- In 2008, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie was made Chief of Army, overseeing 48,000 staff and a $6b operating budget.
- In 1989 was the second in command of the 2nd Australian Contingent to the United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia.
- As the Vice Chief of the Defence Force/Chief of Joint Operations and Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Gillespie was advanced to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2011 Honours List.
General Gillespie was the ideal choice for this group. He was extremely open, authentic and engaging and it was his honesty and personal reflections that made the discussion so impactful for the audience. General Gillespie took the time to answer questions and interact with the guests which was appreciated by all. Everyone found him to be very personable and his insights were not only relevant to the theme but also unique and inspirational.
The real key to your success as a communicator, in my view, lay in your passion for your people, for the job you were doing and the core values that have been self-evident throughout your 43-year military career. If my experience, as a civilian rather than a military professional, is anything to go by there is no doubt what you have to say and the way in which you say it transcends the military environment.