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.

OUR VALUES

Wellness

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

Mateship

We respect others despite differences and build meaningful relationships

Service

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

Courage

We share our story to help others and ourselves and create solutions when faced with challenges

MEET OUR BOARD

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

Buddy Up Team
Left to Right: Greg, Tina, Megan, Deb and Jon.

Tina-Marie Innes

Tina served 6 years in the Australian Regular Army, in both the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME), and the Royal Australia Army Pay Corps (RAAPC). Tina enlisted as an Avionics Technician where she discovered a fear of flying, so, especially after a near-drowning experience during a white-water rafting training exercise in Far North Queensland, she decided to avoid adventure wherever possible during the rest of her military career. Her new adventure is using her experience of over 20 years in risk management and strategic planning to help Buddy Up Australia grow and through this, help and support those who have provided service to us.

Tina is a passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter, so if you are a Perth local, you can find her cheering them on from the sidelines.

Debbie Gibbins

Debbie served 15 years in the Australian Regular Army and then 2 years in the humanitarian sector.   A highlight of which were the enduring friendships and a 12 month humanitarian deployment to Sudan during the Darfur Crisis. Her ‘not so much highlight’ was eating unimaginable things during desert survival training.   Her time now is spent as a professional trainer, project manager and policy officer in health disaster planning and response.

Debbie joined the Buddy Up Australia team to help build a support network for those that have served, and continue to give so much of themselves for the benefit of all.

When she isn’t juggling work and raising a family, she likes to squeeze in ‘outdoors’ time, a good book and spending time with friends.

Greg Penney

Greg has worked in emergency services for over 16 years, as an Ambulance Paramedic for 4 years, and a Firefighter for 12 years. Starting with delivering babies on the side of the road at 19 years of age, he has seen it all.

Being involved with Buddy Up Australia gives Greg a chance to make a difference and support those who have given so much to Australia, both through military service and employment as a Police Officer, Paramedic or Firefighter. He has seen first-hand the toll it can take, and believes that no one should go it alone.

When he isn’t working or helping build Buddy Up Australia into the impacting and amazing organisation he believes it can be, Greg will be sweating it out at his local F45, completing his PhD or hanging out with mates.

Jon Cuypers

Jon served as an engineer in the Australian Regular Army for 11 years. He received specialist training in the field of Military Engineering Management and  served in a variety of leadership roles both in Australia and the Middle East, specialising primarily in construction and project management. Upon leaving the ADF in 2011, Jon was awarded a Commendation by the Chief of Army for making a significant contribution to the integration of lessons learned by Australian and allied military forces into future Defence capability and force modernisation projects. Jon now co-owns a residential construction business called Start Right Homes, and a fitness business called LA Fit Studio.

Jon joined Buddy Up Australia to assist with the growth of the organisation and to improve benefits and opportunities for members. He also enjoys synchronised swimming and particularly the colourful outfits and sparkly bits.

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 Development 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. Her super power is the ability to walk for long distances and will answer “just around the next corner” to your question of “how far?”

GET INVOLVED

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

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