Board Of Management
KOKODA youth foundation
Kokoda Youth Foundation is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). General foundation meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month for members and invited guests.
To join Kokoda Youth Foundation, you must be nominated by one current foundation member and ratified at a general foundation meeting. If you're interested in joining Kokoda Youth Foundation, please contact us to receive an application for nomination form.
Kokoda Youth Foundation's board of management meets quarterly to ensure all activities and future developments are in line with the foundation's constitution and mission statement.
To view our 2014 Annual Report, please click here
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Chairman & FOUNDER - Doug Henderson OAM
Doug is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a medic with 6th Battalion RAR in 1966-67. He was seriously wounded in service and medically discharged from the army due to the injuries he sustained. He went on to own and operate a successful insurance assessing company and Express Courier business in Sydney before retiring to the Gold Coast in 1994.
Doug has served on the Australian government’s National Suicide Prevention Committee and Department of Veterans Affairs' National Operations Working Party. In 2004, he resigned from his 10 year tenure as a Veterans' Advocate to pursue his interest in Kokoda and supporting young Australians as founder of Kokoda Youth Foundation.
- Founder and executive chairman, Kokoda Youth Foundation since 2004
- Member of ex-service community
- National vice-president, Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia, 2000-2002
- President, Queensland Branch, 1999-2002
- Welfare officer, New South Wales branch, 1994-1995
- Member, National Operations Working Party, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 2000-2004
- Member, National Suicide Prevention Committee, federal government
- Member, National Alcohol Management Forum
- Member, Southern Queensland Regional Consultative Forum, Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service
- Welfare officer, Returned Services League of Australia, Nerang sub-branch
- Chair, Queensland Ex-Service Round Table Conference, 18 months
- Member, Queensland Veterans’ Consultative Forum
Member of the Order of Australia - Australia Day, 2013
Gold Coast Volunteer of the Year, 2012
GCCC Community Service Award, 2011
EXECUTIVE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN - JOHN CRIGHTON
John joined the Commonwealth Department of Trade and Industry in 1967 as a base grade clerk. By the time he retired in February, 2001, he was the first assistant secretary in theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - the third most senior level in the Australian public service. At that time, John was directly responsible for managing a division of 224 staff, an annual budget of over $200 million, and a complex agenda covering information technology, official overseas property interests and security issues.
During his 33 year career, John represented Australia in Japan, Bangkok, Cairo and the United Nations in New York. He was responsible for a range of trade and foreign policy issues. In general, his task was to advise government on trade and foreign policy, and persuade governments and business groups to accept Australian positions in these regards. John also spent some time as a trade negotiator in Geneva, and in the intelligence community (ONA).
After his retirement in February 2001, John initially worked as an advisor to the commonwealth on a complex federal court case. He later moved to Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria where his wife Marian accepted a position as GP assisting three indigenous communities and the small mining town of Alyangula. There for two years, John worked as a truck driver, professional fisherman, and a member of the local emergency response team (ambulance, fire and rope rescue).
John went back to university to learn wine making and was employed as an assistant winemaker in the Yarra Valley (Warramate), the Granite Belt (Heritage Estate), France (Chateau Barryere) and Italy (Cantina Ortona). John is a standby skipper with Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue, and has served in that unit as operations manager and trainer. He is now actively involved in classic cars (having fully restored three vehicles) and has been vice-president of one club and secretary of another.
John volunteers one day a week as a justice of the peace at a local shopping centre, and was recently sworn in as JP (QCAT), which means he is able to hear minor civil disputes in the Tribunal.
John was a Kokoda Challenge Youth Program Leader in 2009 for the Tweed chapter and group leader in 2010.
Director & SECRETARY - Dan Flynn
Dan holds a number of directorships in private companies across a broad spectrum of industry activities. He has specialised in providing commercial advice in relation to treasury, acquisitions and divestments, infrastructure projects, and corporate restructures.
Prior to the past decade of activity, Dan held a senior position in Corporate and Merchant Banking and was responsible for taking that company from inception to public stock exchange listing.
Dan has been actively involved as a volunteer with the Kokoda Youth Foundation for five years, and most recently in the capacity of Secretary. In addition he has been a volunteer leader with the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program (KCYP). He has walked the Kokoda Track in PNG three times and endured the Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast event 2.5 times (and he’s still suffering).
Professional qualifications include –
Fellow: Institute of Chartered Secretaries
Member: National Institute of Accountants
Member: Real Estate Institute of Queensland
Foundation Fellow: Australian Institute of Company Directors
DIRECTOR & TREASURER - PHILLIPPA WRIGHT, (BFIN, BCOMM, CFA)
Phillippa began her career as a financial analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, working with the Valuation and Strategy team. She took the opportunity to work in venture capital in the US and macroeconomics in Brazil, before heading to the UK to work in commercial finance for a major listed grocery retailer. She returned to Australia in 2006 with a family in tow, taking up a position as lecturer in Finance at Bond University which she held through to 2015.
Phillippa currently runs Essential Analytics, a Gold-Coast based corporate finance consultancy. Established in 2013, the practice provides strategic planning, capital structure and cash flow analyses for small to medium enterprise.
Phillippa has a combined Bachelor of Finance / Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University, is a CFA Charterholder, and currently lectures as part of the CFA Review Course offered by the Brisbane Chapter of the CFA Society.
Director - Anna Henderson
Anna Henderson has been by Doug's side since day one - not only as his partner but also as the backbone of Kokoda Youth Foundation. She was a leader in the first two years of the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program and helped mentor and lead the first group of 'Kokoda Kids' through their personal journey.Over the years, she has helped support KYF and continues to be a great support and mentor for all young people involved in the KCYP.
Director - ANNE STOVIN
DIRECTOR -BILL MCDONALD
For 30 years now, Bill McDonald has a trusted and familiar face on Queensland television screens. Currently in his 4th year as co-anchor of 7 News, Queensland's number one News service, Bill re-joined Seven after a 16 year career with the Ten Network, initially as Sports presenter, producer, reporter and commentator, before being promoted to anchor the nightly news. Bill has also anchored Sports Tonight and several other network sports, including AFL, V8 Supercars, Olympic & Commonwealth Games. Bill launched his career at Channel 7 Brisbane in 1987, where he began his career as a sports cadet.
After a decade, he joined Network Ten where he won a Queensland Media Award for his coverage of Brisbane’s devastating Gap Storms. Bill has also written sport features and columns for several magazines, the Melbourne Age Newspaper and commentated AFL for the Triple M Radio Network. Bill is an accomplished corporate MC and heavily committed to the charity and business community.
In addition to serving on the Kokoda Youth Foundation board, Bill is on the board of Tangalooma Eco Marines. He has a long standing relationship with the Salvation Army, an ambassador and host for St Vinnies Big Sleep Out, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation and RSPCA. Bill has hosted the Gold Coast Suns AFL Chairman’s Club since its inception in 2010. A strong advocate for physical fitness, Bill has twice completed the Kokoda Challenge and in 2015 crossed the Kokoda track in PNG, as part of a documentary to help raise awareness & funds for Mates4Mates. Bill has been married to wife Juls for 23 years and is a father of 4 boys.