Governor of SA joins the St John community

Governor of SA joins the St John community

31 October 2014

Deputy Prior Investiture

On Friday 31 October 2014 we officially welcomed His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia to the St John community in the role of Deputy Prior.


In a special Investiture Ceremony held at Government House His Excellency was invested as a Knight in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, in proceedings steeped in historical significance and tradition.

The Investiture ceremony was conducted by Chancellor Professor Mark Compton AM. Also in attendance were Priory Secretary Peter LeCornu, Receiver General Glen Brewer, Chairman Andrew McLachlan, CEO Sharyn Mitten and Board representatives.

The Chancellor of St John, Professor Mark Compton AM said:


"All of us in St John across Australia and especially those in South Australia warmly welcome His Excellency as Deputy Prior and as a Knight of our Order. His Excellency's longstanding contribution and commitment to humanitarian work is in complete alignment with our Order and its devotion to serve humanity. His Excellency's leadership, support, active engagement and warm encouragement of St John and all of its members will be a huge boost to St John in South Australia and continue to build upon the strong foundation built by his predecessor Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce."


As Deputy Prior His Excellency will play an important role in exercising constitutional and community duties, including officiating at investiture ceremonies and awards day celebrations. His Excellency commented that he was looking forward to his engagement with St John Ambulance in the capacity of Deputy Prior.


The appointment of His Excellency, sanctioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Sovereign Head of the Order), reinforces the valued bond between St John, State leaders and the South Australian community.


Sincere thanks and appreciation is extended to outgoing Deputy Prior and former Governor of South Australia Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR. Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce has been a steadfast advocate and champion of the humanitarian efforts of St John and provided valued guidance and counsel throughout his 7 year term. We wish him well for the future.