Grant Edwards

Service Ambassador

Grant has recently retired from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) following a 34-year career. He has enjoyed a diverse career and has held several key positions including three years as a Police Liaison Officer in Los Angeles, USA (1998-2001). In 2008 Grant was posted to Timor Leste as Security and was responsible for managing Australia’s policing commitment to Timor-Leste. In 2012 Grant was deployed to Afghanistan as the AFP Mission Commander and as Deputy Head of the International Police Coordination Board responsible for the reconstitution of the Afghan National Police. Prior to retirement, Grant completed a three-year posting to Washington DC as the AFP’s senior officer in the Americas responsible for all law enforcement engagement with Canada, USA, Mexico, Central and South America.

Grant has also represented Australia as an accomplished sportsperson in multiple sports. He is well known for physically pulling steam trains, planes, boats, and trucks, culminating in a Guinness World Record in 1996 for pulling a 201-tonne steam locomotive. In 2017 he pulled a C-17 US Military Globemaster at Dover Airforce Base, Delaware to raise awareness for mental health in the services, following diagnosed with Unipolar Major Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Fibromyalgia.

Grant is a passionate advocate in the field of mental health. His experience was shown on the ABC’s Australian Story in 2017 and through his memoir “The Strongman” which was published in 2019. He has worked with Soldier On in the past and is also an Ambassador with Fortem Australia and is looking forward to supporting the great work being done to support those suffering from mental health injuries.