Eleanor Chappell is our Chapter Leader for Perth.  She is a former British Army Reservist, UK Police Officer and WA Police Officer.  She was a Director at I Dare Dream, a charity supporting grandcarers and their grandchildren.  She is the founder and current CEO of the Entrepreneur Experience, and also a Director with Buddy Up Australia.

As the Perth Chapter Leader, Eleanor is focused on delivering a diverse and frequent range of events.  She’s absolutely amazing and we are luck to have her on the team!

Get in touch at perth@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Hobart and Launceston

Our Hobart and Launceston Chapters are being run by Jim Boatwright.  Based in Launceston, Jim is an Army veteran with a passion for enriching the lives of veterans around Tasmania.

To get in touch and find out more email either launceston@buddyupaustralia.org.au or  hobart@buddyupaustralia.org.au


Bek Milne runs the show in Canberra.

Bek has a military background and is a keen State Emergency Services volunteer. More of a road runner than trails, you can convince Bek to hike if there are some photo opportunities on offer. Bek LOVES parkrun and would love to hang out with you at any of the ACT or surrounding events and grab a coffee and breaky afterwards, preferably with bacon on it. park run offers something for everyone because if you don’t run, you can walk or volunteer.



Mark Amiet is the Chapter Leader for South East Queensland. With the help of Ray Baker and Andrea Turner they are very much about getting out and about in some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia. They offer regular hikes & fitness classes (for all levels) in addition to supporting other events throughout the year:

We welcome any feedback/ideas on future events. To get in touch and find out more email brisbane@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Sunshine Coast

Shane Dimich is getting the Sunny Coast Chapter up and running over the next few months.  Watch this space with a range of events coming onto the schedule.

To get in touch, email sunnycoast@buddyupaustralia.org.au.


Taia Hughes is in the process of setting up a chapter in Darwin.  For those in the top end, we will be putting on a diverse and frequent range of events to keep you healthy, fit and connected.

For more information, contact darwin@buddyupaustralia.org.au.


Reece Ordner and Jason Howson are bringing the magic to Geelong.  They are working together to put on a diverse and frequent range of events to make the most of this beautiful part of the world and get our members active, fit and connected.

To get in touch and find out more email geelong@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Forster, NSW

Shane spent 11 years in the Australian Army before working in the Marine industry, where he owned his own Marine business. When his mental health was challenged, he spent 12 months travelling Australia before settling in Forster on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. Since then, Shane has used many natural remedies to enable him to stay naturally happy and healthy and enjoys sharing this knowledge. He runs Aroma Yoga classes aimed at balancing emotions naturally and sleep classes at the local Yoga Studio. He is very drawn to water and a lot of the activities he will run will revolve around that passion. Shane will run yoga classes and has some great contacts throughout the area to help people realise their true potential naturally. With such a beautiful backyard on the mid north coast of NSW, Shane is looking forward to exploring it with our members and supporters

To get in touch and find out more email forster@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Event Leaders

Buddy Up Australia

Are you keen to run events in your area but don’t know that you want to be a Chapter Leader?

Have you served in the military or emergency services or an immediate family member of someone who has?

If you answered yes to these questions then we’d love to hear from you.

Email us at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au or call our 1300 030 354 number and we’ll call you back.

Event App

Thanks to Team RWB in the US, we have access to their awesome events app. That means when you become a member of Buddy Up Australia you get access to the app and all the events that we have on offer as well as theirs.

If you’re travelling then this is a fantastic way to connect straight away into events with like-minded people.

Get in touch to find out more at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au or call our 1300 030 354 number and we’ll call you back.

Are you our next Chapter leader? Can you coordinate events? Do you have a passion for supporting those who have served or are serving in our military or emergency services and their immediate families?

It’s fantastic if you’re qualified to run fitness sessions. If you’re not, that’s ok because you can tap in to the smorgasbord of local offerings e.g. Frontline Yoga, fitness clubs, Pilates studios etc.

Get in touch to find out more at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au and we’ll support you to get your chapter off and running … or walking or kayaking 😉