Phoenix Australia is fortunate to have the support of our very dedicated patrons and ambassadors.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston
AK, AFC (Ret’d)
Sir Angus was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community. Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005-2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years. He was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from 2011-2013 which provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of the Anzac Centenary. Sir Angus chairs a number of boards and also serves as a board member for numerous organisations. He is a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College and the South Australian Special Envoy for International Trade and Investment. In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron of a number of charitable organisations. Sir Angus has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Australia, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.
Wing Commander Sharon Bown
Keynote Speaker and Award-Winning Author, in her book Sharon highlights the strategies that enabled her to change the narrative of my life from broken veteran – severely injured in a helicopter crash in East Timor – to respected leader, commanding a critical care team in Afghanistan. She’s a powerful veterans’ advocate as a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and Phoenix Australia Ambassador. As a Returned Service Nurse, Sharon cared for people amidst war; peacekeeping; and humanitarian aid operations across the world. She harnesses the lessons and strategies of her unique experiences to empower individuals, communities and organisations to maximise their leadership and resilience, and to discover the great opportunities for growth in adversity.
David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2018 for significant service to the community of Victoria, particularly through emergency services, entertainment, education, heritage and charitable organisations. He has worked for more than thirty years in an operational capacity with emergency services including Victoria Police, Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, and Ambulance Victoria. David is a roving reporter for 3AW 693, promoting the successes and achievements of Victorian businesses and organisations. He runs a marketing and public relations company, and consults to many companies and not-for-profit organisations around Australia. He is Chairman of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and Entertainment Assist, and sits on a number of other boards including the Chisholm Institute and The Production Company.
Magda Szubanski AO is one of Australia’s best known and loved performer/writers. She helped create international hit shows and films including D Generation, Babe, Kath and Kim, Fast Forward, Big Girl’s Blouse. Her 2015 memoir Reckoning, which deals with intergenerational trauma, won a slew of awards including: Book of the Year; Biography of the Year; NSW Premier’s Literary Award; The Victorian Community History Award – among others. Her efforts during the Marriage Equality survey made her 2017’s most talked about person. She was nominated for Australian of the Year and made an Officer of the Order of Australia. She was awarded the 2017 Liberty Victoria Voltaire Award for Free Speech. In the course of her career Magda has helped raise millions of dollars for charity. She is and Ambassador for Phoenix Australia, is on the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Institute and is Patron of Twenty/10