AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY STATE WINNER
2014 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Elizabeth Cosson (Liz) entered the Australian Army in 1979 as an officer cadet and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps. During the early part of her career she served in a number of appointments as a supply and administrative officer.
In 1991 she was appointed to a position at the Royal Australian Air Force Logistics Command where she was responsible for the logistics support to army aviation aircraft. For her work in improving the availability of the Blackhawk helicopter fleet and supporting the fleet deployment to Cambodia, she received a commendation from the Air Officer Commanding Logistics.
In 1995 Brigadier Cosson served in a number of appointments within Land Command. These included including a regimental appointment with the 11th Brigade and a logistics staff officer appointment at Headquarters Land Command. During this appointment her responsibilities included logistics planning in support of the 1999 operations in East Timor. In November 1999 she deployed as the Chief of Staff of the Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville. For these later activities, she was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2001 Australia Day Honours List.
On her return from Bougainville she served with Defence Corporate Services before being seconded to the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in the House of Representatives. In 2002, Brigadier Cosson commenced a three year appointment in strategic logistics planning and was responsible for logictics policy and for developing concepts to improve logistics information systems.
She was promoted to Brigadier in December 2005 and is currently serving as the Director General Regions and Bases within Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group. In this position she is responsible for the management of integrated service delivery to Defence bases across Australia.
Brigadier Cosson is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College at Queenscliff (1994) and the Defence Strategic Studies Course (2005). She holds a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies.