Who We Are

Margaret Fisk OAM (Retired)


Margaret is the Founder of DSNSG and she also held the position of National Coordinator/Secretary from 1993 to January 2013.

Margaret’s involvement with DSNSG began in late 1993 when she formed the group due to the experiences her family had when trying to obtain services for their son who has severe disabilities.

Margaret has received several awards for her work with people with disabilities including being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia and the Carer Innovation Award from the Carers Association of Australia. Margaret was also awarded a Centenary Medal from the Federal Government.

Henrik Ehlers AM JP


Henrik joined the DSNSG in March 2018 after completing over 36 years in the Permanent Air Force. His RAAF service was primarily in the fields of logistics and personnel, having spent the later part in senior personnel roles. His last position was as Director General Personnel - Air Force. He remains an active Reservist, working mainly on projects for Air Force Headquarters. Henrik has had an extensive connections with DSNSG and when he ‘retired’ from full time work, he wanted to contribute to DSNSG in a meaningful way. As our Ambassador, his role is two-fold: to mentor and support the National Executive Committee and act as our advocate across senior levels of Government, Defence and supporting Industry. Henrik is married to Katrina, an Active Reservist RAAF Personnel Capability Officer. Their interests include good wine and food, reading (fiction and non-fiction), science fiction shows, travel and Macy - their beloved Cocker Spaniel.

Claire Macfarlane-Rowles

National Coordinator

Hi, I’m Claire, Canberra Coordinator and National Coordinator. I’m a Mum to 4 children, with my youngest recognised special needs in the form of ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Autism. I have been a Defence spouse for over ten years. As such, I’m aware of the challenges faced by families on a daily basis. I look forward to assisting families not only in my local area but also nationwide.

Cherie Davis

Assistant National  Coordinator

Diana Simpson

Assistant National Coordinator

Bianca Stowell

National Treasurer

   Kerry Moretti

    National Memberships and Communication Officer

Coordinator Team

 Local Coordinators

The Defence Special Needs Support Group is privileged to have a dedicated and    enthusiastic Coordinator Team.
The Coordinator Team is comprised of all local DSNSG Coordinators. Members of the  Coordinator Team, like the National Committee, are all volunteers.

Adelaide and Woodside – Vacant

Amberley – Kerry Moretti

Albury/Wodonga – Vacant

Brisbane – Sherrie Meredith

Cairns – Karrie Blanche

Canberra  – Claire Macfarlane Rowles

Darling Downs – Vacant

Darwin – Marina Talbot

Liverpool – Vacant

Melbourne North – Vacant

Melbourne West – Vacant

Mornington – Vacant

Nowra – Vacant

Perth  North– Vacant

Perth South - Vacant

Puckapunyal – Vacant

Richmond – Vacant

Sale – Vacant

Sydney North – Vacant

Sydney South – Bianca Stowell

Tindal – Liza Gale

Townsville  – Cherie Davis

Wagga Wagga – Vacant

Williamtown – Vacant