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Defence communications veteran joins AFA

Defence communications veteran joins AFA

The association has added a RAAF communications veteran to its national board of directors.

The association has added a RAAF communications veteran to its national board of directors.

Deanna Nott has been named as a director of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) national board, effective from December 2021.  

Nott, who currently serves as the co-founder and director of Gold Coast-based firm Wings Public Relations, is the longest serving Public Affairs Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  

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The new appointee holds almost 28 years’ experience as an Air Force Specialist Reservist. 

Nott welcomed the opportunity to bridge the communications gap between Defence and the broader community. 

“With almost three decades of service, I have seen the Australian Defence Force experience such dramatic progression, however despite such change, there is still a unique culture, connection and way of operating in Defence that is a mystery for many people outside,” Nott said.

“Being invited to help grow a wider understanding, to encourage a more diverse point of view, and to provide a voice for the wider Air Force community on the Association Board is an incredible privilege.

“For me, there is no better time to be serving in the RAAF. As the Director of Wings Public Relations, I am also so fortunate to be part of the sovereign defence industry too – the workforce behind the ADF as our nation embarks on one of the biggest growth periods the Defence industry has ever seen.”

Air Force Association national president Carl Schiller said Nott would be responsible for developing the association’s strategic communication strategy and exploring innovative methods of engaging with veterans and the wider community.

“The association is reviewing its business structure to achieve efficiencies and modernise its business processes, including its communication systems,” he said.

“Deanna’s extensive public relations, communication, marketing, advocacy and community engagement experience, in both public and private sectors, makes her a valuable asset to the association.”

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