Our people

We rely on the diverse proficiency of our people to maintain and build on the accomplishments of our organisation.  

Peter Perry - Chief Executive Officer

Peter PerryI joined Spinal Cord Injuries Australia as Corporate Services Manager in 2006 after 30 years at senior levels in both corporate and not for profit organisations, where I specialised in financial management, change management and human resources development. Organisations I have worked for include Mirvac Funds, Schroders Australia, State Bank of NSW, University of Sydney Union, and EDS. I have also contributed as a volunteer to Guide Dogs NSW and Humane Society International.

The organisation I now lead has a proud history of removing barriers in society, and facilitating independence for people with a disability. Despite the organisation’s specialist origins, its work encompasses issues and outcomes that are of relevance to all people with a disability. These issues, including accommodation, respite, care, carers, transport, employment, and community participation are of fundamental importance to our organisation.

I am keen to ensure that whilst promoting and supporting innovation, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia does not lose touch with its roots and its proud history, and is constantly finding ways to better engage with its members and the broader community. Too many charities end up looking like businesses, treating people like objects similar to chess pieces; while a commercial mindset and commercial practices are important to ensure maximum bang for the buck, commercial outcomes should never become more important than community and individual outcomes. Whilst I am CEO, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia will always play a leading role in ensuring viability, sustainability and diversity of services for those who are at risk of being marginalised in our society.

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Our Patron 

Sir Peter Cosgrove

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth Of Australia is the Patron of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia is proud to have His Excellency as its Patron. Sir Peter Cosgrove was pleased to accept the role and sees the work of SCIA as complementary to his responsibilities as Governor-General and to themes of personal interest to him.

Peter Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947. He attended Waverley College in Sydney and graduated from the Royal Military College in Duntroon. Early in his career, he fought in Vietnam and he was awarded the Military Cross in 1971 for his performance and leadership.

As Commander of the International Task Force East Timor, Peter Cosgrove was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence.  For his leadership, he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AC). Promoted to Lieutenant General, he was appointed Chief of Army in 2000.  After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005.  He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.

He was named Australian of the Year in 2001 and in March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.



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