Sailors with disABILITIES

Our Patrons


Malocolm Turnball with SWD

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull

Malocolm TurnballThe Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP is the Former Prime Minister of Australia and Member for Wentworth, the electorate in which SWD is located. Mr Turnbull was Leader of the Liberal Party from 16 September 2008 to 1 December 2009, and Shadow Treasurer prior to that.

Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Wentworth in 2004, Mr Turnbull was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the then Prime Minister with responsibility for national water policy and, in 2007, he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Environment and Water Resources.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull graduated from Sydney University with degrees in Arts and Law. He was a Rhodes scholar and completed a further law degree at Oxford. Malcolm worked as a journalist both in Australia and the United Kingdom before he began legal practice in 1980.

He successfully defended the former MI5 agent Peter Wright in his efforts to publish his memoirs, Spycatcher. He established his own investment banking firm in 1987 and, during that time, co-founded a number of Australian companies including OzEmail Ltd, Australia's first large Internet service provider.

He joined Goldman Sachs & Co in 1997 as Chairman of its Australian business, becoming a partner of the global firm in 1998. He is married to Lucy and they have two adult children.

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull launched our faceboat community and assists with our programs when he can.


Ian Kiernan AO

The Late Ian Kiernan AO

Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World

Ian Kiernan sailors with dsiabilitiesIan Kiernan AO was the founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World – a community based organisation which aims to inspire and work with communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

Clean Up Australia voices community concerns on the state of the environment and the need for ongoing care, while facilitating the restoration of environmental assets and assisting communities to reduce their environmental footprint. It advocates practical community-based solutions on issues such as extended producer responsibility, container deposit systems, resource re-use, electronics recycling and the adoption of widespread environment-friendly practices.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to make their environment a cleaner, healthier place to live.  Clean Up the World mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 130 countries annually.

In addition to Chairmanship of Clean Up, Ian is chairman of capital C and is patron of the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, the Australasian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, the Sydney Agricultural, Rural and Public Land Trust, the Enviro-Finance Association of Australia, Mens Shed, the Sapphire Coast Discovery Centre in Eden NSW, Spirit Sports Leisure Group Mosman Rowers and the Sydney Flying Squadron.

Ian was also a member of Charles Sturt University Institute for Land, Water and Society Advisory Board.

In 1993, Ian was made a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global 500 Laureate for leadership in the local and global environment. The prestigious United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa EnvironmentPrize was awarded to Ian in 1998, while in 1999, the World Association of Girl Guides nominated him for the Building World Citizenship Award.

In recognition of his leadership in the environment and the community both in Australia and internationally, Ian was named 1994 Australian of the Year. Ian holds the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and on Australia Day 1995, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia(AO). Ian was also awarded the prestigious Banksia Foundation Fellowship in the same year.

2003 saw Ian awarded the Centenary Medal and in 2005 the children of Polandvoted him a Companion of the Order of the Smile.

Ian was awarded a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by the Universityof New South Walesin March 2006. During that year, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and their Conservation Built Heritage for Project under $1 Million award for his restoration work on an 1830’s farmhouse Westham inBathurst.

In 2011, Ian was recognised by Readers Digest as the 4th Most Trusted person in Australia.

Ian was an avid sailor and Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef, and maintained his love for the sea as patron of a number of sailing groups including ASPECT, Sailors with Disabilities, SCEGGS Redlands and Scots College Youth Sailing Programmes.


Bryan Dorman


A qualified accountant, Bryan worked in public practice from the 1970’s and has had significant experience in working and growing enterprises across Australia and internationally.

In 2000, Bryan stepped away from his managing partner role with a medium sized accounting practice to focus his time on Regis Aged Care (Regis), a residential aged care provider. From 2000 to 2008 Bryan was the Chief Executive Officer for Regis and together with Ian Roberts, grew Regis to more than 4,500 beds nationally.

Bryan co-founded Salerno Group with Ian Roberts in 2006 to focus on commercial investments in addition to the Dorman family’s investment in Regis. Bryan now chairs the Regis Board and focuses his time on Salerno Group business activities, sailing, golf, travel and supporting the Collingwood Magpies.





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