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                 Sean Rout

Sean Rout became President of Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch in 2019. He has been a member of the RSL movement for over 35 years and has held a number of positions in the sub-Branch including treasurer.

Sean is a Vietnam Veteran and served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.


Work life: After returning from Vietnam, Sean worked for the Chubb Group of Companies for over 25 years, serving in a number of senior positions, before retiring in 2005 from his then role of Corporate Training Manager - Chubb Group of Companies in Australia.


Chubb Group Training worked with organisers in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and supported the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, for the Beijing 2008 games, which saw Sean visit Beijing several times.


Volunteering is a big part of Sean’s life. One of his passions is rugby and since 1986 has held many roles for Manly Marlins Rugby Club where he was a board member for over 20 years, Honorary Secretary for three years, and President of the licensed club for 3 years. Sean wrote the Marlins History book (482 pages), called “Sun Surf and Scrums” which was launched in 2015 by the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Sean was made a life member of Manly Rugby Club in 2015. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from Manly Council, 2010, Community Service Award - Balgowlah Rotary Club, 2014, and received the Australia Day Award for Outstanding Community Service, Northern Beaches Council 2018.



John Platt was commissioned as an Officer in the Australian Army in 1973 and served overseas in the United Kingdom, Germany, United States, the Philippines and East Timor. His appointments have included:

  • Honorary Aide to His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales - Sir Roden Cutler;

  • Defence Liaison Officer in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and

  • As a Commanding Officer of Army and Defence Force Units on three occasions.

For outstanding leadership, he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2000 Australia Day Honours List. Upon transfer to the Army Reserve, John continued to do part time work as the Chief Safety Officer for large combined and joint training activities and exercises.


John has been an industry General Manager and CEO; and has consulted to business including ING Australia and ANZ Wealth. He has been a Chairman and Director on Boards of Financial Services Companies since 2011 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Currently he is also Chairman of Australia Remembers - Northern Beaches and North Shore, and a Director of the Manly Life Saving Club.

          Vice President
   Col John Platt, CSC Ret'd

  Hon Secretary
    Pam Hansen

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   John Oliver

A Retired Marketing Director with a keen interest in local Community activities including being a current representative on the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group, Delegate for Harbord Diggers Sub Clubs, Represents Mounties on the Dawn Service Trust Committee, Hon Secretary for Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch for the past 12 years.  Had 2 Uncles served in WWII & 3 Gr Uncles served in WWI.

Born in Mackay, Nth Qld and moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1968.  Married to Leon for 50 years and has 2 children and 7 Grandchildren.

John was born in 1948 in Broken Hill and has been married for 50 years to wife Roslyn and we have two children and three grandchildren.

He has lived on the Northern Beaches since 1977 and in Freshwater since 2002, retired in  2005 after 40yr business career initially 12 years as  Chartered Accountant/Tax Specialist and 28 years as  Investment Banker.

Former Director of Lifeline Northern Beaches & Volunteer for past  16 years.

Former Director of two Vietnam based charities: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation International  and KOTO International.

Both John's parents served in the RAAF in WWII . 

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