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 Adviser — Colonel Michael Bye

Michael Bye joined the Australian Army in 1990. A graduate of ADFA, RMC-Duntroon and the School of Armour, his first regular service was as a Reconnaissance Troop Leader in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment before moving into a range of operations, plans and liaison functions.

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Director International and Domestic Engagement — Dr Kristie Barrow

Dr Kristie Barrow is the Director of International and Domestic Engagement at the Australian Civil-Military Centre. She was an Australian diplomat for 12 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with postings at Australia’s Embassies in Ukraine, Malta, Afghanistan and Spain.

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Director Concepts and Capability — Amanda Coghlan

Ms Amanda Coghlan is currently the Director of the Concepts and Capability Directorate. Ms Coghlan has significant experience in civil-military collaboration and crisis management including:

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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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