Major General Simone Wilkie was commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in 1983. She served as a Lieutenant and Captain in a range of regimental and instructional appointments in Land and Training Commands.
Major General Wilkie has significant command experience including Officer Commanding 136 Signal Squadron; Commanding Officer, The Royal Military College - Duntroon; and Commandant of the Army Recruit Training Centre.
In 1993, Major General Wilkie deployed to Cambodia as the Adjutant of the Force Communications Unit in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation. This was followed by further operational service as Assistant Chief of Staff on the Headquarters Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) in 2007 and as the Assistant Commander, Joint Task Force 633 in Afghanistan during 2011/12.
As a senior officer, Major General Wilkie has fulfilled the roles of Director General Training Forces Command; Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters; and after promotion to Major General, Commander Australian Defence College.
Following the release of the First Principles Review of Defence by Government, Major General Wilkie was appointed to the newly established position of Head Joint Enablers. In this role she is responsible for the delivery of joint enabling support to the Australian Defence Force. Major General Wilkie also retained the role of Commander Australian Defence College.
Major General Wilkie has a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Resource Management), a Graduate Diploma in Telecommunications Systems Management, a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Studies, and a Masters of Defence Studies. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Her personal awards include Officer of the Order of Australia, Commendation for Distinguished Service, and the United States Bronze Star.
Major General Wilkie is an avid sports follower. She is the Patron of the Australian Defence Force Women's Australian Rules Football Association; Patron of the Australian Defence Force Hockey Association and Chair of the Australian Defence Force Sports Council. In 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner of the Australian Football League – the governing body of the AFL.
Major General Wilkie is married to Bill, and hails from Ballarat, Victoria. She is a keen sportswoman, renovator and traveler.
Air Commodore Hegarty has completed two operational deployments to the Middle East and visited many other parts of the world in the course of his duties while logging approximately 4500hrs.
Air Commodore Hegarty’s academic achievements include the completion of the RAAF Aeronautical Integrated Systems Course (RAAF School of Air Navigation), a Masters of Management in Defence Studies (University of Canberra) and a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies (Deakin University).
Air Commodore Hegarty is a keen runner and also enjoys hiking and mountain biking. He is married to Commodore Michele Miller RAN and they have a daughter, Madeline, aged five.
Brigadier Cheryl Pearce was born in Loxton South Australia and graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985, commissioning into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Brigadier Pearce’s regimental service includes command appointments within both the operational and domestic environment. During the period 2003 to 2006 Brigadier Pearce commanded the Defence Police Training Centre (2003) and 1st Military Police Battalion (2004-2006) and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional Service during her four year command tenure.
Staff appointments include experience within Headquarters 1st Brigade, G3 Branch Land Headquarters, Staff Officer Commandant Australian Defence Force Academy, Provost Marshal-Army, Directing Staff Australian Command and Staff College, Director Network Centric Warfare Capability Development Group, Director Special Operation Support and Chief of Staff Army Headquarters. Brigadier Pearce also holds the Military Police Head of Corps appointment.
Brigadier Pearce attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2001 and Higher Defence College in 2013. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, Masters of Intelligence, Policing and Counter Terrorism from Macquarie University and a Masters of Arts (Defence Studies) from Deakin University. Brigadier Pearce has also participated in a number of short courses including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Harvard Leadership Program, and the Commander Joint Task Force Seminar.
Brigadier Pearce’s operational experience includes working as part of the United Nations in East Timor (2002) where she was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for bravery and her most recent appointment as Commander Task Group Afghanistan (2016).
Brigadier Pearce has a partner Paul and two daughters Michallie and Maddison who are currently studying at university.
The Australian Defence College is governed by the Australian Defence College Advisory Board. The Board provides advice to the Commander Australian Defence College (COMADC) on major issues relating to the ADC. The Chair and six of the ordinary members of the Board are appointed by the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary.
The Board comprises a Chair, eight ordinary and five invited members. The ordinary members include the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) and Deputy Secretary (DEPSEC'S), two members with business expertise, two academics and two members who are eminent members of the community with skills relevant to the work of the Board. The invited members are COMADC, the Principal of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (PCDSS), the Commandant of the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), the Commandant of ADFA and the Deputy Secretary People, Strategies and Policy (DEPSEC PSP).
The Board meets no less than four times a year. Two of the meetings are full meetings of the Board, while the remaining two are an ADFA Working Group of the Board, to consider matters relating directly to ADFA. For the two full meetings of the Board, summary reports on achievements and developments in the preceding period and issues passed to it by the broader Defence organisation are considered. With affecting the College on an as required basis.