Upcoming events

    • 07 May 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC

    Major General Kathryn Toohey joined the Australian Army in 1987, graduating from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1990. Major General Toohey was assigned to the Royal Australian Signals Corps and commenced her military career as a troop commander with the 2nd Signals Regiment.

    Major General Toohey went on to serve in the 7th Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), the 1st Brigade Headquarters and in the Strategic Operations Division of Headquarters Northern Command. Her other appointments have included a posting as an instructor at the Royal Military College – Army as the Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of Australia. In addition, Major General Toohey deployed for a 13 month period as a troop commander in the Force Communications Unit as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority – Cambodia.

    Since 2001, Major General Toohey has served in a range of staff appointments in the Capability Development Group (CDG) and Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) and Force Development Group. In 2009, she served as the European Liaison Officer for CDG, representing the ADF at various multinational, NATO and European Union fora.

    In 2012, Major General Toohey was assigned directorship of the Capability and Technology Management College (CTMC), an advanced education college providing mid-ranking officers and public servants Masters-level education and training and preparing them for capability lifecycle leadership within CDG and CASG. This role was expanded to include administrative command of Australia’s Federation Guard; command of the Defence Force Chaplains’ College and responsibility for the Defence sponsored post-graduate students at UNSW Canberra.

    In 2013, Major General Toohey was appointed Director-General Integrated Capability Development (CDG), responsible for several and varied joint ADF projects, later serving as the Acting Head of Capability Systems within the group.

    In 2016, Major General Toohey took leave from the Army to assume the statutory appointment of Deputy Electoral Commissioner in the Australian Electoral Commission. Upon her return to the Army in 2017, Major General Toohey was appointed the Head of Army’s Land Capability division.

    Major General Toohey holds an Executive Masters in Business Management, a Masters of Management in Defence Studies; a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons). She is also a graduate of the Australian Joint Command and Staff College.

    In 2017, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Defence Force in the fields of capability development and education.

    Major General Toohey is married with three children.

    • 07 Aug 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Alastair Swayn Theatre, Brindabella Conference Centre, Building 35, Brindabella Business Park

    Williams Foundation financial members are invited to join us for the 2019 Annual General Meeting

    AGM documents

    In accordance with the Foundation Constitution, the following documents will be made available in due course. 

    Formal Notice of the 2019 AGM
    2019 Agenda DRAFT
    2018 AGM Minutes DRAFT
    Board Position Nomination Form
    Audited financial report


          • 24 Oct 2019
          • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
          • National Gallery of Australia, ACT


          Since 2013 the Sir Richard Williams Foundation seminars have focused on building an integrated fifth generation force.  Recent seminars have evolved from the acquisition of new platforms to the process of shaping and better understanding the environment in which that integrated force will prepare and operate.  In doing so they have, among other things, highlighted the challenges of making the strategic shift from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to higher tempo and higher intensity operations involving peer competitors. 

          Within this context, the seminar in August 2018 focused on the importance of a joint approach to building an independent and potent regional strike capability.  The topic broadened to begin an examination of new ways and means of enhancing sovereign options as part of an evolving deterrent strategy.  The August seminar began a process of looking at the evolution of Australian defence capabilities through an increasingly sovereign lens and concluded there are some important choices to be made if we are to maintain our capability edge and influence in the region.

          Allies are crucial to the Australian concept of defence; however, the emerging strategic circumstances demand it is vital we reconsider the ways and means of enhancing Australian sovereignty to better contribute to our relationships and ensure a more sophisticated and independent defence of Australian interests.  During the 2019 seminars, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation will develop this theme and address more broadly the question of how to look at the evolution of the Australian Defence Force from the perspective of the sovereign lens and setting the conditions for future success.

          The Williams Foundation would like to thank our sponsors. 
          • 12 Nov 2019
          • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
          • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

          Members-only lunch - speaker details will be available shortly

        Past events

        11 Apr 2019 Seminar: Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance
        12 Feb 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: 5th Generation Workforce with AIRCDRE Geoffrey Harland AM, CSC, DSM
        13 Nov 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Experiences of an Australian CAOC Director during Operation Okra with Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, AM, DSM
        30 Oct 2018 2018 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2018 Seminar: The Imperative for an Independent Deterrent: A Joint Strike Seminar
        07 Aug 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Australian Defence Industry Small, Medium Enterprises; Plan Jericho Innovation and Opportunity
        08 May 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi, AM: Air Warfare Centre — Jericho in Action
        22 Mar 2018 Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare
        13 Feb 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air C2: Lessons from OKRA - Air Commodore Robert Chipman, CSC
        31 Oct 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
        23 Aug 2017 Seminar: A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare In Australia
        02 Aug 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Joint Integration: A Practioner's Perspective - VADM David Johnston AM, RAN
        19 Jul 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Lunch with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC Chief of the Defence Force
        20 Jun 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: A Learning Curve for the Swiss Air Force
        11 Apr 2017 Williams Foundation Seminar: Air / Sea / Land: Integrated Force 2030
        15 Feb 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC
        25 Oct 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting
        04 Oct 2016 Williams Foundation Lunch: Connecting the ADF: Challenge or Opportunity? Three decades of insights and lessons learned
        13 Sep 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Jericho - an Update'
        23 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Where to with CASG' with Kim Gillis
        10 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Sea
        17 Mar 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Land
        23 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Dinner with Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, United States Air Force
        16 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC - RAAF Air Mobility
        08 Sep 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: RADM Tony Dalton Romeo Introduction into Service
        06 Aug 2015 RAAF Plan Jericho Half Day Public Seminar
        10 Jun 2015 Williams Foundation Dinner with Chief of Air Force
        03 Jun 2015 LVC Seminar
        17 Apr 2015 Symposium: Integrating Innovative Airpower
        15 Apr 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: AIRCDRE Steve "Zed" Roberton AM

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