Neil James (Board Deputy Chair)
Neil is executive director of the Australia Defence Association, an independent, non-partisan, public-interest watchdog organisation. Prior to this he was an army officer for 31 years and he continues to serve as an active reservist (totalling 46 years).
He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Command & Staff College, Fort Queenscliff, and UNSW. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in history and political science, and graduate diplomas in management and information analysis.
His teaching career has included Command & Staff College, the School of Military Intelligence, the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security, and as a visiting lecturer at several Australian universities and secondary schools.
Neil has been on the Board since its inception in 2013, including membership of the Board’s executive and property & development sub-committees.
He is a parishioner at St Pauls, Burra, and a member of both the diocesan Synod and Bishop-in-Council. Neil also serves on the Advisory Board at Marist Catholic College, Canberra, with his local RFS brigade and with Wildcare SE-NSW.