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).
Ron Onions was elected to Division Council in 2012, appointed Acting State Secretary in 2015 and elected State Secretary in 2016.
He completed his National Service training at Pearce 1955-56 and joined RAAFA in 1999.
Ron was employed by Telstra, for 40 years and retired in 1992 as a Principal Technical Officer serving in many WA country towns. During these years the family successfully ran two newsagencies, a supermarket, licenced post office and liquor store.
He retired in 1992, relocating to Shark Bay where he became a Councillor with the Shire of Shark Bay, was elected as a member of the Gascoyne Development Commission, President of the Gascoyne Tourist Committee as well as President of the Shark Bay Tourist Committee.
Ron and his wife Milly live at Cambrai Village in Merriwa. On the estate Ron has served as Chairman of the Social Committee, Computer Club and Cambrai Village Estate Committee. He also served two terms as President of the Cambrai Residents Branch.
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.
Appointed Division Councillor
Geraldine CarltonMBA, B.App.Sci(Nurs), GradCert PSM, GradCert HMS, FAICD
Geraldine Carlton was appointed to the Division Council in April 2015.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Geraldine emigrated to Australia in 1989. She specialised in operating theatre nursing, prior to building a career in management. She has held senior nursing roles in PMH and Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) prior to her current role as Executive Director of the Rockingham Peel Group. This Group incorporates RGH, Murray District Hospital, community and mental health services in the Rockingham/Peel regions.
As the Executive Director Geraldine has overseen a $125M capital expansion program which enabled the tripling in size and significant expansion of services at RGH and the development of more appropriate community services in the Mandurah and Murray regions.
Geraldine has been a Board member of the not for profit 'Health Round Table' which is an organisation that establishes networks and information sharing to improve patient care across Australia and New Zealand.
Geraldine has a particular interest in safety and quality of services and has been an Australian College of Health Care Standards surveyor for 5 years.
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.