Appendix Two
Corporate governance

Senior Committee Attendance

This section contains additional detailed information on Defence's senior committees, further to that contained in the print version of the Defence Annual Report 2007-08.

Table WA2.8 Defence People Committee membership and attendance, 2007-08[1]
Position and name
Until November 2007
Head Personnel Executive
(Major General Mick Slater - appointed 10 September 2007 and Chair until appointment of DEPSEC PSP)
(Mrs Sue Parr - Acting Chair 11 July 2007 and 15 August 2007 meetings)
Vice Chief of the Defence Force[2] (Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie)
Deputy Secretary Defence Support[2] (Mr Martin Bowles)
Permanently represented by Head, Personnel Services Division
(Mr Neville Tomkins)
Head, Personnel Services Division (Mr Neville Tomkins)
Deputy Chief of Navy[2](Rear Admiral Russ Crane)
Deputy Chief of Army[2]
(Major General John Cantwell until February 2008)
(Major General David Morrison - appointed 11 February 2008)
Deputy Chief of Air Force[2] (Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn)
First Assistant Secretary Personnel
(Mrs Sue Parr - Acting Chair 11 July 2007 and 15 August 2007 meetings)
(Mr Steve Grzeskowiak - Acting First Assistant Secretary Personnel from 21 January 2008)
First Assistant Secretary Budgets and Financial Planning (Mr Steve Wearn)
Head Defence Health Services[2] (Air Vice-Marshal Tony Austin)
Head Cadet Policy (Major General Michael Fairweather)
Ms Noela Le'Estrange (independent member)
From November 2007
Deputy Secretary People Strategies and Policy (Chair) (Mr Phil Minns - appointed 4 February 2008)
Head Personnel Executive (Major General Mick Slater - appointed 10 September 2007 and Chair until appointment of DEPSEC PSP)
Head, Personnel Services Division (Mr Neville Tomkins)
Deputy Chief of Navy[2] (Rear Admiral Russ Crane)
Deputy Chief of Army[2]
(Major General John Cantwell until February 2008)
(Major General David Morrison - appointed 11 February 2008)
Deputy Chief of Air Force[2] (Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn)
First Assistant Secretary Personnel (Mr Steve Grzeskowiak - Acting First Assistant Secretary Personnel from 21 January 2008)
First Assistant Secretary Budgets and Financial Planning (Mr Steve Wearn)

Notes

  1. This table does not include the previous permanently invited guests, which comprised Chief Capability Development, Chief Operating Officer Defence Materiel Organisation, Head Reserve Policy, Assistant Secretary Science Corporate Management, and Principal Chaplain - Army.
  2. Representative attended.

During 2007-08, the Defence People Committee met nine times. Its membership was streamlined in November 2008. Mr Phillip Minns was subsequently appointed as Chair of the Committee in line with the establishment of the People Strategies and Policy Group.

The Committee continued to oversee the Defence Strategic Workforce Plan and the ADF Recruitment and Retention Strategy.

It also considered several other key initiatives, including the review into military superannuation arrangements, the ADF Gap Year, a Defence Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Strategy, further ADF remuneration structure reform, and the new Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme.