National Committee

The Committee of the Naval Officers Club 2016-17

National President

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Rick Bayley

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.

National Vice President


Simon Cullen

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.


Hon. Secretary

King Perry


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King joined the RANC in 1960 a a normal entry Cadet Midshipman, and graduated in July 1963.  After further general training, he specialised as a Supply & Secretariat Officer. He served as such in HMAS SYDNEY, HMAS MELBOURNE and HMAS YARRA, and on the Naval Attache’s staff in Washington DC. During his service he studied law and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1977.  Thereafter he served in legal billets in Canberra and Sydney before he left the Permanent Naval Forces in 1980 to practice law as a barrister and a solicitor in Sydney.  He continued naval service as a member of the Reserve Legal Panel.  He retired in 2013, and now practises his golf, and he paints, travels and writes. King serves on a number of committees, including that of the Naval Historical Society of Australia.





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 SydneyMelbournePerth 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.

Membership Secretary

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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.


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John Hazell was born in Maitland NSW in 1943 and educated in Maitland and Newcastle before joining the RANC at Jervis Bay as a 1959 normal entry Cadet Midshipman. Trained as a Seaman Officer, he specialised in Gunnery and was the Gunnery Officer of HMAS Perth from 1971 to 1973 and then the RAN Surface Weapons Trials Officer at RANTAU until his resignation from the RAN in November 1974.
John pursued a second career in Industry and went on to hold senior executive appointments with The Plessey Company and the Krupp group in Australia, and later from 1999, in Europe with ATLAS Elektronik. He retired in 2008, and returned to live in Sydney.
He previously served as a committee member of the Naval Officers Club from 1994 to 1998.





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.


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Geoff was born in Adelaide SA, educated in Warwick, Qld and joined RANC as a 1961 Normal Entry, graduating in 1964. He served in HMAS VENDETTA during Confrontation before continuing training at BRNC. After SBLT courses where he qualified as a Supply Officer, he served in the Fleet Staff and was onboard MELBOURNE when she collided with USS Frank E Evans. He served in HMAS BRISBANE during the second deployment to Vietnam and subsequently as Supply Officer of HMA Ships PARRAMATTA and TORRENS.
He spent 3 great years on exchange with the USN before promotion to Commander and postings as Secretary to the Naval Support Commander and Supply Officer HMAS ALBATROSS. He attended jssc in 1985. As a Captain he was CSO(Sup) in Fleet Staff, Superintendent of Ship Logistics in Naval Support Command and Commanding Officer of HMA Ships NIRIMBA and ALBATROSS from whence he retired in 2000.
Subsequently he has concentrated on golf, skiing and Rotary to keep himself off the streets.




John Hodges

John joined the RANC from Newcastle, NSW in January 1968. After his obligatory time in the Surface fleet he joined the RAN Submarine Squadron in October 1973. He subsequently served in ONSLOW, as Navigation Officer of OTWAY, Sonar Officer of OXLEY and ORION and as Executive Officer of ORION and OTWAY. He was awarded the Australian Service Medal with Special Operations clasp during his service in ORION. John successfully completed Perisher in 1982 and commanded OTWAY and OVENS. Whilst CO of OVENS, the submarine successfully fired the first Sub-Harpoon anti-ship missile from a non-nuclear powered submarine at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

John resigned as a Commander in January 1989 and after several operational management positions in the private sector was appointed as the RSL’s National Veterans’ Affairs Advisor in September 2006. John retired in March 2017.