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Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce was born and educated in Adelaide, he was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968 and retired in 2004, his appointments including service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, postings in Washington and London, Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus and Flag appointments as Naval Training and Naval Support Commander.
Kevin also specialised in military logistics and procurement which saw him rise to the rank of Admiral and Head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation.
Kevin has been awarded with a number of prestigious awards for his services over the years, some including:
- Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994
- The Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007
- Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008
With a number of Masters Degrees under his belt, Kevin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia.
Rear Admiral Scarce was recently appointed Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children’s Services, as well as being a Director of a number of public and private companies.