OUR PATRONS

Lieutenant General

Greg Bilton, AO, CSC

Chief of Joint Operations

Lieutenant General Greg Bilton is the Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. He is responsible for ADF Operations and Joint exercises both domestically and internationally as directed by the Chief of the Defence Force in order to achieve Government strategic priorities. In executing this mission, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton is responsible for the planning, control and conduct of all Australia’s military campaigns, Operations, joint exercises and other activities in order to meet Australia's national objectives.   

 

Lieutenant General Bilton was born in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his secondary education at Melbourne High School he entered the Royal Military College in 1983 and graduated to the Royal Australian Artillery in 1986. He completed regimental appointments as a Lieutenant and Captain in the 1st and 4th Field Regiments, the 8th/12th Medium Regiment and the School of Artillery.   

 

Lieutenant General Bilton has held command appointments as Battery Commander 104th Field Battery, Commanding Officer 4th Field Regiment, Commander 7th Brigade, Deputy Commanding General United States Army Pacific and Deputy Chief of Joint Operations. Most recently, Lieutenant General Bilton served as Forces Commander Australian Army. He has served in staff appointments in the Directorate of Officer Career Management, the Directorate of Force Structure (Army) and as Director General Development and Plans (Army). He has also been an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College. Lieutenant General Bilton deployed on Operation MAZURKA in 1993 on the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Headquarters. 

In 2008 he deployed on Operation SLIPPER as Deputy Chief of Staff for Security Sector Reform on Headquarters Regional Command South, Afghanistan. Lieutenant General Bilton is a graduate of the Long Gunnery Course at the UK School of Artillery, the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Weston Creek. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Military Studies and Master’s degrees in Military Art and Science, and Strategic Studies. He is also a recipient of prestigious academic honours; the Lieutenant General Hans Schlup (US) award for excellence in International Relations and the Blamey Award (Australia) for Leadership. Lieutenant General Bilton has been awarded the Force Commanders Commendation for his work on Operation MAZURKA in the Sinai, a Conspicuous Service Cross for his force structure work at Army Headquarters, the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Afghanistan, the United States Legion of Merit and the Japanese Defence Cooperation Medal for his work at United States Army Pacific. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 in recognition of his work as Director General Development and Plans at Army Headquarters and as Commander 7 Brigade, and has since been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his achievements as Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army in the Pacific, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations and Commander Forces Command. On promotion to Lieutenant General in June 2019, he was appointed as the Chief of Joint Operations. Lieutenant General Bilton is married to Rachael, who is a registered nurse. His eldest son Alex is an Infantry Officer and his youngest son Nic is a third year Officer Cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy.  

Lt. Gen. Greg Bilton talks to Steve Price
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THE MAVERICK JOURNALIST AND

Proud Ambassador of Wounded Heroes

STEVE PRICE

Seasoned newspaper reporter, columnist and editor Steve Price is celebrated for his unbiased and transparent communication skills in print, radio and television for over five decades.

 

Known for his strong opinions accompanied by compelling audience interactions, including national talkback. He is also the first choice to host and interview personalities across industries, including politics and entertainment.

 

One of Steve’s talents is coverage of live breaking news including disasters both local and international such as the September 11 terror attacks, the Bali bombings, Port Arthur massacre, Australian bushfires and of course political coups including the Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard battle plus the Tony Abbott

and Malcolm Turnbull stoush.

 

Steve loves a debate and enjoys moderating discussions for business functions and charity and hosting awards ceremonies.

Proud Ambassador of

Wounded Heroes

Luke Bona

Radio legend Luke Bona hosts a "bona fide" talk show - Night Shift... across Australia on the Triple M Network.

Luke talks to Australia, from Cairns to Melbourne, Coffs to Adelaide, from midnight through to 5:30am weekday mornings.

Luke landed his first radio gig at 2GB as a 16-year-old office boy in 1978 and went on to achieve the #1 overnight spot on 3AW with Macquarie Radio Network before continuing an incredible 40-year radio career behind the Triple M microphone.

With a love for the radio environment and connecting with people, Luke's talk radio pedigree is without doubt. His success has continued since joining Triple M at the end of 2016, he has opened up a whole new world to overnight radio - FM talkback! It’s a dream come true for Luke who has been listening to Triple M since the days of Uncle Doug!

Luke is lending his voice and reputation to Veterans & their families, around Australia who maybe in financial crisis, homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Proud Ambassador of

Wounded Heroes

Casey Nixon

I am foremost a mother to Isabelle and Jack. I am also the loving partner and daughter of veterans and now work in the Defence Industry. As a young and enthusiastic businesswoman, I currently work for Raytheon Australia as the Business Operations Manager based in Brisbane. I am also in my final year of a Masters of Business Administration. Recently I was honoured to be appointed Honorary Ambassador for Wounded Heroes, a charitable support organisation for Australian Veterans.

 

I was born and spent my early childhood in Temora, New South Wales but after moving to Brisbane’s Northern Suburbs at a young age, I now consider myself a Queenslander. After high school and at the age of 18 I enlisted in the Australian Army and learnt what it took to give service, be disciplined and work as a team. After my service career, I went on to study Project Management where I managed to secure a role as a Project Manager for Thales Australia, working on Protected Mobility Vehicles. This gave me a start in the Defence industry and a business career which I am now thriving in and enjoying immensely. 

 

As a young Australian woman who identifies as a mother, ex-service woman, partner of a veteran and now a passionate businesswoman I am driven to use my talents, compassion and experience to provide assistance and encouragement for Veterans support groups. I am deeply committed to raising awareness of mental health for all walks of life. I am especially passionate about supporting charities that make a difference in our communities. I also love mentoring, supporting and helping young women succeed, as I have been lucky enough to do.

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Former Socceroo, Human rights and refugee ambassador

Craig Forster and proud supporter of

Wounded Heroes Australia

 

Former Socceroo Craig Foster is a passionate advocate for multiculturalism, refugees and social equality as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and 18 year, multi Logie-winning broadcast veteran with SBS Television.

 

Craig was the driving force behind the successful campaign to release footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was imprisoned in Thailand in 2018. Craig united and led a global coalition of advocacy groups, charities, high profile Australians and sport to free the footballer. The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) acknowledged his leadership.

 

In 2019, Craig travelled to Port Moresby to meet with refugees and asylum seekers still detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru to bring attention to their plight.

 

Craig also founded the #PlayForLives campaign during COVID-19 disruptions. With a strong conviction that the sporting community should give back to society, he encourages professional athletes and organisations to fill vacant volunteering positions in community organisations.

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Nina Schrinner Lady Mayoress - Brisbane and Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust

A valued Patron of Wounded Heroes

Mrs Anne Quirk Former Lady Mayoress - Brisbane

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Hon Kate Jones. Queensland MP Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events