Brett Sangster, LLB (Hons),
Brett is the Chairman of Wandering Warriors where he draws together his 22+ year’s of military and corporate experience. Brett enjoyed a rewarding and successful military career, graduating from Duntroon in 1999 as a General Service Officer with the Australian Intelligence Corps. During this time, he served pre-dominantly in the Special Operations Command or with the 1 st Intelligence Battalion, deploying on numerous occasions on war-like operations. In 2007, Brett transferred to the Australian Army Legal Corps where he served with the Special Operations Command, Forces Command and finally, Headquarters 6 th Brigade.
In these roles, Brett deployed on numerous occasions to war-like operations in support of the Special Operations Task Group, commended for his legal support in 2011 by Commander JTF633.
Presently, Brett is a Partner with McCullough Robertson Lawyers, an Australian law firm, where he leads the Defence & National Security practice. Prior to returning to his professional trade, Brett was the Managing Director of the Defence division of a large, ASX-listed orgsanisation, responsible for leading a 600+ team in the government sector. Before undertaking this role, Brett was a General Manager and Project Director, including being part of the leadership team that delivered a complex Oil & Gas ‘mega’ project in central Queensland. Brett is a graduate of the University of Queensland (Law), Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the Australian Institute of Directors. He is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Combining these experiences and qualifications, and coupling them with his sincere passion for helping Defence personnel and veterans alike, Brett aspires to bring a unique lense to the role of the Wandering Warriors Chair. Brett acknowledges the work of the former Chairman, Brigadier Terry Nolan, AM (Retd). Under the continued mentorship of Brigadier Nolan, Brett aims to do justice to the foundations that were set by those who served Wandering Warriors before him.
Director & CEO
Quentin Masson DSM
Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, former SAS squadron. Quentin joined Wandering Warriors in its earliest days, where his inspirational leadership style gave us momentum and helped achieve our goals.
Quentin has been appointed our CEO in 2019 at an exciting time in the evolution of Wandering Warriors, as we move to expand our support to all Australian Special Forces veterans and their families, particularly through our education program. Quentin takes up this voluntary positions alongside his busy day job as Toll Group’s Global Head of Government and Defence.
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.
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 was the Chairman of Wandering Warriors from 2013-2020.
Brigadier Jonathon (Jono) Beesley, DSM
With over 30 years’ service in the Australian Army, 25 years of which were with the Australian Special Operations Command, Jono has gained significant command, leadership and management experience whilst serving on numerous operations both overseas and domestically. Jono comes from a proud military family; both he and his father share the unique honour of having served as Commanding Officer SASR.
Jono is currently still serving in the ADF and is passionate about supporting current and ex serving veterans. Wandering Warriors is grateful for Jono’s appointment on the Board of Directors.
Director & Company Secretary
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 & CFO
Brian Davis, founder of accountants and business advisors Davis & Co, becomes a director and CFO. Brian holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Certified Practising Accountant. He has more than 45 years experience in finance, accounting, taxation and business consulting, in both the corporate sector and public practice. We are delighted to welcome him to our board.
Director & NSW Manager
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.
Chief Operations Officer
Dan post his service career in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals has had a successful IT management career and graduated with a Masters of Business and Technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW, in 2010. He comes from a proud military family where beyond his service, his father and two brothers served within Special Forces. Dan’s commercial career spans from leading startup and multinational software companies growth and global expansion efforts and is currently managing the local start-up software ecosystem at Salesforce. His strong passion for supporting fellow veterans is exhibited through leading Salesforce’s Veterans program (Vetforce) across Australia and New Zealand. Dan also has been instrumental in driving fundraising efforts and the awareness of Wandering Warriors throughout the community as an Ambassador.
State Manager Victoria
Harry served as an SAS Team Commander before retiring in 2019 from the Australian Defence Force after nearly 30 years, during which he designed, planned and executed hundreds of combat missions. Finishing as SAS Director of High-Performance he established the unique Wanderers Education Program, a key partner of the Wandering Wanderers.
Harry is now a practicing psychologist and founder and CEO of the corporate performance consultancy Stotan Group. He is Oceania Director of the U.S. Mission Critical Teams Institute and and holds advisory positions on the boards of The Younger Heroes and the Returned and Services League, Victoria.
Interestingly, Harry is the singer-songwriter for original (Spec Ops) rock-band, The Externals.