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Simon Lewis PSM, President

Mr Lewis was appointed Secretary of DVA, President of the Repatriation Commission and Chair of the MRCC on 11 July 2013.

Mr Lewis's career in the Australian Public Service began when he joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1976. He has held positions in the Department of Defence's logistics organisation, the Department of Finance and the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Before moving to DVA, Mr Lewis served as Associate Secretary in the Department of Defence.

Mr Lewis has tertiary qualifications in economics, public administration and computing studies. He completed Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 2007.

Craig Orme DSC AM CSC, Deputy President

Mr Orme commenced a five-year term as Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission on 2 February 2015 and is a member of the MRCC. Prior to joining the Repatriation Commission, Mr Orme served in the ADF for 37 years, most recently as the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF 633) in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Previously, he was a Commissioner on the MRCC, a Deputy Commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, and the Defence representative on the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Review.

Other senior appointments in Defence have included Head of People Capability, Commander of the Australian Defence College, Director General of Personnel—Army, and Commander of the 1st Brigade. He has masters degrees from the University of New South Wales and Deakin University.

Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC, Commissioner

Major General Kelly began his initial five-year appointment to the Repatriation Commission and the MRCC on 1 July 2010. He was reappointed for a further two years on 1 July 2015, and was reappointed for a further two years on 1 July 2017.

In an Army career spanning more than 35 years, he served in a number of senior command appointments, including as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment; Commander 3rd Brigade; Commander 1st Division; Land Commander Australia; and CJTF 633.

Major General Kelly's operational experience includes service with the Commonwealth Monitoring Force in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia (1979–80), service as Chief of Staff of the International Force in East Timor (1999–2000), service with US CENTCOM in the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa and Iraq (2003–04) and service as CJTF 633, commanding all ADF elements in the Middle East Area of Operations, Iraq and Afghanistan (2009–10).

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