SoA Executive

Patron: His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)

General Peter Cosgrove AC MCGeneral Peter Cosgrove was appointed Governor General 28 Mar 2014.  In his new role he has agreed to continue as Patron of the Foundation - a role he began in 2005.

Gen Cosgrove retired from the Army as Chief of the Defence Force in 2005. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968, serving in Malaysia and Vietnam where he was awarded the Military Cross.

In 1999 he was appointed Commander of the International Forces East Timor (Interfet), overseeing the fledgling country’s transition to independence, shining as a soldier and diplomat. He was promoted Chief of the Army, and later appointed Chief of the Defence Force.

Peter became a Director on several boards, wrote his memoirs ‘My Story’, before he was appointed Chairman of Operation Recovery Task Force after Cyclone Larry devastated Far North Queensland. He chaired the Gen. Sir John Monash Foundation 2006-2010 and was Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University 2010-2014.

His Excellency was Australian of the Year 2001, is married to Lynne and they have 3 sons. 

He is a role model displaying Australian characteristics we value – leadership, integrity, service, strength, determination, intelligence, compassion and humour.

Vice Patron: Wesley Browne

Wesley BrowneWesley served in the RAAF and as President of the Federation of Australian Jewish Ex-Service Associations. He is a Member of Gen. Sir John Monash Foundation, a Board Member of NSW Jewish War Memorial, and Past President of Sydney Legacy.

Wesley is married with 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is semi retired but still attached to Stuart Alexander & Co Pty Ltd., having been with the company for 69 years and served as MD and Chairman.

Chairman: James Rosenberg

James RosenbergJames works in Financial Markets as a Private Client Stockbroker at Macquarie Private in Sydney.

He trained as an accountant before working for 7 years as Financial Controller for an Australian Company that designed ophthalmic products followed by 2 years in the hospitality industry.

James is married with two children, actively involved in coaching cricket and rugby league, an enthusiastic cook, an amateur magician, and a keen photographer. He is passionate about Australia's heritage and future.

Deputy Chairman: Maj. Gen. J E (Jim) Barry AM MBE RFD ED (Retd) BCom UMelb

Major General JE BarryJim Barry's business background was in the graphic arts and printing, establishing his business in the mid 1960’s before retiring in 1992.

An experienced sports administrator, serving on the Board of the Australian Olympic Committee from 1993 to 2005 and on the Board of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) from 1984 to 1996. Served in the Australian Defence Force as a Reservist, enlisting in Artillery in 1951 and retiring as Commander of the Third Division in 1989. Currently the Immediate Past President of the Defence Reserves Association, previously President from 2005 to 2013, and a founding member of The General Sir John Monash Foundation.

Founding member of the Spirit of Australia Foundation.

Executive Director: Dr Kevin O'Flaherty PhD (U Mich)

Dr Kevin O'FlahertyDr O'Flaherty is dedicated to increasing awareness of Australians, old and young, about significant national events and Australians who have contributed to the wider community. He has been CEO and director of Australian companies, organisations and national and state sports, held top management positions with Federal and State Governments and in the private sector, and been a tenured lecturer and researcher at Universities in Australia and USA.

His specialities are planning and futures development. Kevin is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Kevin is a writer, lyricist, poet and researcher, particularly of the incredible Australian contribution on the Western Front to ending WW1 far earlier than expected. His current works are 1918, his epic poem, and the libretto for Peace – A Cantata for John Monash.

Dr O'Flaherty was a delegate to the Australian Olympic Committee 1995-2000. He embedded the Acclaim Awards at the Rotary Club of Melbourne, chairs 0808 Inc., convenes 0808@Shrine Remembrance of the Battle of Amiens each 8 August at The Shrine of Remembrance and established the Monash Medal to honor annually a significant Australian for outstanding contribution to the community.

Director: Michael Bennett MMgt UMelb, BSc Monash, GAICD, MAIPM

Michael BennettMichael Bennett is a Principal Consultant with Australia’s largest listed professional services company, SMS Management & Technology (ASX SMX). His began consulting in the mid nineties, following extensive experience in general management and IT management. He leads and delivers consulting services to organisations in telecommunications, banking & finance, government, education and health sectors.

In addition to his work in strategic planning, organisational change and business performance improvement, Michael has had broad experience in programme and project management with hands-on involvement as the leader of major IT infrastructure and architecture projects.

Michael is a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.

His qualifications include:

Director: Graham Brooke - RIP - died 10 August 2016
Vale Graham - Thank you for your care

Graham BrookeGraham practised as a Partner in Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) from 1963-87. He was National Deputy Chairman from 1976. He has served as a board member on Colonial Ltd, Natwest Australia Bank Ltd, and as Chairman of Health Super, Tandou Ltd, Samuel Smith & Son (Yalumba), Monash Medical Centre and predecessor bodies.

From 1994-2000 Graham was Administrator of the State Electricity Commission of Vic (SECV) upon the disaggregation of the Victorian electricity, gas and ports public utilities.

Graham was an inaugural member and director of the Gen. Sir John Monash Foundation. Currently he is a director of ORYGEN Research Centre, The Spirit of Australia Foundation, while he is independent Chairman of the Audit and risk Committee of Country Racing Vic Ltd.

Founding Director of the Spirit of Australia Foundation.

Director: Zelie Heger LL.M (Camb) LLB BA (Syd)

Zelie HegerZelie is a barrister at Eleven Wentworth chambers in Sydney practising in public and commercial law.

Previously she has worked as a solicitor at the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office, as a lecturer in law at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney, and as an associate to the Chief Justices of the High Court of Australia and Federal Court of Australia.

She holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Law from Cambridge, where she studied as John Monash Scholar 2010.

Director: Roland Perry

Roland PerryRoland Perry has published 24 books most of them Australian or international bestsellers. He has written biography and politics, espionage, WW1 and WW2, sport and fiction.

His biography of General Sir John Monash, (Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War), won the 2004 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction. Other Awards include Cricket Biography of the Year (2006) from the UK Cricket Society for Miller’s Luck, a biography of all-rounder, Keith Miller; and the Frederick Blackham Exhibition Prize in Journalism at Melbourne University (1969).

Recently he has written Australian Light Horse and The Changi Brownlow. Other books include The Don; Bradman’s Invincibles; and Last of the Cold War Spies and Hidden Power - the Programming of the President, about the election and Presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Perry began writing as a journalist at The Age 1969-1973. After five years in England making documentary films, his first book, a novel - Program for a Puppet - published in 1979 was a best-seller translated into 8 languages.

Roland Perry is a member of the Advisory Council for the National Archives of Australia and a member of the Gen. Sir John Monash Foundation.