Co-Founder and Deputy Chair of Soldier On; Managing Director & Co-Founder of Fortem Australia
John Bale is the
Managing Director and Co-Founder of Fortem Australia. He is also the Co-Founder and Deputy Chair of
Soldier On, a charity
that works side
with veterans who have served and continue
to serve our nation and their
families, to help secure their futures.
John was the inaugural
Managing Director and CEO of Soldier On from its inception in April 2012 until
John is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College – Duntroon and served. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice; once in 2008 and then in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and Masters’ of Arts and Management. He is currently PhD candidate at ANU writing on Moral Injury in Australian Peacekeeping Operations. John is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lead Partner, National Security and Justice at KPMG
Anthony is the Lead Partner for the National Security
& Justice Sector within KPMG. Anthony has 14 years as a commissioned
officer in the Royal Australian Army followed by 23 years as a management
consultant across Federal Government, Defence and National Security Agencies.
Anthony commenced his career learning the fundamentals as a project manager in
the information technology arena and grew his experience into wider capability
development and implementation through to the designing and implementing
organisational reform programs.
Anthony has a BSc(Hons) in Physics and a Masters in Military Electronic Systems Engineering. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a post graduate in accounting as well as a range of certifications in project, programme and portfolio management.
Partner, HWL Ebsworth
Bede is a Partner in the Canberra Workplace Relations Group, specialising in workplace relations, discrimination and work health and safety law.
Gee is an executive leader in technology in ICT
Services across local, region and global industries. Karen has
experience in leading large and complex business change programs, including
service delivery and program management in diverse and changing
environments. Her background has included
working across various sectors including IT, telecommunications, engineering,
mining, health, education, financial, manufacturing and logistics.
Karen is a passionate and dedicated advocate for improving inclusion and diversity. She volunteers her time to several ICT industry initiatives and is an advocate for the Soldier On Program (education & employment pathways for national defence and security service personnel and families). Karen is a Board Director for Fortem Australia, motivated by a purpose to serve our community, Karen has joined us with a commitment to help improve the health and wellbeing of our national security and first responders. She is also a Board Director, Membership Advisory Board for ACS (professional association of Australia’s ICT sector).
Managing Director, CMAX Advisory
Tara is the Managing Director of CMAX Advisory. She
has worked in government relations, communications and journalism for 20 years.
Tara worked as a print and television journalist both nationally and
internationally, producing and presenting news and current affairs programs for
Sky News and Channel Ten. During her time at CMAX Advisory, Tara has counselled
clients in reputation management, strategic communications, issue and crisis
management and corporate social responsibility.
Tara is passionate about giving back to the community both personally and professionally. She assists a number of non-profit and community organisations with their public affairs and communications needs on a pro bono basis. Tara helped establish the East Timor Free Press Foundation following the independence referendum in 2000, receiving an Australian Government Award in recognition for her volunteer work.