Board Director Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare OAM
Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare OAM is a Corporate Public Affairs strategist specialising in Defence, veterans’ affairs, and cross-cultural communication.
A former BBC and ABC broadcaster, Sharon has won many national and international awards for her work as an investigative journalist and radio documentary producer. In 2023, she was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the Order of Australia for services to media as a journalist.
A graduate of the University of Oxford (BA and MA in Modern Languages), Sharon was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia in 2017. Her PhD, conferred in 2013 by UniSA, examined the relationship between the media, military culture, and national identity; her current academic and teaching interests include information warfare and communication strategy in complex cross-cultural contexts.
A serving Military Public Affairs Officer in the Australian Army Reserve, Sharon has been previously posted to Defence Command Support Training Centre, Headquarters 9th Brigade and has served on operations in Iraq. In Defence Industry, Sharon has worked with Naval Group, BAE Systems, and Babcock Australasia; she also supports DTC’s Defence Industry Leadership Program (DILP) as a research supervisor and guest lecturer.
In 2022, Sharon completed the Corporate Affairs Academy at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and was appointed to the Oxford-GlobeScan Global Corporate Affairs Council. She has also served on the Government of South Australia’s Veterans Advisory Council and is an official Ambassador for Military and Emergency Services Health Australia, a charity of the Hospital Research Foundation.
Sharon was appointed to the Board in November 2023.