The CFMG is the national body responsible for all aspects of developing the capability framework. The capability framework drives the definition, development, education and awareness of practitioners.
The CFMG reports to the Strategic Governance Board (SGB) and members are appointed by the SGB. The National Training Manager and CFMG Chair are also members of the SGB.
The members of the CFMG are:
Mr Bill Kearney OAM, Chair
Bill was awarded a Medal of Order of Australia for service to the veteran community. Bill served in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps for 14 years and has been actively involved in veterans’ issues and advocacy since 1990. Bill attended his first veterans’ advocacy course in 1995. In 2002 he completed the Tribunal Advocacy Course and is a practising Level 4 Advocate.
Mr Roger Greene, Deputy Chair
Roger graduated from Royal Military College Duntroon in 1965 into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He served in the Regular Army and Reserve until December 1993, including service in Vietnam and New Guinea. Roger is trained in both compensation and welfare advocacy and has appeared before both the Veterans’ Review Board and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Roger has been a member of Melbourne Legacy for over 30 years.
Mr Greg Hoving, National Training Manager
Greg served 12 years in the Royal Australian Navy and first became involved in training at the HMAS Nirimba in 1972. Greg has been teaching with NSW TAFE for over 20 years and holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education Administration. Greg was the Training and Information Program’s National Training Manager, and he continues to play a vital role in the development of the ATDP course structure and learning outcomes.
Mr Phillip Thompson
On enlistment in 2006, Phillip was posted to the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. He gained operational experience in East Timor and Afghanistan, where he was wounded in action. Phillip now works with wounded, injured and ill ex-servicemen and women to help them achieve their potential. Phillip was a competitor at the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 and a coach at the 2016 Games. He was awarded the RSL’s 2016 ANZAC of the Year in recognition of his commitment to helping younger veterans, especially in the area of mental health. Phillip was also nominated for the 2016 Young Australian of the Year.
Mr Brian Warren
Brian completed 20 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy before studying business and law, and working with a number of federal and state agencies. A Level 4 Advocate with over 15 years’ experience, Brian has also developed and presented compensation courses for the Training and Information Program in Tasmania. He is endorsed for advocacy services by the Naval Association of Australia, the RSL and Vietnam Veterans and Veterans Federation in the ACT.
Mr Ben Webb
Ben enlisted in the Australian Army in 2001 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009/2010. He sustained many injuries through his service and was medically discharged in 2013. After undergoing his own rehabilitation, Ben is passionate about providing improved support services for veterans and their families. In 2014 he began voluntary work with Soldier On as their health and fitness coordinator in South Australia and was selected to attend the inaugural Invictus Games, also in 2014. Ben is now the Centre Manager at the Veterans Centre – Sydney Northern Beaches, and has a representative position with the Sydney North Primary Health Network.
Mr Peter McNamara, Manager Region 1
Peter is ATDP Manager for Region 1 – Queensland and the Northern Territory. He served in the Australian Army for over 20 years, with extensive experience in people management and training. Peter retired from full-time service in 1993 and spent the next 15 years in civilian employment managing logistics operations at a domestic and international level for the explosives and shipping industries. Since leaving the Army, Peter has completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration among other qualifications including in facility management. For over 10 years Peter has served as RSL treasurer, vice president and in the twin roles of compensation and welfare officer for the Sandgate RSL Sub Branch. He is also a practising Level 3 Advocate.
Mr Allan Thomas, Manager Region 2
Allan is the ATDP Manager for Region 2 – New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Allan served 14 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and began helping veterans in 2004 through the RSL Sub Branch in Alstonville. Allan is interested in veterans’ legislation and has been trained in a range of courses.
Mr John Printz OAM, Manager Region 3
John is the ATDP Manager for Region 3 – Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. He is a 27-year veteran of the Australian Regular Army and Army Reserve in the Infantry, Signals and Engineer Corps, with service in Vietnam and Malaya. John was an early member of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and a founding member of the Training and Information Program (TIP), where he held the position of National TIP Chair from when the position was created in 2008. John has been a practising advocate for more than 30 years and plays a key role as a tutor and mentor for the Tribunal Advocacy Course. John was also instrumental in the creation of the Victorian Regional Veterans Centres model.
Mr Dennis Mitchell, VITA representative
Dennis served with the Royal Australian Infantry Corp, mostly with the Special Air Service Regiment, including in Vietnam in 1968-69. His post-service career has involved commercial property development, financing, construction and management. He is a graduate of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management with specialist training and extensive experience in risk management, asset valuation and hybrid financial instruments. He has served as president, vice-president and treasurer of his ex-service organisation. He was elected to the Board of the Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association (VITA) in 2005, serving for the following seven years as Treasurer. In 2015 he was elected President of VITA.
Mr Glenn Whatman, Defence Representative
Glenn is Director of National Programs at the Department of Defence. He has responsibility for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Transition Services and the provision of information to DVA for the purposes of assessing claims. Glenn also administers a number of programs to assist the community in delivering support services to ADF members and their families.
Ms Amber Vardos, DVA Representative
Amber is the Assistant Secretary, Income Support and Grants in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.