Brigadier Mark Smethurst
DSC, AM (Retd)

Executive Advisor

Brigadier Mark Smethurst DSC, AM (Retd) is an accomplished senior executive leader, with a highly successful track record commanding large and diverse teams both in Australia and overseas.  

With 35 years’ service in the Australian Army and 27 of those as a Senior Special Forces Officer. His experience has been gained and matured in high level command, leadership, operations, training and resolving specialised complex strategic challenges.


He has Commanded at all levels including Squadron in the Special Air Service Regiment, the Special Forces Training Centre, the 2nd Commando Regiment and the Deputy Commander of Australian Special Forces Command. He Commanded the NATO Special Forces in Afghanistan and was the Deputy Chief of Operations for the United States Special Operations Command. He departed the Australian Defence Force in March 2017 and then ran the NSW State Emergency Service for 2 yrs.

In May 2018 he founded Unleash Consulting Pty Ltd.  Mark now provides advice on leadership development, change management and senior leadership mentorship as a Strategic Advisor and member of a number of Boards. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Global SOF Foundation in the US and the Chairman of the Commando Welfare Trust.