The Board


Peter Leahy


Former Chief of Army and Director of the National Security Institute, University of Canberra

Director Qualifications: AC, Professor, BA Mil Studs UNSW, MMAS USACGSC, GAICD.

Lieutenant General Peter Leahy retired from the Army after a 37 year career as a soldier in July 2008, with the rank of Lieutenant General in the appointment as the Chief of Army. Since leaving the Army, Peter has joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the Foundation Director of the National Security Institute. He is also Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Committee in the ACT. He is a member of several advisory, commercial, and charity boards. He is a regular media commentator on defence and security matters.




Director Qualifications: AO, MBBS, MLM, FRACMA, FACLM, FACTM, DTM&H, Dip Sport Med

Major General (Ret’d) AO — Paul has had an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He is an experienced senior medical officer with over 30 years working across clinical executive posts, and has held board positions in military, private practice, commercial, and not for profit organisations. Paul completed his tenure as Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General, ADF in December 2011.

Paul is Chairman of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, the largest health service in Queensland and Chairman of the Immigration Health Advisory Group.



CEO & Managing Director Soldier On

Co-Founder Soldier On

Director Qualifications: BA (Hons) UNSW, MA UNSW, MMgtStud UNSW, GAICD.

John Bale is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Soldier On. He served in the Army for 12 years and finished his career as a Chief of Army Scholar writing on the de-stigmatisation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Australian Army.  John was state finalist for 2014 Young Australian of the year, winner of the EY Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016 (Eastern Region) and was the joint recipient of the 2017 UNSW Young Alumni Award.



Managing Partner – MinterEllison Canberra

Director Qualifications: BSc LLB (Hons)

Managing Partner of the Canberra office of MinterEllison.  Michael has been in commercial legal practice for over 20 years, 12 of those in a partnership role.





Partner – Defence and National Security, KPMG

Director Qualifications: BSC (Hons), MSC (Military Electronic Systems Engineering), Grad Dip Acc, AICAA, GAICD.

Anthony is the KPMG Defence Partner, has been a management consultant for 21 years and served as an Army Officer for 14 years.




Director Qualifications: 12 years Director Starlight Childrens Association,  15 years Director The Australia Day Council of NSW

Neil Flett is a journalist, public relations and sales communications specialist, founder of the international management, leadership and sales coaching organisation Rogen International.





Royal Australian Navy

Director Qualifications: BSC (Hons) UNSW, Grad Dip Mgt (Defence studies) UC, Grad Cert Maritime studies UoW, MArts (Strategic Studies) Deakin

Michele has 29 years’ experience in the Royal Australian Navy, with nearly 15 years in seagoing positions, including serving on operations in the Middle East, East Timor and in border protection both in the north of Australia and in the Southern Ocean. As a Maritime Warfare Officer, she has been the commanding officer of a patrol boat and the frigate HMAS PERTH, and staff positions have included in capability development and career management. Michele is presently the Director General of the Navy People Branch, based in Canberra.




Director Qualifications: MA (Macq.)

Hugh is a multi-award winning political journalist and foreign correspondent with particular exposure to military activity in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently a senior news presenter on the TEN and WIN networks and plays a board and advisory role in a number of charities and community organisations.




Observer to the Soldier On Board

Director Qualifications: BA (Hons), MAICD.

Benjamin was the Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound Australia with more than 20 years management experience. He was previously the CEO of Australian Business Academy, Frontier Recruitment and a former Army Officer. He has been awarded the INTERFET medal and Australian Active Service Medal for service in East Timor.



Soldier On Board positions are volunteer-based with the exception of the Chief Executive Officer. All non-Executive Directors generously donate their time, including all travel, to assist in the governance and strategic direction of Soldier On.