State President (Chairperson)
Clive RobartsonAM LGM
Clive Robartson was elected to Division Council in 2013, appointed Acting State Vice President in 2015, elected State Vice President in 2016 and newly elected as the State President in 2018.
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).
State Vice President
Patrick (Pat) HallMBA, FAICD, FAIM
Pat Hall served for over 22 years in the RAAF, commencing as a Radio Apprentice and finishing as a Squadron Leader in the Electronics category. During his RAAF Service, Pat was awarded a Chief of Air Force Commendation for the successful execution of communications projects in WA.
Currently, Pat is engaged in the Defence and National Security sector, holding appointments to the Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute Advisory Board, the Defence Regional Network for Undersea Decision Superiority Advisory Board and as a Senior Associate of the Australian Defence Industry Network WA.
Pat has been a long term RAAFA Member, albeit mostly in Canberra and Victoria, and was presented with his 25 Year Certificate in 2011. In addition to recently joining the RAAFA WA Division Council in 2019, Pat has served on the Legacy WA Board since 2016, including as Chair of Torchbearers, helping it complete a transition to a more contemporary structure during 2017/2018.
A long-time hockey tragic (along with the rest of his family), Pat was made a Life Member of Melville City Hockey Club in 2011 for his contributions, especially to the synthetic turf project and its ongoing successful operation. From club level, Pat moved on to the Hockey WA Board from 2012- 2017 and then joined the Hockey Australia Board, which he still serves on.
A passionate military historian and collector, Pat has been made a Fellow and Life Member of the Military Historical Society of Australia (MHSA) and member of the Orders and Medals Research Society. Apart from his own personal interests, Pat currently contributes as a Federal Councillor of the MHSA, which expires at the end of 2019.
Professionally, Pat holds a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma of Electronic Commerce and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).
Norm Waldie was elected as State Secretary in October 2021. While originally from Newcastle, NSW he has lived in WA since 1978 and resides in Duncraig since 1985.
Norm joined the RAAF as a radio apprentice in 1967, transferring to the adult trainee scheme in 1968, completing his trade proficiency certificate as an instrument fitter in 1969. During his 10 years of service Norm served at 481 M Sqn Williamtown, 37 Sqn Richmond, 2AD Richmond, 478 M Sqn Butterworth and finally at 481 M Sqn Williamtown where he completed his service after specialising as a precision measuring equipment technician.
Moving to Perth, Norm was involved in both technical and administrative roles ranging from offshore seismic data collection with Geophysical Services Inc., Commercial Manager WA with Southcorp Wines and Corporate Services Manager with both RSPCA WA and Linde Material Handling. The majority of Norms later roles were involved in the corporate services field in both the not for profit and commercial industries. He retired from the WA Police as Police Auxiliary Officer in March 2016. Norm has also completed a Bachelor of Business (Management) at Edith Cowan University.
Since joining RAAFA Norm has taken a keen interest in the various facilities and services provided by the association. He is looking forward to contributing his skills to the organisation to enable RAAFA to continue supporting those in our community who have served their country with distinction.
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.
Previously, John was the Chair of Aged Care and Community Services WA, a Director of ACSA National and Chair of the Audit, Financial and Risk Committee. ACSA represents not-for-profit providers across the State of WA and nationally and John remains as a Committee member of the Audit, Financial and Risk Committee.
John is currently a member of the Property Council of Australia, Retirement Living Committee in WA and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Elected Division Councillor
Commodore Brett Dowsing, RAN ret'd
Brett Dowsing was appointed to fill a casual elected Division Council vacancy in February 2021.
Born in WA and raised in that State and Papua New Guinea, Brett joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1969 at fifteen and spent his working career as an officer until retirement in January 2020.
He qualified as a Seaman Officer and Helicopter Pilot, and has enjoyed command of a RAAF Marine SAR Section, two Patrol Boats, a Seahawk Helicopter Squadron and Fleet Base West. Brett has also completed a number of staff appointments, undergone overseas training and served in the Australian Embassies in Washington, DC (during 9/11 and consequent wars on terror) and Seoul, Korea (during achievement of inaugural Free Trade Agreement and 2+2 DFAT/Defence Ministerial meetings). He retired as Senior Officer WA.
Brett holds a Masters' Degree in Science and Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies and several professional Diplomas in Leadership and Management. He has veteran service in the Vietnam War and oil rig counter-terrorist operations, and has official recognition from USA, Mongolia and Korea.
Brett is a serving Justice of Peace, a Legatee and a Board Member for Bravery Trust and WA Korean War Memorial Project.
Elected Division Councillor
Richard Rust was elected to Division Council in October 2018.
He served in the Air Training Corps at 120 Squadron in Hendon (London) for four years, receiving an advanced certificate for gliding.
As an automotive technician and member of IAME and SAE, he was a Service Manager at automotive dealerships in Katanning, Narrogin and both Kmart and Midas in Perth. Richard has Accreditation for Accounting Principles with Practice 1 & 11.
A charter member of the Lions Club of South Hedland, he served as Treasurer and Vice President, as well as organising the inaugural Port Hedland Spinifex Spree Festival.
On retirement he became a member of the Australian Air Force Cadet Branch in Bull Creek and has enjoyed the task of being the editor of their bi-monthly newsletter, as well as representing the AAFC at RAAFA’s bi-monthly Branches Forum meetings.
A compulsive volunteer, Richard became involved with working in the Aviation Heritage Museum workshop and organising the manufacture of the replica ‘Bouncing Bomb’, now proudly on display under the Lancaster Bomber.
Elected Division Councillor
Charles Page was elected to Division Council in October 2021.
He is a retired airline captain, with 15,000 flying hours spanning the globe, from the Orient to Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Aircraft flown include the Chipmunk, DC-3, DC-6, Electra, Hercules, 707, and 747, with basings in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Arctic, London, Frankfurt, and Sydney. During the 1970s, Charles flew Hercules operations in the Angolan Civil War.
Charles was born in London during WWII, and spent his early childhood in Natal, South Africa. After returning to England, he joined the Air Training Corps, and was awarded the Belt of Honour, a flying scholarship, and an International Air Cadet Exchange to USA.
In 1963 the family migrated to Perth, where Charles gained his CPL at the Royal Aero Club, and flew for Wyndham Air Charter, and MacRobertson Miller Airlines. When the airline laid off pilots in 1967, Charles joined Pacific Western Airlines in Vancouver, and then Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong in 1979.
After retiring to Perth in October 1995, Charles wrote several books including Vengeance of the Outback, Wings of Destiny, Wings which involved three expeditions to New Guinea, and was selected for the Chief of Air Force’s RAAF Reading List in 2010.
Charles joined RAAFA in 2003, and became history project manager for the AAFC Branch. The book Wings of Valour was published in 2017, along with two Honour Boards and a Remembrance Book and Cabinet. A second book, Wings of Time, was published in 2019. Charles was awarded a 7 Wing AAFC Shield in 2017 and a RAAFA Certificate of Service in 2018.
Appointed Division Councillor
Kylie RussellSenior Fellow HEA, GAICD, RN, BN, GCHRM, MHlthSc(Ed), PhD
Dr Kylie Russell was appointed to Division Council in October 2021.
Kylie is a Registered Nurse and leads a dynamic team in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Her qualifications include - Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, Master in Health Science (Education), and a PhD; in addition, she is a graduate/member of the Australian Institute of Company Director's and Women's Leadership Australia Executive Ready Program.
Kylie has received numerous research grants, focusing on the health workforce, presented at international conferences, published, and supervises research students. Kylie sits on a number of committees reviewing research (St John of God Healthcare; Notre Dame University), research grant applications (WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust), and is a mentor to overseas nurses to support the advancement of global nursing leadership (Sigma Theta Tau International). Kylie is passionate about educating the next generation of health professionals, and supporting the workforce to enable best practice in the delivery of care and services.
In December 1999 Kylie volunteered as a nurse in East Timor, and was awarded the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal. On her return she joined the Australian Army 13th Brigade as a Lieutenant, Registered Nurse (reservist).
Kylie is passionate about supporting veterans in need. This passion stemmed from her own personal experience, her husband SGT Andrew Russell being the first Australian solider killed in action in Afghanistan (2002). Kylie is working with the RAAFA Clear Skies team to establish the Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) Program.
Kylie is the proud mother of Leisa, partner to Malcom, and owner of Luca (Mastiff x) from a local refuge. Kylie’s retirement dream is to own a small plot of land and take care of animals in need, and in 2021 she completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies. In her spare time Kylie loves reading, walking, and trying to learn Auslan.
Appointed Division Councillor
Chris CarmanFAIPM, MAICD, AMIE (Aust)
Chris Carman was appointed to Division Council in March 2019. He is the Managing Director of Benchmark Projects Australasia, one of Australia’s leading project management consultancies which he founded in 1985.
Recognised as National Project Director of the Year in 2009, he possesses strong leadership qualities and experience in guiding stakeholders and consultancy teams through complex projects in both private and government sectors.
Chris’ career highlights include the highly complex Joondalup City Centre development and the multi award winning Mandurah Ocean Marina.
Chris has a Masters Degree in Project Management, a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Civil Engineering. He is a past President of the WA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management and served as an AIPM Board Director between 2013 and 2016. He is a Fellow of that organisation.
Chris is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Engineers Australia.
Outside of his professional associations, Chris is member of the AFL, WACA and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.
He has a long term association with Eastern Blades Hockey Club, founded Whitfords Hockey Club and has represented WA and Australia in Veteran’s Hockey.
Appointed Division Councillor
Wayne Belcher OAM
Wayne Belcher was appointed to the Division Council in April 2021.
An accomplished and successful aged care services Chief Executive with over 20 years' experience as a CEO in the industry having worked most recently at Braemar Presbyterian Care and Baptistcare, and for many years previously at Bethanie.
Wayne is passionate about high quality, ethical and relationship centred care services.
His strengths lie in change management and building relationship-centred long-term care services for seniors, that not only meet accreditation requirements but also build communities.
His focus is creating successful communities from the ground up, redeveloping older facilities and services and building strategic partnerships with State and national organisations to deliver client focused, cost and schedule controlled service developments.
His studies in Business Law have fitted him well with governance expertise with diverse Boards, and strong skills around financial and risk controls.