State President (Chairperson)
Graeme Bland was first elected to Division Council in 2002, State Vice President in 2003 and State President 2004 to 2006 and 2010 to 2014. He was again elected State President in 2016.
Graeme joined the RAAF as an aircraft apprentice in 1957 and left the services 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 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.
For services to RAAFA he was awarded Life Membership in 2006 followed by the prestigious Geoff Michael National Award in 2013.
State Vice President
Clive RobartsonAM LGM
Clive Robartson was elected to Division Council in 2013, appointed Acting State Vice President in 2015 and elected State Vice President in 2016.
Clive 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 Australian 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 was elected to Division Council in 2012, appointed Acting State Secretary in 2015 and elected State Secretary in 2016.
He completed his National Service training at Pearce 1955-56 and joined RAAFA in 1999.
Ron was employed by 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.
He retired in 1992, relocating to Shark Bay where he became a Councillor with the Shire of Shark Bay, was elected as 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 live at Cambrai Village in 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.
John MurrayRN, B.Bus (Acct), MBL, AuSAE
John took up the role of CEO at RAAFA in May 2013.
He 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.
John was the CEO of MYVISTA for 9 years, an ethnic aged care provider in Balcatta where he developed a retirement village, residential care facilities and community care services.
John is the Chair of Aged Care and Community Services WA, a Director of ACSA National and Chair of the Audit, Financial and Risk Committee ACSA representing not-for-profit providers across the State of WA and Nationally. He is also a member of the Property Council of Australia, Retirement Living Committee in WA.
Elected Division Councillor
Allan Henshaw joined Division Council in June 2017 to fill the casual vacancy created by the retirement of David Peet. He previously filled a casual vacancy for 10 months in 2016.
Allan joined the RAF in 1963 and left as a squadron leader in 1993 to immigrate to Australia.
He was a member of the Administrative Branch of the RAF specialising in human resources, law, accounts, education, real-estate, families and catering. He was a flight commander at the RAF College, Cranwell and a senior staff officer at the Ministry of Defence in London specialising in Pensions and Additional Pay. His last post was as Officer Commanding Administration Wing at RAF Benson.
On arrival in Australia he managed the thoroughbred racing club in Northam followed by a number of years at Northam Air Services.
In 1999 he was a Councillor for the Shire of Toodyay and Shire President from 2001 to 2005. Whilst in this role he was a member of the WA Planning Commission and Vice Chair of the Avon Regional Organisation of Councils amongst other appointments.
Allan was appointed to the State Ministerial Advisory Committee on Electricity Supply until 2008.
He is a hypnotherapist and a Life Member and past President of the Professional Hypnotherapists of WA and an executive Board Member of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia since its formation in 2010.
Elected Division Councillor
Lindsay Lane was elected to Division Council in 2016.
Lindsay completed a Diploma in Material Management (B.Comm Management) at Natal Technical College and After B.ComM Degree majoring in Financial Management & Economics from University of South Africa.
Lindsay worked for a multi-national company, Federal Mogul as Logistics Manager for 17 years amongst other positions. In addition he lectured part time for Damelin College in Durban, was made honorary life member of the Institute of Purchasing South Africa and Chairman of the Natal State Branch.
He played rugby and soccer, representing his State at squash, athletics and swimming. He was the manager for the Springbok Junior Biathlon Team (running and swimming).
Lindsay lives at RAAFA's Cambrai Village, and became involved as a volunteer in events set-up and the annual fete. He joined the Residents Committee as Vice President, and was the Chairman of the Commemorations Committee.
Elected Division Councillor
Denise Nicolay was elected to Division Council in 2016.
Denise joined RAAFA in 2004 when she moved to Erskine Grove with her husband Peter. Originally from Melbourne, they moved to Perth shortly after they were married and have two children, and five grandchildren.
Denise's working life has been predominantly in the management of professional service firms and in particular accounting, business management and strategic planning. Denise spent a number of years working for Parker and Parker Solicitors, in administration and management roles and then spent ten years as General Manager of Downing and Downing Solicitors. Denise was a member of the Facilities Management Association and completed management courses at the AICD and the Financial Management Research Centre based at the University of New England. Denise has a range of generalist skills including accounting, human resources management, project planning and public speaking.
Denise was editor of the Erskine Grove Gazette, Secretary of the Erskine Grove Branch and has spent the last three years as Chairperson of the Erskine Grove Resident Liaison Committee.
Denise has always been involved with community groups, including a Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the Board of Management for Camp Quality, treasurer of the local sailing club as well as a Guide Leader. Denise was the secretary of the Western Australian Retirement Village Association (WARVRA).
Appointed Division Councillor
Geraldine CarltonMBA, 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
Tony BrunBEng (Civil), MBA (Tech Mgt), FAICD, FIPWEA, MIEAust, RPEQ Adjunct Associate Professor (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 that 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
Peter BryantBBus, FCA
Peter Bryant was appointed to Division Council in December 2015.
The son of a career soldier, Peter was born in Sydney but spent many of his younger years living on army bases in Australia and overseas. He completed his secondary and university education in Perth.
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 Seven West Media Ltd and engineering and development group, GRD Limited.
Prior to the formation of Seven West Media, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of WAN where he lead the negotiation and implementation of WAN's acquisition of Seven Media through a billion dollar capital raising. Following the merger, Peter was appointed Group Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer (WA) at Seven West Media.
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.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.