Meet our team

Our Patron

sir Peter Cosgrove

Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret'd)

Our Board

Chair

Major General Bill Crews AO (Ret'd)

Major General Bill Crews AO (Ret'd) commenced as the Chair of AVCAT in May, 2017.

Bill served in the Australian Army for more than 37 years, retiring in 1999 from the position of Director, Defence Intelligence Organisation. He served in Vietnam in 1969.

He worked briefly in private enterprise and then in his professional association, Engineers Australia, before being elected in 2003 as National President of the Returned and Services League of Australia. Bill served in this voluntary role for six years, and continues to hold appointments as a volunteer in several not-for-profit organisations.

Bill holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics. He was an International Fellow at the US Army War College, and has completed the Corporate Directors' Diploma Course at UNE. He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996 for his military service.

Board Directors

Mr Ken Foster OAM

Deputy Chair of AVCAT. A veteran of Malaya and Vietnam, Ken served in the Australian Army from 1962 to 1979. He is the National President of the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia and was a Board Director of AVCAT from 2001 to 2003, before being reappointed by the Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia in 2005.

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Badcock OAM (Ret’d)

A Vietnam veteran, Philip served in the Australian Army from 1967 to 1992. After leaving the Army, he became the Director of Logistics for the NSW Department of Corrective Services. He was appointed by Legacy Australia Inc. and has been a Board Director of AVCAT since 2005.

Mr William (Bill) Roberts OAM

A Vietnam veteran in the Australian Army from 1963 to 1972, Bill served in Malaya and Borneo from 1965 to 1967. He is the Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia, and the Senior Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers' and Peacemakers' Association of Australia (NSW Branch). He was appointed by the Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers' and Peacemakers' Association of Australia and has been a Board Director of AVCAT since 2005.

Dr Robert (Rob) Webster OAM FCPA FAPI FRICS

Rob was in the Australian Army and served in Vietnam  from February 1970 to February 1971. He is the State President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (Victorian Branch) Inc, being awarded Life Membership with Gold Badge in 2002. Rob is Chairman of the Victorian Veterans' Children's Education Board. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree.

He was appointed by RSL National and has been an AVCAT Board Director since May 2017. Rob received a Medal in the Order of Australia in 2017.

 

 

Mr Gordon Blake

National President of the Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council (AVADSC). He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1979 and served until 1994. He subsequently spent a number of years in Electronic Engineering appointments before his retirement. Gordon has held a variety of executive positions in ex-service organisations since then. He also works as a volunteer for Veterans' welfare in those organisations. He was appointed by the Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council, and has been a Board Director of AVCAT since 2012.

Mrs Meg Green

 Meg is a Registered Nurse by profession and still works on a part-time basis. She is the widow of a Vietnam Veteran and is the National President of the War Widows' Guild of Australia. Meg has been active in assisting the children of veterans’ achieve pathways to further education through the Veterans’ Children Education Board (NSW) for some years. She was appointed by War Widows' Guild of Australia in 2018, and has been an Alternate Board Director of AVCAT since 2013.

Alternate Board Directors

Mr David Norton FCA

Alternate Board Director for Lieutenant Colonel Badcock (Ret'd). Mr Norton holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Science from Oxford, England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales). A veteran of the Malayan Emergency, he experienced active service in the early 1950s. Mr Norton brings to AVCAT his professional experience in Investment Banking with specialisation in financial research and fund management. He has been an Alternate Board Director since 2011.

Mr Peter Kaineder

Alternate Board Director for Mr Bill Roberts OAM from the Vietnam Veterans' Peacekeepers' and Peacemakers' Association of Australia. A Vietnam Veteran and a teacher by profession, Mr Kaineder is retired from his position as Senior Science Master of a NSW Selective School. Peter has been an Alternate Board Director since 2006.

Mr Peter Jones

the Alternate Board Director for Mr Gordon Blake AVADSC. Peter worked in commerce and economics for 7 years before serving in the Navy from 1965 to 1971. He then worked for the Navy for another 10 years in a civilian capacity. Peter moved to Brisbane and worked in manufacturing and workplace health & safety for 25 years and has just retired from managing a Licensed Club for the last 10 years.

Peter is involved in Ex-Service activities since the Welcome Home March in early 1990's. He is state President of Vietnam Logistic Support Veterans Association and the State Chair and National Secretary of Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council.

Our Staff

Joan Hughes, Chief Executive Officer

Joan commenced as CEO of AVCAT in April 2016. She has been a CEO in the non-for-profit and charitable sectors for 20 years. In her earlier career, Joan was a Deputy Principal of a public high school. She is very passionate about the importance of education for young people.

Georgina Nash, Scholarships Manager

Georgina joined AVCAT in July 2018. She has worked in the non-profit sector for thirteen years, including managing tertiary scholarships and education programs for Aboriginal students across the country. She has also managed a national Community Grants program for marginalised and disadvantaged Australians. Georgina is passionate about addressing inequality and ensuring everyone can take advantage of life’s opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies and a Master of Education.

 

 

Chris Wicks, Finance Manager

Chris commenced with AVCAT in March 2017. He is a fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. Chris has held senior financial positions for many years in the commercial sector and for the past five years in the not-for-profit sector, working with organisations focusing on disadvantaged families and early childhood education.

 

Ashley Leek, Scholarships Administration Officer

Ashley commenced with AVCAT in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous Health from the University of Wollongong and Certificate IV in Community Services. Ashley has previously worked in student services at Macquarie University and volunteers with people at risk.

Emma Dallas, Scholarships Communications Officer

Emma joined AVCAT in August 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communication (writing & publishing) from Western Sydney University. Emma has worked in the not-for-profit and creative industries for fifteen years and is working on writing a play.

 

Raji Fernando, Contractor

Raji Fernando has been with AVCAT since late 2017.

Register your interest for our 2019 scholarships. Application forms will be sent out in August to everyone on our Expressions of Interest register