Rod was born in North Sydney in 1946 and was raised and educated in Chatswood. On leaving school he followed family interests into the building industry completing his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner. Concurrently, he enlisted in 1964 in the Army Reserve with the 17th Infantry Battalion, later volunteering for the Regular Army as a National Serviceman and serving for nearly 3 years. During that time he was posted to the 9th Battalion and then with the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War, as an Infantry Corporal and a Mortar Fire Controller.
After Vietnam, Rod returned to the building industry, re-enlisted in the Army Reserve and was subsequently appointed a commissioned officer. His postings included, Second in Command – Sydney University Regiment and of the 17th Infantry Battalion.
Rod was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) for his service to the Australian Army Reserve and awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration. Rod retired in 1993 with the rank of Major.
Within the RSL NSW Branch, Rod has had extensive experience including as a Sub-Branch President, State Councillor, Trustee of the Welfare & Benevolent Institution, Director of the ANZAC House Trust, plus several other key appointments. He was State Honorary Treasurer from 2004 to 2014 and has been a member of the board of RSL LifeCare since 2002, and Chairman since 2004. In 2015 he was appointed State President of the RSL New South Wales Branch.
For his service to the RSL and the broader Ex Service community, Rod received the Australian Centenary Medal and was appointed a Life Member of the RSL of Australia.
Besides his involvement with veteran welfare, Rod maintains a keen interest in corporate governance, Australian military and social history and is a regular lawn bowler. At home, Rod enjoys the company of his wife, Judith White OAM, a retired nurse and they try to keep up with the adventurous exploits of their son, David.
Rod was elected National President of the Returned & Services League at its Annual General Meeting on 7 June 2016.
Robert has been an active member of the RSL since 1991 and, on moving to Tasmania, has held all Executive positions on a Sub Branch Committee. He currently serves on the RSL (Tasmania) State Executive, and for the last 3 years have been Tasmanian RSL State President.
He has a wealth of experience in corporate governance and Board membership, having served on the Board of the Bendigo Community Bank for the Geeveston/Dover region in the Huon Valley for 4 years and on the Board of the Huonville Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) for 4 years, serving as President of the BEC for 2 of those years and recently has been invited to formally join the Board in September of this years
Robert served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 21 years, prior to gaining private sector employment in management positions in project management which included management of national and international contracts for goods and services for a major Australian resource company for 10 years. Following this, he successfully ran his own business for 10 years, prior to selling the business upon appointment to the role of Tasmanian State President.
Robert is strongly committed to the on-going future welfare of our veterans, ex-servicemen and women and their dependents. He strongly believes that the RSL needs to keep up with and adapt to the needs of our members as well as the technology utilized by younger veterans and ex-service personnel. There is a need for the RSL to learn what motivations the younger veterans and ex-service personnel have in order to adapt to their needs whilst maintaining our tradition of support and maximization of benefits to our older members who represent the heritage of the RSL.
He believes in open communication with our members about all initiatives designed to further the RSL and to promote the welfare and interests of our members and their families. Robert is decisive, and approaches all problems with an open mind and is not afraid to ask the difficult questions.
Robert is committed to working tirelessly to advance the Objects of the RSL and the well-being of our members and all serving and ex-service personnel and their families.
In 2015, Samantha (Sam) Jackman was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) National office.
Sam Jackman joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1987 after spending a year in the Royal Australian Airforce. On completion of her initial training at the Naval College at HMAS CRESWELL she spent time on board HMA Ships NIRIMBA, WATSON, JERVIS BAY and TOBRUK before attending the RAN Officers Communication Course at HMAS CERBERUS in Victoria.
On completion of her Communications training Sub Lieutenant Jackman spent three years as a communicator on the Sea Training Group, in which she spent time at sea on most Major Warships as well as several Minor War Vessels during their work up periods. In 1993 Sam, on promotion to Lieutenant, was again posted to HMAS WATSON as the Training Administration Officer and subsequently the Aide de Camp to the Maritime Commander Australia, where she served until May 1995.
In August 1998 she transferred to the Navy Reserve after giving birth to her second child and returned to active service in January 2001 at Navy Headquarters in Canberra as the Manager Navy Programs and Events where she was also promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. This saw her responsible to the Deputy Chief of Navy for the coordination for all high level Navy ceremonial events and the management of the Navy involvement in the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary program. This program is designed to introduce Federal Politicians to the roles and functions of the Navy at the grass roots level and thus raising their understanding of Service life.
2006 saw the Jackman Family move to Adelaide and in June 2009 Sam became the first female to take up the post as the CEO of the RSL SA and 2015 the CEO of the National body in Canberra. The CEO report’s to the Board on a range of governance issues including risk management, strategic intent, financial administration, corporate governance, tax regulations and Human Resource management.
Sam and Andrew have settled in Adelaide and have two teenage children Tomas and Georgia. Sam is commuting from Canberra to perform the CEO role.
Air Commodore Stewart Cameron enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force in April 1972. Following Recruit Training and trade training he was selected to undertake Civil Schooling at University.
Stewart was commissioned in 1976 and subsequently enjoyed a range of junior officer postings before being posted to the United States where he worked closely with the United States Navy and Marine Corps on the F/A-18 Hornet programme.
In 1991, Stewart undertook the Air Force Command and Staff College after which he began a long association with the Air Force’s Fast Jet aircraft. He was an inaugural project manager for the Lead-In Fighter acquisition and developed the acquisition and in-service support concepts which led to the selection of the Hawk 127 aircraft.
In 1997, Stewart attended the Joint Services Staff College after which he was promoted and assigned as the Base Commander at RAAF Base Amberley.
On 20 September 1999, Stewart deployed to East Timor as the Chief of Support and then Deputy Air Component Commander. He was responsible for the operation and security of the two main airheads in East Timor. In October 1999, Stewart was very seriously injured in an aircraft accident. He was medivaced to Australia where he underwent major surgery. Following seven weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he returned to East Timor and remained until the transition to the United Nations.
From early 2000 to 2001, Stewart held command appointments before being promoted to Air Commodore and assuming the appointment of Commander Combat Support Group at RAAF Base Amberley.
In 2004, Stewart took up the post of Director General Capability Management in Air Force Headquarters. In this position he was responsible for all of the combat elements of the RAAF. He was, and remains, the only non aircrew officer to hold this position. Following complications from his injuries in East Timor, Stewart resigned from the Permanent Air Force in April 2006. He transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 2006. Stewart is the recipient of the Conspicuous Service Cross and a Chief of Defence Force Commendation.
Following retirement from the RAAF, Stewart operated two major flight training schools before retiring from full time employment in 2011. Stewart is a member of the Returned and Services League and is passionate about Veteran’s issues. He was elected as the State President of RSL (Queensland Branch) on 20 June 2015.
Stewart keeps fit by walking up to 15 kilometres a day on Mt Coot-ha. He is married to Cathy, his wife of 38 years. Cathy and Stewart have two adult daughters and live in Chapel Hill, Brisbane.
Joined RSL 1967
State Vice President (Elected 1996)
Honorary Secretary, Western Metropolitan District Council
Trustee Granville RSL sub-Branch
Awarded RSL Life Membership 1994
Acting State President 2016
Chairman RSL Youth Club & Youth Council
Life Member VVAA (NSW)
6 RAR/2RAR South Vietnam
28 Commwel Pro Unit Malaysia/Singapore
AFV Pro Unit South Vietnam
Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) 2009 Service to veterans and their families and to Local Government
Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal (1945 – 1975)
Australian Defence Medal
National Service Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal
State Council / State Executive
Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Chairman RSL Agenda Committee
Chairman Sydney Anzac March Committee
Chairman RSL Support and Assistance Fund
RSL Awards and Scholarship
RSL Delegate Ingleburn Military Heritage Precinct
NSW Centenary of the League Committee
RSL Delegate Anzac Dawn Service Trust
Delegate DVA Deputy Commissioners Consultative Forum
NSW Branch Delegate VVCS Stakeholders Forum
Member Anzac House Trust Board of Management
Chairman Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway
Patron – NSW Branch National Servicemen’s Association
Lord Mayor of Parramatta (6 years)
Local Government Councillor (24 years)
David McLachlan was born in NSW in 1937. He graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in December 1959 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Army Service Corps.
The early years of his service saw regimental and staff appointments in Australia. Malaysia during Confrontation with Indonesia, and in South Vietnam. He underwent training in the United Kingdom, attending the University of Reading in 1970 and 1971 and followed with a series of attachments to British and United States Army units in Germany.
In 1973 he attended the Army Command and Staff College at Fort Queenscliff and was then posted to Headquarters Logistic Command where he served as a staff officer until the end of 1977. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December 1976 and commanded a Logistic Battalion in Western Australia.
In 1983, he was promoted Colonel and appointed Director of Logistic Operations for Army. He assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff, Headquarters Logistic Command, in January 1986 and promoted to Brigadier, an appointment he held for three and a half years. In July 1989 he moved to Sydney as Commander 2nd Military District where he stayed until the end of 1990. Returning to Melbourne in January 1991 he was promoted to Major General and assumed the appointment of General Officer Commanding Logistic Command.
David McLachlan retired from the Regular Army in March 1994. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and promoted to Officer in the Order in the Queen’s Birthday list in 1993.
Today he is the Chairman of Industry Capability Network Ltd, acts as a Corporate Advisor to a number of listed companies, is a Director of the Royal Humane Society, and was elected State President of the Victorian Branch of the Returned and Services League in June 2002. He was also the Honorary Colonel of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment.
David is married to Louise; they have three children and seven grandchildren and presently live in Beaumaris.
Record of Membership
Member 17 years
State President 9 years
State Executive 12 years
State Council 3 years
Chairman Ethics Committee 5 years
Committee Membership 12 years
Director RSL National Executive
Member of National Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Member of Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council (RGMAC)
Chair of ANZAC Day Commemoration Council (ADCC)
Trustee of Shrine of Remembrance
Chair of Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital Heritage Appeal Committee
Member of Mt Macedon Memorial Cross Trust
Company Member of RSL Vasey Care
Representative on Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF)
Member in the Order of Australia (AM) 1989
Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) 1993
National Certificate of Appreciation 1993
Patron – Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Walk (Seymour)
Director of Royal Humane Society
Chair of Blamey Foundation
Member of Legacy since 1979
Executive Committee Australia Remembers 1994-1995
Chairman Commemorative Committee
Australia Remembers 1945-1995
Dip Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member of Spirit of ANZAC Selection Committee 2004 – 2006
Tim Hanna was born at Gumeracha, South Australia on 23 November 1959. After completing his secondary education at Birdwood High School, Tim entered the Royal Military College in 1977 graduating in 1980 into the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
Tim served in a range of regimental and instructional appointments in Puckapunyal, Melbourne and Townsville before deploying to the Middle East as a military observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. Tim left the Regular Army in 1999 and settled in Adelaide. After a short break from military service Tim resumed in the Army Reserve in January 2001. His subsequent instructional and command postings eventually resulted in Tim being promoted to Brigadier in January 2006 and assuming the position of Commander of the 9th Brigade and Army Area Representative-South Australia. Tim transferred to the Standby Reserve in December 2010.
For his contribution to the development of operational capabilities within and outstanding leadership of the Army Reserve, Tim Hanna was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2009 Australia Day Honours.
Since 1999, Tim has worked in various senior management roles in private industry in the logistics, telecommunications and construction industries.
As a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Tim was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies in 1980 and a Master of Business Administration in 1998. He has also completed study at the Royal Australian Navy Staff College.
Tim assumed the position of State President of the Returned & Services League in South Australia in July 2012.
Tim’s leisure interests are cricket and Australian football, keeping fit, travel and military history.
Tim has a 28 year-old daughter. Tim’s partner, Suzie, works for the Department of Defence as a civilian and is also an Army Reservist. Suzie’s two sons are members of the Royal Australian Air Force and Army Reserve respectively.
Peter Aspinall was first elected to the Board of the RSL in Western Australia in July 2008 and was elected as State President in June 2016. He has had extensive experience in military service and the private and community sectors.
By mid-1988 Mr Aspinall had completed nearly 30 years of military service in a variety of regimental, staff and training postings, including operational service in South Vietnam in 1966/67 as an artillery forward observer with the 5th and 6th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment.
Peter resigned his commission in mid-1988 having been encouraged to apply for an executive position with the AMP Society in its head office in Sydney where he worked for nine years. He was then invited to become the assistant to the Professor of Strategic Marketing at Charles Sturt University, Professor Ramzi Fayed, although his primary assignments occurred through the Professor’s consultancy business in Sydney, the International Marketing Institute of Australia. In this role, Peter consulted with organisations including Telstra, News Ltd, Standards Australia and Roche Pharmaceuticals Australia.
During 1999 and 2000 Peter was in a strategy and senior management development role with Tower Life Australia.
Retirement, at the end of 2000, to the Blue Mountains, NSW, was interrupted by a change in family circumstances resulting in Peter returning, in 2003, to his home town of Albany where he now lives with his companion Carolyn.
Peter is the Great Southern representative on the RSLWA Board, the immediate past President of the Albany Sub-branch RSL and past president of the Albany Aero and Probus Albany Central clubs. Peter also was chair of the Albany Centenary of Anzac Alliance from its inception till its dissolution in December 2012.
Peter Eveille was born in 1946 and after finishing his schooling enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy. He served for 20 years, seeing active service in Vietnam and completing three tours of operational service in the Middle East.
Peter discharged the RAN as a Warrant Officer and transitioned into a successful career in the Commonwealth Public Service. He spent 20 years as a Human Resource Manager for various departments including Health, Industry and the Australian Federal Police.
While living in Sydney, Peter joined his local Earlwood-Bardwell Park RSL Sub-branch in 1967. During his 49 years of membership he has helped many veterans and contributed a great deal to promoting the aims and objectives of the RSL.
Currently, Peter is the State President for the Australian Capital Territory branch and has been instrumental in the development of a new veteran’s support centre. He is active in the veteran community and takes on the major responsibility of assisting in managing the National ANZAC and Remembrance Day services with the Australian War Memorial.
Peter and his wife Betty live in Canberra and are both heavily involved with the RSL.
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