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Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force and continued commitment to serving the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community. Sir Angus is Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and has worked closely with the University since 2011. As Chair of USC’s QMNI Institute Foundation Board Foundation Board, he has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, and has advocated for USC’s capacity as a leader in community mental health at the highest levels of government and industry. Sir Angus is Chair of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board; the Victorian Police Corporate Advisory Group; the University of NSW Canberra Advisory Board; the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Supashock Advanced Suspension Advisory Committee. He is a Board Member of Virgin Australia, Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute; the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board, GreaterGood Canberra and the Victorian Police Executive Command. He is also a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College. In addition, he is patron of numerous charitable organisations. In July 2014, Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014. Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018. In July 2011, Sir Angus retired as Chief of the Australian Defence Force after 41 years of service in the military.

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