Major Matina Jewell (Retd) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.
Recognised in the ‘AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018’ Awards, Matina is a Telstra Business Awards Finalist, and named by CPA Australia as a ‘Top-10 smart thinker’.
Among many honorary roles, Matina is a founding Ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.
Matina’s incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.
Major Matina Jewell (Retd) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17. During her 15 year military career, Matina:
• Served on five missions and earned eight war medals
• Is the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for bravery on the battlefield and wounded in combat
• At 23yo, was appointed Officer in Command of the Army Department and Diving Officer for HMAS Kanimbla, then Australia’s largest Navy ship
• Was the first woman in the Australian Army to complete the physically demanding ‘Navy Diver’ course
• Worked with the elite SAS and American Navy Seals
• Tracked-down militia leaders in the Solomon Islands
• Fast-roped from helicopters
• Boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf
• Trained in three languages (Bahasa Indonesian, Arabic and English)
• Gained her Masters in Project Management
• Was selected as a Peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon
Since being medically retired, Matina has continued to champion change for veterans and others in honorary and advisory roles, including:
• Prime Ministerial Advisory Council
• National Mental Health Forum
• ANZAC Centenary Commission, alongside former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the Malcolm Fraser
• National Suicide Prevention Commission Advisor
• Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project – Ambassador