Ms Rhondda Vanzella OAM and Mr Glenn Keys AO have joined the Council of the Australian War Memorial, filling the vacant positions previously held by Ms Gwen Cherne and Ms Margaret Jackson AC.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Ms Vanzella and Mr Keys, who is a veteran, would bring important skills, perspectives and dedication to the Council as it progresses the Australian War Memorial development project.

“Rhondda is the National President of Australian War Widows Incorporated and has been a member of Australian War Widows NSW since 2014 and has served as its State President and Chair since 2016,” Mr Chester said.

“She has dedicated her career to mentoring and working with communities at a local, rural regional and national level on a range of issues and successful community projects, including walking the Kokoda Track to assist with building and opening of memorials; helping lead the re-enactment of the Kangaroo March from Wagga Wagga to Sydney in 2015; and co-founding the Ozy Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service (Ozy).”

Mr Glenn Keys AO is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Director of Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions.

“As a philanthropist and advocate of business having a social purpose, Glenn is passionate about improving the lives of people with disability, through a range of roles across the healthcare, disability, not-for-profit, and business sectors,” Mr Chester said.

“He has a passion for supporting the ex-service community and was part of the team instrumental in bringing the Invictus Games to Australia. He became Director of the Australian Invictus Games in 2018 and is a board member of Veteran Sport Australia.

“I would like to thank Gwen and Margaret for their enthusiasm and dedication to preserving and sharing Australia’s military history, and I look forward to working with Rhondda, Glenn and the rest of the Council to continue to tell the stories of our nation’s military service and honour those who have served and continue to serve.”