The Strategic Governance Board (SGB) is the national body responsible for providing strategic direction, oversight and review of the quality and consistency of advocacy training.
The SGB members were appointed by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs following nominations by the Ex-service Organisation Round Table.
The members of the SGB are as follows:
Ms Jenny Walker, Chair
Jenny Walker is the former Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Australia. She has tertiary qualifications in Business (Marketing, HR and Government), Market Research and in land and engineering survey drafting and cartography. Jenny's professional memberships include Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, Member of the Australian Institute of Management, Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jenny served for 16 years in the Australian Intelligence Corps retiring at the rank of Major.
Mr Ken Foster
Ken is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) and is the National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia. Ken served 21 years in the Royal Australian Force and retired at the rank of Warrant Officer Class One. Ken has been involved in the ex-service community since the late 1980's and is currently active in all levels of veteran's welfare and advocacy.
Mr Michael von Berg MC, OAM
Mike is President of the South Australia Branch of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Association, and Chairman and National President of the RAR Corporation. He is also a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veteran Mental Health, DVA's Ex-Service Organisation Round Table and the Veterans Advisory Council of SA. Mike enlisted in the Australian Army in 1962 and was commissioned in 1965. In 1966-67 he served with the newly raised 5RAR (The Tiger Battalion) in Vietnam, and established the first Reconnaissance Platoon in an Australian infantry battalion during which time he was awarded the Military Cross. He went on to serve in the Special Air Service Regiment, Commandos, and Staff and Regimental postings until resigning his commission in 1973. In 1991 Mike established his own management consultancy, specialising in agribusiness and international trade, which he ran until his retirement. Over this period he was a non-executive director of public and private companies including Rugby Australia.
Commodore Paul Kinghorne RANR (Defence)
Commodore Paul Kinghorne is currently the Director General of the Veterans' Support Branch in the Department of Defence. Paul has significant service with the Australian Navy in command positions including in East Timor and as the Chief of Logistic Plans in the Multi-National Force – Iraq and was subsequently awarded the US Bronze Star Medal by the US Secretary of the Army. Paul was promoted to Commodore in 2008 and has undertaken a number of key postings with the Department of Defence since then. Paul transferred to the Reserves in July 2014 and was posted as a senior member of the Defence Support to Wounded Injured or Ill (SWIIP) Program. Commodore Kinghorne also recently completed a three-year term as an independent member and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Commonwealth Grants Commission. He is a co-Patron of the HMAS ANZAC and TOBRUK Association (Navy Veterans Organisation).
Mr Roger Greene OAM JP
Roger is Chair of the Capability Framework Management Group.
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 was the TIP National training manager. Greg served 12 years in Royal Australian Navy and first became involved in training at the HMAS Nirimba in 1972. Greg has since been teaching with NSW TAFE for 19 years and holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education Administration. Greg plays a vital role in the development of the ATDP course structure and learning outcomes.
Mr Don Spinks, AM , DVA Representative
Don was born and raised in the Hunter Valley, NSW. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 16 Jan 1979 and was employed as a Cavalryman for almost 40 years. He has seen operational service in the Sinai, Egypt with the Multi National Force and Observers in 2004 and the Middle East Area of Operations with Australia’s Joint Task Force 633 in 2010. His last appointment in Army was as the 10th Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army.
He has been awarded two Orders of Australia as a result of his service to our nation.
Don joined the Department of Veterans Affairs’ in Feb 2019 and took up the appointment of Repatriation Commissioner on 1 Jul 2019.