Welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret’d)

A very warm welcome to the new AVCAT Chairman, Major General Bill Crews OA (Ret’d) (pictured above with AVCAT CEO, Joan Hughes). Bill has been appointed by the Federal Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Dan Tehan MP.

Bill served in the Australian Army for more than 37 years, retiring in 1999 from the position of Director, Defence Intelligence Organisation. He served in Vietnam in 1969.

He worked briefly in private enterprise and then in his professional association, Engineers Australia, before being elected in 2003 as National President of The Returned and Services League of Australia. Bill served in this voluntary role for six years, and continues to hold appointments as a volunteer in several not-for-profit organisations.

Bill holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics. He was an International Fellow at the US Army War College, and has completed the Corporate Directors’ Diploma Course at UNE. He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996 for his military service.

Bill brings many years of leadership and volunteer experience to the AVCAT team. He has a genuine and deep belief in the importance of education in helping young people break cycles of disadvantage. We look forward to working with you Bill and we wish you every success in this new role.