Doug is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a medic with 6th Battalion RAR in 1966-67. He was seriously wounded in service and medically discharged from the army due to the injuries he sustained. He went on to own and operate a successful insurance assessing company and Express Courier business in Sydney before retiring to the Gold Coast in 1994.

Doug has served on the Australian government’s National Suicide Prevention Committee and Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Operations Working Party. In 2004, he resigned from his 10 year tenure as a Veterans’ Advocate to pursue his interest in Kokoda and supporting young Australians as founder of Kokoda Youth Foundation.

Lynley has been involved with the KYF since 2006 both as a competitor and a volunteer. Since 2009, she has been a leader and group leader with the youth program, walking the Kokoda Track for the 8th time in 2018.

In 2021 Lynley was elected Chair of the Kokoda Youth Foundation.
Professionally, Lynley works in IT and facilities management for the Brisbane office of a global medical indemnity group.

Eric joined the board of the Kokoda Youth Foundation in October 2021 and has been assisting the Foundation as a volunteer prior. Eric is a chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience in business and taxation advisory and has been working with a wide range of businesses from varying industries and non-for-profit organisations. Eric is eager to put his knowledge and expertise to work for the KYF.

Shane began his journey with the KYF 15 years ago as an original Kokoda Kid and has never looked back. Since then he has returned as a Volunteer leader 4 times, endured 5 gruelling trips to Papua New Guinea and conquered 8 Kokoda Challenges.

Shane has experienced almost everything that KYF has to offer as a volunteer. Shane says, “what KYF has given me in life is nothing short of amazing and I’m excited to continue my journey with the Foundation.” Shane works for SurfStitch.com as a buying coordinator for men’s and boy’s wear. Coming from being a Kokoda Kid, Shane has a drive and lust for life that has taken him from working in the warehouse to his current position.

Sophie is an original 2005 Kokoda Kid, and has been involved with KYF ever since. Sophie has a background in health and education, with interests in working with the community. Sophie works as a paramedic and has qualifications in community service, education, small business management and health science (Hons).

She travelled to PNG as Doug Henderson’s medic and walked alongside him for the entire trek, tending to his medical needs and ensuring he completed the bucket list Kokoda Track in good health. This experience bonded Sophie to Doug and the Foundation more than she ever thought possible.

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