John grew up on the Sydney Northern beaches, with his father working in Mosman during his childhood. Some of his earliest childhood memories are in the park at Chowder Bay. He entered the Royal Military College in 1991 graduating in December 1992. John was allocated to the Royal Australian Artillery and held regimental postings as a Lieutenant and Captain in 1st Field Regiment and 8th/12th Medium Regiment.
John was deployed to East Timor as an Operations Captain with Headquarters 3rd Brigade in 1999. John completed his Law degree through the University of Queensland during his time in the regular Army. John returned to live in Mosman in December 2002. In January 2006 John transferred to the active Army Reserve. Since transferring to the active Army Reserve, John has held Sqadron command and twice deployed to the Middle East as a Legal Officer.
Since leaving the regular Army, John has been employed as a Barrister, where is practice is predominately Criminal Law, Family Law and Family Provision cases. John’s experience as both an Army Officer and Barrister have exposed him to the concerns facing veterans and drives his continued support of veterans’ issues.
Craig “Dallas” Delaney retired from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in January 2018 after three decades of service. He graduated from the Royal Military College , Duntroon, to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport in December,1988 and progressed throughout his career to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Throughout his military carrer he enjoyed a number of training, regimental and operational postings and deployments. These have included support to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and time in East Timor, Solomon Islands , Iraq, North and South Sudan. After the terrorist events of September 11, 2001 he was posted to United States Central Command in Tampa, Florida as the ADF’s liaison officer for the Global War on Terrorism. In 2011 he was awarded a “Gold Commendation” by the Chief of Joint Operations for his leadership as the Commander Australian Contingent 13 to Sudan and for resolving the logistic challenges faced by the United Nations Mission in Sudan. During this time he moved the mission from North to South Sudan (7,000 personnel and 30,000 tons of cargo).
His most enjoyable posting was working at the Embassy in Washington D.C. for three years, where he was a liaison officer at the White House and the Pentagon. His most challenging posting as an Army member was being posted to the Navy for two years as the Officer Commanding the Ship’s Army Department on HMAS MANOORA. It was during this time he found the delights of living in the Mosman area; he and his wife lived in military housing in Markham Close. When it came time to move, they decided to purchase a home in Mosman. Since returning to the Sydney area in 2009, the family has lived in Mosman. Craig feels qualified to say, having worked all over Australia and in almost 20 countries, that Mosman is the greatest place to enjoy family life.
Craig was the guest speaker at the Mosman Anzac Day Dawn Service in 2014, guest speaker at SCEGGS Redlands Anzac Day Service in 2018 and the Mosman High School Anzac Day Service in 2019. He has also addressed SCEGGS Redlands Senior Student Leadership Group regarding leadership in the ADF and spoken to year groups about his service with the United Nations. Craig is well connected within the veteran community and manages the Veterans Employment Progamme for the NSW Government. He is a member of the Returned and Services League of Australia and regularly attends Mosman Sub branch meetings. Feeling a need to further serve the local community he volunteered to join the Mosman Anzac Memorial Hall Trust in 2020. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Craig is married to Linda, and they have two children. He is young at heart and wants to grow old gracefully, enjoying the opportunities Mosman has to offer.
Alan Toner has served in the Australian army and has operational experience on deployments to Nauru (2001), East Timor (2002) as well as Iraq (2003). Since leaving the army in 2006, Alan has worked as a commercial boat captain in adventure tourism throughout Australia and in particular, here in Sydney and the surrounding coastline.
Furthermore, Alan is a secondary teacher and after completing his qualification with Macquarie University in 2015, he gained a permanent teaching role at Mosman High School in 2016 as a targeted graduate. In his role as a geography teacher at Mosman High, he volunteered his time outside of teaching to plan, conduct and report on outdoor adventures for students as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader. Additionally, Alan co-ordinated the Mosman High School’s Environment Group and partnered with NSW Parks, Taronga Zoo and Mosman community groups to incorporate land regeneration as well as beach conservation projects within Mosman.
In 2022, Alan left teaching and returned to tourism as the founder of EcoWalks Tours in Sydney Harbour National Park and co-ordinates a Youth Bush School in Mosman. In addition to Alan’s contribution to enhancing Mosman’s bushland and beaches, he volunteers as the Mosman RSL sub-Branch president where he is responsible for facilitating commemorative events such as the ANZAC Day Dawn Service as well as wellbeing activities for veterans. In 2022, he was appointed as a trustee for the Mosman ANZAC Memorial Hall Trust and in his capacity as a trustee, he endeavours to assist veterans and their families with accessing adequate financial support to improve the lives of veterans.