MEET THE TEAM
Our team consists of a Board of Management, Head Office Staff, Camp Kokoda Staff and an army of loyal volunteers; all working towards our mission to change lives through the Spirit of Kokoda. Read a bit about us all below...
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Kokoda Youth Foundation is a Public Benevolent Institution. To join Kokoda Youth Foundation, you must be nominated by a current foundation member and ratified at a general foundation meeting. If you're interested in joining Kokoda Youth Foundation, please contact us to receive an application for nomination form. Kokoda Youth Foundation's board of management meets quarterly to ensure all activities and future developments are in line with the foundation's constitution and mission statement.
DOUG HENDERSON OAM
Founder and Chairman
Doug is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a medic with 6th Battalion RAR in 1966-67. He was seriously wounded in service and medically discharged from the army due to the injuries he sustained. He went on to own and operate a successful insurance assessing company and Express Courier business in Sydney before retiring to the Gold Coast in 1994. Doug has served on the Australian government’s National Suicide Prevention Committee and Department of Veterans Affairs' National Operations Working Party. In 2004, he resigned from his 10 year tenure as a Veterans' Advocate to pursue his interest in Kokoda and supporting young Australians as founder of Kokoda Youth Foundation.
Lynley has been involved with the KYF since 2006 both as a competitor and a volunteer. Since 2009, she has been a leader and group leader with the youth program, walking the Kokoda Track for the 8th time in 2018. Professionally, Lynley works in IT and facilities management for the Brisbane office of a global medical indemnity group.
James was originally a Police Inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force. He then held management positions with BP, Rio Tinto, Inchcape, SA Government (Director level), Hong Kong Tourism Board, Broken Hill City Council (CEO), TransAdelaide, Brisbane Ferries and Tanzanian Ferries. He has worked in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and all of the Mainland States of Australia. Holding a BA Degree in Political Science/History, Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA. He is also a qualified Justice of the Peace and was a Fellow of the Governance Institute (by examination), Marketing Institute and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He took up the role as Secretary to the KYF Board in late October 2017 and assumed the role of Acting Executive Director January 2018-September 2018.
David is an experienced Chief and Senior Executive and Board member, who has been able to add significant value to every organisation with which he has been involved over the past 20 years. He has a background in accounting and management and his career has spanned across mining, leisure management, the legal profession, primary healthcare and the not for profit sector. David is also currently on the Board of ASD Learning Ltd.
David completed the 96km Gold Coast Challenge in 2015 and has participated in the 30km Brisbane Challenge on a number of occasions. He has also volunteered at the Gold Coast event including being a Checkpoint Captain.
HEAD OFFICE TEAM
Event & Fundraising Coordinator
Youth Services Manager
Personal Assistant to Founder
Event Operations Manager
On The Right Track (OTRT) Program Coordinator
CAMP KOKODA TEAM
CAMP ADMIN OFFICER