Commander Alison Westwood

CMDR Alison Westwood

Born in Launceston Tasmania, Commander Alison Westwood RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1991, graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy with a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 with Honours from the University of NSW in 1994. She completed Seaman Officer training and served as an Officer of the Watch in HMA Ships Tobruk and Sydney from 1996 to 1999.

Following this she embarked on a career in Intelligence, deploying in various platforms, both surface and subsurface, and with Command Staff to the Middle East in 2003. In 2004 she completed her Masters in Business Administration through the University of New England, focusing on Human Resource Management. She has also been employed across a range of staff officer roles at operational and strategic headquarters levels in the intelligence community. This included roles at the now Navy Communications and Information Warfare and Submarine Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) after being promoted to Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in 2006.

Promoted to Commander in January 2011, she took up the position of Executive Officer HMAS Waterhen in Sydney. During her tenure Commander Westwood also performed the duties as Liaison Officer for the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, during her review into treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). She received recognition as one of the Top 100 Navy Leaders for her efforts in both roles.

Since this time Commander Westwood has undertaken further staff roles both in the Intelligence and navy personnel communities, including at Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA). In 2015 she deployed to the Middle East again as the senior intelligence Officer for the region in HQJTF633.

Commander Westwood recently assumed command of HMAS Harman in Canberra.