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The 2018 AAFCANS Board. From left to right BRIG Todd Ashurst, Ms Jane Onley (Company Secretary),
Mr Glenn Kirk, Ms Leonie Taylor (Chair), Stewart McGrow (Managing Director), Ms Linda Heron and AIRCDRE Ian Pearson.


The AAFCANS Board is committed to best practice standards of corporate governance, which underpin how AAFCANS conducts its business.

Corporate Governance Statement
The overriding objective of the directors is to increase stakeholder value within an appropriate framework, protect the rights and interests of stakeholders while ensuring that the Army and Air Force Canteen Service is properly managed.

Meet the Board of Directors

The directors are committed to the principles underpinning better practice in corporate governance, applied in a manner that is best suited to the business and to best address the director's accountability to stakeholders. This is supported by an organisation-wide commitment to high standards of legislative compliance, and financial and ethical behaviour.

Ms Leonie Taylor FCA FAICD - Chair
Non Executive Director

Ministerial Appointment, 1st October 2015.

Leonie has served on various Boards since 1993. She retired as a Partner from the Chartered Accountants group, Bentleys (Qld) as at 30 June 2018. Leonie undertakes the role of the independent finance professional on the Audit and risk committees of two industry superannuation funds and a private capital group. Leonie was a director and subsequently the Chair of North Qld Bulk Ports from 1993 to 2012. Leonie is a Chartered Accountant and brings with her extensive professional experience in corporate strategic planning, business advising and governance.

Other Appointments
Independent member audit committee, BUSS(Q)
Independent member audit committee, Club Super
Independent member audit committee, Gardior Pty Ltd

Special Duties (AAFCANS)
Chair of the Governance & Risk Committee
Member of the People & Culture Committee

Air Commodore Ian Pearson MAICD - Non Executive Director
Chief of Air Force Appointment, 1st July 2010

Ian, as a military representative, advises AAFCANS and represents the interests of the Air Force. Ian had an extensive Air Force career in flying, training and staff duties before transferring to the RAAF Active Reserve in March 2010. In addition to his AAFCANS responsibilities, his Reserve duties have included conducting several reviews for Air Force and co-presenting an Air Power module to Air Force students at the Australian Command and Staff College.

Other Appointments
President, RAAF Staff College Association
Director, John XXIII College, ANU

Special Duties (AAFCANS)
Member of the Audit Committee



BRIG Todd Ashurst GAICD - Non Executive Director 
Chief of Army Appointment, 3rd August 2018.

Todd, as a military representative, advises AAFCANS and represents the interests of the Army.  Todd is currently appointed as Director General Logistics - Army.  In this position he is responsible to the Chief of Army for strategic logistic, governance and technical regulatory management in support of Army’s mission and tasks. Todd also has responsibility for developing  and implementing Army’s  strategic policies related to  infrastructure, safety, security, and enterprise risk  management. Todd has  extensive experience in command, training and operational appointments.

Other Appointments

Special Duties (AAFCANS)

Mr Glenn Kirk - Non Executive Director
Ministerial Appointment, 30th November 2017

Glenn has over 35 years retailing experience, primarily with Coles Myer Ltd. Glenn held key executive roles in both operations and distribution for Coles Supermarkets and Metcash Convenience.  Glenn has a strong history of developing and improving performance across a range of retail, wholesale and warehousing operations. Glenn brings complete retail oversight and expertise to the AAFCANS board.

Other Appointments

Special Duties (AAFCANS)
Chair of the People & Culture Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Governance & Risk Committee

Ms Linda Heron - Non Executive Director
Ministerial Appointment, 1st May 2018

Linda has extensive experience across the private and public sectors where she has held several strategic roles that span very large operational teams in the supermarket business (Coles Myer Ltd), to establishing and leading the People and Capability function in a Victorian water corporation including the legal and governance functions.

Linda holds or has held positions on numerous boards and committees, appointed due to her recognised expertise in retail, strategy, human resources, skills and training.

Other Appointments
General Manager People & Capability, Melbourne Water

Non-executive director, Friendly Society Medical Association

Special Duties (AAFCANS)

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the People & Culture Committee
Member of the Governance & Risk Committee

Mr Stewart McGrow GAICD - Managing Director
Board Appointed, 1st July 2011

Stewart joined AAFCANS with a wealth of experience, and a comprehensive background in the management of retail stores, quick service restaurants, bars, restaurants and leisure clubs in both Australia and the UK. Within Australia, Stewart has been involved with organisations such as Compass Group, through which he managed Eurest's involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. During his time with Sedexo Stewart also managed the Sydney Opera House business.

Stewart brings with him a working knowledge of the nature of the Defence and our organisation, During his time with Compass Group, Stewart was responsible for the introduction of branded retail and leisure concepts into Defence Establishments in the UK, as part of the PAYD (Pay as you dine) concept.

Special Duties (AAFCANS)
Member of the Governance & Risk Committee


Ms Jane Onley CA AGIA - Company Secretary
Head of Governance & Risk

Jane was appointed the Company Secretary/Commercial Manager on a part time basis in March 2006.  With the appointment of a full time Commercial Manager in August 2013, her role has evolved to mainly cover the governance aspects of AAFCANS.

As a Chartered Accountant from a ‘Big 4’ audit background and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, Jane spent the previous 20+ years working in the commercial sector gaining extensive experience in running businesses across numerous industries. Jane’s principle areas of expertise are financial management, budgeting and forecasting, management and financial reporting, corporate governance and policies, and company secretarial administration. 


Jane’s main focus at AAFCANS is to ensure proper governance in accordance with the latest legislation as well as the timely presentation of financial and operational reports for the board of management and key stakeholders. She is ably assisted in this endeavour by a very professional team within AAFCANS' Support Office.