Aussie Hero Quilts Board of Directors

Aussie Hero Quilts Ltd, ABN 37 640 687 716, is an Australian registered Public Company and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

As part of our compliance with Australian business law, Aussie Hero Quilts Ltd is managed by a Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors, and an overview of their qualifications and relevant business history, is displayed below.

Jan-Maree Ball OAM

Founder & Managing Director

Jan-Maree founded Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) in 2012 after she, and a small team of quilters, commenced sending quilts and laundry bags to a soldier and his team in late 2011.

As an ex-serving member of the Air Force and Navy, Jan-Maree was determined to ensure that all Defence members are treated with respect and dignity for their unconditional service to their country. To Jan-Maree, Aussie Hero Quilts is one way the she, and her loyal group of volunteers, say Thank You to all Defence personnel – past and present.

Jan-Maree works tirelessly in her aim to ensure that she honours her commitment in brightening the days of our veterans. Jan-Maree was awarded an OAM in 2016 for her dedication and achievements with Aussie Hero Quilts.

Leo Davies, AO, CSC


Leo Davies is a retired Air Force officer and the Chairman of our board. Leo, a recipient of a quilt himself, has deployed and seen first hand the positive impact that AHQ’s can have on our men and women in uniform. Leo lives in Canberra and has maintained contacts with Defence as one of our avenues to promote our work.

Michelle Fulton


Michelle Fulton joined the Aussie Hero Board initially as Company Secretary and later as a director.

She brings with her a wealth of experience in corporate governance and program delivery and has been credited for developing strategic partnerships and collaborations and driving objectives to deliver meaningful outcomes.

Michelle is focused on shaping a strong and collaborative Aussie Hero Quilts and Laundry Bags that will operate well into the future.

Guy Blackburn

Non-Executive Director

Guy is a current serving Navy Officer. He has extensive experienced as a non executive director in various not for profit organisations. Guy joined Aussie Hero Quilts as a Non Executive Director to give back to AHQ after seeing the positive effect everyone’s efforts have had on the Defence community.

Tracey Pelling


Tracey Pelling started her career in the Air Force in 1986 as an Aircraft Engine Fitter (a Sumpie or Blackhander) specialising as an NDI tech before discharging in 1993 to take up a role as a State Development Officer with the Queensland Touch Football Association.

In 1998 she fulfilled a lifetime dream of becoming a police officer and enjoyed a 21-year career in the Queensland Police Service. A nagging inclination that her military career wasn’t over came to fruition in 2006 joining the Air Force reserves and deploying on Op Slipper in 2013. This was the beginning of her passion for Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) when she encouraged her cohort to request quilts. One heart-warming memory stands out, as a colleague exclaimed, “I am going to wrap my first born in this quilt!”.

This passion led to her current appointment as a Director on the Board of AHQ. Tracey is married to her partner Louise, also an ex-police officer and current Army reservist and they live in Riddells Creek, Victoria with their 3 sheep, 2 dogs, 2 chooks and 1 very naughty pony.

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