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Brooke Barling


Brooke is a Navy Capability Analyst with the Department of Defence. Prior to moving to Canberra, Brooke worked with various social and disability programs throughout Victoria supporting at risk youth, children with mental and physical disabilities and their families, as well as victims of domestic violence. 

Brooke has been involved in the equine industry for over 20 years. Growing up in the show ring, her experience riding young horses and ponies has seen her establish a wide network across the industry, particularly with other riders and competitors, breeders, trainers and instructors, and equine welfare organisations.

Brooke joined the Pegasus community as a volunteer in early 2019, and has since commenced her coaching training. To the Board, she brings an understanding of the practical side of Pegasus operations, the care and wellbeing required by our horses, and the benefits gained by the participants and their families. 

​Brooke holds a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Psychology and Forensic Science), an Honours Degree in International Relations, and is currently undertaking a Master Degree in Special Operations and Irregular Warfare.

George Skillin


John Riley


John has been a member of the Pegasus Board since August 2019. Now retired, he had a lengthy career in a complex and demanding business environment. He has a good understanding of all business disciplines… operations, sales & marketing, information technology and finance, and specialised mostly in the area of project management and new business implementation. During his time as a senior manager, John managed teams in the areas of operations, client services and project management; leading and supporting them in delivering very exacting and time sensitive projects for many of Australia’s top 100 companies and major State and Federal Government agencies.

John is one of our Level 1 riding coaches and has actively volunteered with Pegasus since April 2015. With his broad involvement across Pegasus’ operations, he is very well versed in the requirements for delivering a safe, engaging, ability enhancing and fun service offering for our participants. Through this deep understanding of Pegasus’ service offering and delivery, combined with his extensive business experience, John aims to support the Board in optimal decision making and governance in the best interests of the entire Pegasus’ community.

Kellie Woodger


Leisa Newman


Leisa has a wide-ranging background in commerce as an executive as well as engagement in operational roles. Industries have included real estate (residential, sales, strata, facilities management), accounting and professional services, and a variety client-facing trades and retail; the latter primarily as a Consultant when contracted to provide investigative outcomes and recommendations of company(s) and staff within small to medium enterprises in Canberra.

Currently a shareholder of three very successful Canberra centric real estate businesses, and a board member of two of these, Leisa remains influential within the commercial arena and continues to bring together associated contacts and local businesses in the effort to provide professional all-encompassing real estate services. 

Having spent much of her professional time focusing on general business operations, profit and loss behaviours, creative marketing concepts and publication, strategic human resource management and mentoring, workplace health and safety applications and private sector governance, she is well-placed to identify efficiencies/deficiencies to enhance service offerings in commercial enterprise.

Leisa also spent time directly in the not-for-profit arena, focusing solely on fundraising as the Executive Officer. She has set-up two successful Charitable Giving initiatives in a private company and franchise network, of which included beneficiary assessments, nomination/selection, and long-term partnering agreements.

Her experience and insight into combining practical commercial and growth-focused activities within the private sector and understanding of the philanthropic domain are amongst a number of assets Leisa brings to the Pegasus Board.

Wendy Gould

Vice President

Wendy is a HR Director with Raytheon Australia, leading the design and delivery of Raytheon Australia’s learning and development framework, talent acquisition and talent management programs, including Leadership and Graduate Development Programs.

During her 30+ year career as a maritime logistician, Wendy provided operational logistics support to the RAN’s frigates, submarines, patrol boats and mine-hunting capabilities, developing deep expertise in operations management and leadership.  Later in her Navy career, she turned her attention to future generations of serving men and women, providing specialist strategic level advice to the Australian Defence Force senior leadership in support of their organisational culture and gender equity reform objectives. Wendy was also responsible for ensuring a gender perspective and culture of inclusion was embedded in all Navy operations through collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission and UN Women Australia. Wendy continues her service as a Reserve in support of Youth Safety in Defence.

Wendy completed her Masters in Strategy and Management through UNSW in 2016 and is accredited in a number of behavioural and team development tools. She is an accredited Organisational Executive Coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL), and a professional member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and the International Centre for Complex Program Management (ICCPM).

Wendy began her journey with Pegasus in 2014 as a participant in the annual Pegasus Charity ride and began volunteering in 2018. More recently, her focus has been on raising awareness of Pegasus in the Canberra community, including actively fundraising for Pegasus, and supporting the Pegasus team. Wendy’s association with horses has extended over more than 50 years and she remains active in the Australian equine industry with four horses of her own and an extensive network.