Vannessa Patterson, Director

Vannessa joined the Mates4Mates board in June 2017, bringing her defence and business experience, along with a desire to help veterans retain a positive sense of purpose in their lives on transition from the ADF. As such, she also volunteers with two other organisations whose missions are to also provide assistance to veterans when transitioning.

Vannessa brings almost 20 years of experience as a senior operational risk manager in highly regulated heavy industry sectors, including construction, manufacturing and mining maintenance. Vannessa has also held roles on a government board and a number of other committees.

Vannessa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and postgraduate qualifications in operational risk, as well as a Masters in Business Administration. She is the Lead Strategic Risk Agent at ManageDamage and is also an entrepreneur and company director currently involved in product commercialisation.

Vannessa Patterson, Mates4Mates Director