06 July 2011

New appointments to Australian War Memorial Council made

Two appointments to the Australian War Memorial Council were announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon MP.

Mr Kevin Woods CSC, OAM will join the Council for the first time and Ms Wendy Sharpe has been reappointed, after approval was given by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC.

Mr Woods will bring considerable military experience to the Council. His Army career spanned 34 years and included the position of Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian Defence College and a member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal.

A member of the Council since 2005, Ms Sharpe has been reappointed for an additional two years. She is an artist of distinguished reputation and has been invited to lecture at numerous art institutions and museums.

Mr Snowdon congratulated Ms Sharpe and Mr Woods on their appointments.

“These appointments bring a great breadth of knowledge to the Australian War Memorial Council,“ Mr Snowdon said.

“With such experience and talent at the helm, the Memorial will continue its reputation as a world class institution.”

The Australian War Memorial Council is an independent body responsible for the strategic direction of the Australian War Memorial.

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