Finding Your Way: A Discussion On Transition

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April 9, 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Join us at ANZAC House for a panel discussion as we explore the key ingredients to embracing change. Each one of our panel members will explore their own personal experiences with transition, providing hope for the audience who are going through a transformational phase in their career or life.

We are also looking for generous individuals and companies to ‘sponsor a table’ to enable transitioning Veterans to attend. 

 Our current table sponsors: Primewest, ABS Succession Lawyers, Build Financial Solutions, Defence West

Date: 9th April 2021

Time: 7am for a 7.30am start – 9am

Includes: Panel discussion, breakfast, tea & coffee

Price: $77 p/p OR $550 for a table

Please email all expressions of interest to





Alice Murray has been a journalist and presenter in Western Australia for over a decade, in recent years as the Perth Weekend News presenter at Network Nine.

In 2008, as Alice Pooley, the 22-year-old began her career in Karratha, WA as a video journalist.  She was required to shoot, script, present and edit all her material. In December that year she named Best Newcomer in the WA Media Awards for her work done in the Pilbara.

In 2009 she returned to Perth to a job at Network Ten where she reported, presented and produced.

After spending a short time working for Government Media in 2013, Alice was offered the chance to join Channel Nine and while there covered some major local and international stories, such as various high-profile criminal trials, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH 370 and a double murder in Dongara in 2011.  She has also interviewed four of Australia’s recent Prime Ministers, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

For more than five years Alice was the Senior Crime Reporter at both Channel 10 and 9.

Some of her more memorable experiences as a journalist include travelling with the United States Navy as the only Australian TV reporter invited on board the P8 Poseidon for the MH370 search, being taken for a helicopter flight with the Australian Army, working and swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo, and (accidentally and unfortunately) dropping camera equipment on Kevin Rudd in 2008.

Alice attended St Hilda’s Anglican Girls School in Perth and has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a post graduate journalism degree.

Alice is also an accomplished master of ceremonies, voice over artist and script writer. In recent years Alice has been a proud ambassador for FoodBank WA. Her work there includes raising awareness of the organisation, organising food drives, collecting donations and presenting television advertisements.


Ryan Burke

Ryan Burke is a dynamic, experienced and innovative consultant with over 20 years of experience in leadership, team-building, optimising organisational performance, and risk management. Ryan’s first career was in the US Special Operations Command. where he served in infantry and intelligence roles. Ryan has served with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a threat reductionist, and as a Deputy Director within the 4th Infantry Division as an operational and strategic leader. He also held roles as the Director of Communications / Operations within the Joint Special Operations Command and was personally selected for an exchange as the Deputy Director of the United Kingdom’s Defence Intelligence Security Centre. In this role Ryan was the principal risk reduction, crisis management and leadership development lecturer.

Ryan’s accomplishments include transforming teams and leading elite organisations to perform in the most complex environments. He has deep experience in working in multi-agency environments, bringing together multicultural, dynamic and often competing stakeholders to accomplish the most challenging of projects and tasks. Ryan successfully led the US’s most elite cross functional teams in some of the most volatile and austere locations, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the African Sahel and both Western and Eastern Europe. Ryan’s role was to reduce threats and risk, manage crises, and build capacity across all stakeholders, while concurrently delivering on US and strategic partner objectives. These experiences have provided Ryan with a thorough understanding of geopolitics, cultural and risk drivers, as well as the ability to negotiate complex sets of stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Science and Technology and a Master of Arts (Leadership and Management).

Ryan holds a current US Top Secret security clearance (with compartments) and a current Counterintelligence (CI) polygraph.


Matt Moran

Executive Director, Defence West

Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Government of Western Australia

Matt Moran is the inaugural Executive Director of Defence West.  A former senior adviser to Australia’s Federal Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Defence, Matt has extensive knowledge of Defence.  He has worked on the nation’s most complex and expensive Defence projects.

He’s an Australian Army Afghanistan veteran who served as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan in 2009-10 and in East Timor in 2007.

Matt was a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Network Ten and is a Walkley Award winner.  Matt also served as a media adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.


Belinda Heiderich

Belinda enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 29th September 1992 as a Private soldier and was allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC). After 13 years Belinda reached the rank of Sergeant and was commissioned as a General Service Officer. She retired after 22 years service as a Major. Belinda has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is presently studying a Diploma of Practice Management.

Belinda is currently employed as the Medical Team Lead at a remote site in Onslow, Western Australia. Belinda has worked at the Chevron operated Wheatstone LNG Plant for the past 8 years. The first 5 years Belinda worked for Bechtel, whilst the plant was undergoing construction and where the site population peaked at 7,500. She then transitioned to Chevron Australia when the plant moved to operations. As the Medical Team Lead, Belinda is on the plant leadership team where she provides strategic advice and guidance on all health-related issues and workforce initiatives. Belinda is also a strong advocate for veterans and is a committee member for the Chevron Veterans Network. Belinda also works with the Women’s Network and Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) driving for employment equality.

Belinda describes herself as a dedicated and loyal professional who enjoys high pressure environments. She is very community focused volunteering as an Ambulance Officer and assisting in the formation of Onslow’s first swimming club.

Career highlights include; Recruit Instructor at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Health Contingent Commander in a remote Aboriginal community as part of the  Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP) and the Staff Officer managing health force preparation for force elements deploying to Afghanistan. She also highlights recent support to COVID-19 response to ensure site personnel remained safe and healthy.

Belinda is a proud Mum of 1 adult son and 3 adult step-children. The best part of living in the Pilbara is Belinda can continue to enjoy her love of fishing and exploring this beautiful country through camping.


Simon Bell


Simon Bell is a proud former serviceperson, having had a rewarding career as a Royal Engineers officer in the British Army prior to emigrating to Western Australia in 2013 with his wife and daughter.

Simon’s diverse military career saw him attain Airborne and Commando qualifications, subsequently supporting the Royal Marines in the UK Commando Brigade. He gained experience in Army recruiting and qualified as a Chartered Engineer before specialising in explosive ordnance disposal after attending the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators’ course. Commanding EOD units at both Squadron and Regimental level, Simon undertook a number of operational deployments including as Commanding Officer of the United Kingdom Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Force in Afghanistan in 2012.

Leaving the British Army in 2013, Simon’s initial civilian role was for a commercial company providing Emergency Response capability to the Oil and Gas industry.   Joining State Government in 2015, Simon managed a number of diverse portfolios including housing, remote aboriginal communities, regional service reform and the response to COVID-19 before joining Defence West last year.

Simon now leads the Infrastructure Development Team in Defence West, focussed on seeking and securing infrastructure opportunities to facilitate the growth of the Defence Industry in Western Australia. As a member of the Veterans Advisory Council, Simon is passionate about supporting former servicemen and women and assisting them to be able to realise their full potential in life after military service.




April 9
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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