Keeping Watch Grants Committee Members

The Grants Committee is made up of both currently serving and reserve senior members of the Royal Australian Navy. All of the Committee members have had distinguished careers in their own right and appointed because of their keen interest in the well-being of those who serve the nation through service in the Royal Australian Navy. They include:

Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN (Chair)

Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN (Chair)

Rear Admiral Lee Goddard has experienced many 'careers within a career' during more than 30 years in the Navy. Broadly experienced, including numerous Command positions, he was seconded as the Branch Head to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2014. Promoted in 2018, he assumed his current role as Commander Maritime Border Command in January 2019. Awarded a Master of Arts (International Relations) in 1996, he is a member of the Australian Naval Institute Council and previously served as Councillor with the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) on Australia Day 2007.
Commodore Drew McKinnie, RAN

Commodore Drew McKinnie, RAN

Commodore Drew McKinnie, RAN completed full time service in 2009. He is now a technical member of the RAN Seaworthiness Board, and has also contributed to improving RAN risk management policies and systems. Since 2010 he has worked as a negotiation and stakeholder management consultant and trainer with ENS International, working with Defence and other government and commercial enterprises. He has also consulted to Defence Strategic Policy Group on industry policy, strategic and enterprise risks and strategic policy development. He is a member of the Board of the Kokoda Foundation, contributing to leadership development programs and strategic dialogue on national security affairs. An active sporting aviator, Drew is also the Chairman of the Operations Panel and Board member for the Gliding Federation of Australia.
Commander Christina Ween, RAN

Commander Christina Ween, RAN

CMDR Ween joined the RAN in 1993 and graduated from ADFA. She has served as both a Seaman Officer and Maritime Logistics Officer with operational service in HMA Ships Ipswich, Newcastle, Melbourne, Manoora, Success and Tobruk. CMDR Ween has served in a variety of shore postings including waterfront logistics, ML category sponsorship and Community Management, ADFA officer training, Military Personnel Policy, Strategic Maritime Logistics and Project Management. She is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and is currently the Director Maritime Allowance Review and a Trustee to the RAN Relief Trust Fund.
Commander Kelly Haywood, RAN

Commander Kelly Haywood, RAN

Commander Haywood joined the RAN in 1997 as a Combat Systems Operator; achieving the rank of Leading Seaman. CMDR Haywood commissioned as a Maritime Logistics Officer in 2005. She has had operational service in HMA Ships Kanimbla, Anzac, Stuart, Success and Toowoomba and has served in various shore postings. She is a graduate of the Australian Maritime College (BBu Maritime and Logistics Management)and UNSW (MBu). In May 2019, CMDR Haywood was appointed as Navy Women's Strategic Advisor.

Lieutenant Loretta Houlahan, RAN

Lieutenant Loretta Houlahan is a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. With dual qualifications in science and law, she began her professional career as a scientist before moving to a private legal practice where she worked for two years. In 2016, Lieutenant Houlahan commissioned as a Legal Officer and is currently posted to HMAS Harman. In addition to her legal work, Lieutenant Houlahan is an experienced board member and has served on a number of health, legal and public sector boards.
Warrant Officer of the Navy, Gary Wight

Warrant Officer of the Navy, Gary Wight

Gary Wight joined the RAN in Jan 1987 as a Radio Operator and has served in a wide range of submarines, afloat ships and establishments. Gary served as the Command Warrant Officer Career Management until his appointment in June 2015 as the Command Warrant Officer Joint Task Force 633. In May 2016 WO Wight was appointed as the Royal Australian Navy’s eighth Warrant Officer of the Navy.

WHAT DO OUR NAVY FAMILIES SAY?

  • D Smith - Canberra

    I cannot thank Keeping Watch for helping us in our time of need. We were struggling with living expenses after a death in the family and I found out about Keeping Watch. I'm so glad I conatcted them to see how they could help. They were amazing throughout and the money could not have come at a better time. We are now moving forward positively and looking to the future. Thank you so much.
  • R James - Canberra

    I would highly recommend Keeping Watch if you need financial help and are a Navy family. We experienced an unexpected family crisis and we were struggling to meet daily living expenses and child care costs. Keeping Watch helped us through this difficult situation with a grant and offered some very valuable advise on how to deal with the loss. If you need help, contact Keeping Watch.