Our Patrons


Each of us in our youth had a mentor or a person who inspired or helped us to develop, to achieve, to strive, to participate in community activities and to go on and serve people through public office.
Enid Dowling OBE, across her life, was engaged in community and public service. Her passion was to inculcate youth with the ambition and the professional and social skills to participate in public activities and service and to seek public office at all levels of government.
The Enid Dowling Foundation honours the values, generosity of spirit, drive and enthusiasm of Enid Dowling OBE for mentoring young people to reach their potential, be courageous in goal setting, to engage in public service and to aspire to leadership. We know the value of being helped, inspired or mentored as we started our journey into community activities and in seeking public office. Our aim, like Enid Dowling OBE, is to help you and others to achieve.



Don Cameron was one of the early architects of the Young Liberal Movement. At a meeting of Federal Council in Canberra in 1966, a motion from Queensland was accepted to the effect that the Young Liberal Movement should constitute itself on a formal national basis.

The first Young Liberal meeting took place in Melbourne on March 4-5, 1967 at which Don Cameron, the recently elected MP for Griffith attended. At the age of 26, Don contested and won the marginal of Griffith in 1966 and served from 1967-68 as the President of the Young Liberal Movement of Queensland.

Don held the marginal seat of Griffith despite determined challenges until 1977 when an electoral redistribution caused him to contest the Fadden Federal Division. He held Fadden until 1983 when he was defeated.

When Liberal statesman Sir James Killen resigned from the seat of Moreton in 1983, Don was pre-selected to contest Moreton at a by-election and was successful. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1987 but defeated in 1990.
Don actively engaged in all Liberal Party structures and fora and was State Vice President of the Liberal Party 1983-84 and worked towards the creation in 2008 of the Liberal National Party Queensland. He has maintained strong linkages with the Young Liberal National Party.


Joan Sheldon joined the Liberal Party in 1972 (now the Liberal National Party). She was elected to Parliament at the Landsborough by-election in 1990 making her the third woman to be elected to the Queensland Parliament and the first from outside of Brisbane.

At the 1992 election, Joan stood successfully for the new seat of Caloundra and remained the Member until her retirement in 2004.

On November 11, 1991, she became the first woman to lead a political party in Queensland and the first to lead a Liberal Party in Australia.

During her 14 years in Parliament, Joan served from 1991-96 in several Shadow Ministerial roles including Shadow Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Economic Development, and Women’s Affairs. In addition, from 1992 Joan lead the Parliamentary Liberal Party and held the role of Deputy Leader of the Coalition. Joan became the first female Deputy Premier of Queensland and served as Treasurer and Minister for the Arts and Women’s Policy from February 1996 until June 1998. She continued to contribute to the Coalition and the Liberal Parliamentary Party from 1998 to 2004 in several roles.

Joan is Adjunct Professor of Business at the University of Sunshine Coast, a member of the Board of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group since 2007, and Chair of Queensland Ballet.


Rob Borbidge was a Gold Coast Young National and served as Chair from 1978-1980. At 26 he contested Surfers Paradise in the 1980 general election, which he held until his resignation in March 2001.

Over some twenty years as the The Nationals (now Liberal National Party) Surfers Paradise Member. Rob has had a distinguished parliamentary and political career. He held the ministerial portfolios of Industry, Small Business, Technology and Tourism from December 9, 1987 to August 31, 1989; Police, Emergency Services and Tourism from October 31, 1989 to September 25, 1989; and Tourism, Environment, Conservation and Forestry from September 25, 1989 to December 7, 1989.

Rob was elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition serving from December 13, 1989 until December 11, 1991 when he became Leader of the Opposition, a role he held until February 19, 1996 when he was commissioned as the 35th Premier of Queensland.

He was Queensland’s Premier until May 19, 1998 and when the Government changed he became Leader of the Opposition, a role he filled from June 29, 1998 to March 2, 2001 when he resigned.

Rob is engaged with the private and academic sectors and is the Chair of the Executive Task Force for the Institute of Glycomics at Griffith University; and is a trustee of the Friends of Griffith University Foundation (incorporated in the United States).


Amanda Stoker

Amanda is a barrister-at-law at the Queensland Bar. She is also Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and a Director of the Australian Institute for Progress.

Amanda is a member of the Liberal National Party and LNP Women, and a former member of the Young LNP. She has served in leadership roles in each, and is currently a member of the LNP State Executive.

Amanda serves on the Policy Standing Committee, contributing to policy formation. She is the founding editor of Dialogue, a journal to stimulate thought and discussion.

Michael O’Dwyer

Michael is a successful business operator and is the State Director of the Liberal National Party.

He was a member of the successful Campaign Team that lead the Party to success at the March 2012 State Election.

Michael has special interest in mentoring the youth of the Liberal National Party to serve in public life.

Barry O’Sullivan

Senator Barry O’Sullivan has been an LNP Senator since 2014.

He is a former Treasurer of the LNP, and prior to entering the Senate, he worked for more than twenty years in the property and development industry.

Barry’s passion is the character, personal and professional development of young people through organisations such as the Enid Dowling Foundation.