Duncan Hayward

Director General, Defence Force Recruiting

BRIG D.L. (Duncan) Hayward was born in 1968. After completing his schooling at St Aloysius College, Sydney he attended the Royal Military College and graduated (1988) to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. His early service included regimental appointments with 1st Armoured Regiment and 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and instructional appointments at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, the Royal Military College and the School of Armour. He returned to 1st Armoured Regiment and served as both a Squadron Commander (2000-01) and later as Commanding Officer (2007-08).

His operational deployments have included the Golan Heights, Syria and Southern Lebanon, (1998-99); the Indian Ocean (2001); Iraq (2003-04), and Afghanistan (2008-09). In addition he has held primary appointments in the areas of Preparedness and Plans; Capability Development; International Engagement; and Joint Capability Coordination. A highlight was overseeing planning for the acquisition, delivery, training and introduction into service of the new tank capability culminating in command of 1st Armoured Regiment for the transition from Leopard to Abrams. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (2013) for his efforts in International Engagement to develop and enhance Australia’s strategically important military partnerships. He was posted as a Directing Staff at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2014-15) to mentor and develop officers on the higher defence college course.

In late 2015 BRIG Hayward commenced a reform program to modernise Army’s recruiting practices including the removal of barriers to recruitment and the implementation of programs to improve Army’s recruiting achievement. He was promoted and appointed to his current role as Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division / Deputy Commander ADF Cadets in December 2017 with responsibilities for youth safety, ADF cadets and reserve policy.

BRIG Hayward is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course (2002), and the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (2013). He holds a Bachelor of Arts – Strategic Studies/International Relations (Deakin), a Master of Management – Defence Studies (University of Canberra), a Master of Strategic Affairs (Australian National University); and a Master of Arts – Strategic Studies (Deakin).

He is married to Virginia, and they have an adult daughter, Holly and a son, Xavier. His personal interests include competitive sailing, yacht cruising, travel and reading. He is a board member of the Canberra Yacht Club (Vice-Commodore), and Australian Sailing – ACT (Secretary) and is actively involved in programs to promote sailing for disadvantaged youth and less able sailors. BRIG Hayward is the Patron of ADF Sailing.