State Divisions

State Divisions

The Naval Officers Club has a local contact for NSW, Victoria, the ACT, Queensland, WA and SA  They are:


NSW  King Perry, Hon Sec Naval Officers Club of Australia
VIC Warwick Gately, Victoria Division Contact
ACT Mike Taylor, A.C.T. Division Contact
QLD Andy Craig, Queensland Division Contact
WA Bob Mummery, W.A. Division Contact

SA    Stephen Jeisman, S.A. Division Contact 







Commodore Warwick Gately AM RAN (Rtd) entered the RAN College in 1971. A seaman officer and navigation sub-specialist he served as Navigating Officer in HMA Ships ORION, SWAN, ADELAIDE and PERTH. In 1994 he commanded the Destroyer HMAS TORRENS and later served as Commander Sea Training and was the inaugural J3/J5 in Headquarters Australian Theatre. Later he commanded the Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS ADELAIDE including during operations off East Timor in 1999 for which he was awarded a Defence Force Commendation. He served as Director General Joint Operations and Plans and Director General Naval Military Strategy and Concepts before leaving the RAN in 2003. Thereafter he served for ten years as the Western Australia Electoral Commissioner before moving to the role of Victorian Electoral Commissioner in 2013 with responsibility for the conduct of State Parliamentary elections, referendums and local government elections. 




After qualifying as a Direction Officer, Mike served as a Fighter Controller, Strike Director and Operations Room Officer in the aircraft carriers Ark Royal, Victorious and Melbourne, and as the Operations Officer in Hobart during her third Vietnam deployment in 1970. Subsequent postings as a Commander were as OIC of the newly commissioned AIOTT at Watson, and then as Training Commander of the establishment. Mike again joined Albatross (for the third time) as Joint Director of AJASS, followed by command of Vampire. During this time Vampire conducted the first at sea RAN Navigation Officers’ course in which the destroyer at speed at night visited poorly charted areas of the Queensland coast better suited to rowing boats! His final RAN posting was as Director of Naval Operations. An aversion to Defence’s committee system – paralysis by analysis – caused him to transfer to the RANR in 1985 and thence to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre as a Senior SAR Coordinator for 12 years.

Currently Mike is a volunteer Guide at the Australian War Memorial; a member of the Woden Valley RSL Sub Branch and voluntary Trustee of two non-profit Service related charity Funds in the ACT.

Prior to going up to Government House for the Christmas Party 16.12.11_1


Grew up and went to school in Melbourne before joining RANC in 1959. On graduation, progressed through the standard seaman officer training program which then included a year at Dartmouth and a further year on Sub Lieutenants’ courses in the UK. Postings in VENDETTA, TEAL AND DUCHESS followed. Undertook flying training with the US Navy in 1966/67 and qualified in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. RAN Helicopter Flight, Vietnam 1968/69. Then followed the usual stream of operational and staff postings, including the RN Staff Course, command of 817 Squadron and XO of CRESWELL. Last job in the RAN was running the project that purchased the Seahawk helicopters for the RAN

Paid off in 1988 to become Managing Director of Sikorsky Aircraft Australia. Moved to Brisbane in 1989. Then followed a series of appointments which included CEO of the law firm Clayton Utz  (Brisbane), Executive Director of Australian Red Cross (Qld), CEO of the Queensland Chamber of Commerce, CEO of the Australian Industry Group (Qld), Queensland Commissioner – the Americas (based in Los Angeles) and, most recently, Agent-General for Queensland based in London (2008-2011).



Joining as an apprentice in January 1960, Bob served at sea as an Engine Room Artificer before being commissioned in June 1970.  As an Engineer Officer, Bob served in a number of HMAS Ships.  Some highlights of his career included six months as a Divisional CPO to 140 Junior Recruits, working with the USN at the Communication Station “Harold E Holt”, the Commissioning of HMAS Stirling and three years on the staff of COMAUSMINPAB Forces.  He thoroughly enjoyed his many sea postings.

In 1990 Bob resigned and joined industry in Western Australia working as a project manager in the defence and oil & gas industries and government infrastructure projects retiring from industry in 2004. At that time Navy called, quoting a shortage of Engineer Officers, inviting Bob to enter a period of Full time Service. This continued until the end of 2009 and Bob and wife Diana are now into regular caravanning trips and other activities usually reserved for grey nomads.



Stephen Jeisman – Chairman SA Division

Stephen joined the RAN as a Direct Entry Instructor Officer in 1978 and was initially posted to Navy Office in the Directorate of Naval Training Research. This was followed by postings to HMAS Nirimba, the Defence International School at RAAF Laverton and HMAS Cerberus.

Leaving the RAN in 1985, Stephen subsequently worked as a TAFE lecturer before joining the South Australian Institute of Technology (now the University of South Australia) as a careers counsellor. In 2006, he transferred to the University of Adelaide to work in the area of academic quality assurance.

Over the years, Stephen has remained an active member of the reserves and returned to fulltime service for twelve months in 2004 as the Military Support Officer (Navy) in the Defence Community Organisation, Darwin.

Stephen is married to a former RAAF nurse and Vietnam veteran, has one daughter and two grandchildren. He has a strong interest in history and has authored Colonial Gunboat – the story of HMCS Protector and the South Australian Naval Brigade.