ACMC Staff

The ACMC is administered by Defence, but reflects a whole-of-government approach with personnel seconded from a number of departments and agencies.

Executive Director — Dr Alan Ryan

Dr Alan Ryan is the Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre. He was previously the Principal of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College. Prior to this appointment he was the Senior Adviser to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Robert Hill.

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Deputy Executive Director — Glenn Dunbier

Glenn Dunbier is the Deputy Executive Director of the Australian Civil-Military Centre. He is seconded to ACMC from New Zealand Police, where he holds the rank of Deputy Commissioner, and was in charge of Resource Management for New Zealand Police.

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Military Advisor — Colonel Jim Burns, CSM

Colonel Jim Burns, CSM is seconded from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as the Military Advisor to ACMC. Colonel Burns has held a range of command and management appointments in Army and Force Command. His operational experience spans Somalia; deployments with the United Nations in Israel, Lebanon and Syria; and as the Security Sector Reform lead in Regional Command – South, Afghanistan in 2008/9. Most recently, he was the ADF’s Defence Attaché to Turkey and Israel, returning to Australia in March 2016.

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Director Business Operations — Di Nott

Di Nott is the Director Governance and Business Operations at the Australian Civil-Military Centre. Di has more than 20 years experience in operations in the public service, in addition to significant private sector experience. Di has worked in state and federal government, covering portfolios including Defence and Health. In her spare time Di volunteers for several community organisations, including the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation Snowy Ride Family Program.

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Director International and Domestic Engagement — Chris McNicol

Mr Chris McNicol is the Director of International and Domestic Engagement at the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC). He joined ACMC in October 2015.

Chris was previously Director of Capability in the ADF counter improvised explosive device task force as a Defence civilian, and had a prior career as a diplomat serving in India, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Director Concepts and Capability — Amanda Coghlan

Ms Amanda Coghlan is currently Acting Director of the Concepts and Capability Directorate.

Ms Coghlan has significant experience in civil-military collaboration and crisis management,  including: advising senior decision makers on mechanisms to enhance crisis decision making and coordination; delivering cross-agency lessons evaluations on recent crises; developing preparedness strategies; and designing, executing and evaluating civil-military-police exercises.

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International Policy Adviser — Celia Hevesi

Celia Hevesi is seconded from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as the International Policy Adviser to the ACMC. Ms Hevesi has worked in humanitarian response, in a media and communications capacity, as well as a disaster response management capacity. Her most recent role was managing Australia’s deployable capabilities including Australia’s medical and urban and search and rescue teams. Her disaster response experience includes Samoa tsunami/Padang earthquake (2009), Pakistan floods (2010), Typhoon Haiyan (2013) and Cyclone Pam (2015). Her deployments include: Honiara floods in 2014 and the Myanmar floods in 2015.

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Australian Federal Police Liaison Officer — Federal Agent Martin Hess

Federal Agent Martin Hess is ACMC’s AFP liaison officer, and a Team Leader in the International Deployment Group of the Australian Federal Police.  In 2009-2010 he was Team Leader for the Afghanistan Mission Desk, and he served in Afghanistan in 2010-2011 as part of AFP Operation Illuminate, as well as in East Timor in 1999 (as part of the police component of the UN electoral mission UNAMET) and Cyprus in 1996.

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