Ben Roberts-Smith served with distinction in the Australian Army and Special Air Service Regiment. His service includes operational deployments to East Timor, Fiji, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Ben is a recipient of the highest award in the Australian military honours system, the Victoria Cross for Australia, awarded in 2011 for the most conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of extreme peril in Afghanistan. Ben was also awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 and the Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2013. He is the Commonwealth’s most highly decorated serviceman from the war in Afghanistan.
Ben’s contribution to Australia extends passed his military service; he is Patron of the White Cloud Foundation who assist suffers of depression and Wandering Warriors who support current and ex-servicemen. He is also a National Ambassador for Legacy.
Since retiring from the Armed Forces, Ben has been a leading strategic advisor to Government and industry on a broad range of defence, security and personnel issues. Ben is the Deputy Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Veterans Mental Health and is also a member of the Queensland Veterans Advisory Council.
Ben has his own consultancy business, advising clients across a range of sectors in relation to corporate culture, strategic restructuring and change management. He has focused extensively on assisting companies during change management processes and on helping industry to reap the benefits of a high performance workplace culture. He is also in high demand as a guest speaker on the topics of leadership, teamwork, success, risk, planning as well as sharing his heroic story.
Ben holds an Advanced Diploma in Management, Diploma in Government and Diploma in Government (Security) and is studying towards an MBA. In 2015 Ben was appointed Deputy General Manager of Seven Queensland, where he has responsibility for all aspects of the network, including sales, production and marketing. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).