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stephen milgate


Stephen was born in 1952 (a baby boomer) the 2nd child and only son, to Eric (a returned POW from WW2) and Joyce Milgate. He grew up at South Wentworthville in Sydney’s Western suburbs and attended Hill Top Road Public School, Wentworthville Public School and Parramatta High School where he was awarded a “Commonwealth Scholarship” to attend university. At high school he was a Cadet Under Officer in the Australian Cadet Corps.

He graduated from Macquarie University with a major in economic and financial studies and later a diploma of education (BA Dip Ed) in 1975. Stephen was a serving member of the Sydney University Regiment for several years and was active in youth and community affairs as a District Representative of Rotaract District 969 (sponsored by Rotary International).

After working as a high school teacher at Mount Druitt High School, Stephen was seconded to the Department of Youth and Community Services as a State Training Officer to assist adults (mostly schoolteachers and custodial officers) to develop training programs for adolescent youth.

In 1979 Stephen moved into industrial and commercial training, firstly with St George Building Society's Corporate Office (now St George Bank) and in 1981 with Dalgety Australia Ltd (now West Farmers).  At Dalgety's he worked in management development, undertaking a number of assignments in various divisions of the Company, in the area of senior management training and organisational development - before joining the companies insurance division. During this time Stephen was also involved in Rotary International as a Group Study Exchange team member to Japan and later as President of the St George Sunrise Rotary Club.

In 1988 Stephen joined the tax accounting firm of Greenwood Challoner & Co (now Deloitte) as a business consultant and later Director of its Management Consulting Division.  During this time, he worked on assignments for a number of clients in the accounting, legal, architectural, landscape architectural and engineering professions. He also consulted to National Saleyard Quality Assurance Program where he accredited sale yards in many major rural cities across Australia.

In 1991, Stephen was asked to become Executive Director of the Australian Doctors' Fund (now Australian Doctor’s Federation) under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bruce Shepherd. They worked closely for almost 30 years and as a result Stephen acquired roles in the Council of Procedural Specialists (Director and CEO), the Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Director and CEO), the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists (Consultant), the Australian Association of Medical Surgical Assistants (Consultant) and the Australian Senior Active Doctor’s Association (Consultant).

On a personal note Stephen has been married to Susan (a GP Receptionist extraordinaire) for 34 years and has 4 grown sons and one daughter in law and no grandchildren as yet. He works from his "rooms" in Arncliffe, supported by four part time associates. Stephen and Susan spent many years looking after Rockdale Youth (now Rockdale City Raiders Soccer Club) and Stephen was awarded a life membership of the club for service. They are also members of St James Carlton Anglican Church and St George Rugby League Supporters.

Stephen is the proud recipient of the Australian Defence Medal, the Bruce Shepherd Medal, an honorary fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a member of the Order of Australia.