Chairman

Brigadier Terry Nolan, AM (Ret’d) 

Terry Nolan had a successful career in the Australian Army which included a long involvement with the Special Air Service Regiment, firstly as a Troop Commander on active service in South Vietnam, later as Commanding Officer of the Regiment and finally as the Commander Special Forces.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for his services as Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment.

Terry is a graduate of the Army Staff College, Queenscliff and the Joint Services Staff College, Canberra. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Politics), a Diploma in Strategic Studies and a Diploma in Security Risk Management.

Terry retired from the Australian Army in 1996 to take up an appointment with Royal Dutch Shell as a Global Security Adviser and served in that role for 12 years. In 2008, Terry was appointed a member on the Veterans’ Review Board which hears veterans’ pension appeals. He is now retired from all paid employment.

Terry Nolan is the National Chairman of the Australian Special Air Service Association. Terry was appointed to the Board of Directors of the SAS Resources Fund in 2012, and to the Wandering Warriors Board in 2013.

 

Director

Dr Sarah Kelly, BCom, LLB (Hons), MBA, PhD (The University of Queensland)

Dr Kelly is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and has just completed four years in the role of MBA Director, in which she has led the program to a ranking of number 1 in Australia and 10th globally. She is a director of the Brisbane Lions AFL club and consultancy company, Sports Analytics, and recently founded Spark International Student Services. Sarah has multidisciplinary training in law, marketing and psychology and has practiced previously as a commercial lawyer for ten years. She has won awards for her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Sarah’s research and consulting interests include sports marketing and management, advertising strategy and impacts, and international trademark law and branding. She has conducted research and consultancy with industry, government and the not-for-profit sector. Sarah has published in several international journals.

Director

Dr John E Taske, MB, BS. (Qld), DTM&H (RCS, Eng. RCP, Lond.),  FFARACS, FANZCA.

After completing National Service in 1959 and six years in the Citizens Military Forces, Dr Taske volunteered for overseas service in Vietnam where he served with 5 RAR, 6 RAR and 1St Fd Regt RAA, in 1966-67. He subsequently transferred to the ARA and served in various postings, including the SAS (1967 – 1971), until resigning in 1982 after 4 years as Colonel, Commander Field Force Medical Services.

He passed Joint Services Staff College in 1977.

He was subsequently:

  • Consultant in Anaesthetics to the Australian Army 1992 – 2001
  • Medical Corps Honorary Colonel (Qld)       2002 – 2008
  • Representative Honorary Colonel, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps 2008 – 2012

After resigning from the ARA, Dr Taske pursued a specialist medical career, being Director of Anaesthesia, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, from 1982 – 1987 and then a consultant anaesthetist in private practice.

He was Chairman of Occupational and Medical Innovations, a publically listed medical company, from 2000 – 2004 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 2001 – 2005.

He retired from medical practice in December 2016.

Director and CEO

Robert Anthony Brett, MC, psc

Bob Brett has over forty five years experience in a diverse range of senior management positions.

His initial career was in the Military, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During this period Bob had command of a number of operational units including Commando and within the Special Air Service Regiment. He also had attachments to the UK SAS and Special Boat Section of the Royal Marine Commandos. Bob had two combat tours where he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry and leadership.

Following his Military career, Bob has held a number of senior management positions within the tourism industry including, General Manager of a number of international hotels and resorts, CEO of Gold Coast Tourism and CEO of JPT TOUR Group. He was also a Director of a number of public companies. Additionally, at various times during this period he was Chairman of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaux, the Business Events Council of Australia, Queensland Restaurant and Caterers and the Queensland Government Review on Inbound Tourism. Further Board positions where held on the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Gold Coast Events, Aust Hotels Assn (Qld), Gold Coast Indy Car Race, Sydney Olympics Business Development and Griffith University post graduate and MBA courses. Bob also sat on the Advisory Councils of Tourism Australia, Tourism Queensland and Australian Airlines and Rugby World Cup Business Events.

Bob is now a director of WHO DARES WINS Tours Pty Ltd, trading as HIGHFLYA TOURS and Australia Business Travel and Education Tours.

Bob is a graduate of the Defence Command and Staff College, the Federal Governments Senior Managers Course, Western Australian Institute of Technology in Marketing, New England University in Business Management and studied Asian Languages at Sydney University.

Director and Company Secretary

Audie Moldre

Audie completed 25 years of ADF service in the Australian Regular Army and the RAAF, including operational tours with the SAS Regiment and the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). He is a double-language graduate (Vietnamese and Chinese) of the RAAF School of Languages. After retiring as a Squadron Leader in 1990, Audie pursued an Australian Federal Police career as an Asian crime specialist, before moving to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he ended his working life as a senior diplomat in China.

Audie remains passionate about veterans’ causes. He co-founded Wandering Warriors in 2013 and became its first CEO. He stepped down from that position in 2015 to become the company secretary when Wandering Warriors became a public company.

Education: MA (International Relations) (Deakin); Diploma in Chinese Language (Mandarin) (HKU).

Director

Mike Whitelaw

Mike’s 16-year military career, finishing in 2009, was highly challenging and rewarding. A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon, Mike subsequently qualified as a Special Forces Officer in 1997 and Intelligence Officer in 1999. He went on to serve with 1st Commando Regiment and the Special Air Service Regiment amongst other leadership and staff roles.

Mike’s operational experience includes deploying for INTERFET into East Timor in 1999/2000, being seconded to the Multi-National Corps Headquarters in Iraq as a planning officer, and multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor with Special Operations Task Groups.

In 2008, Mike was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour, the Commendation for Distinguished Service, for his initiative and leadership across a number of overseas operations.

Mike has more recently worked in both the private sector and with the NSW Government delivering resilience and security based strategies and innovative capabilities.

Mike joined the Wandering Warriors team as Company Secretary for 2014 and in July 2015, accepted a role as a Director. Mike is currently building strategic relationships and the profile of the Wandering Warriors in NSW.

Board Member

Malcolm McBratney

Malcolm is a corporate and commercial lawyer and was the head of McCullough Robertson’s Intellectual Property and Competition team for over 15 years. 

Malcolm is listed in the Best Lawyers’ publication as a leading Australian lawyer and is ranked in the Chambers Global and Asia Pacific editions, where he was praised for his practical and responsive approach to matters.  Malcolm is also ranked in Managing Intellectual Property,  Media Law International, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and as one of the top 1000 trade mark lawyers in the world by World Trade Mark Review.

With an Honours Degree in Law and an MBA, he has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and IP management and commercialisation.

Malcolm also sits on the board of the UQ Diamantina Institute and was a member of the R&D Tax Concession Committee of Innovation Australia.

Board Member and CFO

Chris Staples CA

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Business and is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience finance, accounting, taxation and business consulting, in both the corporate sector and public practice. Chris has extensive overseas experience living and working in both London and Singapore. Chris is a partner in accounting and advisory firm Davis & Co. Chris also holds directorships in a variety of other companies.

 

 

 

State Manager Victoria

Tony Ridley

Tony completed 13yrs in the Australian Defence Force [ADF], serving with 1 RAR for a short time, before serving 11 years in the Special Air Service Regiment [SASR].

Leaving the military to pursue commercial opportunities, Tony spent his first few years in Indonesia in various corporate and commercial roles, culminating in leading a large security company with 3,500 staff across the archipelago.

After a year as commercial security provider in Iraq, Tony took up a position with International SOS in Singapore as the Regional Security Director for Asia Pacific for the next 6 years.

Tony founded Intelligent Travel, specialising in travel risk management for business and leisure travellers. He also established a business intelligence and marketing company.

Tony continues to speak and consult around the world on matters relating to crisis, security and risk management.