Neil Hamilton Named Chairman of Bravery Trust
Bravery Trust today has announced the appointment of Neil Douglas Hamilton as Chairman replacing The Honourable Dr Ken Michael AC, who has led the Trust since its inception in 2012.
Bravery Trust CEO Sean Farrell, on behalf of the Board, expressed thanks to Ken Michael for his contribution to the Trust. “Ken has worked tirelessly to get the Trust established with a very sound base from which it can now build and undertake its very important work. He remains a strong supporter of, and counsel to us as we go forward and we thank him sincerely for all his efforts,” he said.
Mr Hamilton has over 30 years’ experience in senior management positions and on boards of public companies across law, funds management, banking, investment, insurance and resources. He is Chairman of OZ Minerals Ltd and is a senior advisor to UBS Australia. He is the former Chairman of Challenge Bank Ltd, Western Power Corporation, Mount Gibson Iron Ltd and Iress Market Technology Ltd and is currently a non-executive director at Metcash Limited.
He was formerly a director of Insurance Australia Group Ltd and Miclyn Express Offshore Ltd and the inaugural Chairman of the AFL Players Association Advisory Board.
Mr Hamilton said, “I am honoured to be appointed Chairman of Bravery Trust. I have been involved with the organisation in a fundraising capacity for several years and am looking forward to leading the Trust in this next phase of its development.
This is an organisation that does important work. We provide support to defence families who have suffered because of their service to Australia. We fill the urgent gap that government services can’t.“
In almost four years of operation Bravery Trust has disbursed close to $1 million in financial aid to over 900 current and former defence force members, veterans and their families, providing financial support in the areas of household expenses, utilities and food vouchers, as well as education costs, healthcare, financial counselling and other special needs.
It is expected that demand for the Trust’s assistance will grow in the coming 10-15 years as the incidence of traumatic physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst our service personnel increases due to the prolonged conflict in the Middle East Region.