Our board

Our Directors bring many years of corporate governance experience and commitment to the professional leadership of our organisation. Our board members have broad networks, and a diverse range of skills, expertise and experience.

Dr Bruce Robinson

Founder

Doctor, lecturer, speaker, scientist, and best-selling author. Bruce has published over 200 professional papers and received numerous awards. 

For 20 years he has also been researching, lecturing and speaking about fathering and how to be a better dad.

In 2013 he won the prestigious Western Australian of the year award for medical research and charity work, including his work with establishing The Fathering Project and advocacy of the benefits of good fathering.

In his work as a cancer specialist, Dr Bruce Robinson has had to tell hundreds of men that they only had a short time left to live. For too many of these men, regret was a key reaction – “I wish I had spent more time with my family/with my children”. Bruce realised that there was a need for fathers to, as he puts it, “learn to live richly at the front end so you don’t have regrets at the back end” – in other words, to learn how to build those relationships with the family and improve that work/life balance so that down the track they don’t wish things could have been different.

Bruce is married to Jacqui and they have three adult children.

Bruce also has his own website where you can learn more about his work.

Martin Black

Chairman of the board

Martin joined the board The Fathering Project because he is passionate about the importance and value of positive and confident parenting, particularly from dads.

James Brown

Member of the board

James is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has been working with families for over 15 years.

Tim Hammond

Member of the board

Former Federal Labor MP Tim Hammond was welcomed onto the Fathering Project Board after stepping away from politics in May 2018 to be more connected with his young family.

Craig Heatley

Member of the board

Craig is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is experienced in external and internal audit services, accounting and broader business advice across a broad spectrum of industries covering engineering, resources, construction and services.

Geoff Lloyd

Member of the board

Geoff Lloyd has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with an extensive understanding of the sector and demonstrated leadership skills. He has a proven track record in transforming and sustainably growing businesses.

Ian Macliver

Member of the board

Ian’s experience covers all areas of corporate activity including capital raisings, acquisitions, takeovers, business and strategic planning, debt and equity reconstructions, operating projects and financial reviews and valuations.

Caro Stewart

Member of the board

Caro grew up in Western Australia but has spent 11 years living in Canada and England.

Her background is teaching and has spent time teaching in country Western Australia and the metropolitan area, her proudest achievement is being a mother of four.

Anton Gaudry

Anton Gaudry

Member of the board

Anton is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience. He has specialised in servicing the not for profit sector. Married with two children, Anton has always prided himself most on his role in the home. 

Our patrons

We’re grateful to our patrons, whose support helps us to not only reach fathers and father figures across the country, but to support and equip them to be better in their roles.

Ern Edwards

Patron

Ern is a father, grandfather and valued patron of The Fathering Project. A self-made businessman, Ern has been committed to improving youth outcomes throughout his adult life. Ern’s heart for fathers and his ongoing support for our mission make him a highly-valued member of The Fathering Project team.

John Anderson AO

Patron

“I have personally benefitted from The Fathering Project and I am absolutely convinced and have been since it started well over 10 years ago, that The Fathering Project is something Australian dads need, their kids need it and because the kids really are literally our country’s future our country needs it as well.”

John Anderson AO had a distinguished political career that spanned nearly two decades. He served as a Member of Parliament (Gwydir) from 1989 to 2007 and as the 11th Deputy Prime Minister from 1999 to 2005. He also held the position of the 10th Leader of the National Party of Australia during his time as Deputy PM.

John was honoured in 2011 as the recipient of Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service during his political career and his contribution to the rural communities in Australia, as well as his support for transportation development and water management.

Our ambassadors

We have wonderful support in leaders from all walks of life, who are just as passionate as us about fathering and children. Our Ambassadors provide their time, experience or expertise to spread the word about the benefits of effective fathering and the work of The Fathering Project.

Geoff Hutchison

Geoff Hutchison is an experienced Australian journalist. Born and raised in West Australia, Geoff has worked across a number of print and broadcast outlets including Ch 7 and Ch 9 news.

He was also a senior reporter on ABC 7.30 report. 

Geoff currently presents the Morning programme on 720 ABC Perth and has supported the activities of The Fathering Project for many years.

Duncan Armstrong OAM

Duncan Armstrong is an Australian former competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder best remembered for winning a gold and silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Today he is an expert commentator, swimming coach and swimming safety advocate.

Duncan is a proud father of five children. He received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1996. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for recognition of service to swimming.

James McMahon DSC DSM

James McMahon DSC, DSM had a 24 year career in the Australian Defence Force which included working as a Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and serving in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor-Leste.

After leaving the Defence Force, James has worked across private and public organisations, including four years as Commissioner for the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia where he focussed heavily on rehabilitation and reconciliation.

James is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Australian Capital Equity. He is the recipient of both the Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal and was named the West Australian of the Year in 2019.

Professor Fiona Wood AM

Professor Fiona Wood is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers.

A highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon and world leading burns specialist, she has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine.

A mother to six children, Professor Wood is currently the Director of the Burns Service of WA and Research Director at the Fiona Woods Foundation. She has been nationally recognised for her important work, receiving an Order of Australia Medal and being named Australian of the Year in 2005.

Professor Donna Cross

Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Head of Health Education and Promotion at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Professor Cross has an international reputation for developing community-based interventions to reduce bullying and aggression among children and young people. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, she has been a leading investigator in a number of significant research programs both here and overseas and received the Western Australian of the Year Award in 2012.

Andrew Scipione AO APM

Andrew Scipione is a former police officer who served as Commissioner of NSW Police from 2007-2017.

He is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and holds the role of Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Sydney’s School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

In addition to receiving a number of significant internal police awards, Andrew is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal, the National Police Service Medal and is an Officer of the Order of Australia. Andrew and his wife Joy have three children.

Nick Farr Jones AM

Nick Farr-Jones played an integral part in the success of Australian Rugby Union, captaining the Wallabies to bring home the 1991 Rugby Union World Cup and the 1992 Bledisloe Cup.

He was Australia’s most-capped scrum half and its most-capped captain, and recognised for his service by becoming a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992.

Nick retired from professional playing in 1993. Following a decade with the investment bank, Societe Generale, in 2010 Nick moved to Taurus Funds Management, one of Australia’s first resources hedge funds. He is a dedicated father to four children.

Dr Tim Hawkes OAM

Dr Tim Hawkes is a well-respected authority on boys’ education, most recently serving as principal and then Headmaster at one of Australia’s most well-known schools, The King’s School, in Sydney.

He has also been a trusted advisor to the Australian Government, serving as a member of the “Forum on the Education of Boys” in 2002.

His first book, “Boy Oh Boy” became a best seller and he continues to write and speak extensively on the issue of educating boys. One of his more recent books, “Ten conversations you must have with your son” has also sold well and been translated into several languages. The father of two daughters and a son, Dr Hawkes has written a number of best-selling books on educating and parenting boys and girls.

Dennis Lillee AM MBE

Dennis Lillee is a former Australian cricketer, described as the most outstanding fast bowler of his generation, finishing his career with 355 dismissals from just 70 matches to underline his status as one of the all-time greats.

Since retiring from competition, Dennis has dedicated himself to mentoring and coaching the next generation of fast bowlers.

Dennis was inducted into both the Australian and ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, named in the Australian Test team of the Century and awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. A father to two sons, Dennis is a Member of the Order of the British Empire and a Member of the Order of Australia.

Dennis Cometti

Dennis Cometti is one of the best-known and most respected sports commentators in Australia, with a particular passion for AFL, of which he was also a high-level player and coach. 

After retiring from his national broadcast commentating roles, Dennis still appears regularly on Seven News and Today Tonight in WA, writes for The West Australian newspaper and in his semi-retirement broadcasts AFL football on Mix94.5 in Perth. He is a proud Dad to a son and a daughter.

David Flanagan AO

David originally qualified as a geologist at the WA School of Mines and has worked in the resources industry in Australia, Africa and Asia for the past 25 years.

He was the 6th Chancellor of Murdoch University and is currently Executive Chairman of Battery Minerals, Non-Executive Director of Northern Star Resources and serving on the boards of several charities and not-for-profit organisations.

David has received a number of industry and community awards including Governors Award for Giving 2011, Eisenhower Fellowship 2013 as well as Business Leader of the Year and Western Australian of the Year 2014.

Petero Civonieceva

Petero is a former rugby league player who was born in Suva, Fiji.  He played 235 games for the Brisbane Broncos, winning two NRL Grandfinals in 1998 and 2006.

He played 74 games for the Penrith Panthers, becoming the 17th player in NRL history to play 300 NRL games. He was inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame in 2018.

As a father of four, Petero has a strong passion for youth and encouraging and guiding their development towards becoming the best that they can be.

Professor Ian Frazer AC

Professor Ian Frazer is a clinical immunologist and researcher who moved to Australia from Scotland.

He is a co-inventor of the technology enabling the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, currently used worldwide to help prevent cervical cancer. HE is currently CEO and Director of Research at the Translational Research Institute, at the University of Queensland.

A father of three adult sons, Prof Frazer has received many awards for his work including the Prime Ministers Award for Science, the Balzan Prize and the Australian Medical Association Gold Medal. He was recognised as Australian of the Year in 2006 and has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Rev Tim Costello AO

Rev Tim Costello AO is an Australian Baptist minister, recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice, leadership and ethics.

He has spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Through his work with World Vision Australia and more recently with Micah Australia, Rev Costello has been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty and disadvantage are placed on the national agenda. Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.

Elijah Boul OAM

Elijah is a father of 4 children and is of South Sudanese Australian background who came as an unaccompanied minor refugee to Australia in 2002.

He is a Criminologist and nationally Credited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner who has extensive experience working with young people and disadvantaged families. His advocacy work was instrumental in removing children under 18 from adult prisons in Queensland.

Elijah is a recipient of multiple achievement awards including 2019 Queensland Local Hero for Australian of the Year Awards and Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community.

Brad Haddin

Bradley Haddin is a former Australian cricketer, vice-captain and coach who has represented Australia in all forms of international cricket.

As a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, he also captained the New South Wales Blues.

Brad retired early from his sporting career to support his daughter Mia as she battled a rare form of cancer. He wrote a book about his experiences called “My Family’s Keeper” that he dedicated to his family.

Justin Langer

Justin was an internal cricket player, considered one of the best opening batsman in the world.

Following his retirement from competition, Justin took on the role of Head Coach for the Australian Men’s cricket team across all formats of the game. He is also Board Member of the West Cost Eagles AFL team.

Being a husband and father of four girls, Justin is dedicated to the most important team of all – his family.