Our Team

Chairman

Peter Fitzpatrick AO, AM (Mil), JP, FSAE, GAICD

Widely respected and recognized for the outstanding contributions made during his professional life at the helm of two peak bodies as the Chief Executive Officer for the legal profession and the motor industry.

Following a distinguished military career in the Australian Army, including service with the elite SAS Regiment, operational service in South Vietnam and secondment to the British Army, Peter held CEO roles with the legal profession and the motor industry.
He facilitates AICD directorship programs, chairs several boards and advises not for profit, charitable and indigenous organisations.

I joined the Bravery Trust Board as an inaugural director in 2012.
In the military someone has always got your back, but when people leave the services and run into difficulties they struggle to find someone who understands their problems and can assist them.
The Bravery Trust fills this important void for individuals and families who have been impacted by their service to the nation

Quote: We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
Charles R Swindoll

Board Member

Commodore Brett Dowsing, JP, MScTec, GradDipStratStudies, RAN (ret’d)

Brett has only very recently joined the Board and is excited about being involved in supporting our veterans and their families who find themselves in-extremis. He has a passion for the welfare of our personnel who have or are still serving our country and believes strongly in our culture of leaving no-one behind, regardless of circumstances.

Brett has only very recently joined the Board and is excited about being involved in supporting our veterans and their families who find themselves in-extremis. He has a passion for the welfare of our personnel who have or are still serving our country and believes strongly in our culture of leaving no-one behind, regardless of circumstances.
A career Naval Officer for over 50 years who has recently retired. Brett’s career, which commenced as a 15 year old, has centred around operations as a seaman and helicopter pilot and with sea, air and shore-based commands at all rank levels. He has extensive overseas experience including service in the Australian Embassies to USA, Korea and Mongolia. He is married with two adult daughters and two grandsons.
Chief Executive Officer

Belinda Wilson LLB GAICD

From her beginnings as a regional lawyer, President of the Law Institute of Victoria, to CEO of Bravery Trust, Belinda has forged a career creating a partnership between her passions for the law, seafood and communities.

From her beginnings as a regional lawyer, President of the Law Institute of Victoria, to CEO of Bravery Trust, Belinda has forged a career creating a partnership between her passions for the law, seafood and communities.

Prior to leading the legal profession as the President of the Law Institute of Victoria, Belinda established Australia’s largest hand dived scallop fishery and is a director for the national body for Australia’s Seafood industry.

Belinda also sits on a number of not for profit boards in the community sector.

“Bravery Trust provides hope and opportunity for those in our veteran community who need it most. It is exciting to lead a dedicated and caring team, who are innovative, creative and are committed to making a difference.”

Board Member

Jane McAloon BEc (Hons), LLB, GDip CorpGov, Monash Fellow (2018)

Jane is a non-executive director of Viva Energy, Energy Australia, United Malt, Home Consortium and Allens. She chairs the Monash University Foundation and is a Senior Adviser at critical issues firm Brunswick.

Jane is a non-executive director of Viva Energy, Energy Australia, United Malt, Home Consortium and Allens. She chairs the Monash University Foundation and is a Senior Adviser at critical issues firm Brunswick. She was former national chairman, Defence Reserves Support Council, former director of the Australian War Memorial Council and Healthscope. Jane was formerly a senior executive at BHP and has worked in the natural resources, energy, infrastructure and utility industries for over 25 years.

I am a proud Australian who is passionate about supporting those who step up and choose to serve our nation. If those people are injured in the course of serving Australia it is, in turn, our duty to step up and support them.

Board Member

Garth Callender, MBA, GAICD

From his highly successful 20 plus year military career Garth has gone on to excel in both public and private sectors roles. He is a sought-after management consultant, non-executive director and an award-winning author. After the Blast chronicles his military deployments, including his recovery from wounds inflicted by an insurgent bomb attack in Baghdad in 2004.

Introduction of your experience:

From his highly successful 20 plus year military career Garth has gone on to excel in both public and private sectors roles. He is a sought-after management consultant, non-executive director and an award-winning author. After the Blast chronicles his military deployments, including his recovery from wounds inflicted by an insurgent bomb attack in Baghdad in 2004.

Why the cause is important to you:

“Proud members of the military don’t always fall on their feet. Thankfully Bravery Trust is there to help when times get tough. I am extremely proud to be a director of the Trust, playing my small part to assist overcome the issues facing our veteran community.”

Joined Trust board: Dec 2019

Board Member

Cheryl Cartright BA, GAIDC

Cheryl is a non-executive director and a political and communications analyst, providing strategic advice on political and bureaucratic processes, communications and social licence.

Cheryl is a non-executive director and a political and communications analyst, providing strategic advice on political and bureaucratic processes, communications and social licence. Over three decades in Canberra, she has been a Federal Press Gallery journalist (for print, radio and television), a senior political adviser, including as a Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister, and was CEO of a national industry association in the gas industry. As a non-executive director, Cheryl prefers to work with organisations that make a difference in society, those that make a contribution.

“I was very excited to be invited in 2019 to participate on the Bravery Trust Board for many reasons, but mainly because of the contribution the Trust makes to our returned veterans. We can never truly understand what our veterans have been through, but we can and must be there when they need help. This is the core of Bravery Trust and it’s an honour to make a small contribution as a board member.”

Board Member

Vicky Carlson, CA, RCA, BCom

Vicky is an Audit partner at KPMG with over 19 years experience providing audit and advisory services specialising in the energy and natural resources sector. Vicky joined the BT board in February 2017 as finance committee chair to support the board in driving sustainable investment and governance practices.

Vicky joined the BT board in February 2017 as finance committee chair to support the board in driving sustainable investment and governance practices. I firmly believe we all have a vital role to play in utilising our professional skills and experience to contribute to our communities and support those in need, particularly those hose who have served our country. Our work at BT directly supports those in financial hardship in their hour of need and I am excited about our opportunities to further extend our work to help them build the financial skills they need for the future.

Brave Stories

No two Australian veterans are the same. They’re everyday Aussies – united by their commitment to serve. We are proud to share their unique stories of service and bravery with you.

Stories