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Rizzo Review


Paul J Rizzo

Paul J Rizzo B.Com, MBA is a Non Executive Director of National Australia Bank and Chair of the Defence Audit and Risk Committee.

Paul served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bluescope Steel Ltd from 2002 to 2008 and was Dean, Professorial Fellow and Director of Melbourne Business School from 2000 to 2004. He was Group Managing Director of Finance and Administration of Telstra Corporation Limited from 1993 to 2000. Paul held a range of senior executive positions at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited for 24 years from 1966 to 1990.

He has extensive experience as a senior executive, working for over 36 years in general management, finance and banking including as Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Air Vice Marshal Neil Smith AM MBE (ret)

AVM Neil Smith joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1961. He completed an aeronautical engineering degree at Sydney University in 1966 and he flew Sabre and Mirage aircraft before settling down to an engineering career. He also served three years in personnel management, commanded RAAF Base Pearce in WA, and a year at the National Defence College of India.

In 1998 he was appointed Support Commander Air Force, responsible for the engineering and logistics support for all Australian Defence Force aircraft.

After retirement from the RAAF in 2001, AVM Smith held an executive position in Defence Housing Australia and was on the Board of the Civil Aviation Airworthiness Authority until 2003. He currently manages his own consulting company.

Rear Admiral Brian Adams AO, RAN (rtd)

In his naval career Brian Adams specialised in joint and amphibious warfare. He commanded the heavy landing craft HMAS TARAKAN and the amphibious heavy lift ship HMAS TOBRUK and trained and served with United Kingdom and United States naval and marine forces. He was Deputy Chief of Navy from 2000 to 2002 and Head of the Defence Personnel Executive from 2002 to 2005. He holds degree in arts and business administration. Since retiring from the Navy in 2005 he has worked in Australian defence industry and as a consultant on defence and government matters.


Lee Walton B.Sc (Hons) C.Eng

Lee Walton is a senior executive in the Department of Defence with a strong background in project management and process engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Lee has experience working in both public and private sector organisations and has held several management positions within the Department of Defence over the past 11-years. He recently worked on the Review of ADF Clothing and Personal Equipment. Before emigrating from the UK to Australia in 2000 Lee worked in a range of public and private sector organisations for 17 years.