In 2019 Grant retired from the Australian Federal Police after 34 years dedicated service. He has enjoyed a very diverse career working in fields such as family law, international drug trafficking, Intelligence, major organised crime, Cyber Crime and people smuggling, human trafficking and child exploitation. He has held position as Commander AFP member responsible for the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) as well as the Advisor to the Secretary of State for Security within the Government of Timor Leste. He has also deployed as Commander Afghanistan Mission oversighting the AFP’s contribution to rebuilding the Afghan Police as well as Deputy Head of the International Police Coordination Board, Afghanistan. Grant also spent a total of seven years based in the USA, most recently in Washington DC as AFP’s most senior officer in the Americas responsible for all law enforcement engagement with Canada, USA, Mexico, Central and South America.
Grant holds a master’s degree in leadership, policy and governance studies through Charles Sturt University, a Bachelor of Arts (Australian National University) and is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Senior Executive Program.
Grant is also an accomplished sportsperson having represented Australia in Athletics, Bobsleigh and Scottish Highland Games. He has competed across the world in Strongman events, including the 1999 Worlds Strongest Man competition in Malta. He is well known for physically pulling steam trains; planes, boats and trucks, culminating in a Guinness World Record for single handedly pulling a 201 tonne steam locomotive. In 2017 and in 2017 pulled a 178 tonne C-17 US Military Globemaster at Dover Airforce Base to raise awareness for mental health.
His personal lived experience with PTSD was shown on the ABC’s Australian Story in 2017 and he now presents across the world on his mental health experience.
In 2019 he published his memoir titled “The Strongman”.
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