The Warrior Racing Board of Directors, Operations Manager, Driver and Volunteers are all committed to this venture and are working tirelessly to achieve the Organisation's goal.
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG
Ben Roberts-Smith served with distinction in the Australian Army and Special Air Service Regiment. His service included operational developments to East Timor, Fiji, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the highest award in the Australian Military honours system, the Victoria Cross for Australia, awarded in 2011 for the most conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of extreme peril in Afghanistan.
Ben was also awarded the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 and the Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2013. Since retiring from the Armed Forces, Ben has been a leading strategic advisor to Government and Industry on a broad range of defence, security and personnel issues. Ben is currently General Manager of 7 Queensland and Brisbane. Ben is the Deputy Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Veterans Mental Health and is also a member of the Queensland Veterans Advisory Council. In November 2014, Ben was appointed as Chair of the National Australia Day Council.
Ben has completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Queensland. He has an Advanced Diploma in Management and Diploma in Government and Government Security. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM). Ben is Patron of the White Cloud Foundation who assist suffers of depression and also of the Wandering Warriors who support current and exserviceman. He is a National Ambassador for Legacy
Mick Sutherland APM
Superintendent Sutherland commenced his career in 1977 with the Western Australian Police Department. During his 38 years with the Western Australia Police he has served in general duties, traffic, criminal investigation roles in the urban and regional locations. Policing of 27 years within Regional WA.
During his career in regional WA he served at Bruce Rock and Derby and was the officer in charge of Cue, Dampier and Kununurra Police Stations. In 2004 he was promoted from Officer in Charge of Kununurra to Inspector in the Goldfields Esperance District where he oversaw the placing of police in remote areas and NT. In 2004, he received a Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day awards for distinguished police service.
In 2005 he was promoted as the District Superintendent of the South West District based in Bunbury and in 2010 transferred to the Kimberley. The total of service in the Kimberley has been 14 years and he has formed extremely close relationships with many local people and communities. In January 2016, he returned as the District Superintendent in the South West based in Bunbury. In 2013 he received the Kullarri NAIDOC Reconciliation Award in the Kimberley. Current member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board established in November 2015 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project; Critical Response Project.
Kevin Otway - Director, CEO and Chairman
Kevin is well known and praised in the V8 Racing world as a result of his recent successful ownership and management of the Cat Racing Team and is the Warrior Racing Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.
In his early years Kevin joined the Army in early 1971 keen to serve his country in Vietnam. After completing his infantry training in Sydney, he was placed in the Reinforcement Wing to serve in South East Asia. His training was carried out at Canungra and New Guinea. From the Reinforcement Wing he joined the 7th RAR as a young Infantry Soldier. In December 1971 the Vietnam War was brought to an abrupt halt and Kevin gained selection to complete the SASR Cadre Course which he successfully completed to become a SAS Soldier.
Six years later Keven was selected and joined the Western Australian Police Force in the Traffic Branch in Wanneroo and Warwick. In 1980 he transferred to the Police Driver Training Unit running and instructing High Speed Driving and Motor Cycle Courses for Police Officers and the Police Traffic Branch Personnel. This also included many courses for the SAS Counter Terrorist Courses.
Director & Vice President
Troy Summonds - Director & Vice President
Troy studied Film Making and Law at University before enlisting in the Australian Army as an Infantry Soldier in 1991 with 1 RAR. He went on to serve 22 years including 16 years as an Operator in The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). His operational deployments have included Somalia, east Timor, Iraq and several tours of duty in Afghanistan and he was a member of the SAS Counter Terrorism Team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2012, Troy retired from the SASR and has gone on to be the current State President of the SAS Association and today his occupation is in Safety Management - Subsea/Marine for MMA Subsea in the WA Marine Industry.
Director & Treasurer
Fleur Massey - Director & Treasurer
Fleur Massey has served in the Royal Air Force, South Yorkshire Police, and after emigrating to Western Australia in 2006, has also served with WA Police. Fleurs’ husband is a veteran and a serving Police Officer with 33 years’ experience of working on the front line.
In the last 24 years with emigrating to Australia, a regional posting, and becoming a mother, Fleur has gained the unique experience and understanding of the challenges faced by those serving in the military and the emergency services while also experiencing first hand how their service impacts their family.
Fleur now supports Australian Veterans, First Responders, and their families, while supporting Warrior Racing Ltd, along with running her own businesses and collaborating with others.
Tony Flack - Director
Tony is a senior member of the Western Australia Police, having served for 40 years. He has a strong background in the governance of organisations, is a member of a number of external committees and was the chairperson of a large independent college for a number of years.
His involvement with Warrior Racing arises from his interest in ensuring that those who serve their Nation and community are properly supported in their time of personal need.
Robert Kilsby - Director
Robert joined the ARA in mid 1969 from high school and was taken out of Infantry Corp training before he marched out, and sent to ’the West’ to try out on the SASR selection process. Successful there, less than a year later Robert was an SAS patrol scout and the youngest soldier with the last SAS Squadron in the Vietnam War.
After a mostly Special Operations career over 21 years including many unique appointments, he embarked on a ‘second battlefield’ of over 20 years of self-employment in a number of businesses including investment property sales and as a Crisis and Emergency Management practitioner consulting to many senior management teams of multinational companies across Australia and 12 other countries abroad
Over the last 17 years Robert has also built a competitors edge in national Tarmac Rally motorsport with his Alfa Romeos using that as a platform to build awareness of veterans' issues with physical and mental illnesses to the motor sporting and general public. He is excited to contribute to, and enhance that further with Warrior Racing limited.