Meet our team

Our Patron

sir Peter Cosgrove

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

Our Board


Major General Bill Crews AO (Ret'd)

Major General Bill Crews AO (Ret'd) commenced as the Chairman 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.



Mr Ken Foster OAM

Deputy Chairman 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 Director of AVCAT from 2001 to 2003, before being reappointed in 2005.

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Badcock (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 Director of AVCAT since 2005.

Mr William (Bill) Roberts

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’ Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Association of Australia (NSW Branch). Bill has been a 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 has been an AVCAT Board Director since May 2017 and 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.

Alternate Directors

Mr David Norton

Alternate Director for Lieutenant Colonel Badcock (Retd). 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.

Mr Peter Kaineder

Alternate Director for Mr Roberts. A Vietnam veteran and a teacher by profession, Mr Kaineder recently retired from his position as Senior Science Master of a NSW Selective School.

Mr Peter Eveille

Alternate Director for Dr Rob Webster. Peter served in the Royal Australian Navy for 20 years. Operational duties included three deployments to Vietnam in HMAS Perth and a number of Vung Tau ferry trips. Peter also had over two years exchange service with the United States Navy where he deployed to the Middle East.

After serving in the Navy, Peter was employed as a Human Resources manager in the Australian Public Service until his retirement in 2005. His volunteer work commenced in 1992 and he has been a member of various ACT Ex Service Organisations' Executive committees. He is a life member of the RSL and recently retired as the President of RSL ACT. Peter joined the AVCAT Board in May 2017.



Mrs Meg Green

Alternate Director for Gordon Blake. 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.

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.

Siobhan Day, Scholarships Manager

Siobhan joined the AVCAT team in April of 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications from ACU (2012) and has commenced a Masters of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Siobhan was previously the International Scholarships Coordinator for the Aurora Education Foundation, an organisation committed to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Prior to this, Siobhan worked in the corporate sector as a Project and Event Manager.




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.


Anne West, Scholarships Officer

Anne came to Australia from the UK in 1967. Anne commenced duties as our Scholarships Officer and Secretary in February 2005.

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 for The Salvation Army.

Raji Fernando, Contractor

Raji Fernando has been with AVCAT since late 2017.

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.


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