The pioneer and founder of Uniforms 4 Kids, Yvonne Pattinson OAM, intended only to clean out a cupboard crowded with material. A sewer all her life, Yvonne retired to the Queensland coastal township of Cooroy with a lifetime collection of ‘bits and pieces’. Anxious not to waste any, she decided to make them into clothing for young children. A friend then asked could she take the clothing to an orphanage she supported in Asia. In stepped Yvonne’s daughter, Debbie Platz, then a Queensland Police officer, who pointed out there were many children in Australia who needed clothing and why not use the police uniforms she and her colleagues had to discard. The idea to repurpose uniforms, saving them from being shredded and ending up as landfill was met with great support and Uniforms 4 Kids was born.Get Involved
Katarina Carroll APM was sworn in as the 20th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) on 8 July 2019. Commissioner Carroll is the Chair of the QPS Board of Management and currently the Chair of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) Board of Management, the support agency for public safety agencies.
During her policing career, which began in 1983, Commissioner Carroll worked in various roles including time in Criminal Investigation Branches, a Commission of Inquiry, the Joint Crime Task Force, and the covert unit. Such was the respect held for Commissioner Carroll, she was requested to be a member of the Queensland University of Technology School of Justice Advisory Panel. In 2012 she was made the Operations Commander for G20 planning in what is still Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.
Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin is a career police officer, having joined the AFP in 1990. He spent the majority of his early investigational career within the AFP’s Sydney Office where he progressed through the ranks of the organisation investigating a range of serious and organised crime offences, particularly narcotic importations, money laundering, politically motivated crime and terrorist financing.
He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, attained in 2010, and was appointed the AFP’s 7th Commissioner in October 2014.
He is a passionate advocate for the role of policing in society and in government and is a Male Champion of Change – striving to achieve significant and sustainable increases in the representation of women in leadership positions.
Glenn Ferguson is the Managing Director of FC Lawyers. He is a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. An experienced lawyer, he has acted in complex disputes and transactions for a range of clients both nationally and internationally. He is also an Accredited Specialist and Registered Migration Agent acting for Business, Corporates and Individuals.
In the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Glenn was made a Member of the Order of Australia ‘For significant service to the law and to the legal profession, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community’.
Bruce Swan has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, both in Queensland and overseas.
He has a wealth of experience in the practice area of audit, particularly through his work with not-for-profit and charity organisations, companies, and body corporates on the Sunshine Coast. In addition, Bruce has worked with a number of small and medium sized businesses, providing business advisory guidance.
Chloe Kopilovic is a Director of FC Lawyers, leading the wills and estates team and practicing in estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation.
Chloe has completed her Master’s in Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates with the College of Law and is committed to becoming an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law with the Queensland Law Society. Chloe was the youngest member to be elected to the Queensland Law Society Council for the 2016/2017 term and has recently been re-elected for the 2018/2019 term.
Chloe is a committee member for the Australasian Women and Policing Inc, the first female lawyer to achieve this.
Danny Buxton has spent many years in education and teaching and worked as a consultant and client manager for a large investment corporation, winning numerous awards in recognition of achievements. He has also partnered in a fast-growing investment and property services company before founding DBA Property Solutions and Triple Zero Property Group. He holds a double degree in Education, a Real Estate Licence and a Cert IV in Financial Services.
Danny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
For the last 50 years Yvonne Pattinson has been on many committees, including Red Cross, Church, School P and Cs, School Boards, and numerous sporting bodies. She has been a tireless volunteer, having always served on committees in every role, every year, and sometimes up to 7 committees at a time.
In the 2013 Australia Day Honours, Yvonne received the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through a range of organisations.
Anne Macdonald retired from the Queensland Police Service in June 2013 after 33 years of service as Acting Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan North Region. Her substantive rank at time of retirement was Chief Superintendent.
In the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Anne was awarded the Australian Police Medal for the investigation of serious crime, in particular child abuse and sexual abuse.
Anne is the Secretary of the Australasian Council of Women and Police.
Louise Vaughan started her career in marketing and communication in regional television and has worked in retail, industry, and professional services. She has long been involved in community organisations and social justice issues, including as a former director of Micah Projects.
Marshall Irwin was admitted as barrister in 1976. He was a Queensland District Court judge (2003-2014) and Chief Magistrate (2003-2008). He is currently a Commissioner of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission. In addition to lecturing and writing Marshall has been active in international law associations devoted to reforming criminal law and promoting the rule of law in developing countries. He has also been actively involved in local social justice initiatives.
Craig Blyton is the current Executive General Manager for Business Development within Centurion Transport. Craig has held senior management roles in transport and logistics for a number of years, primarily focused on servicing the mining and heavy construction industries. This career path has involved working across multiple countries and jurisdictions.
Craig is a member of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).
Alister Eiseman is the Branch Manager at Pacific Motor Group, a partner of U4K. Alister has been with Pacific for over 10 years and is focused on Customer Service, Delivery and Business Development across several dealerships. Alister started at a young age however, has successfully grown into the management role he currently holds.
Alister is also committed to many community groups, networks and charities on the Sunshine Coast and takes a keen interest in supporting the community around him.