Patron & Ambassadors

In May 2013, inconjunction with our rebranding to Junction Australia, we were privileged to welcome the Hon Dr Robyn Layton AO QC as our inaugural Patron. 

We also appointed two Ambassadors: Frank Seeley AM, Business Ambassador and Brenton Ragless, Media Ambassador.  We are delighted to have the support of these exceptional South Australians.  In October 2013, Libby Kosmala OAM was appointed our Community Ambassdor.

The Honourable Dr. Robyn Layton AO QC

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  • Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia 2 March 2005 to 3 September 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of South Australia since September 2010
  • Consultant for Asia Development Bank on Gender Development Poverty Reduction Project for Women in Kazakhstan, Cambodia  and the Philippines since 2011 
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia 2007 to date and member since 2005
  • Member of the Community Protection Panel of the Social Inclusion Unit October 2011 to date
  • Co- Chair Reconciliation SA since 2011
  • Member of Justice Reinvestment Working Group since 2012 
  • Child Protection Review, a Government Plan to protect children from abuse, Report “Our Best Investment”, March 2002-March 2003 (State Appointment)

A strong thread throughout past and current activities is the overall connection with human rights. It began in the late 1960’s with pro bono legal work for protesters and conscientious objectors, through  to work for Aboriginal people, charged with criminal offences prior to the setting up of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) and later work involving refugees. This work continued throughout a legal career and later included a number of Government appointments related to health and ethics.

The specific connection with children and community was sparked between 2002-2003 through the appointment by the State Government to conduct a review of child protection and prepare a Government Plan to protect children from abuse; “Our Best Investment” was the outcome. This work and report included a specific focus on interagency co-ordination and relationships, family and youth services, parenting services; young people under guardianship of  the Minister, adolescents at risk, children and young people with disabilities and Aboriginal issues.

Activities on all of these issues are still being undertaken though various committees, particularly those which are bolded. In addition current work overseas as a consultant with the Asian Development Bank on poverty reduction for women re-enforces the importance of developing targeted programs with communities especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, the need for agency coordination and a “one stop shop” approach for service delivery in community.  These are strong features of the approach taken by Junction Australia.

 

Frank Seeley AM, Junction Australia Business Ambassador

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Frank Seeley AM, FAICD – entrepreneur, innovator, businessman, philanthropist, family man, employer, friend. The founder of Seeley International and its Chairman, Frank Seeley AM, is an Australian success story.

Frank Seeley AM, Executive Chairman and Founder of Seeley International, has been recognised for dedicating his life to Australian manufacturing, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises someone who has been in the manufacturing industry for more than 25 years and who has made a significant individual contribution to Australia's manufacturing industry. Frank Seeley definitely fits the bill. Since founding Seeley International in 1972 when he began manufacturing portable evaporative coolers in his garage, Frank has grown the business to employ more than 300 people. 

 

Brenton Ragless, Junction Australia Media Ambassador

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Born in Blackwood, South Australia, Brenton Ragless has an extensive background in public speaking, broadcast media, public relations, audiovisual production, emergency services, meteorology, defence & tourism.

Prior to working at Channel 9, Brenton earned national media exposure in providing commentary on fires & other disasters as a full-time spokesperson for the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) as well as a fire & emergencies reporter for ABC Radio.

Outside of Channel 9, Brenton is a regular speaker/commentator & still provides support to the CFS as an advocate for fire safety & prevention, assisting with training modules & providing ground support to air operations.

At the time of his appointment, Brenton said this about the significance of his new role ...

"Professionally speaking, it’s a thrill to be associated with Junction Australia which is one of our Channel 9 Telethon charities, so there’ll be opportunities to assist JA through the telethon fundraising events we host across the year.

"Personally speaking, I’ve always been passionate about organisations that respond to the needs of disadvantaged people and helping them to achieve a higher quality of life.

"This is where I feel I can help as an Ambassador, to simply be a voice on behalf of Junction Australia and to increase awareness of the critical role they play in the community.

"Having also come from a background in Emergency Services, I truly understand and value the importance of crisis management through prevention, response and recovery".

 

Libby Kosmala OAM - Junction Australia  Community Ambassador

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In 1972, Libby Kosmala headed to Heidelberg, Germany to compete at her first ever Paralympic Games. Libby is one of our most decorated shooters and made her 11th appearance when she competed in London. With nine  Paralympic gold medals next to her name in shooting, Libby has been awarded a Medal of the Order in Australia in 1985, Australian Sports Medal in 2000, a Centenary Medal in 2001 and most recently was recognised as Australia’s 13th Greatest Sportswomen of all time. Libby competed in the National Shooting Championships in March 2013 and won one event and was runner-up in two others at the age of 70 years – a remarkable performance.

Libby has been highly involved in paid and voluntary positions in the community service sector on Government and non-government boards of state and national organisations for 45 years. Libby is currently on the national board of the Australian Health Practitioners, Registration and Notification Agency.

Libby became a Junction Australia Ambassador in October 2013.

 


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