The Committee of the Naval Officers Club 2016-17
From commencing as a 15 year old RANC entrant in 1960 to a final posting as Fleet CSO(Operations) in 1986-87. Rick followed a passage well-trodden by his seaman and navigation specialist predecessors. Billet postings included, PARRAMATTA, HMS DANAE, WATSON, VAMPIRE (X2), DUCHESS, SUPPLY, MELBOURNE and DARWIN. Highlights included two years exchange with RN following N long course on DANAE with a year home-ported in Hong Kong, navigating MELBOURNE to UK for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and commissioning CO of DARWIN in USA. Major success was avoiding postings to Canberra other than for Joint Service Staff College.
Leaving the RAN as a Captain, Rick turned his attention to the corporate world, in which he applied many of the leadership lessons hard won in his naval career. After a fascinating four year “conversion course” with Chase Manhattan Bank he was party to the start-up of Optus Communications, Optus Vision and, finally, NBN Co to round out a second career in telecommunications. As a semi-retiree, he continues to be active as a strategic and change management consultant through his company, Compass Destiny.
John was born in Dubbo and joined the RANC in 1953. He trained in HMAS Swan, BRNC Dartmouth, HMS Vigilant, HMAS Melbourne and RNEC Manadon, specialising in marine engineering. He served in HMAS Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hobart. He saw active service in Vietnam and was MEO of Hobart. Service ashore included appointments to Garden Island Dockyard and HMAS Cerberus.
In 1972 he resigned to join civilian industry in steel container manufacturing, mechanised warehousing and energy management. In 1980 he was appointed as MEO of Sydney Port Division, RANR, and completed his jssc in 1987. After two years full time service in Naval Support Command he managed the ship repair program until retirement in 1999. He has lived in Westleigh since 1972 and has maintained a close interest in Scouting and Rotary for ten years.
David joined RANC in 1957 followed by BRNC Dartmouth and RNEC Manadon. Sea postings included training for engineering watchkeeping certificates in the first commission of VENDETTA, watchkeeper in MELBOURNE, DMEO of HOBART during Vietnam service, MEO of QUEENBOROUGH, DMEO of MELBOURNE and MEO of TORRENS and PERTH. Shore postings have included training staff at NIRMIBA, Directorate of Training, in Navy Office, Senior Project Planner at Garden Island, Naval Engineer Overseer at Cammel Lairds, Birkenhead, Navy Office technical postings, and Commanding Officer of NIRIMBA. Final postings were in the Naval support Command during the devolution of technical support responsibilities from Navy Office to Sydney.
Since leaving the Navy in 1992 he first worked with ADI and now runs a small business supporting the sales and repair of electric golf buggies. David is presently the Secretary of the Naval Historical Society.
Jim Warren was born in Fiji, in 1941, and educated in New Zealand. In 1960 he joined the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse, and in the same year enlisted with the Auckland Division of the RNZNVR. He was commissioned in 1964 and in 1965 took a break from his chosen career as an accountant and signed on for a short term commission with the RNZN. He soon found himself appointed gunnery officer on HMNZS Hickleton, a Minesweeper deployed in Malaysian waters during Konfrontasi, or Confrontation as it became more widely known.
At the end of his regular service commission, Jim returned, in 1966, to his civilian employment with Price Waterhouse, finishing up living and working in four countries (New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and China) and undertaking assignments in more than twenty others. During his time in Papua New Guinea he was the honorary naval liaison officer for the port of Lae for a couple of years in the early 1970’s.
He retired (out of China) from Price Waterhouse, or PricewaterhouseCoopers as it had become, in 2002, following a career spanning 42 years, 25 of which were as a partner, and returned to live in Sydney after an absence of 25 years. At the time of his retirement he was the longest serving person in the world. He currently serves on a number of boards and maintains an interest in matters naval through his membership of the Naval Officers Club. In 2008 he authored the book “Konfrontasi – reminiscences of a Rocky” detailing his experiences during Confrontation.
Simon retired from the Royal Australian Navy in late 2014, following a 38 year career. His career highlights included command at sea and ashore, extensive operational service and appointments to key senior military positions in the United States.
Simon is now pursuing a portfolio of new challenges, ranging from consulting to working in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. He resides in Canberra.