We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter after disaster strikes.
Our Board and Executive Team share our determination and have all pledged to help make this happen.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, AFC (Retd.)
“ShelterBox continues to impress me with their no-nonsense, practical approach to disaster relief. Their determination to reach the most vulnerable in the hard to reach places of the world sets them apart. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need for emergency shelter and in many cases, shelter provision can save lives. The organisation’s ability to ‘pivot’ during the current crisis and continue to support families in need, shows that where there is a will, there is a way. Now, more than ever, the world needs organisations like ShelterBox”
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.
Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005-2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years.
Sir Angus is Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast, Chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and chairs several other boards. He also serves as a board member for numerous organisations as well as being a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College. In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron for a number of charitable organisations, including several mental health charities. Sir Angus has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Australia, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.
Board of Directors
Dr Rob Walliser
I have over 25 years of international work experience, including financial services, top-tier management consulting, government and oil & gas. I am able to translate insight into action and have delivered substantive organisational change within businesses ranging from start-ups to ASX 20 listed companies.
I hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. I am an Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Finance.
I collaborated in the development of ShelterBox Australia’s Strategic Plan in early 2019 and was elected as a Director in July 2019.
I believe in shelter as a basic human right and empathise with the ShelterBox global mission of a world where no family is without shelter after disaster.
I have over 20 years experience in strategy, marketing, brand, communications, product development, digital strategy, customer experience, campaigns and analytics across earned, paid and owned channels in B2C, B2B and B2B2C markets.
I hold a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University and a Master of Marketing from Monash University.
I was elected in 2020 and sit on the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.
I am proud to be part of an organisation that helps people in need and gives practical assistance to improve people’s lives.
I have worked within the public sector for more than 20 years, serving with the Australian Army, Australian Federal Police and currently with the Department of Veterans Affairs, more recently in senior management governance and compliance roles.
Throughout my professional career, I have always felt community-minded, actively volunteering with community service groups and Not for Profit organisations. I am an active member of my RSL Sub-Branch, Sydney Legacy and Rotary, serving in a variety of management positions in these organisations. I am also currently a Director with a registered/licensed club in NSW. I became passionate about Shelter Box after having deployed with the Army and seeing firsthand the support people need in war countries affected by war and disaster.
I was elected a Director of ShelterBox Australia in 2022, act as the Company Secretary and sit on the Operations Committee.
I hold a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Certificate in Veterans’ Law and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.
I have recently transitioned into retirement after a successful career with government and private organisations developing, maintaining, and enhancing organisational capabilities, and business resilience. My strengths include strategic planning, operational design, capability development, and change management; with underlying strengths in program and project management, and as a consultant in my latter career, I program managed many strategic and organisational reform and transformation projects for a diverse range of clients, both within Australia and internationally.
Prior to consulting, I had a successful career within the public sector with many years at senior executive level within the national security and law enforcement community.
I have always had a passion for community service, and throughout my career, I have frequently engaged with and assisted the community in a variety of volunteer roles, and through ongoing involvement with community service groups and Not for Profit organisations.
As a Rotarian for the past 12 years, I have served in many roles including Assistant District Governor and participated in many community projects both locally and internationally, and I have been actively involved with ShelterBox since 2008 as a fundraiser and an Ambassador.
I was elected a Director of ShelterBox Australia in early 2018 and sit on the Operations Committee and Finance and Risk Committee. I believe that shelter is a basic human right and am passionate about helping to ensure families impacted by disasters are able to start to rebuild their lives with the dignity of shelter and protection from the elements.
I hold a Master of Justice and a Bachelor of Justice Studies and during my professional career received recognition as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers.
I am a CEO, senior executive and company director, with over 30 years of experience. I was CEO, NSW for The CEO Institute, a leading membership organisation for CEOs and future CEOs, providing experiential professional development for leaders and entrepreneurs. Later, I consulted with the Institute, working with major organisations and the tertiary sector.
Previously, I was CEO of a major Chamber of Commerce in Greater Western Sydney. Earlier in my career, I was a senior regional public relations manager with The Coca-Cola Company, based in Sydney. My track record is in building up organisations and in mentoring leaders.
Concurrently, I developed a director career over 15 years and have served on a wide range of boards across the NSW Government, pharmacy, health, retail, education and philanthropy as Chair, Deputy Chair and Chair of key board committees.
I have a B.A, Dip. Ed. and am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and am a member of Sydney’s Balgowlah Rotary Club. I’m delighted to support SBA’s vital work in overseas community service.
I am an experienced senior executive with over 25 years of experience. I have held numerous leadership roles within corporate and government sectors leading marketing, sales and strategy functions across a number of high-profile organisations including NBNCo, Qantas, Westpac, Telstra and the CSIRO.
I am a dynamic leader with a passion for overseas aid, spending time abroad implementing community programs in Africa and local fundraising for both Compassion Australia and SIM.
I hold an Engineering Degree, Masters of Business Management and Graduate Certificate in Leadership and am proud to serve an organisation that is globally making a real difference to those in need.
My 20+ year career spans various risk, technology, and consulting leadership roles predominantly in financial services. Currently, I am the Head of Operational Risk and Compliance for a major Australian bank. Previously I have held senior roles in Technology and IT Consulting.
I hold master’s degrees in system design and management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an accreditation from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professionally, I have managed organisations through a number of crises, such as the riots across the USA after the Rodney King trial, September 11 and its aftermath, the 2019 Australian Bushfires and COVID-19.
I am proud to be able to use the knowledge and skills that I have gained through my professional career to give back through my role at Shelterbox and make a difference in the lives of those impacted by disaster.
Spanning private sector and local government, I have over 40 years professional experience. I have a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. My expertise is as a market analyst, divisional manager, marketing, and grant funding.
My volunteer community service has involved a wide range of Rotary activities since I was a young adult. This has included District Rotaract Representative in New Zealand and Rotary District Governor in regional NSW.
Combining paid and volunteer work, I was instrumental in the development of the Lake Macquarie Business Centre and continued to serve on their Board as company secretary for the 20 years the business operated. I currently lead a team of dedicated Rotarians to oversee the operation of the Men’s Rural Health Education Van (“mherv”) working across regional and rural NSW to save lives.
Being a member of the ShelterBox Australia Board enables me to pursue my passion for helping others in recovery from disaster to live happier lives with shelter, and a place they can call ‘home’.
I am a professional photographer by trade, with over 29 years of experience working in the UK and Australia.
I have been involved with ShelterBox since 2006 and have deployed 22 times as a Response Team Member and Team Lead. I joined the board of ShelterBox Australia in 2011 as Communications Officer, was made General Manager in 2014 and CEO in 2016. I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the organisation with a focus on fundraising, communications, IT, recruitment, and procurement. I rely on a small dedicated part-time staff of two, the support of the board and the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
I am a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. I sit on the Fundraising and Operations Committees. As an employee, I sit on the board on an ex-officio basis. I am the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Alstonville, NSW.
ShelterBox has been a passion for the past seventeen years and will continue to be so as long as there are people in need of help.
Volunteer Program Manager
I have worked for over 20 years across non-government and government organisations, with 10 years experience in management and project administration. I have managed small and large teams of staff and volunteers working in projects here in Australia, England, Canada, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
I relish the opportunity to work with an organisation like ShelterBox to make a real difference to lives of people affected by disaster. With strong connections to many developing countries I am committed to supporting our volunteer team here in Australia. Our volunteers have a critical role in promoting ShelterBox and raising funds that I know has a lasting and positive effect in the lives of families who have lost everything.
Every year your amazing support helps us provide emergency shelter and aid to disaster-stricken families around the world.
View our 2019/20 report to learn how your support helped ShelterBox respond to 145,000 people affected by natural disasters and conflict in 9 different countries during the 2019 calendar year — countries including Syria, Bangladesh, Paraguay and the Philippines.