His Excellency Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of SA

His Excellency and his newly wed wife, Mrs Lan Le, arrived in Darwin Harbor in November 1977 as two of the first boat people refugee landing in Australia after fleeing Vietnam following the fall of Saigon.

They both transferred to Adelaide after over a week staying in a quarantine centre in Darwin.

His Excellency and Mr Le went on to gain their qualifications at Universities in Adelaide.  His Excellency graduated in Economics majoring in Accountancy and worked as the Senior Manager at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Le has a long career as a social worker and was the senior consultant for the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service.

His Excellency and Mrs Le have also been involved in many community’s activities as volunteers for the last 37 years. His Excellency was a member and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural Affairs Commission for 20 years.

His Excellency received a Centenary Medal for his outstanding work at ASIC as well as several awards and recognitions for his tireless and valuable contribution to society including Honorary Doctorates from both Adelaide and Flinders University, and the Paul Harris Fellowship medal.

On Australia day 2010 His Excellency was appointed the Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

In August 2007 His Excellency was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and held this position until August 2014 when he was sworn-in as the Governor of South Australia on the 1st September 2014.

His Excellency Hieu Van Le AO

Graham Cornes OAM

Graham Cornes OAM is well known in the AFL football industry as a successful player and coach, culminating in his admission to the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. His football career was balanced by a corporate career, in which he was the dealer principal of several successful automobile franchises.

For over 23 years he was a radio broadcaster, the last 18 years of which he co-hosted Australia’s most successful sport, talk radio programme on FIVE aa.

Having been drafted under the National Service Act he also served two years in the Australian Army, which included a tour of duty with 7RAR as an infantry soldier in South Vietnam in 1970.

Graham feels the sacrifices, both physical and psychological made by our armed service and emergency services personnel are unique and significant, and the trauma experienced by these specialised, committed men and women is also unique and impacts at various degrees on them and their families.

As a patron of The Repat Foundation – The Road Home, Graham is proud to be part of an organisation which addresses the specific problems our armed service and emergency services personnel face, and provides treatment, support and resources to those who have suffered through their service to country or community.

“The Repat Foundation – The Road Home is a vital, valuable cause that is worthy of much more recognition and support,” he says.



Dr Gill Hicks, MBE FRSA

Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia and the UK. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist Bombings on July 7th, 2005.

She survived, but suffered severe and permanent injuries, losing both legs from just below the knee.

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Gill has lived in London since 1991, however in 2012 Gill returned to Australia where she operates nationally and internationally through her not for profit M.A.D. for Peace network and her Public Speaking work.

Gill has been recognised as South Australian, Australian of the Year 2015 and is Chair to the Innovation component for the Committee for Adelaide.

In 2013 Gill welcomed her daughter, Amelie into the world. This, as she describes it, is her finest achievement and greatest acknowledgement of the brilliance and resilience of the human body.


Major General John Cantwell (ret'd) AO DSC

Major General John Cantwell AO, DSC joined the Australian Army as a private in 1974. He served in the first Gulf War with the Coalition forces between 1990 and 1991, and in the second Gulf War in 2006 and 2007, where he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Army. In 2010 he served a twelve-month tour as the commander of Australian forces in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List.

Cantwell retired from the Army in 2012 after 38 years of service.