New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today announced Mr Ken Corke would take up the role of Director, Office of Australian War Graves on 18 January 2016.
Mr Robert congratulated Mr Corke on the appointment and said his long and varied career in the public and private sectors, as well as in the military, would prove invaluable in his new role.

“Mr Corke served in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps for 23 years, reaching the rank of Colonel before transferring to the Army Reserve in 1999,” Mr Robert said.

“In the eight years following, he held a range of consulting and management roles in an information technology and management consulting firm, and gained considerable experience in managing complex ICT and construction projects.

“Most recently, Mr Corke worked in the Attorney-General’s portfolio, where he was the Project Director for the construction of the Ben Chifley Building in Canberra, for which he was awarded an Australia Day Medallion in 2015.

“Mr Corke has a wealth of experience, including in public sector procurement. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. I look forward to working with him.” Mr Robert thanked the outgoing Director, Brigadier Chris Appleton CSC (Ret’d), for his work over the past five years.

“Brigadier Appleton has done an outstanding job during his tenure with the Office of Australian War Graves, especially during the lead up to, and beginning of, the Anzac Centenary commemorative period,” Mr Robert said.

“His achievements include delivering upgrades at a significant number of Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites, leading the development of the business case for the Sir John Monash Centre and playing a major role in initiating Operation Reunite, the repatriation of Australian war dead from Malaysia and Singapore.”

Mr Robert also praised the outgoing Director for his role in overseeing the development of the Australian Remembrance Trail in France and Belgium, delivering the Honouring Our War Dead Program, and introducing the Graves of the Bravest Program, which provides for the perpetual maintenance of the graves of Victoria Cross, George Cross and Cross of Valour recipients.

“On behalf of the Australian Government and the ex-service community, I sincerely thank Brigadier Appleton and wish him all the best for his future.”

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