About Us

Buddy Up Australia was created by ex-service personnel for current and ex-service personnel.

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The team at Buddy Up Australia believe that every person who has provided service in the military or emergency services has the right to feel valued and connected in their local community.

The effects of leaving the service can impact both physical and mental health and for some it is a big adjustment to life after service. We want to keep our buddies in the ‘well zone’ of mental and physical health.

Buddy Up Australia offers a way for people who have served their country, either domestically or overseas, to connect with like-minded people and feel that sense of purpose again. That’s through physical fitness and volunteering for worthwhile projects.

Founded in Perth, our goal is to run chapters Australia-wide which meet the needs of serving and ex-serving personnel just like us (police, fire, ambulance and military). Let’s keep our buddies in the well zone.

Through purposeful volunteering, physical and social activities, you’ll find a sense of purpose and gain a team of mates while contributing to your community.

The unique set of skills and abilities gained by serving our country and community, gives our current and ex-service personnel the capacity to help make our communities better, safer places to live – and you can be part of that.



We build healthy bodies and minds to contribute fully to our community


We respect others despite differences and build meaningful relationships


We commit to our purpose to help others and ourselves feel valued


At Buddy Up Australia, our board is comprised of serving and ex-serving personnel, who are dedicated to helping our peers.

Jon Cuypers, Megan Davidson, Reuben Omaji, Julianne Gepp, Tina-Marie Innes (Joe Cuthbertson absent)

Jon Cuypers

Jon is an Army Veteran and Duntroon graduate, co-founder and former Managing Director of Start Right Homes, co-owner of Perth-based fitness company LA Fit Studio, and currently the Managing Director of Buddy Up Australia.

Jon is passionate about Buddy Up’s mission, focusing his efforts on maximising the impact for our members at the local level, while also working to grow our membership and Chapters around the country.

Reuben Omaji

Reuben served 14 years in the Australian Regular Army, Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) working predominantly in Darwin and Townsville. Reuben is currently the Leadership and Development Manager for Barminco Mining Contracting Company.

Reuben’s civilian experience has seen him work in the not-for-profit sector and the mining industry. He considers it an extension of his life purpose to give back to the community and Buddy Up Australia provides an outstanding platform to assist improving people’s quality of life.

Having previously attempted Olympic selection for boxing he is a fitness enthusiast and is always exploring and developing ways to test himself and challenge his mind.  Reuben loves spending time going on adventures and travelling with his twin sons and takes pleasure in travelling internationally.

Garth Civil

One of the lucky few to have a job that is a passion, Garth has nearly 20 years of service as a career firefighter. During that time, he has seen how the job can create mental health stresses and understands the importance of assisting each other to stay healthy.

As a father of two awesome young men, Garth has had his own challenges affecting his mental health. He credits most of his resilience to his ability to always be actively doing things, particularly with friends.

When he’s not a firefighter, you’ll find Garth in a kayak or on the water participating with others in an event. The sense of belonging to a likeminded group gives him the impetus to continue on, even when the challenges seem insurmountable.

Megan Davidson

Megan served 11 years in the Australian Regular Army, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). Megan is a senior consultant and coach with Integral and a trek leader for Back Track Adventures, which have given her the capacity and support to launch Buddy Up Australia. She has seen the need for an organisation which helps current and ex-service personnel reconnect with their local communities, find a new purpose and avoid the mental impact of service. Experienced in both the Not for Profit and corporate sector, she also holds qualifications in business, training, leadership and project management. As the founder, Megan wants to see a member driven organisation where we look out for each other whilst undertaking fitness and purposeful volunteering activities and thus keeping everyone in the ‘well zone’ of physical and mental health.

Megan is an active person, spending her free time on activities like trekking, mountain biking and yoga.


Eleanor Chappell

Eleanor served in the British Army Reserves before embarking on a career as a Police Officer in Nottingham, England.  Over the course of a decade, Eleanor served in both the UK and WA Police Forces, before leaving in 2017 to start her own company.

Eleanor founded ‘The Entrepreneur Experience’ (TEX), a creative events company focusing on lifestyle events and activities for time-poor professionals; the focus being on self-care and positive experiences to support mental health and wellness.

Sports and physical activities are Eleanor’s ‘go to’ for not only overall fitness, but for mental health, relaxation, socialisation and healthy competition.  Eleanor is Captain of a Volleyball Team, a keen swimmer and loves kickboxing!  One of Eleanor’s goals is to one day compete in 100m Butterfly.


Want to be part of a team who are connected, contributing and community-focused?