Brent Espeland enjoyed a career in the Royal Australian Air Force spanning 36 years. He is an experienced commander, having held unit and formation command twice as well as having tenure as the Air Officer Commanding Training Command and Deputy Chief of Air Force. His final military service position was on secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he was responsible for the coordination of security and intelligence at the national level for the Sydney 2000 Games.
A second career followed with ten years in senior sports administration at the Australian Sports Commission with a focus on the governance of national sporting organisations, sports science and medicine and the fight against drugs in sport.
Now retired, he works actively in support of a number of worthwhile causes. He is National President of the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association and both National and South Australian President of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia, a Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Round Table, Chairman of The Board of Governors of The Repat Foundation, a member of the Air Force Heritage Advisory Committee and is especially pleased to serve as a member of the National Council of the Australian Air Force Cadets.
He is also actively involved as a founding and steering group member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations which works closely with the government, the opposition and the cross benches to shape policies for past, present and future members of the Australian Defence Force.
Brent believes that as citizens we owe a profound debt to veterans and service personnel who have suffered related health issues for Australians and is proud to be a part of an The Repat Foundation – The Road Home which aims to improve outcomes for these people.
Alison Creagh is the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. She is also a Member of the Australian War Memorial Council, a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation and The Repat Foundation 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 Repat Foundation – 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.
Christian Hamilton Joined the Repat Foundation board in September 2013 and continues as a member of the Board of Governors.
Christian is currently the Head of Human Resources at ASC Pty Ltd and is responsible for the human resource management of its 2,700 employees across both submarines and shipbuilding business units.
Christian served as an Army Officer for 16 years and served operationally in Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Masters of Arts – Management and Strategy
Bachelor of Management
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
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 Repat Foundation 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 Repat Foundation – 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.
John Godwin joined The Repat Foundation – 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 Repat Foundation – The Road Home, to raise funds to support research, treatment and care for those who have been impacted by their service.
Nina Craven has many years experience in several state and federal government departments in a range of diverse roles including rehabilitation counselling, personnel development, industrial relations, project/program management, security assessment and policy development.
Most recently she held the position of Chief of Staff for the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills Program (ARRTS), an innovative arts based rehabilitation program for currently serving military personnel. Prior to ARRTS, Nina was Chief of Staff for the ADF Theatre Project, a joint Defence and Sydney Theatre venture which produced the play, The Long Way Home. The play, which toured nationally, successfully raised awareness amongst the military community about mental health issues and the need to address these issues and amongst the Australian public about the challenges facing our military members on deployment and returning home.
Nina is a committed advocate for our service people who have suffered psychologically and physical injuries in service to their country.
Mr Mullins became a volunteer bushfire fighter in 1972 and joined the NSW Fire Brigades in 1978. As a Churchill Fellow, in 1995 he undertook a three-month study of fire services in Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA. After serving in a variety of operational and specialist positions at all ranks, he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner in July 1996. In 1998 he completed a 12-month executive development secondment as a Project Manager with a major international industrial company. He was appointed Director State Operations in November 2000 and Commissioner in July 2003, the first fire officer ever to be appointed as both Chief Fire Officer and CEO of Australia’s largest and busiest urban fire service.
Mr Mullins holds a Masters Degree in Management and Fire Engineering Diplomas. He is a Graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the United States National Fire Academy and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program. He is a Fellow and National Patron of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, National Medal and two Clasps, NSWFB Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and two Clasps, Commissioner’s Commendation for Courageous Action, Chief Officer’s Commendation and St John Ambulance Emergency Services Award.
He is President of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, Deputy Chair of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and is the Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs Association of Asia. He has represented NSW on the Australian Emergency Management Committee, represented Australian fire services as the senior end user on the National USAR Capability Development Program, and represented Australia on the UN’s International Search & Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).
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: https://www.hospitalresearch.com.au/staff/paul-flynn/
Karen May joined the THRF team in April 2015 as our Senior Advisor. Karen manages The Repat Foundation – 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.
Fiona Smithson is Director of Communications and Strategic Relations at The Hospital Research Foundation and oversees the strategic communications for the Foundation which she describes as not just marketing, advertising and promotion, but also about how the Foundation communicates and interacts with people; our many supporters, stakeholders and the wider community. Fiona enjoys being part of a dedicated, supportive and passionate team and feels very fortunate to be able to see firsthand the remarkable people who, through their research, are changing and improving the health of so many Australians.