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Donald Robertson, Treasurer

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Service: Australian Army
Category: Civil Engineer Officer, Royal Australian Engineers
Location: Sydney, NSW

Upon appointment to the Australian Army in January 2007, Captain Donald Robertson studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). In 2010, he undertook the General Service Officer First Appointment Course at the Royal Military College – Duntroon. He commissioned in December 2010 and returned to ADFA to complete his engineering degree in 2011, where he graduated with honours. In 2012, Donald undertook the Royal Australian Engineers Regimental Officers Basic Course, graduating as the Student of Merit. Subsequent postings included the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, a 12-month secondment to John Holland, 19th Chief Engineer Works, the School of Military Engineering (SME) and Headquarters 6th Brigade.

Donald’s operational history includes Operation PARAPET as a search advisor, and Operation ACCORDION/HIGHROAD as the Project Engineer – Afghanistan. On deployment, he managed a project portfolio of $28.8 million and was awarded an ADF Silver Commendation. Donald has a Master of Project Management and is awaiting his final interview for Chartered Professional Engineer status with the Institute of Engineers Australia. 

He is a keen adventurer, having completed the Unit Adventure Training Leader courses in roping, climbing and caving. He enjoys undertaking such activities in his personal time, particularly in the canyons of the Blue Mountains and in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. He is also a keen long-boarder and skier. Don’s long term career aspirations would see him appointed as the Commanding Officer and Chief Engineer of the 19th Chief Engineer Works.

Don became open about his sexuality in 2016 while posted to 19th Chief Engineer Works in Sydney. As a result, he felt that he came across as a more authentic person, which enhanced his professional relationships with his subordinates, peers and superiors. He found that his leadership effectiveness and overall work performance greatly improved as a result of coming out.  

Don was appointed to the DEFGLIS Board of Directors as the Treasurer in January 2019.

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