The Team

There are many who make Cobra & Mongoose projects happen, of special mention:

Michael Symons

President and Founder 

As a 19 year old l started travelling overseas and in reality have never really stopped. Travelling in developing countries made me realise how lucky l was to be born in a wealthy nation and not to take my good fortune for granted.

Fourteen years ago l started the Cobra and Mongoose Charity. We now have completed or currently run projects in Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda. There is nothing more satisfying than changing peoples lives for the better. Breaking down barriers and making strong friendships on the ground is the key to our success. Now as a 60 year old l look forward to the next journey.

Richard Gay

Vice President and Public Officer

Richard Gay cobra and mongoose

Richard has worked as a Chartered Surveyor for his British commercial property company, London & Regional Estates, since 1991, as well as working for the Australian company, GDI Pty Ltd from 2006-12.

Having previously been involved in charity work in Cambodia, Richard got involved with Cobra & Mongoose in 2011. He was instrumental in funding and developing the C&M project in Banderban, Bangladesh.

He has also helped fund projects in Ethiopia, as well as leading the running of the administration of the charity in his role as Public Officer.

Trish Wingfield


Trish has worked in the not for profit sector since 2005. She currently works in a local northern beaches disability service NFP organisation as their head of finance and admin. Trish has been attending Cobra and Mongoose fundraisers from 2006 & has been heavily involved in Cobra & Mongoose since 2015.

Trish’s involvement has been focused on managing, preparing and successfully gaining C & M’s charity status. Her role within the founding Cobra & Mongoose board is as our Treasurer and to collaborate with other board members to provide the framework and to manage the next exciting chapter of Cobra & Mongoose.

Liz Treloar

Company Secretary

Patricia Robinson

Principle Fundraiser


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