About us


Our team




Garth Callender


From his highly successful 25 year military career Lieutenant Colonel Garth Callender 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.

Cheryl Cartwright

Deputy Chair

Cheryl Cartwright


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

Board member

Commodore Brett Dowsing

JP, MScTec, GradDipStratStudies,
RAN (ret’d)

Brett was a Naval Officer for over 50 years. His career centred around operations as a seaman and helicopter pilot and with sea, air and shore-based commands at all rank levels.

Vicky Carlson

Board member

Vicky Carlson

BCom, Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor (RCA)

Vicky is a Partner at KPMG with over 22 years experience providing assurance and advisory services to listed and private companies. She leads the external audit practice for KPMG Melbourne.

Board member

Steve Patrick

JD; M Intl Law; MA (Intl Rel); GDLP

Steve is the Head of Strategic Projects and General Counsel of DMTC Ltd. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College – Duntroon, serving 10 years in the Australian Army before resigning his Commission as a Captain and moving into law and public policy.

Simon Matthews

Board member

Simon Matthews

B.A.Sc (Biotechnology), RMIT; Grad Dip Education (Melbourne University)

Simon is Chief Marketing Officer of the Richmond Football Club. Simon established the Richmond v Melbourne AFL match played on Anzac Eve commemorating the service of contemporary veterans – to showcase the amazing people who serve.​

Board member

John Velegrinis


John is currently CEO of State Trustees Ltd and is an experienced CEO and C Suite executive. He has had a career of over 40 years in Financial Services both domestically and internationally. During his time overseas John was instrumental in setting up a national financial literacy and rural banking program with UNDP in Fiji, a program that has since spread to numerous other countries.

Chief Executive Officer

Belinda Wilson


Belinda is the CEO of Bravery Trust and is the first civilian graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course (Reserve) at the Australian War College. She is a lawyer and company director, having served as the President of the Law Institute of Victoria and a Director of Seafood Industry Australia.


David Hurley


His Excellency General the Hon. David Hurley

AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


Service Patron

Air Chief Marshal
Mark Binskin

AC (Ret’d)

Service Patron

Air Chief Marshal
Sir Angus Houston

AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Service Patron

Admiral Chris Barrie



Sir Peter Cosgrove

AK MC (Ret’d)

Phillip Thompson


Kevin Sheedy AM

Community Ambassador

Kevin Hughes

Kevin Hughes BM

Supporting Those Who Serve

Bravery Trust
Bravery Trust