Paul Landford is the Commander Combined Task Force 635 (CCTF635) in support of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) from August 2010. His previous appointment was from January 2008 as Commanding Officer (CO) 23rd Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery. In his civilian career he is an Executive Level Officer in the Department of Health and Ageing where he is a Human Resource practitioner managing national learning and development. He was presented a Department of Health and Ageing certificate for his involvement in the H1N1 Pandemic (2009) Emergency Response Team which received a 2010 Departmental Australia Day Award.
Paul joined the Australian Army at the completion of his secondary schooling in Canberra entering Officer Cadet School Portsea. His military career has spanned the Regular and Reserve Army across the fields of operations, training, personnel, logistics and policy. His early years in the Army were focused within Field and Locating Artillery, including Quartermaster and 2IC roles and appointments at the School of Artillery and Directorate of Artillery. Throughout this time he also represented Army at inter-service sports.
His non-corps postings have been Land Headquarters, full-time study at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Army Command and Staff College, Headquarters Royal Military College of Australia and Army Headquarters. He was Secretary/Treasurer of the Army Officer’s Golf Club NSW, was part of the inaugural EX TANDEM THRUST planning in Hawaii, Acting Chief of Staff at HQ RMC-A and seconded for 6 months duty on an ADFA Review Team.
Paul was posted to Timor Leste as a Military Liaison Officer in 2001 to 2002. In the second half of this deployment he was selected to be Assistant (and Acting) Chief of Operations at Headquarters United Nations Military Observer Group.
His transfer to the Active Reserve, from 2003, has included appointments at the Directorate of Reserve Career Management in Army Headquarters, Headquarters Royal Military College of Australia with a 12 month project on Continuous Full Time Service (CFTS), CO 23rd Field Regiment and CCTF635 with RAMSI. He has received two Training Commander Commendations, the first while in the Regular Army and the second while in the Army Reserve.
He is a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award recipient and was fortunate to have it presented, in person, by Prince Philip. Among his qualifications he holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies from the University of New England, a Graduate Diploma of Defence Studies from Deakin University and a Masters in Management Studies from the University of NSW.
Paul and his wife Terri have three children: Kate, Hannah and Ellie. His leisure interests include travel, ACT Rowing Boat Race Official, cycling, badminton, golf, taking his boat out on the lake, charity events, walking his dog and supporting his children in their many activities.