Chief executive of BAE Systems Australia, Gabby Costigan, has been appointed as chair of the new Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service.
The members for the council have been announced ahead of its first meeting on Wednesday, and Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said he was thrilled that Costigan has agreed to chair the council.
“The needs of women and families affected by defence service are not always understood or visible, and their voices are not always heard,” Minister Chester said.
“That’s why I announced the creation of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service, so that women and families could have a direct voice to my office.
“It’s important that we recognise – and seek to better understand – the service and sacrifice of women who have either served in the Australian Defence Force themselves or been impacted by the service of a loved one.”
Costigan said she was honoured to be a part of the council.
“I am proud to serve as chair for the council and provide my support to delivering better outcomes for veterans and their families,” she said.
“I look forward to working with such a talented and experienced group of individuals to help provide a stronger voice for an often unheard part of the community.”
The full membership of the council is as follows.
|Chair||Gabby Costigan MBE|
|Deputy Chair||Janine Kirk AM|
|Member||Douglas (Doug) Baird OAM|
|Member||Rhondda Vanzella OAM|
|Member||Robert Sutherland CSC|
|Member||Flight Lieutenant Amanda Scott|
|Ex-Officio||Liz Cosson AM, CSC|
|Ex-Officio||Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC|
|Ex-Officio||Kate Pope PSM|
“The council is made up of a diverse range of people including parents, partners and widows of ADF personnel, chaplains, skilled professionals, veterans and ADF members,” Minister Chester said.
“Each member has lived experience of the challenges faced by veterans and veterans’ families.
“I thank each member for agreeing to sit on the council and I look forward to working with them to further improve the services and support provided to women and families united by defence service.”