||The Commander RAN Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task
Group automatically becomes a Trustee of the Navy Clearance Diver
Trust during his tenure at Fleet Headquarters. He is the most senior
operational Clearance Diver in the Navy.
Captain Michael Edwards, OAM serves on the Trust in his capacity
as the National President of the RAN Clearance Divers Association
– a role he was elected to in April 2015. During a career
of 25 years of which the last 14 were spent as a Clearance Diver,
he commanded HMAS TARAKAN, served in AUSCDT Two, and Four, and served
in numerous other Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving officer roles
in the RAN, the RN and the USN until retiring from the Navy in 2004.
In 2004 he was awarded an OAM for services in the Iraq War in 2003.
Currently he is a Managing Director of Oropesa Port Management and
also undertakes duties as a Marine Pilot and Consultant at Cape
Cuvier, Western Australia. He lives with his gorgeous bride of 23
years, Ilonka, and in his spare time is the vigneron and winemaker
of a successful trophy winning winery in the south west of WA. He
is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors,
the Company of Master Mariners, the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry
and, the Geographe Wine Industry Association.
Russ Crane began his naval career as a16 year old junior recruit
in 1970 and has served in numerous RAN ships and establishments.
He qualified as a ClearanceDiver in 1977 and subsequently spent
many years in CLearance Diving positions both at sea in Minehunters
and ashore in staff positions as well as Comanding Officer of
the Experimental Clearance Diving Team, CDT Two. He was promoted
to Captain in January 1996 and assumed command of HMAS Success
on 24 November 1998. During his period in command Success conducted
a number of deployments to the South East Asia region including,
in September and October 1999, Operation Stabilise in support
of peacekeeping operations in East Timor.
Awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal in early 2000 for his time
in command of HMAS Success, he was promoted to Commodore and was
awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2007. He assumed
the position of Chief of Navy on 4 July 2008. For his "distinguished
service as Deputy Chief of Navy and as Chief of Navy", Crane
was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010.
Gerard practices predominantly in the areas of energy
and rescourses law, and is experienced in commercial and corporate
Over a period of more than 20 Years, Gerard has represented some
of the largest oil and gas and mining companies on transactions
including project development, joint ventures, farm-ins, share
and asset sales and long and short term commodity sales arrangements.
Gerard is the President of the Western Australian Branch of the
Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and represents
Allens Arthur Robinson on the Australia Papua New Guinea Business
Council. He is also a contributing editor to the International
Energy Law Review.
Gerard is admitted to practice in Western Australia, Victoria,
New South Wales, Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
Mr Steve Quill is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds
a Bachelor of Business Degree (double major in Accounting and
Business Law). Steve has over 15 years experience in dealing with
all aspects of taxation, accounting and business issues for small,
medium and large businesses. Prior to his career as an Accountant,
Steve worked for the Commonwealth Bank as a Finance Manager. Mr
Quill has been attending to the financial concerns and taxation
issues of clearance divers for more than ten years.
Amanda has practised in corporate and commercial law for over
20 years, most recently in various executive management positions.
Previously she worked in a leading law firm, where she specialised
in corporate advisory, privatisation and mergers & acquisitions.
Amanda has broad expertise with ASX listed and private companies,
as well as government entities, across manufacturing, distribution
& retail businesses, building materials, hardware and plumbing
supplies, energy, aviation, rail, telecommunications, media production,
marketing, music and film.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Science
from the University of Sydney, and is a Chartered Secretary and
Fellow of Governance Institute Australia and a member of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors.
Michael Bragg is a highly effective and driven senior executive
with significant general management experience honed over 16 years
in dynamic Australian corporations and 20 years’ service in
the Royal Australian Navy, as a Supply sailor and a Supply Officer.
During his naval career Michael served in HMA Ships BRISBANE (twice)
and JERVIS BAY. He also served in many establishments with a highlight
being 3 years spent at HMAS WATERHEN in the early 1990’s providing
base support operations to many customers including CDT-1 and also
CDT-3 when deployed in the Gulf War.
Michael’s final posting in the RAN was in Joint Logistics
operations and planning which provided an excellent springboard
for his transition to the corporate world. He has broad experience
across many industries including Pharmaceutical, Defence, Logistics,
Infrastructure, Rail, Heavy Equipment, and Telco.
Michael was the start up General Manager for the NBN Supply Chain
spending 5 rewarding and challenging years with the largest infrastructure
project in recent Australian history. He enjoyed a well-earned sabbatical
upon leaving NBN at Christmas 2015, and is now with DHL Supply Chain’s
Lifescience and Healthcare Division as the General Manager with
responsibility for the Direct to Market Business Unit. He leads
a team of 50 specialists providing order to cash and supply chain
outcomes to over 20 customers in the Australian Pharmaceutical industry.
Michael is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors,
and a member of the Forestville RSL Sub Branch. He has a Masters
of Business (Logistics Management).
In summer Michael enjoys the friendly competition of twilight sailing
on Sydney’s Pittwater, and year round is an occasional bushwalker
as a result of living close to the Garigal National Park. Michael
has been happily married to Angie for almost 30 years and they have
2 sons Alex and Will, (both serving in the RAN), and a daughter
Nicola in her final years of high school.
Jacqueline's career has spanned 27 years across government, higher
education, not for profit and private sectors. She possesses a background
in psycho-social/human factors research and has also worked in senior
Government advisory roles across social policy, human rights and
financial management. Her senior advisory roles have included work
within NSW Treasury, NSW Premier's Department and the Human Rights
and Equal Opportunity Commission.
She has worked for the last 15 years in the financial services sector
across a range of international and domestic institutions across
Customer Experience, Strategy, Program Management, Risk, HR and
Change Management functions within Rabobank, Citibank, AMP, BT Financial
Group and Westpac Institutional Bank.
She is currently a Business Relationship Manager at Mine Wealth
and Wellbeing in Newcastle, New South Wales.
She has a personal passion for health, wellbeing and financial literacy
Jacqueline possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Prehistory and Social
Policy (USyd), a Masters of Commerce in Industrial Relations and
Organisational Behaviour (UNSW) and postgraduate studies in micro-finance
(RMIT). She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company