Robert Rose Foundation Directors

Kevin Rose, OAM, Patron

Kevin was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2015 in recognition for his services to the community and to Australian Rules Football.

Director of the Robert Rose Foundation and uncle to Robert Rose, Kevin is one of four brothers to play senior football for the Collingwood Football Club.

His brother Bob, formed the foundation soon after Robert’s passing in 1999 to assist those with spinal injuries and their families. On Bob’s passing in 2003, Kevin stepped in to continue his brother’s wonderful work.  He participated in a Wall Walk event in 2013 raising much needed funds for the Robert Rose Foundation, walking 135km from one side of England to another.

Kevin played in 159 games for the Magpies between 1958 and 1967, which included four grand finals and the 1958 Premiership as a 19 year old.  He went on as playing and non-playing coach for Prahran Football Club from 1968 to 1973.  Kevin then coached Fitzroy for three years before returning to Collingwood as President from 1996 to 1998.  Kevin remained on the board for a further ten years. During this time Kevin ran his own very successful family business and since retirement has held many significant voluntary positions including Presidency of the Heritage Golf and Country Club and Chairman of Country Wide Australia, a group of 96 independent food service distributors. 

Kevin is still involved with the Collingwood Football club in an honorary capacity with Life Members, Hall of Fame and Special Services awards.  Kevin was also awarded AFL Life Membership in 2013, is a Life Member of Collingwood Football Club, a Hall of Fame inductee at Collingwood in 1997 and is a Life Member of Prahran Football Club and Donvale Tennis Club.

Peter Rose, Patron

Peter has worked in publishing since 1986. Since 2001 he has been Editor of Australian Book Review, one of the country’s leading arts magazines. Peter Rose has published a dozen books since 1990. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (2015). He has published two novels, including Roddy Parr (2010).


Peter – with other members of his family – has been associated with the Robert Rose Foundation since its inception soon after his brother’s death in 1999. His family memoir, Rose Boys, which won the 2003 National Biography Award, tells the story of the two brothers’ upbringing in sporting circles, their very different life stories, and what happened to Robert after an accident left him a quadriplegic in 1974.

Cliff Wise OAM

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Director/Trustee since 2005  and is a member of the Grants Sub-committee.  He is currently a Director of InLife which is a disability Service Provider and is a member of the Yarra Ranges Council Disability Advisory Committee.

Cliff has interests in disability issues and works to support improved quality of life of disabled people and is a retired Secondary School Principal class member, and now a practicing Principal in his private accounting practice.

Cliff was formerly a Director and Chairman of Independence Australia until 2015.   He was previously a Director and Chairman  of AQA. Victoria.

In 2007,  Cliff was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community and particularly to organisations that support people with Disabilities.

Natalie Rose (Robert’s cousin, Kevin's daughter)

Natalie has worked in Administration and Accounting for over 30 years.

Since 2011 Natalie has managed the Administration and Finance of the Robert Rose Foundation on a voluntary basis.

She enjoys working together with the foundation Directors, assisting those with spinal injuries and their families by helping to ease their daily challenges. 

Salli Caruana (Robert Rose’s only child), Patron

Salli is married with three sons (Robert’s grandsons-  Lachlan, Andrew & Flynn)

She worked in the Marketing Department at Collingwood Football Club for almost 10 years in the 1990s. Salli then co-owned and managed the Kangaroo Ground General Store with her husband Mark for a few years.

In 2009 the family moved to the Sunshine Coast and returned in mid 2014. Since her return to Melbourne Salli has been the Venue/Office Manager at Skaterz Roller Skate & Blade Rink in Eltham.  

Throughout the years, she has continually concentrated on domestic duties. Salli has been a trustee of the foundation since its inception and enjoys contributing to the continuation of the legacy of her father through helping the SCI community.  

David Poulton


David has been a partner at MinterEllison since 1989.  His practice focuses on insurance, corporate risk, and media litigation. David’s significant sports law experience includes acting in disciplinary and commercial matters on behalf of various sporting bodies.  He is also experienced in media litigation, including defamation and contempt cases, and in providing pre-publication advice to various publishers.

David is currently the Treasurer of the Melbourne Press Club and has been a Committee member since 2000.

Pamela Freeman


Pamela has over 30 years of experience in various management roles responsible for Accounting & Finance, Information Technology and Human Resource departments. She has worked in a variety of industries including Manufacturing, Information Technology, Publishing and Retail.

Pamela has been involved, in a voluntary capacity, with a number of organizations in the Not for Profit sector for the past 15 years.

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth is a former primary school teacher, specialising in Drama Education. During her career, she served as School Council President at Montrose Primary, Chair of Pastoral and Worship of Billanook College’s School Council and Chair of Elders at Montrose Uniting Church.

Elizabeth has been a Director of Independence Australia (formerly Paraquad) since 2001 and came to the Board of Robert Rose Foundation in 2013 to further joint ventures such as the delivery of Psychological Services to people with spinal cord injuries.

Elizabeth has a particular interest in disability issues and has strong connections with the Rose Family, initiated by a close friendship with the family of Ralph Rose.

Graeme Chipp

Graeme is co-founder and Managing Director of Growth Solutions Group.  He is a leader in the fields of brand strategy, marketing and organisational effectiveness. He has advised many of Australia’s leading companies and has worked across a variety of sectors including retail, apparel, grocery, food, wine, tourism, home and garden, financial services, telecommunications, infrastructure and e-commerce.   Graeme’s experience includes several years as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and as a Line Executive with major Australian blue chip organisations.

Graeme is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and in 2007 was awarded CPM Marketer of the year. He serves as a director of RACV Limited and Trustee of the Robert Rose Foundation. Graeme’s qualifications include an MBA (avec mention) from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, Diploma of Company Directors with AICD and Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT University.