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Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

The Board of Management is proud to announce the appointment of Ambassadors for Aussie Hands in NSW, TAS and VIC.

The Ambassadors will be involved in a wide range of activities which will enhance the profile of the Foundation by engaging regularly with members and raising awareness of hand differences in the Australian community.

Tom Covell


When Tom was approached to be an Aussie hands Ambassador, he instantly saw opportunities to help both young people and parents. Through sharing his experiences, he aims to inspire kids to never hide their limb difference and, instead, use it, love it and rock it! In supporting parents, he wants them to know that their child will be fine and that they just need support to be a kid.

Through his business, Hooked on Nature, he loves unlocking the stories of wildlife, plants and fungi! He plays on the fact that he has a ‘Hook’ for a prosthetic right hand, but from as early as he can remember he has always been interested in nature. Tom is honoured to be appointed the 2020 NSW Ambassador for Aussie Hands looks forward to attending events, sharing his experiences with members and the wider community.

Amanda Palmer


Amanda has 44 years of personal lived experience as a person with a hand difference and is also a member of the Aussie Hands Board of Management. Amanda has had over 17 years extensive managerial experience (including over 2 years in the disability sector), and is keen to liaise and network with key stakeholders to raise awareness of Aussie Hands in Tasmania. Amanda is looking forward to attend events this year to support parents and share her experiences growing up with a hand difference and is honoured to be appointed as the 2020 Tasmanian Ambassador for Aussie Hands.

Dave Serpell


Dave was born with symbrachydactyly on ANZAC day 1999 and has grown up with Aussie Hands for as long as he can remember (kind of the reason why it started). Dave has developed long term relationships with many Victorian Aussie Hands families and mentors younger members. Dave enjoys public speaking and has extensive expertise and knowledge on various social media platforms. Dave is committed to liaise with key stakeholders to raise awareness of hand differences (in general), but to also support research by fundraising for the Australian Hand Difference Register. Dave is determined, driven and always willing to go the extra mile to help, assist and make sure that by representing Aussie Hands as Ambassador he can better the lives of many children and parents. Dave is honoured to be appointed the 2020 Victorian Ambassador for Aussie Hands and looks forward to meeting many families this year at events.