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Peta Irving Ambassador

Peta is an Army (Reserve) and Navy (Permanent Force) veteran of some thirty years.   Peta was a Maritime Logistics Officer, having served in Operation Relex and becoming a Logistics IT specialist.   Peta has a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Vocational Education and Training. She has also completed the Australian Institute Company Directors course. Peta is a sessional lecturer in the Master of Project Management course at Victoria University, Melbourne, and consults with Supply Chain and Logistics companies on gender requirements.  Peta has been the main researcher and author of the Women in Supply Chain discussion papers on the Unseen Gender in Transport and Logistics.  Since 2018, Peta has been a member of the Victorian Veterans Council, an independent statutory body that provides advice to the Minister for Veterans on support for veterans’ commemoration, education, and welfare.  Peta’s passion is seeing women veterans’ stories told, and supporting women veterans through lobbying for recognition of their issues, and has used this platform to further her advocacy efforts.

Sarah Watson Ambassador

Sarah served in the Australian Army from 1997 to 2015, performing roles primarily as an Intelligence Officer. Various postings at the strategic level saw her oversee international intelligence analysis within a multi-national security agency framework, including a 7-month deployment in Iraq with the Overwatch Battlegroup West – 2.  In her final posting within Army, Sarah worked on policies and initiatives to improve gender equality and workplace culture in order increase retention and recruitment of women in the Australian Army. In 2015, Sarah was medically retired from the Army which led to a challenging period of healing and personal growth. Sarah found sport as a way to reinvent herself post military and has since competed on international sporting stages, including Invictus Games and World Championship events for Ironman, Cycling and Triathlon. Sarah has also completed Yoga Teacher training with the intent to bring trauma informed Yoga to other veterans and is currently undergoing ADTP Advocate training to support DVA claims processes. The rest of Sarah’s time is taken up with looking after her sons George (10) and David (8), volunteer coaching for her local junior rugby and Little Athletics clubs and holds a part-time job with Strategic Development Group, who specialise in programs that improve gender equality and women’s leadership developing countries.