Norbert Connor Keough, a fifth generation Australian and a United States Navy veteran, joined the League in April 2009 and on 9 March 2013 was elected President of North Bondi RSL Sub-Branch. He was also re-elected to a fourth term as Delegate to the Returned & Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch) Congress. He served as Sub-Branch Honorary Secretary from 2010 until 2013 and was the Sub-Branch’s Delegate on the Eastern Metropolitan District Council of RSL Sub-Branches from 2009-11.
Norb, a non-practising barrister and a DVA-TIP trained advocate, is a member of the New South Wales Bar Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Political Science) degree and a Juris Doctor degree. On 2 June 2011 the Governor of New South Wales appointed Norb to a five year term as a Justice of the Peace.
In 2012 Norb was one of 16 individuals selected nationally for, and completed, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs National Tribunal Advocacy Course at the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra. He is a Senior Advocate and advocates pro bono for active duty Australian Defence Force servicemembers, reservists, veterans, war widows and dependents before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on DVA claims and advises on entitlements and compensation. As a Senior Advocate, Norb advises the RSL leadership on pending legislation affecting the League, military members and veterans issues in both state and federal Parliament and writes submissions to Parliament on behalf of the League.
On the RSL NSW Congress Norb has served, in 2011, as a Scrutineer (95th Congress) during the State-wide elections for RSL NSW State Council. Since 2012 he has served on the Suspension Committee (for the 96th and 97th Congresses) which decides whether or not to refer important or urgent matters to the Congress agenda.
Norb is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; served as a Councillor of the Royal United Services Institute of NSW Inc from 2011-13; was the Chairman of the RSL’s Keep 45 Alive from 2009-10 (Commemoration Committee for the 65th Anniversary of the end of WW2); served on the governing committee for the Royal Naval Association (NSW Branch) from 2009-10; is the publisher of Equal Justice for Troops blog; a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association of Australia; a senior member in the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; has written numerous op-ed pieces on military justice and veterans issues; and is a member of the NSW Justices Association.
Norb and his partner, Edoardo Capriotti who is an Affiliate Member of the League, live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. 2007 saw Norb move home to Sydney from the United States after having lived there for many years. In his spare time Norb enjoys cooking, attending theatre and musicals, flying (as a private pilot), surfing, tennis, golf, and astronomy.