Alison Creagh is the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. She is also a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation, Chair of The Road Home and a Committee Member of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project.

Alison was educated at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and joined the Australian Regular Army in 1985 graduating from the Officer Cadet School Portsea. Alison retired from the Army in 2015 as a Brigadier after a 30 year career and remains a member of the Australian Army Reserve.

During her career in the Army Alison held numerous appointments from Lieutenant to Brigadier in a range of roles including operations, capability development, acquisition, personnel management, public affairs, strategic communication and event management. She commanded the Defence Force School of Signals, responsible for delivering Information and Communication Technology training to the Australian Defence Force, and the independent 145th Signal Squadron. She served on operations in Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Alison was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation for significant contributions to roles during her career.

Alison has a Master in Management Studies (Project Management) and a Master in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales, and Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Studies and Communications and Information Systems. She was awarded a CEW /WLIA scholarship in 2014 to attend the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School.

Alison is passionate about The Road Home raising funds to support research, treatment and care for those who have served or are serving now and need support, understanding and medical research to change their lives for the better.


Andrew Mannix is a General Manager with Liebherr Australia, engaged in delivering and supporting Liebherr’s world leading, ultra class, mining equipment to Australia’s Mining Industry.

Prior to joining Liebherr in 2013, he spent 23 years in the Defence Industry initially in Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management.  Andrew served 12 years as a General Manager within BAE Systems leading and growing three business units. Andrew is a proven leader of large and diverse businesses that have employed thousands of Australians nationally, accompanied by significant financial responsibilities. He spends time supporting community sporting clubs in administration and coaching and has been a board member of The Road Home since late 2014.

Through spending a significant part of his career in the Defence Industry, Andrew has worked amongst people serving in our Defence Forces, shoulder to shoulder with veterans in businessand has seen and listened to Australian service men and women before and after deployment.

Whilst Andrew believes his contribution to The Road Home doesn’t compare to the contribution people have made in the service of their country, he is proud to contribute in a small way to their need for care when it is required as part of the Board of Governors.


Dr Samantha Crompvoets is an academic and consultant in the fields of sociology and organisational development. She received her PhD from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), ANU, where she examined the experience of women undergoing breast cancer treatment and surgery. Dr Crompvoets is the founder and Director of Rapid Context and Visiting Fellow in the ANU Medical School.

Dr Crompvoets’ academic specialisation in medical sociology spans over 15 years. She has been the chief investigator on a number of in-depth research studies into military and veteran’s issues. Some of her recent research has focused on the experiences of Australia’s female veterans and their health care needs.

In 2014 Dr Crompvoets founded Rapid Context, a niche consulting firm providing practically impactful and rigorous, yet rapid, evidence based research for organisational change and leadership support. She has authored a number of significant reports into contemporary issues of culture and capability within the Australian Defence Force and is an advisor to senior leadership groups across numerous projects.

Currently living in Canberra Dr Crompvoets has three children Joe, Zara and Lily and is an avid alpine skier and keen quilter. She is proud to be a member of the Board of Governors and is a passionate advocate for veteran health and wellbeing.

SCrompvoets BOG pic

John Godwin joined The Road Home Board of Governors in 2016.

John is an experienced business executive and non-executive director, with more than twenty years’ combined military and defence industry experience. He is currently the General Manager, Maritime and Future Systems, for Adelaide-based Nova Systems.

During his Royal Australian Navy career, John served as a Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer. He spent the majority of his naval service in ANZAC Class Frigates including seagoing postings in HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart, and operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in 2004. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering from UNSW and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

John has a strong interest in veterans’ issues and is a vocal advocate for veterans’ health and welfare. He served for three years as a board member of the South Australian Government Veterans’ Advisory Council (VAC), a State Government non-statutory advisory board which advises the state Veterans’ Minister on issues impacting the veterans’ community.  He has since served for several years as a board member of the South Australian Government Veterans’ Health Advisory Council (VHAC), advising the state Health Minister on veterans health matters. John is also a board member for Christian Brothers College (CBC) Adelaide, and a former director of the Australian Families of Military Research and Support Foundation (AFOM).

John is a passionate supporter of the mission of The Road Home, to raise funds to support research, treatment and care for those who have been impacted by their service.

John Godwin

Gabrielle Sasse has extensive experience in the management of legal and business advisory teams. She is also closely engaged with the issues affecting those who serve or have served in an emergency response role and in the Australian Defence Force along with the impact on families.

Currently Operations Manager of law firm FAL Lawyers, she is also a member of the National Executive of Defence Families of Australia.

Gabrielle has advocated for and assisted in designing policies that have been critical to the support available to Defence members and their families. In 2017, she was invited to participate on the Reference Committee of the Commonwealth’s review into the suicide and self-harm prevention services available to current and former serving Defence members and their families.

Gabrielle has extensive experience as an advisory committee member to key Defence support agencies.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and is a Graduate of Governance Australia.

Gabrielle Sasse

Michael joined the MFS in February 1986 as a firefighter and progressed through the ranks. During this time he has served in various departments including Operations, Employee Support and Operational Human Resources. Since 2010, Michael has also been responsible for the key function of Industrial Relations which has included being a lead negotiator for the establishment of three MFS Enterprise Agreements.

Michael was appointed in February 2005 to the position of Employee Support Coordinator for the MFS and was responsible for the exposure to trauma for all MFS staff. In July 2006, Michael was then appointed to the position of Commander Operational Human Resources (HR) and was responsible for the operational HR functions including the management of the Employee Assistance Programs.

In 2010, Michael obtained his Masters in Business Administration, specialising in Human Resource Management. Michael is a White Ribbon Ambassador and was Executive sponsor for the MFS White Ribbon Accreditation program.

Michael has worked diligently in developing wellness, welfare and support programs within the MFS throughout his career. In 2014, Michael was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his work in these areas. Michael is currently working with key managers in the MFS developing a new Wellness and Safety Department to further enhance employee support and wellbeing.

Michael represents the MFS on strategic forums across the emergency services sector and government. This work includes the State Response Advisory Group and Sector Strategic Operations Committee. He has been a member of several Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) Groups; and is currently a member of the Urban Operations Group; and previous member of the Workforce Management Group and Chair of the Employee Relations Network.

In September 2015, Michael was appointed to Deputy Chief Officer and was recently appointed to the role of Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer for a period of twelve months, upon the retirement of the previous Chief Officer.

Michael Morgan

Paul Flynn came to The Hospital Research Foundation team in 2009 to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining our team Paul excelled in his role as Chief Manager, Businesses Services of Adelaide Bank Ltd and more recently as the Chief Executive Officer of CanDo Group. The most enjoyable part of his role is meeting people that have benefitted from the research that The Hospital Research Foundation funds. The patients who have been cured or had their quality of life dramatically improved provide him with great inspiration. As do researchers who commit their lives to helping others in our community as well as the staff and volunteers of our organisation who work so tirelessly. Lastly the people who donate to help others leave me in awe of their generosity and commitment. On top of this Paul absolutely loves ringing people to tell them that they are winners in the Hospital research Home Lottery! – See more at:


Fiona Smithson is the Director of Strategy & Partnerships at The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF). She is experienced in corporate communications, strategic relations, brand development and media management.

Fiona has held key roles in the professional services industry, tourism and healthcare sectors before commencing with the Foundation in 2010. In her role Fiona has overseen strategic communications, community and stakeholder engagement and branding for the Foundation and its affiliate brands. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the Centre for Creative Health and sits on the THRF Board Subcommittee for Business Development. She has played a key role in the development and management of the Foundation’s first Under Our Roof project – providing accommodation for country cancer patients to stay with their families and is a proud Dignity in Care Champion.

Karen May is the Associate Director, Australian Centre for Post-Traumatic Stress. She joined the THRF team in April 2015 as our Senior Advisor. Karen manages The Road Home and also our collaboration with The Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund. Prior to commencing at THRF Karen worked predominantly in the Not-for-profit / Charity sector working on developing organisations for best practice and performance from fundraising to service provision. Major posts in recent years have been with Can Do Group Charities, Connecting Up, and Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Early in her career Karen pursued community development and social justice work such as sustainability projects in the Philippines and crime prevention in Australia with disadvantaged young people. Karen enjoys working with The Hospital Research Foundation team and Board who are driven and highly professional in the fundraising field – which ensures we support the impact that medical researchers create through real and life changing health outcomes. It is very rewarding! In her spare time Karen enjoys riding, yoga, snorkelling, camping and growing a veggie garden with her two kids Huon and Evalyn. She also enjoys the wonderful food and wine culture of Adelaide – and believes we’re a bit lucky in SA.

Karen May