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Legendary Australian humanitarian, Geraldine Cox AM, is the founder of Sunrise Cambodia. Geraldine started her career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970 at the age of 25. Her first posting was to the Embassy in Phnom Penh. Assignments followed in the Philippines, Thailand, Iran and the United States before Geraldine returned to live in Sydney. At the age of 50, she gave it all up to return to the country that stole her heart where she worked for Prince Norodom Ranariddh and helped look after orphans on weekends. The 1997 coup saw the Prince and most westerners flee the country, but Geraldine couldn’t abandon the children. Affectionately known as ‘Big Mum’, she has personally impacted the lives of hundreds of at-risk children in Cambodia.

The name Neale Daniher is synonymous with Australian Football. He has excelled in all facets of the game – initially as a player, then as a coach and now as a respected administrator.

One part of a famous football family, he and his three brothers played with distinction at Essendon and created history by representing the Bombers in the same game in September 1990. The others, of course, being Terry, Anthony and Chris.

Neale started his playing career with the Essendon Football Club in 1979 and went onto play 82 senior games before injury curtailed his playing days.  A gifted footballer, he successfully made the transition into coaching, taking on assistant positions at Essendon and Fremantle, before joining Melbourne as senior coach for the 1998 season.

Neale grew up with three brothers and seven sisters on a farm in Ungarie, NSW.  All four boys went on to play for the Essendon Football Club.  Due to marketing of the club through the media Neale has now been bestowed with the nickname “The Rev” by the football media.

In 2007 he concluded his 10th and final season as coach of the Melbourne Football Club. In doing so he became the third longest serving coach of the club, behind the legendary Norm Smith and ‘Checker’ Hughes.  With 223 games and six finals – including the 200 grand final against his original club, Neale cemented his place as one of the finest coaches of the modern era.

Football flows through the veins of Neale Daniher and he was also president and CEO of the AFL Coaches Association, assisting with the development of the next generation, always available to guide and advise.

After handing over the coaching reins at the Demons, Neale made a fresh start to life in football administration as the General Manager – Football Operations at the West Coast Eagles.

He served with distinction in that capacity from 2008-2013, opting to scale back his commitments after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He continued to play an important role within the club, particularly as a mentor and confidante to first year senior coach Adam Simpson.

West Coast has attributed Neale with playing a key role in the transition from long-serving club legend John Worsfold into a new era with Simpson in what was a seamless and respectful transition.

In 2015 Neale joined the Cure for MND Foundation as patron and Vice Chairman.

Resume

  • Played 82 games for Essendon, B&F 1981, Captain 1982

  • Assistant Coach at Essendon 1992-1994 (1993 AFL Premiership)

  • Assistant Coach at Fremantle 1995-1997

  • State of Origin Coach ‘Allies’ 1996 -97

  • Coached 223 games at Melbourne (1998 -2007 six finals series, GF runner up 2000)

  • Third longest serving coach at Melbourne behind Norm Smith and ‘Checker’ Hughes.

  • Inaugural president of AFL Coach’s Association (AFLCA)

  • 2007 - 2008 CEO of the AFLCA

  • 2008-13 General Manager – Football Operations West Coast Eagles

  • 2014 Football Administrator West Coast Eagles

  • 2015 – ongoing Patron and Vice Chairman of Cure for MND Foundation

  • 2016 Awarded with a Member of the Order of Australia ‘AM’ award for services to community Health and in particular people suffering with MND and to Australian Rules Football.

  • 2016 Herald Sun ‘Pride of Australia’ recipient

  • 2016 Victorian Finalist ‘Australian of the Year’

On Sky News Business TV channel, Jon Dee is the Anchor Host of Smart Money. It’s a live primetime TV program where Jon shows businesses how to save money by being more innovative, sustainable and efficient.

His business efficiency guidebooks ‘Sustainable Growth’ and ‘Energy Cut’ have shifted over 130,000 copies. Within Australia and overseas, Jon gives keynote speeches and consults to companies on efficiency, sustainability and change management.

As a philanthropist, he co-founded Planet Ark, National Tree Day and DoSomething. He is also the Global Director of One Tree Per Child which he co-founded with Olivia Newton-John.

Jon was Australian of the Year 2010 (NSW) and in 2009 was the recipient of Armenia’s highest award, The Order of Honor, for his long-term work in the Armenian earthquake zone.

Mr Akers is a dairy farmer from Tallygaroopna in Northern Victoria. He has extensive experience in dairy research, development and extension. He worked for Victoria’s then Department of Agriculture (Target 10 and Operation Mid Lactation) and at the Kyabram Research Institute. He spent four of six years on the Murray Dairy Board as Chair and two years on the National Dairy Alliance Board. He has also served as a Director of Australian Dairy Farmers, a Central Councillor of the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria and is a former Chair of the Victorian Farmers Federation Water Council. He is also a former Director of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project.

Appointed to Dairy Australia Board November 2005, Chair since 2013

Starting with a $3000 loan from his dad, and now with sales over $100 million per annum, you could be mistaken to think that Peter Alexander Sleepwear happened over night!

‘Please take it all away and go and get yourself a different job,’ was a comment from Peter’s first appointment with a department store buyer.  ‘You should never use fabrics like rayon in sleepwear.’ ‘Ladies like a ‘peter pan’ collar and not a man’s shirt collar’. The comments kept coming. Peter almost reconsidered his second appointment that day, an appointment that would see him supplying sell out ranges to a competing department store. 

Like any new business the pyjama business had many steep leanings and it was not long before the kitty was dry and Peter had to give the business serious consideration.  His mum stepped in, mortgaging the family home and becoming a part of the business. Peter now had new responsibilities and a reason to make it work. 

Not everything goes to plan; this was the case when Peter received the call to tell him that the production of 2000 units was going to be delayed. It wasn’t long before the pyjamas missed their delivery and the order was cancelled by the department store.  The news was devastating, especially now that the family home was on the line. No other business could take this quantity of stock! Peter remembered a Cleo promotion and the interest it generated for his business.  With everything to lose, Peter and his mum decided to run an expensive Ad in Cleo magazine.

With a nail bitting two months later and 2000 pyjamas packed into every corner of the house, the magazine was about to hit the news stands. The phone rang… and rang 4000 times again… and didn’t stop ringing! This was quite literally the start of the Peter Alexander catalogue business. Peter Alexander sleepwear became the top apparel catalogue business in Australia sending out close to one million catalogues a year.

In 1995 Peter launched his website PeterAlexander.com.au. It was a natural leap for a very successful catalogue business and the move instantly delivered results becoming one of Australia’s top 20 online retail businesses.

Before long Peter had gained the recognition for the best and only sleepwear brand amongst fashion industry with his on trend styling. It was at this point that Peter started sleeping with celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Salma Hayek, Toni Collette, Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr, Brittney Spears and even Princess Mary is a huge fan.

Today Peter Alexander is known as an iconic Australian Fashion Brand, recognised and loved every night around the world.