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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Federal Agent Ivan Kovacic is ACMC’s AFP liaison officer and formerly a Team Leader in both the International Network Engagement Teams and Counter Terrorism Intelligence Teams of the Australian Federal Police.Read More