Executive Leadership Team

RSL Queensland's executive leadership team directs the organisation's day-to-day operations, ensuring business activities meet strategic objectives.

Rob Skoda, General Manager Veteran Services

ROB SKODA LinkedIn icon

chief executive officer

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.

Kalie Ashenden, General Manager Membership & Network

KALIE ASHENDEN LinkedIn icon

General Manager Membership & Network

Kalie joined us in early 2020 as Head of Network Support, before recently taking on the role of General Manager Membership & Network. During her time with us she has shown her expertise in overseeing the delivery of efficient and effective services to support RSL Queensland’s District and Sub Branch network. Kalie has extensive leadership experience working in similar environments, and she has a deep understanding of our network and our members. Kalie is a proud descendent of her First Nations grandparents, who were raised on Nukunu and Ngarrindjeri lands.

Tracey Bishop, General Manager Lotteries

TRACEY BISHOP LinkedIn icon

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.

Leah Coogans, Company Secretary

LEAH COOGANS LinkedIn icon

Company Secretary

Leah is a highly qualified and experienced executive manager with an exceptional track record as a governance professional. She has a proven ability to drive outcomes in a wide variety of organisational structures including not-for-profit and member-based organisations and has a demonstrated capability in management of risk and the development and implementation of best practice governance systems.

Leigh Goldsmith, Chief Human Resources Officer

Leigh Goldsmith LinkedIn icon

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.

Angela Jones, Chief Information Officer

Angela Jones LinkedIn icon

Chief Information Officer

Angela joined RSL Queensland in December 2020 as the Head of Enterprise Applications, before moving into the role of Chief Information Officer. She is a highly capable transformational leader and a technical specialist who is leading our digital, information, cyber security and enterprise delivery teams with expertise.

Greg Pratt, Chief Financial Officer

GREG PRATT LinkedIn icon

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.

David Smerdon, Chief Marketing Officer

David Smerdon LinkedIn icon

Chief Marketing Officer

David first joined RSL Queensland as Head of Brand in the Marketing team, before taking on the role of CMO. He joined us from advertising agency Publicis, where he was Strategy Director and Client Partner helping companies like Suncorp, Queensland Health and Cross River Rail develop brand and communication strategies. Since being with RSL Queensland, David has led the Brand Revitalisation campaign for RSL Queensland.

Steve Spicer - General Manager Service Delivery

Steve spicer LinkedIn icon

general manager service delivery

Steve is an accomplished executive leader with over 15 years’ experience leading large client-facing teams in various sectors across Asia Pacific. He’s strongly connected to RSL Queensland’s purpose, has extensive professional expertise in large scale service delivery, and is passionate about delivering outstanding customer experiences. Steve’s skills will help in continuing to grow and evolve the services RSL Queensland offers veterans and their families into the future.

Troy Watson, General Manager Veteran Affairs and Policy

Troy Watson LinkedIn icon

General Manager Veteran Affairs and Policy

A Navy veteran and the former CEO of Mates4Mates, Troy has a genuine understanding of the support veterans require. He’s played an instrumental role in expanding the support services provided to veterans and has recently been engaged with government ensuring that veterans and their families are supported.