Our People

Our staff and volunteers are here for the Defence community.

We are a diverse and professional team, ready to support you. 

Service-related injuries come in many forms and our team is here to help you. Our Liaison Officers will connect you with the right services and organise social activities, while our psychologists and exercise physiologists provide tailored, expert support for you and your family. Our head-office staff, centre managers and administration staff are also here to support you.  

Our staff have a strong Defence connection, with many serving in the Army, Navy and Airforce. We understand what it means to be in the Defence community. It’s that understanding that inspires us to do what we do and ensure that everyone has hope for recovery. 

Our Board of Directors

Miriam Dwyer

Mates4Mates Director

Barry Vains OAM

Mates4Mates Director

Rick Ralph

Mates4Mates Chairman

Vannessa Patterson

Mates4Mates Director

Major General Tony Rawlins, DSC, AM

Mates4Mates Director

Our Executive Team

Bernadette Praske

General Manager Service Delivery and Operations

Troy Watson

Mates4Mates Chief Executive Officer

Laura McMahon

Mates4Mates General Manager, Marketing & Engagement