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Two AIA Members Recognised as Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Wed 12, Feb 2020


The AIA are very pleased to acknowledge the contributions of these two distinguished Fellows of the AIA.

Dr David Leece AM PSM FAIA

Congratulations to Dr David Leece AM PSM FAIA for his recognition on Australia Day this year for "significant service to the environment, and to defence and security studies". Among his many contributions to public service he has contributed to environmental and agricultural governance in NSW and Australia as Assistant Commissioner, Natural Resources Commission of New South Wales, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, and Deputy Commissioner, Murray-Darling Basin Commission.

A few of the other achievements of Dr Leece include the following:

  • Former Research Scientist, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
  • Former Chair, Radiation Advisory Council of New South Wales
  • Former Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, 1993
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Biology (London), 2018
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Biology, 2003
  • Life Member, Australasian Society of Ecotoxicology, 2002

He also has made important contributions to the Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales in the following roles:

  • Immediate Past President, since 2016
  • President, 2013-2016
  • Vice-President, 2007-2013 
  • Editor, United Service, since 2005
  • Chair, Special Interest Group on Strategy, since 2012
  • Library Manager, since 2016
  • Secretary, 2002-2007
  • Former Executive Member
  • Former Member, Corporate Governance Committee
  • Former Member, Finance Committee
  • Life Member, The Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales, 1997

To see David's full citation including his full defence and security contributions, see:

David Leece AM


Mr James Robert (Bob) Hall, AM, FAIA

Bob was recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list last year for five decades of service to the WA wool industry and agricultural sector. At 84, Bob has an impressive resume of professional and community achievements. Bob arrived from Yorkshire in the 1960s and brought with him his love of family, sheep and cricket. Bob has worked tirelessly as an agricultural consultant across generations to improve sheep production and farming practices, particularly through the adoption of objective measurement in sheep performance. He was integral in co-founding the Yardstick Central Sire Evaluation Scheme and the Federation of Performance Sheep Breeders Western Australia. He was a founding member of the Australian Merino Society. Bob has also spent time as President of the Australian Association of Farm Management Consultants, is a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia and helped drive the abolition of the Australian Wool Corporation's reserve price scheme in 1991.

Further to his professional achievements, Bob co-authored a book titled Sheep: The Simple Guide To Making More Money With Less Work. He compered and helped produce content for two four-part ABC television series titled The Sheep's Back and The Sheep Machine and has shared his knowledge by participating in lecture tours throughout Australia.

"Regional towns such as Darkan [WA] are privileged to have people like Bob who not only hold impressive qualifications which promote and expand local industry but are equally committed to the success of their local community. Bob, for your service of many years to the Darkan community and to the most famous wool industry in the world, thank you." Rick Wilson MP, see more here.

Bob Hall AM


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