Upcoming events

    • 10 May 2024
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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    Air Chief Marshal The Lord Peach GBE KCB DL

    Prime Minister's Special Envoy to the Western Balkans

    Lord Peach was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the Western Balkans in December 2021. Previously Lord Peach was the 32nd Chairman of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); the most senior and longest standing military structure in the Alliance.

    Air Chief Marshal Peach was NATO’s most senior military officer and the Military Adviser to the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council. In addition, he was the UK’s most senior serving officer.

    He was educated in the West Midlands, attended the University of Sheffield (BA), University of Cambridge (MPhil in International Law and International Relations), RAF Staff College and the Joint Services Command and Staff College (HCSC). He holds 4 honorary Doctorates from UK Universities: Hull, Kingston, Sheffield and Loughborough, in Technology and Letters (DTech, DLitt).

    Commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1974, Lord Peach qualified as a nuclear, weapons and electronic warfare instructor.

    Operational service includes Belize, Hong Kong and Germany in the 1980s. After several staff tours he was Air Commander (Forward) in headquarters for the Kosovo Force (KFOR) (NATO) in Kosovo and was Deputy Senior British Military Adviser in US HQ Central Command 2001 to 2002.

    Lord Peach was Director General Intelligence Collection in the Ministry of Defence 2003 to 2006 and Chief of Defence Intelligence and Deputy Chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee 2006 to 2009, where he held the UK seat at the NATO Intelligence Board. He held the appointment of Chief of Joint Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) from March 2009 to December 2011, commanding all UK Force Elements in support of NATO operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

    He was then the first Commander of the UK Joint Forces Command from December 2011 to April 2013. He was Vice Chief of the Defence Staff from May 2013 to May 2016 and was responsible for all UK military personnel in NATO. He was Chief of the Defence Staff from July 2016 to June 2018 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Military Committee of NATO in June 2018, his fourth four-star appointment.

    Lord Peach is a Fellow of the Royal College of Defence Studies, an Honorary Fellow of the Downing College Cambridge and Royal Institute of Navigation. He was knighted by HM The Queen (KCB) in 2009, and became a Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE) in 2016. He became a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords in November 2022.

    Lord Peach is married with 2 children.

    • 23 May 2024
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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    Contemporary Aircrew Training:
    How are we scaling up aircrew training to meet the strategic need?

    GPCAPT Brett Williams 
    Officer Commanding Air Academy, RAAF Base Williams 

    Group Captain Williams initially joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a Navigator in 1996 where he spent the majority of his time flying the P3K Orion. In 2007, Williams transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force where he has undertaken numerous command and staff appointments. As a select instructor with over 5000 hours on various platform types, Williams now commands the Air Academy.

    • 29 Aug 2024
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Our speaker will be announced soon.

    • 26 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, ACT

    Williams Foundation Conference: 
    Topic to be advised soon

      • 30 Oct 2024
      • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      • TBA

      Financial members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation.


      • Chair's Opening Remarks, apologies and proxies
      • Draft Minutes of the 2023 AGM
      • Business Arising
      • Chair's Report
      • Election of Board Members
      • Strategic Outlook 2024-26
      • 2023-2024 Treasurer's and Annual Reports
      • Appointment of Auditor
      • Next AGM
      Inquiries: catherine.scott@williamsfoundation.org.au

          • 21 Nov 2024
          • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

          Our speaker will be announced soon.

        Past events

        11 Apr 2024 Conference: The Multi-domain Requirements of an Australian Maritime Strategy
        22 Feb 2024 Williams Foundation Errol McCormack Lunch with AIRMSHL Leon Phillips OAM
        30 Nov 2023 Errol McCormack Lunch with The Hon Kim Beazley AC
        25 Oct 2023 2023 Annual General Meeting
        27 Sep 2023 Conference: The Enterprise Requirements of an Australian Multi-Domain Strike Capability
        31 Aug 2023 Errol McCormack Lunch with Chris Deeble AO, CSC
        13 Jun 2023 Errol McCormack Lunch - Tom Hamilton, DEPSEC Defence Strategic Review Implementation
        30 Mar 2023 Conference: Sharpening the Edge of Australia’s National Deterrence Capability
        23 Feb 2023 Errol McCormack Lunch: MAJGEN Mick Ryan, AM (Ret'd)
        14 Feb 2023 Errol McCormack Lunch: Thomas Jones, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems
        28 Nov 2022 Errol McCormack Lunch: National Security at Faster than 5x the Speed of Sound - Steve Walker, Lockheed Martin
        09 Nov 2022 Williams Lunch: Timely Perspectives on Indo-Pacific Security, ADM Phil Davidson, USN (ret.)
        26 Oct 2022 2022 Annual General Meeting
        28 Sep 2022 Conference: Enhancing the Lethality and Survivability of the Integrated Force
        31 Aug 2022 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: Dr Miles Apperley, ANSTO
        01 Jun 2022 Errol McCormack Members Lunch: The Contribution of F-35A to Australian Air Combat Power
        24 Mar 2022 Conference: Accelerating the Transition to a Networked, Integrated Force
        02 Mar 2022 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: CDRE Andrew Quinn RAN
        01 Dec 2021 Conference: The Requirements of a Sovereign Defence Space Capability
        23 Nov 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The ADF’s Strategy - Where is the force going? Where are the gaps? What are the priorities? AVM Steven ‘Zed’ Roberton, DSC, AM
        18 Nov 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The ADF’s Strategy - Where is the force going? Where are the gaps? What are the priorities? AVM Steven ‘Zed’ Roberton, DSC, AM
        05 Oct 2021 Annual General Meeting
        19 May 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: Lessons for Australia’s FADT policy from COVID with Senator the Hon. David Fawcett
        08 Apr 2021 Conference: Next Generation Autonomous Systems
        25 Feb 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The Australian Defence Force’s Current Operational Commitments - LTGEN Greg Bilton AO, CSC
        01 Dec 2020 Errol McCormack Members' Lunch with AIRCDRE Chris Westwood (Ret'd): Characterising the 5th Gen Air Battle Space
        28 Oct 2020 Annual General Meeting
        20 May 2020 Errol McCormack Lunch Series
        26 Feb 2020 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC
        12 Nov 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Advanced Attack Helicopters in the Amphibious Role with LtGen George J. Trautman
        24 Oct 2019 Seminar: The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre
        22 Oct 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
        07 Aug 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Coalition Warfighting and Pacific AOR Interoperability with LTG Michael Oates (Ret'd)
        16 Jul 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Royal Australian Navy: Future vision and Headmark 2022 with VADM Michael Noonan AO RAN, Chief of Navy
        07 May 2019 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: Modernising the ADF in a time of Accelerated Warfare - Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC
        11 Apr 2019 Seminar: Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance
        12 Feb 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: 5th Generation Workforce with AIRCDRE Geoffrey Harland AM, CSC, DSM
        13 Nov 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Experiences of an Australian CAOC Director during Operation Okra with Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, AM, DSM
        30 Oct 2018 2018 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2018 Seminar: The Imperative for an Independent Deterrent: A Joint Strike Seminar
        07 Aug 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Australian Defence Industry Small, Medium Enterprises; Plan Jericho Innovation and Opportunity
        08 May 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi, AM: Air Warfare Centre — Jericho in Action
        22 Mar 2018 Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare
        13 Feb 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air C2: Lessons from OKRA - Air Commodore Robert Chipman, CSC
        31 Oct 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2017 Seminar: A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare In Australia
        02 Aug 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Joint Integration: A Practioner's Perspective - VADM David Johnston AM, RAN
        19 Jul 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Lunch with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC Chief of the Defence Force
        20 Jun 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: A Learning Curve for the Swiss Air Force
        11 Apr 2017 Williams Foundation Seminar: Air / Sea / Land: Integrated Force 2030
        15 Feb 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC
        25 Oct 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting
        04 Oct 2016 Williams Foundation Lunch: Connecting the ADF: Challenge or Opportunity? Three decades of insights and lessons learned
        13 Sep 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Jericho - an Update'
        23 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Where to with CASG' with Kim Gillis
        10 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Sea
        17 Mar 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Land
        23 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Dinner with Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, United States Air Force
        16 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC - RAAF Air Mobility
        08 Sep 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: RADM Tony Dalton Romeo Introduction into Service
        06 Aug 2015 RAAF Plan Jericho Half Day Public Seminar
        10 Jun 2015 Williams Foundation Dinner with Chief of Air Force
        03 Jun 2015 LVC Seminar
        17 Apr 2015 Symposium: Integrating Innovative Airpower
        15 Apr 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: AIRCDRE Steve "Zed" Roberton AM
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