Australia Day 2018 Honours.
RSLWA Trustee Philip Orchard AM AFNI CMDR RAN (Ret’d) has been awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
The recognition, part of the Australia Day 2018 Honours, was awarded for significant service to Veterans and their families in Western Australia through administrative roles.
Mr Orchard is the past Chief Executive Officer of RSLWA, holding that role for five (2011-2016) years.
“I was totally surprised, it was a pinch-me moment, and I’m honoured and humbled,” Mr Orchard said.
“I am very grateful for the recognition.”
“Whilst I’m delighted to receive this award, I must acknowledge all those who worked with me in RSLWA State Branch for their wonderful support. This award is as much for them as it is for me, it is their work that has helped me achieve what I have done.”
Mr Orchard has received a flurry of calls, emails and text messages of congratulation.
RSLWA President Peter Aspinall congratulated Philip Orchard AM on behalf of the Board of Directors and Members of RSLWA.
“I wish to congratulate our former CEO, Philip Orchard AM, for his well-deserved recognition in the Australia Day awards as a recipient of Member of the Order of Australia,” Mr Aspinall said.
“Phil’s award for significant service to veterans and their families in WA is a fitting tribute to his commitment, dedication and determination in his role as CEO of RSLWA. It was a role to which he also untiringly gave his experience, wisdom, practicality and constant humour to a voyage which was not always calm sailing.
“On a personal note, I wish to thank Phil for the support he gave to me not only as a member of the Board of Directors of RSLWA but also to me as President of the Albany RSL Sub-Branch and, in particular, as the Chairman of the Albany Centenary of ANZAC Alliance.
“His wise counsel and always available guidance were invaluable to me through the ups and downs of the Alliance.
“A well-deserved recognition Phil.”
Mr Orchard’s Naval career spanned 34 years serving the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy in all ranks from Junior Seaman to Commander. On completion of his appointment as Commanding Officer of HMAS STIRLING, he left the RAN taking on the role as Head of the British Consulate in WA for five years before becoming RSLWA CEO.
He was appointed a RSLWA Trustee in July 2017.