Trustees

Graham John Kells

Graham was educated at Manly Boys High School and after being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1964 attended the University of NSW where he later achieved a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics. In 1969, he graduated from he Royal Military College Duntroon with a Diploma of Military Studies (Merit) and was posted as an infantry platoon commander to the 3rd battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR).

Whilst on active service in Vietnam in 1971, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and skill after a 9 hour battle against a numerically superior North Vietnamese regular force unit entrenched in a heavily fortified bunker system. He subsequently served as a Company Commander in the 2nd /4th battalion RAR in which he deployed his company group to defend the Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia in 1978. He is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College and has served with British forces in Germany and Oman. Between 1984 and 1986 he commanded the Army’s Logistic Support Group and was the senior staff operations officer of the field army in 1987 before leaving the Army for a career in financial services.

Between 1988 and 1993 he was a Senior Manager with ANZ Funds Management and between 1994 and 1997 a Chief Manager with CBA Financial Services. In 1998, he became the NSW Manager of SMA Consultants, consulting actuaries, specializing in accounting, actuarial and superannuation services. Graham was the Treasurer of and Advisor to RSL LifeCare between 2001 and 2017 where he oversaw growth of the organization from two locations with assets of $65 million to 34 locations in NSW and the ACT with assets of $1.4 billion.

Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Insurance Institute, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He was the Vice President of the Mosman RSL Sub branch between 1991 and 2014 during which time the membership nearly trebled in the 1990’s. He was on the Board of the Army’s NSW Holiday Centres and The Board of the Manly Golf Club in the 1990’s including President of it’s Ex – Service Section for 15 years. Between 2009 and 2016 he was also on the Investor Committee of a billion dollar first mortgage fund. He has been a Trustee of the Mosman Anzac Memorial Hall Trust since 1994 providing welfare benefits to the Ex Service community of Mosman.

Graham has spent all his adult life involved with returned servicemen and women believing they are the most deserving but also the most neglected sector of the community. He believes they deserve to be respected, heard and cared for in their last years for the service and sacrifice they have given their country. Married to Christine, they have three children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys travel, watching rugby, AFL, cricket and golf.

Craig Charles Delaney

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.

Lieutenant Colonel John Philip Lo Schiavo

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.