Queen’s Birthday Honours – the Jewish list for 2020

June 7, 2020 by J-Wire Staff
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Members of the Australian Jewish community have received Queen’s Birthday awards for their participation in the fields of the arts, philanthropy, medicine, sport and Holocaust education.


Naomi Milgrom


For eminent service to the community through philanthropic leadership and support for the promotion of the arts, architecture, design excellence and cultural exchange, and to business.

Naomi Milgrom Foundation

  • Founder, 2014.
  • Founder, Annual MPavilion Project, since 2014.
  • Founder, Annual Living Cities Forums (Melbourne and Sydney), since 2017.


  • Jury Chair, Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta International Design Competition, Create NSW/Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, 2019.
  • Jury Member, World Architectural Awards 2015, 2017, 2019.
  • Donor, MPavilion permanent, Hellenic Museum, Docklands, Melbourne Zoo, Monash University 2014-2017.

Australia Council for the Arts

  • Commissioner Australia, 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.
  • Donor, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015.

Other Arts

  • International Council Member, Tate Modern (London), since 2016
  • International Council Member, Museum of Modern Art, New York, current.
  • Member, Global Patrons Council, Art Basel, since 2014.
  • Former Councillor, Australian Business Arts Foundation (Creative Partnerships Australia).
  • Trustee, Jewish Museum of Australia Foundation, 2010-2011.

National Gallery of Victoria

  • Member, Council of Trustees, 2011-2013.

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

  • Chair, 2005-2011.
  • Director, 2004-2011.


  • Director, Menzies Foundation, current.
  • Former Governor, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
  • Former Director, Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine.
  • Former Advisory Council Member, Centre for Social Impact.
  • Member, Council for the Order of Australia, 2010-2015.
  • Former Committee Member, Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction Industry Champions.


  • Former Advisory Council Member, Centre for Ethical Leadership.
  • Former Board Member, Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne.
  • Former National Councillor, Australian Retailers Association.
  • Director, Magellan Financial Group, 2006-2014.

Sussan Group

  • Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair, (Sussan, Sportsgirl, Suzanne Grae), since 2003.
  • Chief Executive Officer, Sussan, since 2003.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Honorary Fellow, Design Institute Australia 2020
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Monash University, 2017.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Business, University of New South Wales, 2016.
  • Philanthropy Leadership Award, Creative Partnerships Australia, 2016.
  • President’s Prize (MPavillion Project), Australian Institute of Architects, 2015.
  • Officer of the Order of Australia, 2010, ‘For service to business as a leader and mentor in the fashion industry, and to the community through advisory and management roles of a wide range of arts, health and philanthropic bodies’.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Business, RMIT University, 2010.
  • Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, Monash University, 2010.



Simon David MORDANT AM, Sydney NSW 2000

For distinguished service to the visual arts at the national and international level, to emerging artists, and to philanthropy.

Simon Mordant

Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Chair, since 2010.
  • Donor.

Venice Biennale

  • Australian Commissioner, 2015, 2013.
  • Donor, 2017, 2015, 2013.
  • Lead the fundraising and development of the new Australian Pavilion, 2010-2015.

Sydney Theatre Company

  • Patron, School Drama Education Program, since 2018.
  • Member, Chairman’s Council, current.
  • Co-Commissioning Patron, The Secret River (play), 2012.
  • Board Member, 2008-2012.

Opera Australia

  • Board Member, 2013.
  • Co-commissioning Patron, Wozzeck and The House.


  • Founder and Director, Luminis Foundation, since 2015.
  • Donor to the Master of Business Administration Program, University of NSW.
  • Donor to NIDA Indigenous Fellow.
  • Donor to the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Modern Project.
  • Donor to Sydney Dance Company.
  • Gold Benefactor, Art Gallery of NSW Foundation.
  • Donor for Australian Visiting Fellow, American Academy, Rome, Italy.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

  • Board Member, 2012-2017.
  • Former Chair, Board of Review ABC Arts.
  • Former Chair, Finance Committee.
  • Former Member, Audit Committee.

Board Memberships

  • Board Director, Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York, current.
  • Trustee, American Academy, Rome, since 2016.
  • Board Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, current.
  • Chairman, Visual Arts Board, Government of New South Wales, current.
  • Chairman, Lend Lease Barrangaroo Public Art Panel.
  • Member, International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, since 2019.
  • Member, Garvan Institute, since 2010.
  • Member, Executive Committee, Tate International Council, current.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Venetian Heritage, Italy, current.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 2012.

Simon Mordant told J-Wire: “feel very humbled as I am very passionate about art and philanthropy. It is very humbling to be recognised for my work with visual and performing arts. I emigrated to Australia in the early eighties.

I came with nothing, and my wife ( Catriona Mordant ) and I have always wanted to make a difference while we are alive. Some highlights of the work I have done, as well as the work my wife and I have done together, are with the MCA, the 2015 Venice Biennale, being on board of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the American Academy in Rome.

I love helping artists and supporting local artists. During COVID, during this time, advocating for arts and culture has been very important to us.
All forms of arts, as culture is a call to the entire community.”

Professor George Arthur WERTHER, Armadale VIC 3143

For distinguished service to medicine, to paediatric endocrinology and research, and to professional medical organisations.

Professor George Werther

Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

  • Senior Endocrinologist, 2016-2018.
  • Director, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, 1999-2015.
  • Deputy Director of Endocrinology, 1984-1999.
  • Paediatric Endocrinologist, 1982-1984.
  • Member, Campus Research Committee, 2010-2013.

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

  • Founder and Director, Centre for Hormone Research, 1994-2013.
  • Member, Commercialisation Committee, 2005-2014.

Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group

  • Council Member, 1997-2002.
  • President, 1988-1991.
  • Treasurer, 1986-1988.
  • Life Member, since 2017.
  • Founding Member, 1993.

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Member, Growth Hormone Advisory Committee, 2000-2008.
  • Member, Project Grant Review Panels – Endocrinology, 2007-2008.
  • Chief Investigator, 14 grants, since 1985.

Antisense Therapeutics

  • Member, Data Safety Monitoring Board, since 2015.
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board for clinical development project, 2013-2014.
  • Non-Executive Director, 2001-2012.


  • Consultant Endocrinologist, Mercy Maternity Hospital, 1990-2018.
  • Visiting Paediatric Endocrinologist, Royal Women’s Hospital, 1994-2018.
  • Visiting Associate, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1985-2018.
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Neuren Pharmaceuticals, New Zealand, 2004-2008.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Tercica Pharmaceuticals, California, 2003-2005.
  • Board Director, Medisense Australia, 2000-2003.
  • Chair, Australian Growth Hormone Advisory Committee, 1999-2002.
  • International Coordinator, Coordinating Office of Paediatric Endocrine Societies, 1989-1995.

Other Professional

  • Life Member, Endocrine Society of Australia, current.
  • Life Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, since 2018.
  • Member, European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, current.
  • Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, since 1979 and Member, Specialist Advisory Committee (Paediatric Endocrinology), 2013-2017.
  • Honorary Professor, Division of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, since 1999.
  • Treasurer, Australian Diabetes Society, 1990-1992 and Councillor, 1988-1992.

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, current.
  • Pediatric Endocrine Reviews, current.
  • Pediatric Diabetes, current.
  • Hormone Research, 1998-2004.

Awards and recognition include:

  • International Award for Scientific Achievement, European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, 2016.
  • Norman Wettenhall Medal for Distinguished Achievements in Paediatric Endocrine Research, Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group, 2009.
  • Chairman’s Medal for services to Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Children’s Hospital, 1997.

While George Werther believes that the award is a great accolade, he says it is also an acknowledgement of all the people with whom he has worked.

“The doctors, nurses, paediatric specialists, it is a recognition of all the amazing people I have worked with,” he told J-Wire.

He said that his department was like his medical family.

One of the things which has given him the most satisfaction is all the trainee doctors – about 40 of them – whom he trained over the years.

“I learned as much from the young doctors with their fresh idea as I taught them. Many of them went on to be successful, both here and overseas, and that is something I take great pride in.

It was always a wonderful privilege to look after so many children and families with diabetes and other hormonal disorders,” he said.



Ian Bell ALLEN OAM, Seaford VIC 3198

For significant service to the community through support for a range of organisations, and to cancer survivorship programs.


Ian Allen


  • Director, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, since 2002.
  • Director, Carlton Football Community Foundation, since 2009.
  • Director, Blues Foundation, since 2009.
  • Director, Australian Jewish Funders, since 2009.
  • Director, Entertainment Assist, since 2009.
  • Director, Collingwood Football Club Foundation, since 2010.
  • Director, Victoria Park Foundation, since 2010.
  • Director, Global Poverty Project – Global Citizen, since 2013.
  • Trustee, The Pratt Foundation, since 1990.
  • Director, Angel Works Productions, since 2016.
  • Youth Assist, 1998-2008.
  • Director, Australian Council for Children and Youth Organisations (now Australian Childhood Foundation), 2001-2015.
  • Meadow Heights Learning Shop, 2003-2010.
  • Board Member, Link Centre, 2003-2010.
  • Peninsula Health, 2005-2007.
  • Lady Bowen Trust, 2006-2008.
  • Youth Junction, 2006-2015.
  • Lakeside Secondary College, 2006-2015.
  • Member, Peter MacCallum Centre Community Advisory Committee, 2003-2006.
  • Board Member, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 2006-2015.
  • Board Member, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, 2007-2015.
  • Child Wise, 2016-2018.
  • Council Member, Philanthropy Australia, 2000-2002

Ian Allen is not Jewish but sit on the board of The Australian Jewish Funders.

He told J-Wire: “I am very humbled by this award, and I attribute it to a great network and team. I have worked, and work with a lot of people so I feel as if I am getting this award for everyone.“
Ian Allen has been involved with many community activities and was involved with the Pratt Foundation to work out ways to help people with and through cancer. His work has become policy and it has spread through hospitals in Australia.


Martin BARTFELD, Malvern VIC 3144

Martin Bartfeld

For significant service to the law, to legal education and reform, and as a mentor.


  • Lawyer, Owen Dixon Chambers East, current.
  • Queen’s Counsel, since 1998.
  • Member of the Bar, since 1986.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Family Law, current.
  • Member, Victorian Family Law Bar Association, current.
  • Chair, Family Law Section, Law Institute of Victoria, 1983-1985.
  • Chair, List Committee, Holmes’ Barristers List, 5 years.

Law Council of Australia

  • Executive Member, Family Law Section, 2000-2012; Chair, 2005.
  • Chair, Papers Committee, Bi-annual Family Law Conference, 2000-2016.
  • Instigator, Young Lawyers Day, at Family Law Conferences in Melbourne, 2016, and Brisbane, 2018.


  • Filmed and organised an archival collection of interviews with judges, lawyers and lawmakers who were practising when the Family Law was first enacted in 1976.

It’s a big surprise and a great honour to be given this award” said Martin Bartfeld.

“We came here from Poland in circumstances that would be well understood by other Jews and to be recognized in this way is completely unexpected. Something like this would never have been a possibility there.

When asked about the archival film he made for the 2016 Family Law Conference, he explained it was made to celebrate 40 years since the Family Law Act came into being.

He continued: “It was an opportunity to get the people involved in the making of the Act to recount their stories. It was very satisfying to do and a lot of fun” he said.

“It is great that here in Australia a person is considered on their merit, no matter what their background.”


Dr David Ian KRAM, Malmsbury VIC 3446

David Kram

For significant service to the performing arts, to opera and chamber choirs, and to education.

More Than Opera

  • Creative Director, 2010-2018.
  • General Manager, 2005-2009.
  • Chairman, 2000-2005.


  • Conductor, Melbourne Opera, current.
  • Musical Director, Melbourne Chamber Choir, 2013-2018.
  • Music Director, State Opera of South Australia, 1988-1990.
  • Guest Conductor including ABC orchestras and state operas, 1986-1996.
  • Resident Conductor, The Australian Opera, 1978-1986.

The University of Melbourne

  • Senior Fellow and Casual Lecturer, since 2010.
  • Senior Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts, 2006-2009.
  • Head of Opera, Victorian College of the Arts, 1996-2005.


  • Musical Director, International Opera Productions/Concertori (New York/Prague), 2006-2009.
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (London), since 1999.
  • Associate, Royal College of Music, London.


  • Artistic Committee, Acclaim Awards Melbourne.
  • Music Advisory Committee, Australian Singing Competition.
  • Member, Music Arrangers Guild of Australia.
  • Member, Macedon Ranges Arts Committee. 
  • Chairman, Arts Committee, Rotary Club of Melbourne.
  • Curriculum Advisory Committee, NSW Department of Education.

David Kram told J-Wire: “Ifeel very honoured. I’ve worked long and hard in my profession and, like many of my colleagues, much has been for the greater benefit of the community. This is the first official governmental recognition I’ve received for the years I’ve been active in Australia 1978-ongoing, so I’m thrilled. I’d like to thank wholeheartedly those who nominated me for this honour and to assure all that I’ll continue to be active serving the community for as long as possible.”

He added:  “I act as Chair of Rotary Melbourne’s Arts Committee; Freemasonry – I am Immediate Past Master and Education Officer of one of Freemason Victoria’s Lodges, and Jewish life, including my President’s role of kehillat s’dot zahav in Central Victoria and my links to Temple Beth Israel, where I assist Cantor Michel Laloum with choir direction for the yamim nora-im.

At the moment I’m working on a newly-established Youtube channel Kram’sNotes https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw79y5sHqNen5v8mypdo9sg?view_as=subscriber

The idea was originally to create vignettes of my reflections about music. At the moment it consists exclusively of videoed backing tracks of opera arias which I play, mouth some works and give some cues, to help opera singers with their lessons, exams, competition, auditions and concerts when they don’t have a live accompanist.”



For significant service to the property development and financial sectors, and to science.

Eddie Kutner


  • Executive Chair and Director, Central Equity Group, since 1987.
  • Adviser, Banking and Financial Issues, Government of Victoria, 1990s.
  • Former Developer and Promoter, South Bank Structure Plan, Melbourne.
  • Partner, Kutner and Rosenberg (accounting and consulting firm), 1977-1986.
  • Member, Housing Industry Association, 1992.
  • Director, Tri-Continental Bank, 1990-1992 and Chair, Audit Committee, 1990-1992.

Philanthropic service includes

  • Chair and Founder, Wonderment Walk, Victoria, since 2013.
  • Foundation Chair, The Q Australia Foundation.
  • Deputy Chair, Questacon: The National Science and Technology Advisory Council.
  • Former Vice-President and Treasurer, Bialik College, Hawthorn.

Supporter of (through the Central Equity Fund)

  • State Trustees Australia Foundation (Patron).
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • One Roof Melbourne.
  • The Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
  • The Chinese Association, Victoria.


  • Institute of Chartered Accountants, 1972.

Eddie Kutner says it is an honour to be recognized for his contributions to the community and to Australia.

Coming from modest migrant beginnings, he is grateful for all that Australia has given him but says he did not achieve anything on his own.

“I could not have done it without the support of my wife, family, friends, business partners and colleagues,” he said.

What drives him now is a passion for science and its application in everyday life.

“The significance of science, mathematics and technology led me to set up The Q Australia Foundation which supports Questacon in Canberra.

His belief in the importance of science also led him to found Melbourne’s Wonderment Walk which is designed to engage passersby to recognize science in every day and to embrace science for its place in our lives.

“I have always had a passion for science and its importance to the quality of life.

“It’s imperative to pass an appreciation for all aspects of science, mathematics and technology to future generations,” he said.


Jeffrey Lipman

Professor Jeffrey LIPMAN, Taringa QLD 4068

For significant service to medicine, to anaesthesiology and critical care, and to education.

The University of Queensland

  • Conjoint Head, Academic and Mayne Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, since 2003.
  • Acting Head, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, 1998-2003.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, 1997-1998.
  • Executive Director, Burns Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre, since 2004.
  • Conjoint Professor, Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit, Faculty of Medicine, since 2001.
  • Co-leader, Antimicrobial Optimisation Group, current.

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

  • Director of Intensive Care Medicine, 1998-2017.
  • Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Medicine, since 1997.
  • Research Ambassador, since 2017.

Professional – Other

  • Adjunct Professor, The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, since 2016.
  • Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg-Braamfontein, since 2016.
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2002-2007 and since 2012.
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, since 2010.
  • Director, Intensive Care Unit, Soweto, 1987-1997.
  • Recipient, dozens of peer-reviewed grants, including four from National Health and Medical Research Council.
  • Eminent Fellow, College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.


  • Antibiotic pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic considerations in the critically ill, 2017.
  • Sepsis management: PIRO and MODS, 2012.
  • Over 30 book chapters and 500 peer-reviewed articles.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Researcher of the Year, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, 2017.
  • Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg-Braamfontein, 2014.
  • Distinguished Research Medal, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, 2013.
  • Australia Day Certificate of Achievement, 2011.
  • ANZICS Honour Roll, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, 2011.
  • President’s award for outstanding service to Southern African Critical Care, 2006.
Jeffrey Lipman told J-Wire: “I have worked hard, but I feel very honoured. It is fantastic recognition for all of the work that has been done in this field.
I have done a lot of research into pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotics in the ICU, and what that means for dosing, and this research and work is really my personality.
I have an obsession to do my very best. I have been working up to 100 hours per week when on clinical shifts. I realised that the best healthcare system in the world was in Australia. I ran a big ICU in Soweto for many years, and then when I saw the Australian infrastructure, that was it.”

Philip MUNZ, Melbourne VIC 3000

Philip Munz

For significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives, to medical research, and to business.


  • Board Member, Baker Institute, 1995-2005.
  • Board Member, Kooyong Foundation, 2002-2020.
  • Member, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, 1968-1970.
  • Board Member, South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation.
  • Member, Jewish Board of Deputies, 1966-1968, and Chair, Orthodox Congregations, 1967-1968.

Philanthropic supporter to:

  • Jewish Care Victoria.
  • Major Supporter, Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Baker Institute.
  • Howard Florey Institute.
  • Munz Chair of Genomics of Cardiovascular Disease, 2019.


  • Chair, Reliance Worldwide Corporation/GSA Group, 1986-2016.
  • Partner, Rivers Dickinson Stirling and Munz, 1965-1988.
  • Life Member, Law Institute of Victoria.

“When I came here as a penniless 18year old, Australia gave me shelter,” Philip Munz told J-Wire.

He is so grateful to the country that took him in, he believes the award belongs to Australia.

“The award itself is a celebration,” he said.

Providing philanthropic support is his way of giving back to the country that took him in and gave him so much.

The Honourable Robert Frank REDLICH QC, VIC

For significant service to the law, and to the judiciary, to professional groups, and to the community.

Robert Redlich

Supreme Court of Victoria

  • Judge, Court of Appeal, 2006-2017.
  • Judge, Trial Division, 2002-2005.

Victorian Bar

  • Chair, 2001-2002.
  • Senior Vice-Chair, 2000-2001.
  • Junior Vice-Chair, 1999-2000.
  • Executive Committee Member, 1995-2002.
  • Member of various committees, since 1984.
  • Member, 1969-2002.

Judicial College of Victoria

  • Chair, Victorian Charge Book Steering Committee, 2010-2017.
  • Presenter, Workshops, 2006-2016.

Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission, Victoria

  • Commissioner, since 2018.

The Law – Other

  • Appointed, Special Prosecutor for the Commonwealth, Costigan and Stewart Royal Commissions, 1982-1984.
  • Counsel Assisting, Richmond Council Inquiry, 1981-1982.
  • Former Legal Aid Commissioner.
  • Former Lecturer, Law of Evidence, RMIT University.
  • Appointed, Queens Counsel, 1984.
  • Admitted to Practice, 1969.


  • Council Member, Australian Community Support Organisation, 2010s.
  • Chair, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, 1990-2002.

Bess ROSEN, Abbotsford NSW 2046

For significant service to women’s sport, particularly hockey, to business, and to the community.

Bess Rosen

NSW Women’s Hockey Association

  • Life Member.
  • Manager, NSW State Women’s Hockey team.
  • Past Player, Umpire, Manager and Development Officer.

·       Founding Committee Member, hockey magazine, ‘The Bulletin’, ‘Sidelines’, newsletter, ‘Hockey Highlights’, c1957-1970.

·       Life Member, Northern Sydney and Beaches Hockey Association.

·       Life Member, Illawarra Women’s Hockey Association.

Chatswood Golf Club

  • Life Member, since 2011.
  • President, Ladies Committee, 1998-1999.
  • Member, since 1968.
  • Past Member, Kiwanis Club.
  • Past Player, NSW Cricket.

Willoughby City Council

  • Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, 1988-2008.
  • Volunteer, linen service and tending various gardens.
  • Involved in establishing new sporting facilities for women.

Sydney 2000 Olympics

  • Volunteer, 2000.

Abbotsford Cove Community Association

  • Founding Chair, five years.
  • Secretary, five years.
  • Past Volunteer, Meals on Wheels.

W.D. Scott & Co Pty Ltd

  • Company Secretary, and Administration and Finance Manager, 1960-1985.
  • Organiser, The Old Scottonian Group, c1986-2015.

Institute of Company Directors

  • Inaugural Female Member, 1960s.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Pride of Workmanship Award, Rotary International Club, 1983.

Bess Rosen told J-Wire:  “It has been great to offer one’s services in various ways. I have really enjoyed working in a variety of different jobs. I have learnt so much about management consultancy and decimal currency. I learnt about businesses and set up offices in London, Paris, Indonesia, and in cities all over the world. 

I was so lucky to have such an extremely good boss. My boss was very happy to have a woman in charge of the business. I was and have been able to advocate for women and to help women all over the world. People were kind to me throughout my life because I am so interested.

I am and have done quite a bit of volunteering, for Meals on Wheels, the council, with sports, and especially with hockey, and have been volunteering and helping communities for over 40 years.

My life has been a wonderful experience, and my work has been wonderful.”

Abe SCHNEIDER, Dianella WA 6059

Abe Schneider

For significant service to bicycle motocross, particularly to sports administration.

BMX Australia

  • Former Vice-President.
  • Former Treasurer.
  • Former International Affairs Advisor.
  • Former Board Member, Hall of Fame.
  • Former Board Member, Australian BMX Museum.
  • Life Member.

BMX Sports, Western Australia

  • Former Vice-President.
  • Life Member.

United Cycliste Internationale

  • BMX Commission President, 2006-2018.
  • BMX Commission Vice-President, 2001-2006.
  • Board Member, 1990s-2018.
  • Former President, Technical Group.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Australian Sports Medal, for continued involvement as a national and international administrator in BMX, 2000.
  • Administrator of the Year, Australian Sports Federation.

Abe Schneider believes people should never forget where they come from. He came to West Australia from Israel as a migrant in 1957.

“I am still choked up to learn about being given an AM, it’s a life-changing moment for me. It’s a big deal.

“However, I give credit to my wife, my life, my flame, my Barb. She and my family are everything to me” he said.

He has been involved with BMX riding for many years and described how BMX riding tracks spread around Australia ‘like wildflowers’ but there were no regulations. It took years of his lobbying and great efforts to eventually take it to the world stage as an Olympic sport – under the banner of United Cyclists Internationale.

“It’s not a sport for children. It’s a sport for adults, the riders are athletes” he said.

“I am an uneducated man but have given speeches and dealt with international sporting presidents.

I was able to get sponsorship for the sport so we could take it to many underdeveloped countries, something I am very proud of” he said.

He imagines that his award is because of what he has done for the sport. He said credit must be given to his volunteer Board of professionals.

“I didn’t do it all for this reason, but this is the greatest thank you,” he said.


Shlomo WERDIGER, North Caulfield VIC 3161

For significant service to the Jewish community, and as a philanthropist.

Shlomo Werdiger


  • Managing Director, Juilliard Group of Companies.


  • Director and Trustee, Juilliard Philanthropy, current.

Jewish Community

United Israel Appeal, Victoria

  • President, 2007-2017.
  • Cabinet Member, current.

Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah Colleges

  • Donations, Werdiger Family Hall.
  • Former Member, Committee of Management, Yeshivah Centre.

Shlomo Werdiger said: “I would just say three things about the award:

1. All of my endeavours in this space are entirely thanks to my family, particularly my late father, Nathan, who showed us the way with philanthropy and public service and of course, my wife Shyrla.

2. As Chasidim we are brought up to be self-effacing. It’s entirely against the grain to seek the limelight. But when it comes to helping others, it’s a natural instinct to help, just because we can. When a chosid once told the 2nd Lubavitcher Rebbe that his work in the public space gave him a sense of self-importance, the Rebbe responded, I wish you to be like an onion (humble) but absolutely continue your public work. We do it in spite, not because.

3. In my opinion, the sole purpose of publicising acts of public service is to encourage others to harness their own capacities for the public good.”

Raymond Laurence WHITTEN, Point Piper NSW 2027

Ray Whitten

For significant service to the law, particularly to legal reform and consumer protection.

The Law

  • Founder and Principal, Whitens subsequently Whittens & McKeough, 1973-2018.

Regulatory roles

  • Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Safety, Return to Work and Support Division, 2012-2016.
  • Deputy Chair, Safety, Return to Work and Support Board, 2012-2015.
  • Director, WorkCover Authority of New South Wales, 2011-2012.
  • Chair, Workers Compensation and Work Health and Safety Ministerial Advisory Council, 2011-2012.
  • Chair, New South Wales Motor Accidents Authority Board, 2011-2012.

Law Society of New South Wales

  • Member, Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund, 1993-1998.
  • Solicitor Member, since 1972.

City of Sydney Law Society

  • President, 1998-1999.
  • Member, 1997-2015.


  • Executive Chairman Viking Mines Limited (ASX:VKA), since 2018, and Deputy Chairman, 2016-2018.
  • Chair, Better Breathing Foundation, since 2015.
  • Deputy Chair, Investment Board, Workers Compensation Insurance Fund, 2011-2012.
  • Executive Chair, Benitec BioPharma, 2005-2006.
  • Chair, National Stock Exchange of Australia, 2005.

“I have been in the law for over 50 years and have done my best and worked hard. I never expected this award, but it is incredibly satisfying to get this recognition and I am and honoured and humbled,” Ray Whitten told J-Wire.

“As Society evolves reform is necessary and should be welcomed. Law is an integral element of society and law reform, whilst often difficult to achieve, is essential.

I was privileged to work with a reformist New South Wales government to resolve the financial unsustainability of both WorkCover and the Compulsory Third Party scheme (Green Slips).

With the aid of excellent advice from the staff of these bodies, we were able to achieve very substantial reforms which have reduced the cost of both schemes and ensured their sustainability for the future.

The present pandemic of Covert-19 allows for extensive reform.

We are seeing a significant change in the operation of the Federation in the formation and continuation of the National Cabinet.

However, we must go further. The weakness of the global supply chain has been exposed. It is essential that Australia develop self-sufficiency in many products and services.

We have the skills to manufacture high-value goods and must embrace this opportunity.

On a strategic level, we must achieve self-sufficiency in oil and other essential supplies and maintain and increase defence spending.

Only if we wholeheartedly embrace these reforms will Australia give our children and grandchildren the lives they deserve.”

Emeritus Professor Peter Julius Rice ZELAS OAM, Longueville NSW 2066

For significant service to medicine, to health administration, and to humanitarian medical initiatives.

Peter Zelas

New South Wales Government Clinical Excellence Commission

CHASM (Collaborating Hospitals Audit of Surgical Mortality)

  • Chair, 2014-2019.
  • Committee Member, 2007-2014.

Western Sydney Local Health District

  • Deputy Chair, Governing Board, 2010-2016.

Sydney West Area Health Service

  • Chair, Area Health Advisory Council, 2008-2010.
  • Member, 2005-2008.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals

  • Clinical Dean, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, 2007-2018.
  • Board Member, Better Foundation, since 2016.
  • Committee for the Expansion Project, 2006-2017.

PANGEA Global Health Education (formerly Specialists Without Borders)

  • Volunteer, Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2016.
  • Volunteer, Rwanda, 2009.

Other Overseas Aid includes:

  • Volunteer Surgeon, Medecins Sans Frontieres,(Liberia, Indonesia, Somalia) 2004-2008.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)

  • Fellow, 1971.
  • Michael Donnellan Medal, 2018.
  • Outstanding Service to the Community Award, 2014.
  • Graham Coupland Lecture, 2010.
  • NSW State Committee Award, 2008.

Medicine includes:

  • Colorectal and General Surgeon, Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital, 1971-2010.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Medal of the Order of Australia, 2006.
  • Certificate of Commendation, Blacktown City Council, 2018

Peter Zelas told J-Wire: “It is an honour to receive this award. It has been a privilege to have had a career as a surgeon, but the acknowledgement in the Award would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my wife Ingrid and our 4 children. I appreciate as well the encouragement over the years from my colleagues and most of all, the patients whom I have had the pleasure to talk to and  treat and who have given me the ultimate satisfaction in allowing me to be part of their health care and their lives.”


Ted Adler

Dr Edmond Arthur ADLER, Coolbinia WA 6050

For service to dentistry, and to professional organisations.

Dentistry and Oral Surgery

  • Honorary Life Member, Past President and Founding Committee Member, Dental Study Group of Western Australia.
  • Member, Dental Board of Western Australia, 1971.
  • Member, Western Australia Branch, Australian Dental Association, since 1950, and Honorary Secretary and Bulletin Editor, 1967-1970.
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Australia and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons, 1961-1964.
  • Consultant Oral Surgeon, Royal Perth Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Repatriation General Hospital, 1950s-1960s.


  • Member, Perth Chevra Kadisha, 1993-2008.
  • Volunteer, University of Western Australia Visitors’ Centre.

Ted Adler says that at age 92, he is happy to gain recognition for a lifetime of work in dentistry.

“It’s a nice feeling to be recognised for a body of work,” he said.

He was the first graduate dentist in West Australia in 1950. It was his passion for his chosen field that later led him to study the use of titanium dental implants in Sweden.

After several visits to Sweden and becoming proficient, he came home and showed other dentists on how to use the procedure.

At the age of 80, he gave up volunteering at the Perth Chevra Kadisha when it became too physically demanding.

When J-Wire asked if he would celebrate his award, he said he might manage a glass of wine with those friends who are still around.


Michael Briner

Dr Arthur Michael BRINER, Newstead QLD 4006

For service to the Jewish community, and to ophthalmology.


Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, the Brisbane Synagogue

  • Heritage Officer, since 2013.
  • Board Member, 1970-2018.
  • President, 1 year, past Vice President.
  • Life Member, since 2016.
  • Convenor and volunteer, Dad’s Army, 2012-2018.
  • Past President, Board of Hebrew Education.
  • Teacher, Sunday School, 1977-1990.

IDEAS (Indigenous diabetes, eye and health) Van

  • Volunteer Doctor, Consultant and Locum, circa 2014-2017.

Princess Alexandra Hospital

  • Visiting Consultant, 1974-2002.
  • Past Chair, Visiting Ophthalmological Staff.
  • Registrar in Ophthalmology, 1972-1974.

Greenslopes and St Andrew’s Private Hospitals

  • Visiting Consultant, circa 1974-2002.

University of Queensland

  • Past Clinical Teacher and Senior Lecturer.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

  • Chairman, Queensland Branch, 1985-1986, Honorary Secretary, 1984-1985.
  • Fellow, since 1974.

Michael Briner said: “It is totally unexpected. I do not do what I do for kudos and accolades. I was encouraged to take on the work and services I do on behalf of my community. I have been a life member of the Brisbane Synagogue and the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. Our community heritage in Brisbane goes back into 1865, our shul was built in 1886 and the heritage and records is a great interest of mine.

My current project is documenting the community and their records from the inside out. My father and I both studied the same areas of medicine. I have been consulting for over 30 years and have served the community and college of ophthalmologists. I have been brought up to respect people and to treat people how you would like to be treated. I am very happy to help in any way I can. If I can help, I will help.

Dr Peter Conrad

Dr Peter CONRAD, Double Bay NSW 2028

For service to vascular medicine, and to professional organisations.


Nepean Hospital

  • Visiting Medical Officer, 1967-2002.
  • Chairman, Division of Surgery, 1983-1998.
  • Consultant Emeritus Surgeon, since 2002.

Medical Other

  • Assistant Surgeon, Peripheral Vascular Unit, Sydney Hospital, 1969-1975.
  • Range of roles St Thomas’ Hospital London, St Helier Hospital Jersey, and West Middlesex Hospital London, 1963-1965.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology

  • Foundation President, 1975-2000.
  • Convenor, World Congress in Phlebology, Sydney, 1998.
  • Founding Member, 1974.
  • Life Member, since 1994.

Australasian College of Phlebology

  • Emeritus Fellow, current.
  • Honorary Fellow, 1992.

Union Internationale de Phlebologie (International Union of Phlebology)

  • Vice President, 1995-1998.
  • Member of Honour, International Advisory Board, current.
  • Australian Representative, 1986-1995.
  • Member, Committee of Honour, 2001.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Promotion of Phlebology in Australasia, Australasian College of Phlebology, 2007.
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (London), 1967.

Dr Peter Conrad said the award recognises his field in the phlebology field.

He gave advice to others entering this branch of medicine. He said: “Follow your heart and work hard and success will hopefully  follow.”



Ekaterina (Katya) DANOVA, VIC

Ekaterina Donova

For service to the broadcast and print media, and to the Russian community.


  • Presenter and Journalist, SBS Russian Program, since 1996.

Menorah Magazine

  • Editor, current.

Shalom Association

  • Member, current.

Publications include:

  • Co-Author, Melbourne – My Love!: New Pages from its History, 2007.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Medal of Achievement from Russian Australian Representatives Council, 2015.
  • Russian Jewish Association Shalom Person of the Year, 2008.

Ekaterina Dononava commented: “My destiny was to celebrate my 90th birthday in Melbourne, on the other side of the world from my native Saint-Petersburg. But, after my arrival in Melbourne, the sister-city, and then Australia as a whole, became for me a sweet home. In fact, all my 12 books and stories that I create for SBS radio are a declaration of love for this wonderful and infinitely kind country. And the Order of Australia is an unexpected reward and happiness of my life.”

Dr Ben Ami GELIN, Bathurst NSW 2795

Dr Ben Ami Gelin

For service to music, and to the community of Bathurst.

Macquarie Philharmonia

  • President, since 2018.

Mitchell Conservatorium

  • Vice-President, since 2015.
  • Board Member, since 2010.

Bathurst Seymour Centre

  • Former President.
  • Former Vice-President.
  • Member, since 2000.

Accessible Living Options (now part of New Horizons)

  • Vice-President, since 2016.
  • Board Member, since 2007.

Veritas House Inc (youth refuge)

  • President, 1989-1997.
  • Member, Committee of Management, 1984-2012.


  • Supporter, Bathurst Arts Council, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, since 2002.
  • Supporter, The Song Company, current.
  • Supporter, Veritas House, current.
  • Worshipful Master, Lodge Central Tablelands, Freemasons NSW and ACT, 2014-2016.
  • Member, Bathurst Community Aid Panel, 1991-2008.
  • Board Member, Glenray Industries (disability services), 1993-1995.

The Law

  • Consultant, Austen Brown Boog Solicitors, since 2012.
  • Associate Professor of Law, Charles Sturt University, 1984-1994.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Living Legend, Bathurst Regional Council, 2015.

Ben Gelin says he is both excited and humbled to receive his Award.

He has lived in Bathurst for 36 years and loves living in a community where he knows everyone.

As a lawyer, he deals with people with disabilities and enjoys helping them to become part of the community as much as possible.

“That’s something I feel good about. You do something you like and enjoy.

“I have only done things which I enjoy doing,” he said.

His other passion is music and getting involved with Mitchell Conservatorium and Macquarie Philharmonia has fulfilled that interest.

He is proud to be named a Living Legend – an initiative of Bathurst Council – whereby a tree was planted in his name with a plaque. This year his wife, Martha, has also been named a Living Legend.

The title Living Legend recognises the achievements of local individuals and the way they have contributed positively to the community.

Ben and Martha’s son Adam lives in Sydney and is married to Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio of Emanuel Synagogue.

Laszlo GESCHEIT, East St Kilda VIC 3183

Les Gescheit

For service to the Jewish community of Melbourne.

Caulfield Hebrew Congregation

  • President, 1989-1991.
  • Vice-President, 1986-1988.
  • Honorary Secretary, 1960-1985.
  • Chair, Youth Sub-committee, 1963.
  • Founder, CYCO.
  • Life Member, since 1997.
  • Member, since 1959.

Theodor Herzl Social Club

  • President, 1971-2000.
  • Executive Committee Member, 1967-1971.
  • Foundation Committee Life Member, since 1998.
  • Life Member, since 1984.

“Getting this award means a lot to me,” Les Gescheit told J-Wire.

He says that he has given many decades of his life to Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and the Theodor Herzl Social Club. While he admits it has been a lot of work, it has been worth it to see the success of the shul and the building of the social club.

“The club and the shul fulfilled my life,” he said.


Caroline Tottie GOLDSMITH, VIC

Tottie Goldsmith

For service to the community, and to the performing arts.

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre

  • Goodwill Ambassador, since 2018.
  • Supporter and Fundraiser, since 2003.

Philanthropic Roles

  • Supporter, Ross Dennerstein Foundation.
  • Supporter, Challenge Cancer Support Group.
  • Supporter, Alannah and Madeline Foundation.


Stage roles include

  • Sex with Strangers (Olivia), 2015.
  • Grease – the Arena Spectacular (Miss Lynch), 1998.
  • The New Rocky Horror Show (Janet), 1998.

Television roles include

  • Underbelly Files: Infiltration (Sara Herlihy), 2011.
  • Neighbours (Cassandra Freedman), 2009.
  • Blue Heelers (Fay Tudor), 2004.
  • Pizza (Kinky), 2001 and 2003.
  • Fire (Firefighter Marilyn ‘Tex’ Perez), 1996.
  • Saturdee (Maggie Grimble), 1986.
  • The Henderson Kids (Glynnis Wheeler), 1985.
  • Prisoner: Cell Block H (Gloria Payne), 1984.
  • The Young Doctors (Toni Sheffield), 1982-1983.


  • Breakfast Radio Host, TTFM, late-1990s.
  • Singer, Songwriter and Founding Member, The Chantoozies, 1986-1990, 2006, and since 2012.

Tottie Goldsmith said: “I am really touched by this award, and I was really surprised. I would never have imagined that I would be honoured for it. I have done everything in my life because I love it, and it has been amazing to have been involved with all the work I do. The upside of all of this, especially being in the entertainment industry means that I can help, and have the opportunity to help so many people because I have a profile.

I have been involved in the entertainment industry for many years, and work closely with my aunt Olivia Newtown John. My work and my philanthropy has always made me feel a part of something. Everything has happened to me because I have loved it. I feel like I belong, the entertainment world is my family, and it is my purpose. The work I do with Olivia, and being able to help her from here has been wonderful.
It is so wonderful to love what I do and to be able to use all of this to help other people. She added.


Professor Natalie Rebecca KING, Malvern East VIC 3145

Natalie King

For service to the contemporary visual arts.

Contemporary Arts

  • Curator, since 1994.
  • Chief Curator, Melbourne Biennial Lab, Melbourne Festival 2016.
  • Creative Associate, MPavilion, 2014-2016.
  • Series Editor, Mini Monographs, Thames and Hudson, since 2019.

Curated Exhibitions include:

  • My Horizon: Tracey Moffatt, Australian Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2017.
  • Co-Curator, Monyet Gila: Episode One – The Episode with the Crazy Monkey, Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2016.
  • Chief Curator, Melbourne Biennial Lab: What happens now?, Melbourne Festival, 2016.
  • Co-Curator, Conversations: Endless Acts in Human History, Entang Wiharso and Sally Smart, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, 2016.
  • One Night Stand: Slow Art Collective & The Telepathy Project, MPavilion, Melbourne, 2014.
  • Whisper in My Mask: TarraWarra Biennial 2014 (with Djon Mundine), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, 2014.
  • Episodes: Australian Photography Now, 13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival, Dong Gang Museum of Photography, Korea, 2014.
  • Co-Curator, Jitish Kallat: Circa, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2013.
  • Shadowlife (with Djon Mundine), Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore; Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2012.
  • Co-Curator, Gigi Scaria: Prisms of Perception, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012.
  • Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin & William Yang, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2010.
  • Destiny Deacon: Walk & don’t look blak, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington; Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan and Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2004.
  • Supernatural Artificial, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, 2004.
  • aero-zone, Rosemary Laing, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1999.
  • Rapport: Eight artists from Singapore and Australia, Singapore Art Museum and Monash University Gallery, 1996.
  • Bad Toys, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1994.
  • Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1994.


  • Enterprise Professor of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, wince 2020.
  • Enterprise (Hon) Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2018-2019.
  • Former Director, Asialink, University of Melbourne.

I am both elated and overwhelmed by this accolade,” said Natalie King.

“It is a tremendous affirmation of my contribution to the arts over 25 years and I am immensely grateful to whoever put me forward.

She looks forward to sharing the occasion with her family and the news with colleagues.

She added: “Projects are always done collaboratively and collectively. In this time of turbulence and upheaval, we have had to recalibrate how we work.

Art has taken me to places I would never have imagined.”

As the Curator of Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022, she says it will “be a dream come true”.

Brian LASKY, Brighton East VIC 3187

For service to golf.

Brian Lasky

Golf Australia

  • Member, Championships Committee, 2008-2010.

Golf Victoria (formerly Victorian Golf Association)

  • Vice-President, 2009-2010.
  • Board Member, 2010-2017.
  • Council Member, (Victorian Golf Association), 2001-2010.
  • National Rules of Golf Referee, since 1993.
  • Manager, Men’s, Colts and Junior teams, since 2001.
  • Convenor, Rules of Golf Education Seminars, since 2001.
  • Chair, Match Committee, 12 years.
  • Chair, Selection Committee, 4 years.
  • Chair, Junior Committee, 2 years.
  • Chair, Turf Research Advisory Board, 2 years.

Cranbourne Golf Club

  • Member, Greens Sub-Committee, current.
  • Committee Member, 2001-2003.
  • Club Captain, 1992-2001.
  • Vice-Captain of Club, 1985-1992.
  • Assistant Treasurer, 1974-1975.
  • Honorary Life Member, 2001.
  • Member, since 1965.

Cranbourne Country Club

  • President, since 2013.
  • Vice-President, 2008-2013.
  • Committee Member, since 1991.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Award recognition, 25 years of service undertaking rules duties at a range of Australian and Victorian Championships including the Men’s and Women’s Australian Opens and the Men’s and Women’s Victorian Open, Golf Victoria.

For Brian Lasky, golf has been part of his life for as long as he can remember.

After his father returned home after World War II, he was knocked back for membership at Melbourne golf clubs.

So, he and a few Jewish friends got together and started Cranbourne Golf Club.

Their charter declared there was no discrimination within the club, applicants just had to be of “good golfing character”.

“I started playing at the age of 14 and that was it for me,” he told J-Wire.

He has been involved with Cranbourne for over 50 years and with Golf Victoria in different capacities.


Helen Esther MAHEMOFF, Toorak VIC 3142

Helen Mahemoff

For service to Holocaust education and remembrance.

Jewish Holocaust Centre

  • Board and Executive Member, since 2003.
  • Fundraiser and Co-Chair of Capital Campaign, current.
  • Volunteer, since 2002.

Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation

  • Founder and Chairperson, since 2003.

Helen Mahemoff feels honoured to be included in this year’s awards.

She has spent many years fundraising for Jewish causes. For the last two decades has concentrated her fund-raising talents on Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Both her parents were Holocaust survivors – this is what has driven her passion for Holocaust education and remembrance and to establish the Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation which assures the Centre’s long-term sustainability. The Centre is about to be rebuilt and she is proud that she has been part of its redevelopment.

“I have worked really hard to get results in creating a sustainable situation for future education. Its message is presented to thousands of students visit each year, something that is vitally relevant in today’s world.

I am excited, honoured and proud about the future of the Centre and feel privileged to be involved with it.”

Dr Emily Helene MATTERS, Lindfield NSW 2070

Emily Matters ( Photo: Melanie Schmidt)

For service to education, and to professional associations.


Classical Languages Teachers Association of New South Wales (formerly the Latin Teachers Association)

  • President, 1978, 1980, 1991-1992, 2002-2004, 2010-2012, and since 2016.
  • Founder, Year 8 Classics Camp, an annual camp that has been running for more than 40 years.
  • Founder and former Administrator, Rosemary Davies Art Competition.
  • Author, Latin for You (study guide distributed through the CLTA), self-published, 1985.
  • Author, Sampling Classical Greek (study guide), self-published, 1985.
  • Foundation Member, since 1972.

New South Wales Board of Studies (now the New South Wales Education Standards Authority)

  • Chair and Chief Examiner, HSC Latin Panel, 2008-2009.
  • Member, HSC Examination Committee, Latin, 2000, and 2004.
  • Member, HSC Examination Committee, Classical Greek, 1994, and 1998-1999.
  • Member, Syllabus Writing Committee in Latin, 1977-1990, and 1998-2003.
  • Member, Syllabus Writing Committee in Classical Greek, 1984-1990, and 1998-2003.

Teaching Appointments

  • Teacher (part time), North Sydney Girls’ High School, since 2017.
  • Head of Classics, Pymble Ladies College, 2006-2010.
  • Acting Head of Languages, Meriden School, 2005.
  • Latin/Classical Greek Teacher, North Sydney Boys’ High School, 1994-2004.
  • Head of Classics, Ascham School, 1975-1983.
  • Lecturer in Classics Method, Sydney Institute of Education, 1980, and 1982.


  • Author, EUREKA! – An Introduction to Classical Greek for Young Australians, Classical Languages Teachers Association, 2017.
  • Author, Aeneas – Virgil’s Epic Retold for Young Readers, Bristol Classical Press, 1986.
  • Author, Discovering the Classical World, Pergamon Press, 1977.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Meritorious Service Award, Australian Professional Teachers Association, 2012.
  • Outstanding Professional Services Award, Professional Teachers Council New South Wales, 2002.

Emily Matters is pleased that a classroom teacher has been honoured.

She said: “Especially as I am a Classics teacher, teaching Greek and Latin. People in that category don’t usually get awards…they usually go to much more important people. So I hope it will encourage teachers to feel they are valued.”


Barbara Susan MORGAN, Caulfield South VIC 3162

For service to the Jewish community of Victoria.

Sue Morgan

Temple Beth Israel

  • Member, since 1997.
  • Member, Project Dignity Committee, since 2016.
  • Founding Member, Social Justice Group, 2001-2010.

Spiritual Care Australia

  • Member, since 2011.
  • Member, Executive Committee, Victoria Branch, 2014-2016.
  • Creator, Multi-Faith Calendar, 2013-2014.

The Progressive Chevra Kadisha Victoria (PCKV)

  • Co-Chairperson, since 2015.
  • Volunteer, since 2015.

Caulfield Hospital

  • Inaugural Pastoral Care Coordinator, 2008-2014.
  • Social Worker, 1999-2008.


  • Member, Spiritual Health Committee, Jewish Community Council of Victoria 2013-2016.
  • Pastoral Care Worker, Epworth Rehabilitation Brighton, Epworth Healthcare, 2014-2016.

Sue Morgan does not want to make a big fuss of her Award but admits that it is “a joyful thing”.

She was brought up in Great Britain and says the difference between the two countries is that in Australia ordinary people like herself who are in the background, can be brought to the foreground.

“It is a bit embarrassing, but an amazing privilege and I am so grateful to be honoured,” she said.

Giving time and support to refugees, particularly those who have no income or family, is very important to her.

Also dear to her heart is The Progressive Chevra Kadisha Victoria Tahara program where a close-knit group of volunteers work with a funeral director to prepare congregants for burial.

“It’s very special to provide this service,” she said.

Dr Roger Hugh PILLEMER, Cammeray NSW 2062

For service to community health through medical advisory roles.

Roger Pillemer

New South Wales Workers Compensation Commission

  • Senior Medical Specialist, 2009-2015.
  • Committee Member, various working groups on permanent impairment, since 2005.

Other Appointments

  • Member, National Permanent Impairment Coordinating Committee, Safe Work Australia, since 2017.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons, since 1998.
  • Honorary Secretary, Australian Orthopaedic Association 1988-1992.

Roger Pillemer Pty Ltd

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, since 1978.

Awards and recognition include

  • ABC Travelling Fellowship, 1974.

Dr Roger Pillemer commented: “I feel delighted and very honoured. I have done a wide range of work which involves teaching, advising, and providing guidelines on committees. I have published a range of YouTube videos showing physical signs on how to examine a patient.

I have had many highlights in my life, I was the 1974 South African fellow so I visited hospitals, attended lectures and received education in the United States. This was a great honour, for orthopaedic surgeons to receive The ABC Travelling Fellowships. My kids are magnificent, I have 7 wonderful grandchildren, and I am extremely proud of all of them.”

Harold SHARP, Erina NSW 2250

For service to the community, and to charitable initiatives.

Harold Sharp

Rotary International

  • Governor, District 9680, 2002-2003.
  • Chair, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, current.
  • Director, Australian Rotary Health Research.
  • Director, Rotary Down Under.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Terrigal, since 2017.
  • President, Rotary Club of Crows Nest, 1995, and Membership Chair, current.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Sydney, 1986.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Bondi, 1977-1986.
  • Awarded, Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, 2010.


  • Director, Better Hearing Australia (Sydney), current.
  • Past President, Sydney Grammar School Foundation.
  • Past Chairman, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium Trust.
  • Past Trustee, International House, University of Sydney.
  • Manger, Fundraising and Community Relations, Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, 1992.
  • Past Director, Fairhaven Services.
  • Past Director, Central Coast Community Chest.
  • Past Board Member, Central Coast Abilities.
  • Past Chairman, Central Coast Mariners Football Club.
  • Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, 5 years.

Fundraising Institute of Australia

  • National Marketing Manager, 1985.
  • National Council Member, 1990-2007.
  • Past President, NSW Chapter.
  • Founding Member, NSW Charities Collection Act.
  • Past Chairman, Charity Awareness Week NSW.
  • Fellow.

Harold Sharp said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get any honour never mind the OAM. In my younger days, I was involved in UIA’s New Breed division and I was on the initial board of Masada College.”

Dr Ivan Simmons

Dr Ivan Joseph SIMMONS, Tusmore SA 5065

For service to medicine, particularly to dermatology.


  • Director, Ashford Dermatology, current.
  • Former Lecturer in Dermatology, University of Adelaide.
  • Visiting Dermatologist, Julia Farr Centre, 1984-2003.
  • Visiting Dermatologist, Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital, 1975-1995.
  • Senior Visiting Dermatologist, Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 1974-1984.

Royal Adelaide Hospital

  • Head of Dermatology Unit, 1989-1997.
  • Senior Visiting Dermatologist, 1974-2000.

Australasian College of Dermatologists

  • Councillor, 2000-2003 and 1980-1982.
  • Member, Board of Censors, 1983-1988.
  • Member, Audit Committee, 2003-2009.
  • Member, History Committee, current.

·       Fellow, since 1973.

  • Chairman, South Australian Branch, 1995-1996 and 1991-1992.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Certificate of Meritorious Service, Australasian College of Dermatologists, 2018.

Ivan Simmons told J-Wire it was both a surprise and a great honour to receive his award.

“I never expected anything like this and haven’t had a lot of time to think about it.

I suppose it is a reflection of the amount of work I have put in over the last 50 years. I am lucky that I have enjoyed much of it,” he said.

He paid tribute to the ‘exceptional colleagues and grateful patients’ he has dealt with over the years.

He added: “I have had great support from my wife who has been very supportive of my workload.”


Have we missed anyone? Please email any omissions to awards@jwire.com.au

Henry Benjamin, Roz Tarszisz, Elana Bowman contributed to this report.


4 Responses to “Queen’s Birthday Honours – the Jewish list for 2020”
  1. Vivek says:

    Hi Eddie Kutner
    I sent you many letters since December kast yea and am still awaiting response.
    Kind Regards

  2. Ruth Zukerman says:

    Many thanks for including me in your Daily newsletter.

  3. Miriam says:

    While it is nice to get recognition for Jewish achievers, I am sad to see how few of these obviously highly talented people has so little to show in involvement with Jewish causes.

    We need all the help we can get and these successful people would be great assets to Jewish community activities

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      Their religious is not the reason for the award in most cases. Perhaps many have assimilated at a greater extent than Miriam would wish.

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