National Organisation

The Royal Australian Regiment Corporation, traditionally known nationally as The Royal Australian Regiment Association (RARA) is an incorporated Company which functions as the peak representative body of its constituent members: the RAR State/Territory and Battalion Associations/Corporation.

It was formed in 2009 to:

  • enhance and protect the legal rights and limited liability of its members,
  • broaden the opportunities previously not available to an unincorporated entity,
  • appoint a Board that is democratically elected and subject to current best practice corporate governance and management.

PURPOSE

The Corporations purpose, as written in its Constitution and expanded in its By-Laws, is to provide co-ordination on a National basis for the activities of its Members when such co-ordination is necessary.

This includes:

  • fostering and protecting the interests of its Members and their members and their families in any matter likely to be relevant to them during or after their service in the Royal Australian Regiment;
  • providing advice and guidance to the Members and their members;
  • perpetuating the close bonds of comradeship and esprit de corps created by  service in the Royal Australian Regiment;
  • preserving the memory of those members of the Regiment who have died on active and overseas service;
  • representing the interests of the serving and ex-serving members of the Regiment and their families at national level;
  • planning, organising and developing benefit services and conducting events related to the Members and the Regiment;
  • developing and representing, the Members view on matters of interest to appropriate parties on National Matters;
  • conducting  fund raising activities on National Matters; and
  • fostering, promoting and supporting the formation and growth of  Members without in any way impinging on the internal management of their organisation.

 To achieve its purpose the Corporation may enter into a relationship with any other organisation whose purpose/objects are compatible with ours..

 

STRUCTURE

The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors and a National Council of its Members.  The National Council comprises the Presidents of the RAR State/Territory Association Branches and the Battalion RAR Associations.

The Board  comprises:

Michael von Berg MC OAM – Chairman. Michael is the President of the SA Branch of the RAR Association. He served with 5 RAR in Vietnam and has had broad and extensive experience in international and national business activities.

He lives in Adelaide.

Hori Howard AO MC ESM – Director.  Hori is the immediate past Honorary Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Regiment. After many years in the Army was the Director of the NSW State Emergency Service. He maintains an active involvement in ES.

He lives in Austinmer NSW.

Pat McIntosh AM CSC – Director.  Pat is the Chairman of Bolton Clarke (formerly RSL Care + RDNS Ltd), Altura Learning, RDNS NZ and RDNS Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in finance, training and operational and strategic planning.

He lives in Brisbane.

Phillip Thompson OAM – Director. In 2009, Phil was deployed to Afghanistan where he was wounded in action following an Improvised Explosive Device detonation within one metre of himself. The blast resulted in severe injuries and he was medically evacuated back to Australia. As well as obvious physical injuries from the blast, Phil also suffered from traumatic brain injury and several other life changing conditions.

Spending the following several years putting all of his efforts into recovery and coming out the other side stronger than ever before, in 2018 he became the QLD Young Australian of the Year and ambassador to multiple mental well-being and suicide prevention organisations.  He is also a Director of Swiss 8, a digital application that teaches users to implement 8 core principles of health and lifestyle. Setting a routine that reduces anxiety and helps them become more focused, motivated and ready to excel at life.

He lives in Townsville.

SECRETARY
Trevor Dixon – Company Secretary.  Currently studying full-time to complete a Masters of Economics, Trevor is also the  Managing Director of a number of commercial enterprises.  He is an advisor to the board of the DFWA, and has previous experience including appointment as Company Secretary to another national not-for-profit as well as the immediate past president of his local RSL Sub-Branch.
He lives in Brisbane.

PATRON

The Corporation has currently both a Patron and Co-Patron:

Patron –           General Sir Phillip Bennett AC, KBE, DSO,    and
Co-Patron –    Lieutenant General Peter Leahy (Ret’d) AC