Ben was appointed as an Australian Army Officer and deployed on active service as part of the International Force in East Timor (INTERFET) in 1999. He successfully transitioned from the military and has held various Board and executive leadership roles supporting the disadvantaged across Australia.
In recent years, Ben and his family have faced several challenges. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression as a result of his military service. In addition, he had a mountain bike accident and incurred multiple injuries including fracturing his neck and spine in several places.
Ben is a proud supporter of Australians that have served our nation. He is particularly interested in helping current, and former service personnel and their families who have been impacted by their service.
Ben is married to Jodie and they have three children. In October 2018 he represented Australia in rowing and powerlifting at the Invictus Games in Sydney.