Our board members

 Greg Garde.jpg

Major General Gregory Garde AO RFD (Ret'd) BA (Hons) LLM
Appointed to the Board in April 2004
Chairman of the Board since October 2011
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Member of the Investment Committee

Greg was previously a Queens Counsel representing and advising clients including companies in the health insurance and health services sectors. He has also served as Chairman of the Business Strategy Committee, Investment Committee and of the Defence Health Foundation. 

Michael Bassingthwaighte.jpg Mr Michael Bassingthwaighte AM FAICD

Appointed to the Board in July 2001 
Chairman of the Business Strategy Committee 
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Michael served as Chairman of the Board from January 2004 to October 2011. Michael is also the Chair of HAMB Systems Ltd, a Director of the Australian Health Service Alliance Ltd and the Illawarra Business Chamber Ltd. He is also the CEO of Lysaght Peoplecare Limited, National Health Benefits Australia Pty Ltd and Reserve Bank Health Society Ltd.

Alan Beckett.jpg Mr Alan Beckett BEc FCA GAICD

Appointed to the Board in January 2006 
Chairman of the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee 
Member of the Investment Committee

Alan is Deputy Chairman of the Defence Audit & Risk Committee and of Note Printing Australia Ltd, is Chairman of Basper Ltd, a Non-Executive Director of Westbourne Credit Ltd and a member of the Very Special Kids Foundation. Alan possesses a wealth of financial experience gained from a career in professional practice. He was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Partners of Ernst & Young Oceania, having previously held Managing Partner positions in the Melbourne Office and Australian Assurance Practice of that firm. He also represented the Australian practice on both the International Executive Audit Committee and International Risk Committee.

Julie Blackburn.jpg Mrs Julie Blackburn BNurs GradDip Midwifery GAICD

Appointed to the Board in December 2011 
Member of the Business Strategy Committee 
Member of the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee 
Chair of the Defence Health Foundation

Julie has provided her expertise to a number of Defence-focused committees over the past 5 years. She is the immediate past National Convenor of Defence Families of Australia and is currently the Chair of the Defence Health Foundation.

Phil Byrne.jpg Air Commodore Philip Byrne BA FACDSS MAICD

Appointed to the Board in April 2005 
Appointee Director of the Chief of Air Force 
Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee 
Member of the Business Strategy Committee

Philip is also a Director of the Defence Health Foundation and a member of the RAAF Reserve.

Anthony Hambleton.jpg Colonel Anthony Hambleton AM CSC (Ret'd) GAICD

Appointed to the Board in February 2014 
Appointee Director of the Chief of Army 
Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee 
Director of the Defence Health Foundation

Anthony has been in the Australian Army for 32 years. He has broad command, leadership and operational experience. He has considerable knowledge and exposure within the Defence personnel domain having served as Director General Personnel for Army. He is also a member of the Army Reserve.

Garry Richardson.jpg Mr Garry Richardson FAICD

Appointed to the Board in February 2011 
Member of the Investment Committee 
Member of the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee

Garry is also a Director of Calvary Ministries Ltd. Garry brings to Defence Health a broad experience in both the health and financial industries being past Managing Director of NMHI (trading as HBA and Mutual Community), past Commissioner of PHIAC, past Chairs of Southern Health, Housing Guarantee Fund, Health Super, Little Company of Mary Health Care and the National Blood Authority and a past director of the National Board of Australian Red Cross.

Alice Williams.jpg Ms Alice Morrice Williams FCPA FAICD CFA ISFA AIF

Appointed to the Board in February 2010 
Chair of the Investment Committee 
Member of the Risk, Compliance & Audit Committee

Alice is also a Director of Equity Trustees Limited, Guild Group, Djerriwarrah Investments Ltd, Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Cooper Energy Ltd, a Council member of the Cancer Council of Victoria and a member of the Felton Bequest Committee.