Special Coordinator, Justine Braithwaite
Justine Braithwaite commenced as Special Coordinator of RAMSI in November 2013. As Special Coordinator, Ms Braithwaite is responsible for the overall coordination and strategic direction of the Solomon Islands-RAMSI partnership and of RAMSI’s activities in Solomon Islands.
For the past two years, Ms Braithwaite has served as Chief of Staff within RAMSI's Office of the Special Coordinator. Prior to joining RAMSI, she was seconded to the Australian Office of National Assessments as a senior strategic analyst (2010-11). Ms Braithwaite has held a number of positions in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including in the Policy Planning Branch and International Organisations and Legal Division. Overseas, she has served in Moscow (2001-04).
Ms Braithwaite holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and previously worked as a solicitor in the Victorian Crown Solicitor's Office in Melbourne. She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Victorian Supreme Court in 1998. Ms Braithwaite speaks Solomon Islands Pijin and Russian.
Deputy Special Coordinator, Richard Griffith
Richard Griffith commenced as RAMSI’s Deputy Special Coordinator in October 2013. He follows previous RAMSI Deputy Special Coordinators Wayne Higgins (2011-2013), Mary Thurston (2011), Justin Fepulea’i (2009-2011), Jonathan Austin (2007-2009), Paul Ash (2005-2007) and Peter Noble (2003-2005).
As Deputy Special Coordinator, Mr Griffith provides support and advice to the Special Coordinator, and has specific responsibilities for policy support to Police rearmament and elections security issues.
Prior to commencing with RAMSI and New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Griffith was a civilian with the New Zealand Defence Force. Mr Griffith has served as Assistant Defence Adviser with the New Zealand High Commission in Australia and Assistant Director Pacific in the Strategic Commitments Branch in the New Zealand Defence Force Headquarters. Mr Griffith has also worked in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Mr Griffith holds a BA in Political Studies, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) and a Master’s Degree (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Waikato.
Assistant Special Coordinator, Mataiasi Lomaloma
Mataiasi Lomaloma commenced as RAMSI’s Assistant Special Coordinator in July 2005, replacing Sekove Naqiolevu, who served in the position from RAMSI’s inception in July 2003. Mr Lomaloma is from the Republic of Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.
As Assistant Special Coordinator, Mataiasi Lomaloma is responsible for peace building, with a strong focus on reconciliation.
Mr Lomaloma started his career as an Army Officer of the Fijian Military Forces. During his military career, he served in a number of peace-keeping operations in the Middle East, including with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as the Battalion Commander of the Fiji Battalion.
Mr Lomaloma finished his military career in 1990 to join the Fiji Civil Service, serving in the Ministries of Finance, Regional Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Home Affairs and Fijian Affairs. He is a graduate of the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College.
Commander - Participating Police Force, Paul Osbourne
Paul Osbourne commenced as the Commander of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force in June 2011, following Wayne Buchhorn (Commander, June 2009 to May 2011), Denis McDermott (July 2007 to June 2009), Will Jamieson (July 2005 to July 2007), Sandi Peisley (July 2004 – July 2005) and Ben McDevitt (July 2003 to July 2004).
Commander Osbourne is responsible for the RAMSI Participating Police Force whose roles are supporting and assisting the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) to uphold law and order within Solomon Islands. As part of his role, Commander Osbourne also serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
Commander Osborne has over 26 years of experience serving with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). He has a diverse range of law enforcement experience at both the national and International levels and has previously served overseas as a Senior Liaison Officer attached to the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.
Commander Osborne has also managed the AFP’s Law Enforcement Cooperation Program, leading a range of bilateral and multilateral capacity building and assistance programs being undertaken with various overseas law enforcement partners and agencies in Asia and the Pacific, and has managed the AFP International Network of Senior AFP Officers in 33 cities around the world. Prior to commencing his role with RAMSI, he has been responsible for the AFP’s International Deployment Group, which is responsible for training and deploying police to the RAMSI Participating Police Force.