Andy & Zoe Cullen
Andy is a veteran of 17 years service in the Australian Army. Retiring as a Major in 2012 having served 6 years as a soldier in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and later as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) focusing much of his career in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He was awarded the COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE for operations in Afghanistan.
Zoe grew up in the tranquil hills of Byron Bay living in a mud brick home built by her parents. Zoe has a passion for life, family, travel and after university married into the Army, her own career taking a back seat to Andy’s life as a Military Officer.
Andy was diagnosed with PTSD following multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Zoe was forced into the position of sole parent of their four young children. Andy’s condition worsened while he battled with a loss of identity and purpose following his retirement from the Army. He eventually ended up in a mental hospital falling into a dark depression that very nearly cost him his life, leaving Zoe to pick up the pieces of the broken family.
Together they fought their way through the many challenges that living with PTSD brings.
MEET OUR PATRON JIM WALLACE
MR. JJ A WALLACE AM
Jim Wallace is the Chairman of the Australian Christian Lobby, one of Australia’s fastest growing political organisations, which aims to see Christian values better acknowledged in the way we are governed, do business and relate as a community. Jim previously spent 32 years in the Army reaching the rank of Brigadier General and with his commands including: the Special Air Service Regiment (88 – 90), the Special Forces (93 -95) and the Army’s 1 st Brigade. (97-98) He is a graduate of Duntroon, The British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. He served with UNTSO on the Golan Heights and in Lebanon throughout 1980. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism.
On leaving the Army he was a sought after commentator on Defence issues including regularly on 7.30 Report and Lateline and with many Op Eds in the major papers including the Age and Australian. He is also published on strategy by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Lon).
He was a Government appointee to the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2003 until 2010, and was also appointed by Government to the National Committee for International Security Issues. He is a co-founder of the Australian Christian Lobby and was its initial Executive Chairman and then Managing Director between Oct 2000 and May 2013, and is currently also the Chairman of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute.
Jim worships with his family at the Hughes Baptist Church in Canberra.
MEET OUR NEWEST AMBASSADOR
WAYNE McMURTRIE – ULTRA-RUNNER
An ADF Veteran with 17 years service, Wayne is an accomplished Ultra-Marathoner, Entrepreneur and Advocate for Veterans Health.
MEET OUR AMBASSADORS FOR PTSD RESURRECTED INC
“PTSD RESURRECTED is just one such cause – providing life change and Purpose to Warriors and First Responders throughout our nation with a by product of portable water for areas in genuine need Globally. As such Geoff and Sarah are proud to be associated with Andy and Zoe Cullen and the Charity itself. We put our shoulder to the wheel and want to ensure change is affected in lives all over this great nation of ours.” – Dr Geoff Wilson (Adventurer & Motivator)
Dr Geoff Wilson
A leading Australian Polar Adventurer, committed to the exploration of human endurance and the development of learnt resilience. Geoff has a particular fascination with desert travel, using wind power for traction and travel, and the Explorers of the age of exploration.
- The Fastest crossing and only Australian crossing of Greenland South to North – 2017 18 days 2140 km
- The Fastest crossing of the Antarctic Continent – Coast to coast via the South Pole Solo, Unsupported – 2013/14 53 days 3428 km.
- The Longest Solo Polar Journey in Australian Polar History – 2013/2014.
- The First crossing of the Infamous Torres Strait by Kite – 2011
- The only successful crossing of the Sahara Desert using wind power alone – 2009
An adventurer herself, Sarah has played a leading logistics and support role in all the adventures so far. In her own right however she been in the thick of many challenging adventures herself, including long sail journeys (13,000 nautical miles in a 52 foot sailboat), circumnavigations of Lombok, Sumatra, and a 10,000 kilometre TransAfrica Landrover Odyssey to name a few.
Sarah has braved Cyclones at sea, climbed live volcanoes, survived attacks by pirates and at times been in true fear of losing all she has held dear. Throughout it all Sarah has managed to be the rock that holds the Wilson Family together. With a passion for food and provision each and every 5th Element Expedition has high morale connected to Sarahs incredible skill at provisioning journeys the globe over. With an intense understanding of what makes driven mend women seek to explore, seek to climb higher, seek to push further, seek to stay out longer than those before them Sarah brings her intense wisdom and support into play at least once on each of Geoff’s Expeditions. Often providing the strength and wisdom Geoff needs to surmount some blockade or impossible task via calm assurance or intense talk down via satellite phone to some far off lonely place.