Heading the Trebuchet Pivot team; author, speaker and leader, Garth Callender has lived and managed some of the most extreme crises across the globe. He has experienced first-hand how the impact of a crisis can be minimised by well-prepared teams and effective decision-making.
Garth led teams in the Australian Army for over 20 years during which time he commanded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the corporate sector, Garth works with numerous high performing boards, executives and complex organisational structures across Australia. He has prepared hundreds of leaders to effectively manage crisis events.
Garth holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a published author. Released in 2015, After the Blast chronicles his military deployments, including his recovery from wounds inflicted by an insurgent bomb attack in Baghdad in 2004.
Callender joined the Australian Army in 1996 as a Rifleman in the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2001 to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. His operational experience includes two deployments as part of the Australian Security Detachment – Baghdad; the first as a Cavalry Troop Leader in 2004, and the second as an Executive Officer in 2006.
In 2004, as junior cavalry officer in the Australian Army, he was deployed to Iraq. Garth became Australia's first serious casualty in the war when his patrol was targeted in a roadside bomb attack.
After recovering from his injuries, Callender returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army's security detachment in Baghdad. His combat team suffered the death one of their own, Private Jake Kovco.
Over June 2009 to February 2010, Callender commanded the Weapons Intelligence Team in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.
His team was successful as the first team to develop technical intelligence products to focus coalition intelligence collection, planning and operations. These reports proved pivotal in shaping the Australian Government’s understanding of incidents involving Australian casualties and defining policy regarding Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan.
He remains an active member of the Army Reserve.