Our Board 2018-19

Mr Stephen Scott
Chairman & Independent Director

Stephen has been the AWWQ Board Chairman since 2009 and is one of four independent directors on the Board. Stephen is currently the Director for International Operations at AEG Ogden Pty Ltd, overseeing the operations in Asia and the Middle East. His long career spans in both public and private sectors. He has previously worked as an Executive Officer at Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science, General Manager at Ticketek Queensland Pty Ltd, Director at Brisbane Blazers and Director/ President at Queensland Lawn Tennis Club. He specialises in entertainment and sports management as well as general management and technology and has established and managed a number of companies in these areas.

Mrs Jennifer Gregory
State President & War Widow Director

Malaya, Vietnam and Singapore Veteran. She has worked in various capacities over the years, from volunteering in the Solomon Islands to working as a registered nurse at a residential aged care facility where she later became the Director of Nursing. Her passion for caring for people with dementia motivated her to help establish a Dementia Network in Canberra. She became the inaugural President of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT Inc. and worked in this capacity for many years. She joined AWWQ shortly after her husband’s death in 2013 and became State President in 2016.

Mrs Bronwyn Drinkwater
War Widow Director

Bron has been a war widow since March 2007. Her husband, Graham Drinkwater served in the RAAF from 1959 to 1971. She has been a member of Australian War Widows (Queensland) since April 2011, elected to State Council from 2014 and to the AWWQ Interim Board in August 2016. Bron has been the President of Gold Coast South sub branch since 2013. She has had a career as a welfare officer and coordinator at Currumbin RSL Support Centre as well as running her own country store for 8 years.

Mr Peter Eardley
Independent Director

Peter has been a Board Director since 2012 and is one of the four independent directors on the Board. Peter is currently a consultant with Kerin Lawyers and also a Senior Counsellor at the Queensland Law Society. He was the Senior Partner at Eardley Motteram for 19 years from 1996 to 2015. He has also served as the President at Queensland Law Society from January to December 2010.

Mrs Michelle McGrath OAM
Independent Director / Company Secretary

Michelle has been a Board Director since 2017 and is one of four independent Board Directors. Michelle has worked in the not for profit sector for over 20 years. She has participated in a range of advisory committees at both the Commonwealth and State/ Territory level. Her work supporting people with dementia, their families and carers was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011. Michelle is married to Alan who was an Air Force Officer for over 20 years. They currently live on the Sunshine Coast.

Mrs Valerie Rooney
War Widow Director

Val has been a war widow since 1994. Her husband Robert served in the Army for 22 years. She has been a member of Australian War Widows (Queensland) since December 2003, elected to State Council in 2012 and to the AWWQ Interim Board in August 2016. Val is the President for South West Region sub branch which she started in 2006. Val’s career spans 21 years in real estate and she was awarded Logan City Senior of the Year in 2016 and the Queensland Premiers Award for Senior of the Year in 2009.

Mrs Suzanne Vincent
War Widow Director

Suzi has been a war widow since 2011. Her husband Tony served in the Navy for two years from 1967 which included one tour of Vietnam. She has been a member of Australian War Widows (Queensland) since June 2011, elected to State Council in August 2015 and to the AWWQ Interim Board on 24 January 2017. Suzi has been the Honourable Treasurer for Townsville sub branch since 2015. She has a career background in nursing and community support including CEO of a not for profit agency. Suzi was awarded Dampier Citizen of the Year in 2001 and nominated for Townsville Citizen of the Year in 2014.

Dr Kim Morgan-Short
War Widow Director

Dr Morgan-Short has been a War Widow since April 1999, when her RAAF Pilot husband was killed in an F-111 crash on exercise in Malaysia. She was only 34 when she was left with three young children, aged 3, 5 and 9. She currently works as a civilian General Practitioner with a special interest and expertise in Aviation Medicine and Women’s Health for the Australian Defence Force. However, as a Squadron Leader Medical Officer in the RAAF Specialist Reserve, she deployed to the Middle East in 2016 for seven months and is thus, a Veteran herself.

Dr Morgan-Short has an interest in Law and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics.

She served on the State Council of The War Widow’s Guild of Qld from 2010-2013. Dr Morgan-Short was on several advisory committees to both Legacy and politicians in the past as well as being a member of the Australian Medical Association General Practice Committee in 2013.

Our Executive

Natasha Oickle
Chief Executive Officer

 

Natasha has 20 years of executive management experience in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. She is client-focused and passionate about transforming the lives of people in need. Her extensive career in education management led her to work in several countries over the years including Korea, Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines.  She has expertise in regulatory and compliance systems and systemic reform and broad knowledge in areas of HR, marketing, IT, finance, governance and operational and strategic planning. Natasha has served on several committees and volunteer projects focussed on equality and inclusion and is passionate about mental health advocacy and challenging the taboo surrounding mental illness. 

Our Staff

Administration & Member Support, Jackie Erilla

Lifestyle Support Coordinator, Rebecca Cordingley

Lifestyle Support Coordinator, Susan Hilditch

Administration Manager, Rachel Johnson

Operatons Coordinator, Jason Orchard

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