Ben Hemphill commenced his career as a graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1994 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. Ben obtained his Seaman Officer qualification in HMAS Cessnock, which he would later return to as the Executive Officer. In between these postings, Ben served as the last Navigating Officer of a Western Australian Patrol Boat in HMAS Geraldton before he was part of the crew that relocated the Patrol Boat to Darwin. Ben’s naval career was heavily involved in Operation Cranberry and Operation Relex. After completing his time in Patrol Boats, Ben was posted as a Divisional Officer for the New Entry Officer’s Course in HMAS Creswell. From here Ben undertook a two-year posting as the Maritime Surveillance Advisor to the Republic of Marshall Islands. Upon his return to Australia Ben was appointed to the Commanding Officer’s Course, where he then decided to leave the Royal Australian Navy. Ben is an experienced business professional with qualifications in Bachelor of Arts Systems Technology, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Government, Diploma of Business Technology, Advanced Diploma of Management Systems and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. Working in the corporate world, Ben has been exposed to new leadership and management styles and believes that these are beneficial to the Sub-Branch.