Disaster Relief



Geoffrey Evans | Chief Executive Office

Geoff Evans served for twenty years in the Australian Army’s Special Operations Command as both a commissioned and non-commissioned officer. During this time Geoff served on four operational deployments before being wounded in action in Afghanistan in December 2010.

Geoff also had a thirteen-year career as a fire-fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW. In 2013, Geoff founded Homes for Heroes, a national charity supporting homeless veterans and their families. In 2014, Geoff was appointed to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health. In January of 2016, Geoff was appointed as the CEO of Disaster Relief Australia. Geoff holds an international relations degree from Deakin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Governance 1

Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook CSC  |  Chair   

Non-Executive, non-remunerated

Dr Elizabeth Rushbrook CSC, MBBS, MHA, FRACMA (Chair).  Elizabeth is a Specialist Medical Administrator with a wide range of hospital and military experience.  Elizabeth rose steadily through the Navy ranks to Commodore. Doctor Rushbrook now works with Queensland Health as the Executive Director Medical Services of Metro North Hospital and Health Service.  

Governance 2

Rodney Hyman AM | Deputy Chair

Non-Executive, non-remunerated

Rodney Hyman AM, is a Director of DRA. Rod is Valuation Counsel at RHAS, a business division of Aon Plc and consults independently. Rod has supported a range of charitable institutions at various times over his career including the Parramatta Mission, Lindfield Synagogue, Kehillat Masada, Variety Club and the National Council of Jewish Women, to name a few. Rod is also an elected Deputy of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the roof body of NSW Jewry. In 2007 Rod was appointed a Life Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and in 2012 a Member of the Order of Australia.

Governance 3

Will McNulty | Director

Non-executive, non-remunerated

Will McNulty is a Director of DRA. William is an ex Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence. William holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University. William serves on the Board of Directors for Airlink Flight, the Advisory Board for the Truman National Security Project, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Governance 4

Michael Slater | Board member

Non-executive, non-remunerated

Major General (Ret) Michael Slater AO, DSC, CSC (Board Member). During his military career, he commanded at all levels of the Army from platoon to brigade level. In January 2011, Michael was appointed to lead the Flood Recovery Taskforce overseeing recovery from the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. This Taskforce subsequently transitioned into the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, where Michael remained until 31 August 2011. Michael was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List. Michael has since retired to the NSW East-Coast, from where he conducts occasional consultancy work.

Governance 5

David Smith, AM, DSM | Board member

Non-executive, non-remunerated

Dave Smith served for over 34 years in the Australian Army, eventually reaching the rank of Brigadier. During his service he commanded at every level from platoon to brigade and saw operational service in East Timor, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. He also held a number of key staff appointments focussing on strategic planning, strategy implementation and strategic risk management, seeing him make a noteworthy contribution to Australian Defence Force modernisation.

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