Head of Corps, Royal Australian Corps of Transport 2016
Brigadier Cameron Leigh Purdey CSC -
Brigadier Cameron Purdey was born in Geelong on 10th September 1968. He enlisted in the Australian Army in 1988, graduated from the Royal Military College in 1989 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. He completed a range of postings as a Lieutenant and Captain including 26 Transport Squadron, Northwest Mobile Force, Army School of Transport, Puckapunyal Logistic Battalion and 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion.
In 1999, Brigadier Purdey was posted to 10th Force Support Battalion as the Officer Commanding 30/35 Water Transport and Terminal Squadron. In October 1999 he deployed his Squadron on operational service as part of the 10th Force Support Battalion commitment to INTERFET, with responsibility for port operations at Dili and distribution to INTERFET elements across the theatre. 10th Force Support Battalion was subsequently awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for its efforts in East Timor. This was followed by attendance at the Army Command and Staff College in Canberra during 2001 and appointment at the Directorate of Officer Career Management in 2002-03, as the Career Advisor - Royal Australian Corps of Transport/Australian Army Catering Corps.
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2004, he was posted to the Land Warfare Development Centre as the Staff Officer Grade One Doctrine. This was followed in 2006 with an appointment as the Staff Officer Grade One Combat Service Support within Force Development Group, Land Warfare Development Centre. Brigadier Purdey was posted as the Commanding Officer 10th Force Support Battalion in January 2007. He was fortunate to deploy to the Middle East as the Commanding Officer of the third rotation of the Force Level Logistic Asset from Aug 2007 - Feb 2008, the joint 150 person contingent providing logistic support to all deployed Australian force elements in the Middle East Area of Operations.
Brigadier Purdey completed a posting as the Staff Officer Grade One Logistic Plans (Domestic/Exercises) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command through 2009, prior to his promotion and appointment as the Colonel Logistics at Headquarters Forces Command in January 2010. This posting provided significant exposure to strategic issues within sustainment, force modernisation and force structure development. In 2013 Brigadier Purdey was posted to the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies as a student. In March 2014 he was promoted and posted as the Director General Land Manoeuvre Systems, Defence Materiel Organisation and in January 2016 took up his current role within Army Headquarters as the Director General Logistics.
Brigadier Purdey holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Strategic Studies), a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) and a Masters in Management and Defence Studies. Married to Virginia and with two teenage children, he tries to find time for golf and supporting Geelong Football Club. His interests also include reading, singing and playing the guitar.
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Head of Corps, Royal Australian Corps of Transport
Brigadier Paul Michael Nothard, AM, CSC -
Brigadier Paul Nothard graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1988 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Corps related postings have included Troop Command in the 5th Transport Squadron; Officer Commanding 86th Transport Troop, 26th Transport Squadron; Instructor at Corps Training Wing, Army School of Transport; Australian Exchange Instructor at the United States Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia and Officer Commanding 26th Transport Squadron.
He has served in a wide variety of staff appointments including Liaison Officer to the Commander 3rd Military District; S4 Transport and S4 Logistics on Headquarters 3rd Brigade; Staff Officer Grade Two Facilities and Training Areas, Army Headquarters; Senior Officer Manager – Army (SOM-A) at the Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army and Defence Adviser to the Joint Standing Committee for Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade at Parliament House, Canberra.
In 1998 he deployed to Bougainville on Operation Bel Isi. For his service as the Operations Officer of the Peace Monitoring Team – Buin, Brigadier Nothard was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In January 2006, Brigadier Nothard commenced service as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1 CSSB). From February to August 2007, Brigadier Nothard commanded the Force Level Logistic Asset – Middle East Area of Operations, providing logistic support to all members within the OP CATALYST and OP SLIPPER areas of operation. For his service as the SOM-A, CO 1 CSSB and CO FLLA-MEAO he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In January 2009, he was promoted to colonel and posted as Colonel Support at Headquarters Land Command, then upon the formation of Headquarters Forces Command on 1 July 2009, he transitioned to the appointment of G4. In 2010, he served as the Director of Officer Career Management – Army and was a course member at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Weston Creek in 2011. Brigadier Nothard was promoted to his current rank and commenced service as the Director General Army Operations, Army Headquarters in January 2012.
Brigadier Nothard has been married to Karen for 20 years and they have a 18 year old son (Jordan) and a 16 year old daughter (Samara). He is a graduate of Australian Command and Staff College (2002) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2011). He holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies from the University of New England, a Masters of Management from the University of Canberra and a Masters of Strategic Studies from Deakin University. He is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Executive Director on the Board of the Army Amenities Fund. His interests include spending time with his family and attempting to play a decent round of golf.
On 15 October 2012, Brigadier Nothard was appointed as the Head of Corps of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
Head of Corps Royal Australian Corps of Transport
Brigadier Andrew Bottrell, CSC and Bar
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Andrew Bottrell was born on 15th August 1967 in Forbes, NSW and completed his schooling at Rostrevor College in Adelaide. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1987 to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. His regimental service was undertaken within 10th Terminal Regiment, the Army Detachment to the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, and the Land Warfare Centre, Canungra.
Brigadier Bottrell returned to Australia to assume command of the 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion within the 3rd Brigade. During his tenure he deployed on Op LARRY ASSIST to command the Land Task Group in Innisfail in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Larry. He also deployed to Timor Leste in May 2006 on OP ASTUTE as the Logistics Component Commander for JTF631 under, then, Brigadier Mick Slater.
In 2007 he served as an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College. Later that year he deployed on Op CATALYST as the SO1 Joint Effects on HQ Multi-National Division (South East) where he was charged with the responsibility for coordinating the transfer of Basra Province to Provincial Iraqi Control.
Upon return to Australia in Jan 2008 Brigadier Bottrell was promoted to Colonel and posted as Director Logistics – Army in Army Headquarters.
In 2010 he attended the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College and was subsequently promoted to Brigadier and posted into his current appointment as Chief of Staff Army Headquarters in January 2011.
Brigadier Bottrell holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Business (Integrated Logistics), a Master of Defence Studies, and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). He is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliffe, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.
Brigadier Bottrell was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2003 for his work at Strategic Operations Division and was awarded a Bar to the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his role as the Logistics Component Commander for Op ASTUTE