Veterans’ executive champions

Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner

Damian Cantwell, ACT Electoral Commissioner

Damian Cantwell is the ACT Electoral Commissioner, an independent statutory office holder under the ACT Electoral Act 1992 and an Officer of the ACT Legislative Assembly. He is responsible for the conduct of elections and referendums for the ACT Legislative Assembly; the determination of electoral boundaries for the ACT; and provision of electoral information, education, advice and services to a wide range of clients. He assumed this appointment on 1st November 2017 having retired from the Australian Army on 1st October 2017 after 37 years of full time ADF service.

David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services

David Roulston, Chief Information Officer, Transport Canberra and City Services

David Roulston FAIPM CPPE is in the position of Chief Information Officer and Portfolio Management Office Director with the ACT Government Directorate and has a passion for the practice and profession of project management, especially linked to the development and delivery of IT/Digital systems. He completed 21 years in the Royal Australian Navy, a career that he undertook from the age of sixteen. David transitioned to what was the Defence Materiel Organisation, now known as Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and ignited his passion for IT and Communications project management and growing project management as a culture. David was involved in major joint projects such as the High Frequency Modernisation Project, the Military Satellite Capability project and the Satellite Systems Program Office. In 2009 he transferred to the ACT Government where he had the task of implementing a project management framework and culture within the department. In his spare time David provides support and mentoring for Project Managers and Mentoring for Veterans transition from the Defence environment to other areas and careers. He is currently the President of the ACT Chapter and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management. He has a love for family, his grandkids, fishing, and is looking forward to one day caravanning around this fantastic county of ours.

Georgeina Whelan, Chief Officer, ACT State Emergency Service

Georgeina Whelan is in the position of Chief Officer with the ACT Government Directorate.

Virginia Hayward, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justice and Community Services Directorate

Virginia Hayward, Chief Human Resources Officer, Justice and Community Services Directorate

Ms Virginia Hayward served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1989-2003 as a dual specialist Seaman and Administration Officer. She successfully transitioned to the ACT Government in 2004 and returned to uniform as a Reservist in 2007-08. Ms Hayward is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer within the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS). She has held this position since October 2017 and is committed to developing an engaged and inclusive workforce, recognising the value of diversity and the need to provide supportive leadership at levels. The employment and support of Veterans is part of this important work. She was appointed a Veterans’ Executive Champion in June 2018 as part of the ACT Government’s commitment to supporting the transition of veterans into employment into the ACT Public Service. Ms Hayward is a Navy reservist and a Councillor on the ACT United Services Institute.