Five members of the Swinburne community have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.
The Queen's Birthday honours list recognises Australians for outstanding excellence, achievement or meritorious service.
Mr Gary Baldwin, one of Australia’s most respected wine professionals, has received a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to oenology as a wine maker, consultant and judge, and to professional associations. Mr Baldwin is Director and Principal Consultant at Wine Network Consulting and studied a Diploma in Biochemistry at Swinburne.
Other members of the Swinburne community who received honours are:
Mr Greg Fordham, a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) alumnus, received a Medal of the Order of Australia for significant service to the aviation transport industry. Mr Fordham is Managing Director of Airbiz and a thought leader in airport planning development concepts and trends. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Swinburne’s aviation courses. He has been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers.
Mr David Ellis, who studied a Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance), received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to seafarers through charitable initiatives, and to the community. Mr Ellis served the Mission to Seafarers Brisbane for almost 20 years. He is also a former councillor on the Australian Maritime Officers Union, and a herald and member of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Queensland Commandery.
Mr Robert Peak, a Graduate Diploma in Business (Accounting) alumnus, received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to Australian Rules football, and to sports administration. Mr Peak has held many positions with sporting bodies, including the Royal Melbourne Yacht Club, Blackburn South Junior Football Club, North Kew Football Club, Victorian Metropolitan Football League and Sporting Inclusion Australia, and was both President and Vice President of the Eastern Football League.
Mr Donald Griffin, a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) alumnus, received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the accounting profession and to athletics. Mr Griffin, a CPA Australia Fellow, is the chief executive of Etax Accountants and Etax Local. He was co-event manager of the Brisbane Marathon from 1997-2015 and received a Prime Minister's Sport Recognition Award in 2003.