Revolving Doors

Peter Leahy

Peter Leahy

Australian Defence Force | Military | Revolving Doors

Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy retired from the Australian army in July 2008 having concluded his 37 year military career with six years as Chief of Army. Within a year he was on the boards of Codan and Electro Optic Systems (EOS). More recently, EOS has been exporting its weapon systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates while the Yemen war has raged despite multiple reports of war crimes by these countries and a situation in Yemen which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

Current Positions

Professor and foundation director, National Security Institute, University of Canberra (7.10.08present^)
^ Website accessed 05.07.22

Member, Advisory Board, WarpForge Limited ([??]–present^)
Director, Citadel Group (28.6.14*–present^; including as Chair from 12.11.19)
Director, Electro Optic Systems (4.5.09*–present^)
Director, Codan Limited (19.9.08*–present^)

* ASIC records (accessed 6.7.20)
^ Website accessed 05.07.22

Director, Australian Student Veterans Association (18.3.19*–present^)
Chair, Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee (ACT) ([??]–present^)
Chair, Soldier On ([??]–present^)
Director, Australia Defence Association (1.12.12*–present^)
Member, Advisory Council, China Matters ([??]–present^)

* ASIC records (accessed 6.7.20)
^ Website accessed 05.07.22

Previous Positions

Chief Strategic Defence adviser, Queensland Government (July 2018–[no longer in role])^
Chair, Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games) (22.4.16*–[no longer in role^])
Member, Defence First Principles Review team (8.9.14–31.3.15)
Director, Institute for Strategic Analysis Pty Ltd (8.12.09–1.12.15)*
Member, Defence SA Advisory Board (21.10.0821.11.17)^

* ASIC record (accessed 6.7.20)
^Website accessed 05.07.22

Australian army (1971–July 2008), including:

  • Chief of Army (June 2002–July 2008)
  • Deputy Chief of Army (May 2000–June 2002)

Director, The Prince’s Trust Australia Limited (16.7.14~ –1.8.18^)
Director, Institute for Regional Security Limited (formerly, The Kokoda Foundation^) (27.11.08–25.11.14)*

~ Date confirmed by The Prince’s Trust
* ASIC record (accessed 6.7.20)
^Website accessed 05.07.22

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James is studying a bachelor of Communication (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. He is a producer at 2SER radio and contributor at UTS’s Central News.

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