Pratham AUS Patrons


Mr Greg Chappell MBE


Greg captained the Australian Cricket Team 48 times and retired from test cricket in January 1984 as the highest run-getter in Australian test history (7,110). He received an MBE in 1979 for services to cricket and was inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame in December 1986. Since his retirement from cricket, Greg Chappell has served as a Board member on the Australian Cricket Board and Queensland Cricket, as well as serving as an Australian cricket selector for three years. He has also worked as a cricket commentator and he is a best-selling author. Greg is a Patron of the LBW Trust  – a well-known NGO (Non-Government Organisation), which assists with the tertiary/vocational education of about 1500 students in 7 developing

countries in South Asia and Africa.


The Test legend has added another to his collection with the recent formation of The Chappell Foundation, a charity aimed at assisting Australia's growing homeless population. With the full support of his brothers Ian and Trevor, Chappell’s intention is to raise funds to provide support for those organisations already tackling the societal problem in this country.


Mr Peter FitzSimons AM


Peter is an Australian journalist and author who has published several books on Australian historic events and biographies of eminent Australians. He is a former radio presenter, a national representative rugby union player, and has been a patron or board member of several organisations, including the Senate of Sydney University, AFS Intercultural Programs, and the Australian War Memorial. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.


Mr Darshak Mehta OAM


Darshak served as Patron  & Co-founder of The LBW Trust ( – a well-known NGO (Non-Government Organisation), which assists with the tertiary/vocational education of about 1500 students in 7 developing countries in South Asia and Africa. He is also the Chairman of The Chappell Foundation (, set up to raise funds for frontline organisations who are working to provide refuge, nourishment and a better future for homeless youth. 


Darshak was the youngest President of the Bombay Industries Association and Managing Committee Member of the venerable Indian Merchants Chamber as well as Vice-Chairman of several Customs and Central Excise Advisory, Grievance & Watchdog Panels/Committees constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Govt of India, in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Fabian Society, Sydney, from 2006 to 2008. He has extensive experience, spanning over three decades, in the Metals Industry both in Australia and India. He is currently a Director of Link Intime India Pvt Ltd (a subsidiary of Link Market Services, Australia) & Sohini Holdings P/L. He is also on the Advisory Panel of the “Sydney Thunder” – a team in Cricket Australia’s popular Big Bash League (BBL).



Hon. John Faulkner


John was a member of the Australian Senate from 1989 to 2015, representing the State of New South Wales. He was a Minister in the Keating Labor Government from 1993 to 1996. After the defeat of the Keating Government, John served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from 1996 to 2004. With the election of the Rudd Government in 2007, he was appointed Vice-President of the Executive Council, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State. He served as Minister for Defence from June 2009 to September 2010. On 1 July 2014, John became the Father of the Australian Senate until he retired on 6 February 2015. He is currently the Chairman of the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University and actively supports a number of charitable causes. 


Mr Neville Roach AO

Neville is highly respected as a business and community leader, particularly in the IT industry, the Education and Research sector, multicultural community relations and Australia’soverseas relations with India. He chairs and/or sits on the board of several industry bodies, including entities within TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), OneSteel Limited, and VFS Australia (Visa Outsourcing services). In the past he has been on the boards of NRMA, SBS and several computing-related bodies. In his working life Neville was with IBM Australia for 15 years, moving onto Fujitsu Australia where he retired as its Chairman in 2004. As the Chairman of the National Multicultural Advisory Council he advised the Prime Minister on relevant matters. Most significant for Pratham AUS will be his significant and sustained contribution to Australia-India links at government, business and community levels. He led the AIBC (Australia India Business Council) for the maximum years allowed and is now its Chairman Emeritus. In April 2008 he was appointed Honorary “Ambassador to India” by the NSW Government. In 2000 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to business, particularly in the IT industry and for his contribution to the development of Australian multiculturalism.

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