David Bridie

David Bridie with a Mahogany Rise Primary School studentThe quiet achiever of Australian music, seven time ARIA award winning songwriter and composer David Bridie has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative musicians. With his repertoire as a recording artist, soundtrack composer, producer, lyricist, uniquely Australian songwriter and singer, as well as a specialist in the music of Melanesia.

David is an avid supporter of Ardoch's music programs, and loves to jam with students at our partner schools whenever he gets a chance.

Lady Anna Cowen AM

Lady Anna Mar 2015Lady Anna Cowen has supported Ardoch for many years, alongside her husband, Sir Zelman Cowen, a former Governor-General of Australia, who became our first Patron in 1988 and was an inspiration to us all. He passed away in 2011 and we greatly miss his compassion, dedication and support of Ardoch Youth Foundation.

Lady Anna Cowen’s significant work in the community and service to youth, medical research, educational, historical and cultural organisations was recognised in the 2015 Australia Day honours as a Member of the Order of Australia. She is also an Ambassador of the Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship Fund and Patron of the Australian Jewish Historical Society. 

Joe Hildebrand

Joe HildrebandJoe Hildebrand is a panelist on Network Ten's morning show Studio 10, co-hosts a national drive time radio program on Triple M and is also a newspaper journalist.

Joe grew up in Dandenong outside of Melbourne. He went to Dandenong High School and Melbourne University.

Joe came on as an Ambassador after he heard about Ardoch's work to provide education support to disadvantaged children and young people.

Hilary McPhee

Hilary McPheeHilary McPhee is a renown writer and editor. She was a founding director of McPhee Gribble Publishers and Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts and of the Major Organizations Board 1994-7, a founding director and editor of online political newsletter New Matilda.com. She has an honorary doctorate from Monash University, was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and remains a senior Fellow of the University.

Hilary has also been an Ardoch Volunteer supporting young children in a local kindergarten.

Rod Quantock OAM

Rod Quantock - border

Rod Quantock is a pioneer of Australian comedy with more than forty-five years in stand-up, cabaret, theatre, television and radio. He is also a passionate environmental activist and advocate for social justice.

Rod is Ardoch's Numeracy Buddies Ambassador - even though he says he can’t integrate or differentiate a function any more, mathematics and its history is one of his great passions. He speaks in secondary schools on 'A Brief History of Mathematics', exploring the turbulent, dramatic and often blood-soaked history of mankind’s quest for mathematical truth.