Professor Tom Frame

Director of Public Leadership Research Group-Howard Library

Professor Tom Frame joined the RAN College, HMAS Creswell, as a 16-year old junior entry cadet midshipman in January 1979. He served at sea and ashore, including a posting as Research Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff, and completed a PhD at UNSW Canberra in 1992 on the 1964 HMAS Voyager disaster. He resigned from the RAN to train for the Anglican ministry in 1993. After parish work in Australia and England he was Bishop to the Australian Defence Force (2001-2007) and then Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre (2007-14).

He has been a Visiting Fellow in the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University (2000-2003);  Patron of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia (2002-06), a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial (2004-07) and judged the inaugural Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History (2007).

A graduate of the Universities of NSW, Melbourne and Kent, he was appointed Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) in July 2014 and commissioned to produce a 50-year commemorative history of the partnership between the University of NSW and Defence.

Tom Frame is the author or editor of 26 books including Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager TragedyHMAS Sydney: Loss and ControversyLiving by the Sword: the Ethics of Armed InterventionThe Life and Death of Harold Holt and Losing My Religion: Unbelief in Australia.