Key people

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, Greg Harrigan

Greg Harrigan commenced as the Commander of RAMSI’s Participating Police Force (CPPF) in December 2013, following Paul Osborne (June 2011 – November 2013), Wayne Buchhorn (June 2009 – May 2011), Denis McDermott (July 2007 – June 2009), Will Jamieson (July 2005 – July 2007), Sandi Peisley (July 2004 – July 2005) and Ben McDevitt (July 2003 – July 2004).

Commander Harrigan is responsible for the RAMSI Participating Police Force whose role is to support and assist the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) through building RSIPF capabilities, especially in leadership development, public order management and the crucial logistics, human resources and administrative functions needed to support front-line officers. As part of his role, Commander Harrigan also serves as the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Greg Harrigan is a career police officer who joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1983. His career spans 30 years working in a diverse range of portfolios in both Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing and National Operations. He has held executive level leadership positions within Economic Crime, General Crime, Narcotic Investigations, Child Protection Operations, Major Event Planning and Professional Standards portfolios.

Greg was promoted to Commander in 2010 and has held positions as Manager Protection Operations, Manager Corporate Communications and Manager Specialist Response Group, before deploying as CPPF.

Greg is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Royal Malaysian Police Senior Command Program. He has completed studies in Police Management, Applied Management and Project Management.

Greg is married with 4 children (three boys and a girl) and while at home enjoys being involved in their sporting and music activities.  Greg’s family have not accompanied him as they are studying and commitments in Canberra, but are very proud and supportive of his role as CPPF in the Solomon Islands.