Peter Fitzpatrick AM, JP announced as Chairman of Bravery Trust
Bravery Trust has announced the appointment of Peter Fitzpatrick AM, JP as Chairman effective immediately.
Peter began his career in the military, serving 20 years in a number of roles including a secondment to the British Army as well as serving with the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), taking early retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
On leaving the military, his professional life included appointments as the CEO of the legal profession and the motor industry in WA. In between these appointments he was a strategic adviser to the Prime Minister, John Howard.
More recently Peter has been a coach and mentor of a group of high performing CEOs committed to leading profitable and effective companies. He is currently a director on seven boards and chairman of four. The boards are a mix of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. He chairs a large private company board, a significant charitable agency, a consortium of 10 organisations operating in the youth at risk area and is a director and chair of the audit and risk committee of REMCo, the gas regulator for WA. Peter has also recently finished a four year term as the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. He is an adviser and patron to a number of veterans and mental health organisations and provides training and support for the indigenous community.
Peter was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 1984 and was the WA state finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2008-09.
Peter said of his appointment “The best way to honour those who have bravely fought for their country is to provide them and their families with much needed support in their hour of need. I am privileged to Chair an organisation that does just that.”
In four years of operation Bravery Trust has disbursed over $1 million in financial aid to more than 1100 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.