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Candid Conversations

Come and hear from ex-SAS officer Matt Rogerson on the topic Ukraine – Can we make sense of it? A night of reflections. Matt will be speaking about the war in Ukraine and the place of war in the modern world.

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Matt Rogerson

Matt is a 52 year old Australian Army Officer, educator and outdoor leader with extensive operational military service ranging from deployments as a UN Peacekeeper in the Middle East, operations in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, and counter-terrorism duties. He now teaches ethics, leadership and character at the Australian Defence Force Academy and has an ongoing passion for engaging and mentoring young leaders. He has used his skills and experience as a mountaineer and outdoor leader to develop resilience in military personnel, both before and after combat. His interest in military history has led to leadership roles in Battlefield Study Tours in PNG.

His academic qualifications include a first class Honours in Political Science from the University of New South Wales, and Masters in Defence Studies (University of Canberra) and Capability Development (UNSW).

Matt served for 33 years in the Australian Army as a Signals Officer, initially in Mechanised and Parachute units. Following successful completion of Special Air Service Regiment Selection he worked in the unit for seven years, with significant and lengthy deployments to the Middle East and in counter terrorism duties. Following promotion and a four year appointment in Special Operations Command, he found himself in increasingly bureaucratic roles and transferred to part time service.

Beyond the Defence Force, Matt has led three vertical geological survey expeditions to remote Greenland fjords, working in partnership with local Inuit landowners and exploration geologists. He has worked to support radar mapping of glacial ice in the mountains of New Zealand. He has a novel and unexpected career in television production, holding the position of lead rigger and assistant producer for the popular television series SAS Australia. Matt also works for a bespoke adventure company as their lead guide.

Matt is an enthusiastic mountaineer, having participated in and led several significant mountaineering expeditions, including making the first Australian ascent of Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain in the world), and the third ascent of the remote sub-Antarctic Mawson’s Peak. He has climbed extensively in Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia. He remains one of the Australian Army’s foremost experts on Mountain warfare. He is married to Stephanie and has two adult children, Grace and James, who remain at home. Matt is an active member of a local Canberra church, where he recently served on the board of management. His interests include amateur history, woodworking and various outdoor pursuits.


April 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


St Thomas’ Church North Sydney
Corner Church & McLaren Streets
North Sydney, Australia