the Family Court of Australia. From 1986 until 1998, he held a number of Australian government senior executive legal, international treaty negotiation and general management positions.

Foundation Councillors

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC is an Author and Historian, Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne, and a governor of the Ian Potter Foundation. Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton AO is Chancellor and Emeritus Professor at Murdoch University and ABC Boyer Lecturer 1992.

Professor Greg Craven

Professor Greg Craven is the Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy and Chair in Government and Constitutional Law at Curtin University. He was also a member of the ‘Yes’ Committee in the 1999 Republic Referendum.

Dr John Hirst

Dr John Hirst is an Author and Historian at La Trobe University.  He was formerly a member of the Prime Minister's Republic Advisory Committee, Chair of the Commonwealth Civics Education Group, and is currently a Council Member for the National Museum of Australia.

Major General W B Digger James AC AO (Mil) MBE MC

Major General W B Digger James AC AO (Mil) MBE MC is a company director and former Director-General of Army Health Services, and former National President of the RSL 1993-1997.

Associate Professor Gregory Melleuish

Associate Professor Gregory Melleuish is an Associate Professor in History at the University of Wollongong. Since 2000 he has been the President of the Asia Pacific Affiliate Branch of the World History Association. Greg has also published a number of articles on world history and political theory including a chapter on the utility of the idea of ‘clash of civilisations’ for understanding history and a recent article on the idea of ‘commonwealth’.

Sir David Smith KCVO AO

Sir David Smith KCVO AO is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law at Australian National University. He is Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr. Hugh Morgan AC

Mr. Hugh Morgan AC is a Director of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, President of the Business Council of Australia, Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Business Council; President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee.

The Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG KStJ QC

The Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG KStJ QC is a Commercial Mediator and Disputes Consultant. He is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and Lieutenant Governor of NSW. He is a former Chairman of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd.

The Honourable Lloyd Waddy RFD

The Honourable Lloyd Waddy RFD is a former Judge of the Family Court of Australia, and Chairman of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. He is a Foundation Director of the Australia-Britain Society

George Williams AO

George Williams AO is one of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers and public commentators. He is the Anthony Mason Professor, a Scientia Professorand the Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. As an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, he is engaged in a five year international project on anti-terror laws and democracy. He has held visiting positions at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Columbia University Law School in New York and University College London. George was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011: ‘For distinguished service to the law in the fields of anti-terrorism, human rights and constitutional law as an academic, author, adviser and public commentator.’