About our Patrons
As Patron of Warrior Racing Ben is acutely aware of the goals and objectives of this group and supports this mission
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, joined the Australian Army in 1996 and, after completing initial training, was posted to 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR).
In 2003, Corporal Roberts-Smith successfully completed the Special Air Service Regiment selection course and over the next 10 years, deployed on operations with SASR on several occasions. In 2006, Corporal Roberts-Smith was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his actions as a patrol sniper with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan. In 2011, Corporal Roberts-Smith was invested with the Victoria Cross, becoming the second Australian and the second SASR soldier to receive the award. <Brief Biography>
Mick Sutherland APM | Patron
Mick is a career Police Officer serving the past 38 years in general duties, traffic, criminal investigation roles in urban and regional locations throughout Western Australia. He has policing in regional areas for the past 27 years including Bruce Rock, Cue, Dampier, Kununurra going on to be proposed to Inspector in the Goldfields Esperance District in 2004. This was the same year he was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished police service at the Australia Day awards.
In 2005, Mick was proposed to District Superintendent of the South West District based in Bunbury and later transferred to the Kimberley in 2010. During his expansive career, Mick has formed extremely close relationships for many local people and communities during his 14 years in the Kimberley's where he was awarded the Kullarri NAIDOC Reconciliation Award in 2013.
January 2016 Mick was relocated back to Bunbury as the District Superintendent in the Southwest and is a current member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board and the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project, Critical Response Project.
In 2020 Mick was promoted to Assistant Commissioner at WAPDL. <Brief Biography>
The Warrior Racing Board of Directors, Operations Manager, Driver and Volunteers are all committed to this venture and are working tirelessly to achieve the Organisations goal.
Kevin Otway | Director, CEO and Chairman of the Board
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 Cunungra 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.
After a long career in the Police Force, Kevin had another career change to follow his passion for large trucks and heavy haulage when he entered the transport industry in the late 1990's where his family built up a large fleet of equipment servicing Western Australia and the northern Territory in general freight, mining and oil and gas industries. <Brief Biography>
Troy Simmonds | 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. <Brief Biography>
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 23 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 in their entirety, by giving her time to Warrior Racing Ltd and running her own business, ‘Blue Guardians’.
Mike Lee | Director & AHV Welfare Advocate
Joined the Australian Army in 1985. First posting after IET was the mighty 2/4RAR. Went on several major exercises such as K86 and one deployment to RCB.
After leaving the Army, worked in various businesses until he landed the greatest job. Sales Manager for a company that manufacture and sell specialised cables for Rail, Industrial and defence.
Mike developed a passion to help other veterans and volunteered at the local RSL Sub Branch as a Welfare Officer. What was to be a short stint turned out to be over 20 years resulting in Life Membership into the league.
He is now dedicated between the three passions in his life. His family, fellow veterans and work. Anything else is a bonus. He is a qualified Level 2 Welfare Advocate, trained to the ATDP standard. Mike has been working in the field of homelessness for veterans for the last 6 years. He is passionate about his belief that ALL veterans deserve our best because they deserve the best.
Tony Flack APM | 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.
Bruce Stuart Relph JP | Director
Bruce joined the regular Army 20 Mar 1985 and was allocated to Ordinance corps as a clerk admin. Posting’s include HQ 1 Div Enoggera, JEPS HQ ADF Canberra, HQ 2 Div Randwick (Shadow posted HQ 1 LSG), Deployed on operation Habitat Iraq 1991, HQ 1 CDO Regt (Qual ecn 079 and shadow posted TAG East Australian defence force Headquarters), RAAF Base Wagga 1/93 ALSTFITTERS course and took discharge 20 Jan 1994
Bruce has been in the veteran’s world doing advocacy since 2007 and has been Vice President and then president of APPVA since 2010,. He is a qualified Welfare officer and have sat on many boards for DVA thru the years. Bruce has many contacts in the veteran’s community and has political friends.
Graeme Coleman | Director & Secretary
Graeme brings to the Board 22 years’ of senior Management experience initially in Agribusiness & Horticulture & then leading a transport Company of heavy vehicles servicing mine sites and their supporting industries throughout West Australia. Currently a Business Development Manager with a well recognised International & Australian acclaimed Agribusiness Technology Company. Recently a Board Director of 2 commercial Companies and 3 NFP Organisations. Currently a non-financial MAICD.