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 2017 Annual Report, please click here
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
FOUNDER & Chairman - 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
- 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 Suicide Prevention Committee, federal government
- Member, National Alcohol Management Forum
- Welfare officer, Returned Services League of Australia, Nerang sub-branch
- Chair, Queensland Ex-Service Round Table Conference, 18 months
Member of the Order of Australia - Australia Day, 2013
Gold Coast Volunteer of the Year, 2012
GCCC Community Service Award, 2011
Deputy Chair - LYNLEY MANGIN
Lynley has been involved with the KYF since 2006 both as a competitor and a volunteer. Since 2009, she has been a leader and group leader with the youth program, walking the Kokoda Track for the 7th time in 2017. Professionally, Lynley works in IT and facilities management for the Brisbane office of a global medical indemnity group.
secretary - JAMES HALL
James was originally a Police Inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He then held management positions with BP, Rio Tinto, Inchcape, SA Government (Director level), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Broken Hill City Council (CEO), TransAdelaide, Brisbane Ferries and Tanzanian Ferries. He has worked in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and all of the Mainland States of Australia. Holding a BA Degree in Political Science/History, Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA. He is also a qualified Justice of the Peace and was a Fellow of the Governance Institute (by examination), Marketing Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He took up the role as Secretary to the KYF Board in late October 2017 and assumed the role of Executive Director in January 2018.
TREASURER - CHRIS GLENNISTER
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 - RYAN MARTIN
director - shane stedwell
I began my journey with the KYF 14 years ago as an original Kokoda Kid and have never looked back. Since then I have returned as a Volunteer leader 4 times. I have endured 5 grueling trips to Papua New Guinea and competed in 8 Kokoda challenges. I have now experienced almost everything that this amazing Foundation has to offer as a volunteer. From parking cars on the Kokoda Challenge weekend to being airlifted off the Kokoda Track hahaha. What this foundation has given me in life is nothing short of amazing and I’m excited to start my next journey with the Foundation. I work for SurfStitch.com as a buying coordinator for men's wear and also their boys wear buyer. Coming from being a Kokoda Kid I have a drive and lust for life that has taken me from working in the warehouse to my current position.
DIRECTOR - Sophie rogers
I was a Kokoda Kid in 2005, and have been involved in the Kokoda Youth Foundation ever since. I have a background in health and education and my interests lie in working with the community. I work as a paramedic and have qualifications in community service, education, small business management and health since (Hons). I travelled to PNG as Doug Henderson's medic and walked alongside him for the entire trek, tending to his medical needs and ensuring he completed the bucket list Kokoda Track in good health. This experience bonded me to Doug and the Foundation more than I ever thought possible.