Division Council



State President (Chairperson)

Mr G Bland

Graeme Bland joined the RAAF as an aircraft apprentice in 1957 and separated as a Warrant Officer Engineer in 1980. He was involved in the agricultural industry after leaving the RAAF, working a territory from Carnarvon to Esperance. He eventually joined RAAFA in 1991.


Whilst still working fulltime Graeme spent most weekends volunteering in the Aviation Heritage Museum as a handyman and forming the initial Display Team. He was also a founding member of the Aviation Museum Branch, spending many years as Secretary/Treasurer. With his wife Judy and other volunteers he spent many weekends travelling to community events around Western Australia promoting and fundraising for the Museum. He also supervised the Museum Library between 2008 to 2010.


Graeme has spent the last ten years as a Veterans’ Pension Officer and was instrumental in the setting up of the Bull Creek Veteran Support Centre at AFME which helps serving and former ADF members gain the entitlements they are due.


He first joined the Division Council in 2002, becoming State Vice President in 2003 and serving as State President 2004 to 2006 and 2010 to 2014.


For services to RAAFA he was awarded Life Membership in 2006 followed by the prestigious Geoff Michael National Award in 2013.


Graeme Bland was again elected State President at the 2016 AGM.




Elected Division Councillor


State Vice President

Mr C Robartson AM LGM

Clive was born in 1945 in Fremantle and has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) Degree from Curtin University of Technology and a Diploma in Agricultural Technology.  He lives on AFME with his wife Cherryl and they have 2 adult children and 4 grandsons.

In 1968 he was called up for Military Service and served in the Royal Auystralian Army Medical Corps that included 12 months service in South Vietnam at the 1st Australian Field Hospital and 8th Field Ambulance.

Clive has extensive community experience having served on the City of Melville Council for over 25 years and has been the Deputy Mayor on 3 separate occasions.  He was President of the WA Local Government Association and a Director of the Australian Local Government Association and is Immediate Past Chair of the Order of Australia Association, WA Branch.  He has served on a number of state and national committees that include, the Australian Landcare Council, Gene Technology Community Consultative Committee (Commonwealth), Waste Management Board of WA, Swan Canning Clean-up Project, Melville Aged Homes Board (Alchera) and Churches of Christ Aged and Community Services Board (Bethanie Group).



Ron Onions Division Councillor

State Secretary

Mr R Onions

Ron joined RAAFA in 1999 and was elected to Division Council in October 2012 and stepped up as State Secretary in 2015. He completed his National Service training at Pearce 1955-56.

Ron was employed, by what is now Telstra, for 40 years and retired in 1992 as a Principal Technical Officer serving in many WA country towns. During these years the family successfully ran two newsagencies, a supermarket, licenced post office and liquor store. Ron, upon retiring in 1992, relocated to Shark Bay where he quickly became a Councillor on the Shire of Shark Bay, was elected a member of the Gascoyne Development Commission, President of the Gascoyne Tourist Committee as well as President of the Shark Bay Tourist Committee.

Ron and his wife Milly reside on Cambrai Village at Merriwa. On the estate Ron has served as Chairman of the Social Committee, Computer Club and Cambrai village Estate Committee. He also served two terms as President of the Cambrai Residents Branch.





Elected Division Councillor

Mrs D Nicolay 

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Elected Division Councillor

Mr L Lane

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Elected Division Councillor - Vacant




Geraldine Carlton Appointed Division Councillor

Appointed Division Councillor

Ms G Carlton MBA, B.App.Sci(Nurs), GradCert PSM, GradCert HMS, FAICD

Geraldine Carlton was appointed to the Division Council in April 2015.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Geraldine emigrated to Australia in 1989. She specialised in operating theatre nursing, prior to building a career in management.  She has held senior nursing roles in PMH and Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) prior to her current role as Executive Director of the Rockingham Peel Group. This Group incorporates RGH, Murray District Hospital, community and mental health services in the Rockingham/Peel regions.

As the Executive Director Geraldine has overseen a $125M capital expansion program which enabled the tripling in size and significant expansion of services at RGH and the development of more appropriate community services in the Mandurah and Murray regions.  

Geraldine has been a Board member of the not for profit ‘Health Round Table’ which is an organisation that establishes networks and information sharing to improve patient care across Australia and New Zealand.

Geraldine has a particular interest in safety and quality of services and has been an Australian College of Health Care Standards surveyor for 5 years.





Appointed Division Councillor

Mr T Brun BEng (Civil), MBA (Tech Mgt), FAICD, FIPWEA, MIEAust, RPEQ Adjunct Associate Professio (Sustainability) Curtin

Tony Brun was appointed to Division Council in December 2015. 

Tony was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager of Integrated Planning at Perth Airport Pty Ltd in 2013 and also holds the role of Adjunct Associate Professor (Sustainability) and Chairman of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute.

Tony is responsible for the integrated planning framework which oversees the long term planning and approvals for all aviation, infrastructure and commercial property developments at Perth Airport. He is also leading the planning and approvals phase of the New Runway Project and the planning for consolidation of passenger services to Airport Central.

Prior to his role at Perth Airport, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Geraldton where he managed a workforce of 450 people and an annual $137M budget, with responsibility for more than $550M of assets.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.




Appointed Division Councillor

Mr P Bryant BBus, FCA

Peter Bryant was appointed to Division Council in December 2015.

Peter was born in Sydney, the son of a career soldier he spent many of his younger years living on army bases in Australia and overseas. His father retired in Perth, which is where Peter completed his secondary and university education.


Peter has over 27 years’ of financial and company secretarial experience in the Australian, the UK and the US markets.

He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Barminco, a global underground mining company with operations in Australia, Egypt and West Africa. Peter has held leadership roles in a number of companies including ASX 100 company Seven West Media Ltd and engineering and development group, GRD Limited (acquired by AMEC Australia Finance Company Pty Ltd in 2009).

Peter was the Group Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer (WA) at Seven West Media following the merger of The West Australian Newspaper Group (WAN) and the Seven Media Group in 2011. Prior to the formation of Seven West Media he was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of WAN where he was the executive lead on the negotiation and implementation of WAN’s acquisition of Seven Media through a billion dollar capital raising. 

Outside of work, Peter is an active member of the Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club, and sits on the WA Advisory Boards of the Starlight Foundation and Role Models and Leaders, a charity focused on the development of indigenous girls through a variety of programs.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.



John Murray CEO


Mr J F Murray RN, B.Bus (Acct), MBL, AuSAE

John took up the role of CEO with the RAAF Association (WA Division) Inc. in May 2013.

John comes with extensive experience in health, aged care and retirement living with senior management experience spanning 25 years. John commenced his career as a Registered Nurse specialising in mental health. His skills in leadership and management are supported by a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership.

For the past nine years, John has been the CEO of MYVISTA at an ethnic aged care provider in Balcatta where he developed a retirement village, residential care facilities and community care services.

John currently serves as a Director on the Board of Aged and Community Services WA (ACSWA) and is Chairperson of the Housing and Retirement Living Committee of ACSWA.