David Morrison, 2016 Australian of the Year
General David Morrison concluded his appointment as Australia’s Chief of Army in May 2015. During a 36 year career as a soldier he saw operational service in Bougainville and East Timor and as an Australian Army Officer led troops from platoon level all the way up to three star General - Chief of Army. This is an appointment he held for the last four years of his service. His loyalty to his profession and outstanding performance was recognised by being made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010.
In his tenure at the top of Australia’s Army, David has faced many leadership challenges but he is probably best known for his strong public stance on gender equality and leading cultural change in large organisations. His three-minute address, via video, to his workforce in the wake of a particular instance of poor behaviour by a group of officers and senior soldiers, was posted on YouTube and has had almost 1.7 million views.
He has spoken about diversity and culture to the UN International Women's Day Conference in New York, and was a closing speaker with Angelina Jolie, William Hague and John Kerry at the Global Summit to Prevent Sexual Violence in Military Conflict in London in 2014.
Nadia Pessarossi, Acting CEO
Nadia has over 20 years’ experience in business and retail management in various positions in the public and private sector, with 9 years at the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Work at the AWM included managing the Memorial Shop, product development and being the manager of the Lone Pine project that involved marketing limited edition pieces made from the Lone Pine. She was also responsible for managing official, royal and other VIP gifts.
Nadia was also instrumental in the managing of the commercial tender for the ANZAC Centenary, working with Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and managing the commercial section during April 2015, which saw hundreds of thousands of people flock to the AWM to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli.
During centenary, she worked with the charity Soldier On managing the ‘Thank you for your service’ campaign. Nadia has also managed her own consulting business, setting up the retail space for the Canberra Brumbies and several retail businesses nation-wide.
Nadia is passionate and determined to assist in breaking the cycle of violence and to continue to raise more awareness of family and domestic violence. Nadia began her journey with TCF as a volunteer and assisted in branding, operational, volunteer and events management. Through growth of TCF and her management skill set Nadia was employed as Head Marketing, Fundraising and Events. She worked closely on the Tara’s Angel program and her role quickly expanded to that of Chief Operating Officer. Now Nadia leads the TCF team, working very closely with the Angel and building TCF from strength to strength.
Marlene courageously stepped up and told her then partner that she would no longer tolerate his abuse and so she asked him to leave. His response was to pick up a hammer and smash Marlene in the face. She lost her left eye, half of her teeth; and had to have major nerves removed from the left side of her face.
Marlene is committed to doing all she can to reduce family & domestic violence in Australia, with particular interest in our indigenous communities.
Marlene has agreed to be a TCF Ambassador and we are absolutely honoured to partner with Marlene and support her in the important mission she is on.
Nathan’s early professional career was spent in landscaping and gardening. For the past 13 years Nathan has spent time in the AFP as a Protection Officer, Community Services Directorate in the ACT Government and the Department of Defence. Nathan has coached the Tuggeranong Hawks AFL Senior side for nearly 4 years and played just under 150 games.
Losing Tara to such a horrific crime has left Nathan on a mission to advocate against family and domestic violence. Nathan is the Costigan family representative,spokesperson and a director of the Board for TCF.
Happily married with children and a dog Nathan asks you to support and help us change the culture in our nation.
Michael is an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Taxation Office, with over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive.
He was the Charity Commissioner within the Australian Taxation Office for 6 years and led the team that set up the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.
He has international experience working as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and has led a number of Australian delegations to international conferences on charity and taxation matters. He was also the chair of the OECD’s GST committee from 2002-2006.
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration degrees.
Michael was appointed to the Board in 2015.
Director - Stephen Imrie
Director - Meegan Vecera
Director - Sonyalle Brackley
Director - Matthew Christey
Director - Damien Hollingsworth
Director - Adam Smith
Director - Nathan Costigan
Michael is Tara Costigan's uncle and founder of the Tara Costigan Foundation – a charity established in the wake of Tara's brutal murder, following the amazing support by the community.
Decades in corporate leadership and business development has helped shape Michael’s approach to driving TCF’s objectives. There is certainly no easy solution to domestic violence, but Michael believes that the path to success in our lives, in our communities, and in our relationships, require a change in our belief systems. He contends that our beliefs form our attitudes, which in turn trigger our emotions, that then drive our behaviours. And ultimately, it is our behaviours that deliver the outcome. TCF's vision for that outcome is a society that values respect, and recognises the worth of every individual.
Michael wants us to go on this mission together, for as the foundation’s mantra states - ‘Together We Are Strong’. It is an ideology that has been in the Costigan family for as long as Michael can remember and he would love to see it become the tagline in everything we strive for as a nation.
What Michael and TCF has accomplished in two years is truly remarkable in terms of the reach, awareness and profile for the foundation’s mission and vision.