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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force

Reserve and Youth Division

Biography - Deputy Head RYD

Brigadier Duncan Haywarde

Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division / Deputy Commander ADF Cadets, Brigadier Duncan Hayward.

BRIG D.L. (Duncan) Hayward was born in 1968. After completing his secondary schooling in Sydney he attended the Royal Military College and graduated (1988) to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. His early service included command appointments with 1st Armoured Regiment and 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and instructional appointments at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, the Royal Military College and the School of Armour. He returned to 1st Armoured Regiment and served as both a Squadron Commander (2000-01) and later Commanding Officer (2007-08).

BRIG Hayward’s operational appointments have included the Golan Heights, Syria and Southern Lebanon, (1998-99) as an unarmed military observer; the Indian Ocean (2001), commanding the first Transit Security Element in support of national border protection policy, including the first successful boat turn backs; in Iraq (2003-04), as the G3 for the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, and commanding the first Australian contingent to rebuild the Iraqi Army. He returned to Afghanistan (2008-09), in the J5 Plans Branch of HQ International Security Assistance Force. BRIG Hayward’s staff appointments have included Preparedness and Plans; Capability Development; and International Engagement with Army Headquarters; and Joint Capability Coordination with VCDF Group. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (2013) for his efforts in International Engagement to develop and enhance Australia’s strategically important military partnerships.

BRIG Hayward is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course (2002), and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (2013). BRIG Hayward holds a Bachelor of Arts - Strategic Studies/International Relations (Deakin), a Master of Management - Defence Studies (UC), a Master of Strategic Affairs (ANU); and a Master of Arts - Strategic Studies (Deakin).  In 2016 BRIG Hayward was tasked with a change management program to review and improve Army’s recruiting performance including the development of Army’s Pathways Programs. He was appointed to his current role of Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division in December 2017 with responsibilities for youth safety, ADF Cadets and Reserve policy.

BRIG Hayward is married with two children. His personal interests include competitive sailing, yacht cruising and travel. He is a board member of the Canberra Yacht Club, and Australian Sailing (ACT); and Patron for ADF Sailing.