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SAMSN Patron

Robert Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald AM is currently the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner. Formerly he served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for 5 years and as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission for over 10 years.

Previously Robert was the NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman. He was the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. Robert, a commercial lawyer by profession, has extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services.

He has served on numerous NGO boards and committees including previously as President Australian Council of Social Service, Deputy Chair Benevolent Society , NSW State President St Vincent de Paul Society and is currently a Board Director of Social Ventures Australia and Chair of Caritas Australia.

Robert holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW, an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Australia. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994. He is also the Patron of Justice Connect.

SAMSN Ambassador

Rob Carlton

Rob Carlton, a Silver Logie winning actor, has been a professional actor since he was fourteen years old. A recognised face in Australia for both comedy and drama, his credits span TV, film and theatre. Rob played Kerry Packer in the Paper Giants franchise, and was nominated for an Australian Academy Award on top of winning the Silver Logie for his performance.

2023 sees Rob appearing in Black Snow and Caught for Stan, North Shore for Channel 10/Paramount, and Boy Swallows Universe for Netflix. His one man stage show, Rob Carlton is Clearly Confused, began touring, starting with Canberra and Brisbane comedy festivals.

From 2007 to 2009 Rob’s television production company, Shadowfax TV, produced two series of the award-winning comedy, Chandon Pictures, seen on Movie Extra and the ABC. (Currently screening on Stan). He co-directed both series and also takes creator, writer and acting credits. Chandon Pictures now plays in over fifteen territories around the world, including the USA and UK and was nominated for multiple Logie and AFI awards.

Rob won TROPFEST in 2006 with CARMICHAEL and Shane which he wrote, starred in, co-directed and co-produced. He also won best actor that year.

As a writer, Rob won an AWGIE award for Chandon Pictures. His play A-Framed was first produced by his production company in 1998 to critical and box office success. A-Framed has since been produced in Sydney and Melbourne by two different theatre companies.

Rob is passionate about supporting Survivors & Mates Support Network and is very proud to be our Ambassador.

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