Executive Leadership Team
RSL Queensland's executive leadership team directs the organisation's day-to-day operations, ensuring business activities meet strategic objectives.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Melanie Wilson is an experienced executive who creates and connects people to a shared vision, strengthening engagement and empowering others to deliver outstanding commercial outcomes. Formerly Head of Foundation for Surf Life Saving Australia, she has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of leading an iconic, membership-driven organisation, as well as running a successful fundraising lottery to support charitable outcomes. Melanie is skilled in fostering cultural change, strategic planning, business development and service delivery.
GENERAL MANAGER LOTTERIES
Tracey Bishop is a marketing professional with over 15 years' experience in corporate and not-for-profit sectors and has played a key part of the RSL Art Union for the last five years. Tracey is passionate about developing the lotteries business to maintain the funds needed for RSL to provide the best possible care and services to the veteran community.
CHIEF INFORMATION & STRATEGY OFFICER
Simon Button is an experienced information technology executive with over two decades of demonstrated success in Australian, US and European public and private sector enterprises. With a well-polished ability to translate vision into execution of strategic programs, he is well equipped to progress RSL's IT needs forward into the future.
Chief Marketing Officer
Greg Ellevsen is a highly experienced marketing and communications leader who has built iconic brands, grown commercial revenues and developed new organisational capabilities across markets globally. Integrating the latest digital technologies with best practices from established marketing and communications disciplines, his innovations and accomplishments are reflected in corporate bottom lines, renowned brands and a range of industry awards. Greg is honoured to be serving Australia’s veterans and the broader Defence family by furthering RSL Queensland’s services, advocacy, membership and financial growth.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Maria Forgione is a corporate commercial lawyer, with a focus on helping organisations achieve their strategic objectives through effective legal solutions. She has extensive background in the insurance industry, marrying customer service with business process improvements.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Leigh Goldsmith has over 20 years’ experience as an executive leader in public and private sectors, including health and education. Leigh has also partnered in a consulting practice built on the philosophy of enabling change for good and making a difference in our communities. She understands that delivering business outcomes in today’s fast paced world is complex and focuses on delivering practical, people-centred solutions to support leaders to connect their people to organisational strategy and purpose.
General Manager Membership & Network
Lisa McIlroy and her team provide services to help Sub Branches grow their membership and thrive into the future, including resources to enhance their financial health and sustainability. After an early career as a nurse, Lisa has enjoyed nearly 20 years in executive leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector. She specialises in culture change, business development and stakeholder management.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg Pratt is a highly experienced finance executive with an exceptional track record of leading robust finance teams for over 20 years in non-profit, consumer goods and manufacturing organisations across Europe, Asia, US and Australia. Greg successfully combines detailed financial considerations with sound commercial and strategic decision-making in his role as RSL Queensland’s CFO. He is an excellent public speaker, mentor and listener, who thoroughly enjoys building operational finance capability and governance to strengthen relationships across internal and external stakeholders.
GENERAL MANAGER VETERAN SERVICES
Robert Skoda commenced his career as a Ground Defence Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, is a current reservist and has deployed to Afghanistan, Middle East and Timor Leste. Robert has extensive domestic and international experience in the private sector, with a focus on risk for remote construction projects and operations management of professional services, and since 2016 has demonstrated commitment to the military family through growing and enhancing RSLQ services.