Don Armstrong AM met Professor Max Cooke at Peninsula/Kingswood golf club about the time Professor Cooke was establishing the Team of Pianists. Don has always loved music and immediately became a devotee of the Team. He and Anona have been supporters of the Team ever since. With pleasure, in 2013 they accepted the invitation of the Team partners to become official Patrons of the Team.
“We would not miss the monthly Team of Pianists concerts at Ripponlea. The venue is perfect for chamber music and its elegant charm is so “Melbourne”. To sit up close in the Ripponlea ballroom, listening to the wonderful Australian and international artists is a real privilege. We just love the stately home, the wonderful garden and the friendly and informal atmosphere. At the price we pay for tickets, it is a real hidden treasure for those who love their music.”Don and Anona Armstrong.
Don Armstrong AM was the President of VACC and MTAA, as well as Managing Director of the Armstrong & Son Group. Don grew up in Melbourne and after studies in accounting, joined his father in his motor body repair business in North Melbourne. Before Don retired, he had built up the group to fifteen companies. Don was committed to supporting small business. As President of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, of which he became a life Member, and as President of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), he represented small business in several contexts, including the federal government’s Consumer Advisory Council, the Small Business Coalition, and the Board of the Banking Industry Ombudsman. He was the founding Chairman of the VACC College of Automotive Business. Don was a Member of the Board of the AMEV/Fortis Insurance Group and a foundation member of the MTAA Superannuation fund. He chaired several Australian bodies and represented Australia on the Board of the International Organisations of Motor Trade Associations. Don joined Rotary in 1973 and over many years, his commitment resulted in being elected President of North Melbourne Rotary on two occasions. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1997. His major interests today are his golf and music.
Anona Armstrong AM is the Professor of Governance and the Director of Research and Research Training in the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Melbourne for her original research on health policy, community well-being and their measurement. This led to her work with communities and the promotion of community participation in various government projects. After completing her study, she established the consulting firm Evaluation Training and Services Pty Ltd, as well as the Australasian Evaluation Society, which is still a vibrant society today. On joining Victoria University in 2004, she lectured in policy, management, leadership and governance, before specialising in post-graduate supervision. She has taught now over 70 successful PhD students. She was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008.