Meet our team

Our Board

Our Patron

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)


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 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 AM

 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.

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.



Alternate Board Directors

Mrs Jenny Gregory

Mrs Jenny Gregory is the Alternate Board Director for Mrs Meg Green, War Widows’ Guild of Australia. Jenny is a Registered Nurse by profession and has tertiary qualifications in Health Services Management.

She is the widow of a Vietnam Veteran and is the State President of Australian War Widows Queensland.

Jenny is an advocate of further education due to her past role of developing and providing accredited dementia training programs for carers of people with dementia. Jenny joined the AVCAT Board in October 2018.

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.

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 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 Patrick W Medway AM

Patrick W Medway AM is the Alternate Director for Dr Rob Webster, RSL National. Patrick is the President of the Teachers RSL Sub-Branch and has served in this capacity since 2010 having previously served in various positions and committees since joining the RSL in 1972. He was trained as a commando in the 1st Commando Company in Sydney in 1958-59 and later joined the NSW Police Force. He was seconded to the Australian Federal Police in 1964 and served in the United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mission in 1964 and 1965 as an investigator for the UN mission.
After an early police career he was appointed Community Relations Manager for the NSW Department of Education in 1970 and served with the Department until his retirement in 1993. He has served on many government and inter-government committees and has a strong interest in wildlife conservation and environmental matters. He has introduced a number of youth awards and university scholarships for young people and is currently the CEO/National Secretary of the Australian Wildlife Society.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UTS and a Master of Educational Administration from UNSW. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his services to environmental education and the Society. Patrick joined the AVCAT Board in November 2018.

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.

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.

Scholarships Manager, Robyn Richardson

Robyn joined AVCAT in May 2020. She has previously worked as a national program manager, teacher, trainer and tutor in the not for profit and education sectors.

Her previous roles included introducing evidence based innovation and change in program development, leading educational resource development teams and establishing strategic alliances and partnerships across the education and health sectors. Robyn is a passionate educator, keen to support young people to reach their full potential through educational opportunities.

Emma Dallas, Communications Officer

Emma has worked in not-for-profits for twenty years. She has a background in law, journalism and arts organisations. She is a determined supporter of creativity, the arts and believes in the power of opportunity created by education.

Lilia Anderson, Scholarships Administration Officer

Lilia joined AVCAT in January 2019. She has worked in the not-for-profit and universities sector for many years, as well as the public service. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University. In her time off, she is currently completing post-graduate research in political philosophy. She is passionate about tackling inequality and the importance of quality education.

Tania Hayes, Projects Manager

2021 Applications open 18 August 2020 close 31 October 2020 at 5 pm AEDT.
2020 Scholarships announced by the end of February 2020.