Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience
Alison Creagh is a Member of the Australian War Memorial Council, a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation and The Repat Foundation and a Committee Member of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project.
Alison was the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience from 2015 to 2016. This unique joint venture between the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra is the national flagship community event of Australia's Centenary of Anzac program and tells the story of Australia's involvement in the First World War and the ensuing century of service of Australia's Armed Forces.
Alison was educated at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and attended the Australian National University prior to joining the Australian Regular Army graduating to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in 1985.
During her 30 year career in the Army Alison held numerous appointments from Lieutenant to Brigadier in a range of roles including operations, capability development, acquisition, personnel management, public affairs and strategic communication. She commanded the Defence Force School of Signals, responsible for delivering Information and Communication Technology training to the Australian Defence Force, and the independent 145th Signal Squadron. As Director-General Australian Defence Force Theatre Project she worked with the Sydney Theatre Company to present the play The Long Way Home which provided a recovery opportunity for wounded and injured soldiers from the Australian Defence Force.
Alison has significant operational experience having served overseas in Cambodia in support of the United Nations, as part of the International Assistance Force in East Timor, Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan with Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (HQ ISAF). She has also supported the Sydney 2000 Olympics and a number of disaster relief and border protection operations in Australia.
Alison was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994 for her work as the Logistics Officer of the Force Communications Unit in Cambodia, was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2009 for her work as the Chief of Personnel, HQ ISAF, and a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation in 2014 for her work as Director-General Australian Defence Force Theatre Project .
Alison holds a Master in Management Studies (Project Management), a Master in Defence Studies, both from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and a Graduate Diploma of Communications and Information Systems. She attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2009 where she completed a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Studies. Alison was awarded a CEW/WLIA scholarship in 2014 to attend the Harvard Business School's Women in Leadership Forum.