Epilepsy Action Australia employs 23 staff members who provide specialist epilepsy services, fundraise and support the organisation’s core functions, as well as dedicated volunteers who give their time and assistance at various levels of the organisation, from administration to governance.
The organisation is committed to attracting skilled and motivated people to Epilepsy Action Australia and developing the skills and capabilities of our people so they can best meet the changing needs of our clients and the community.
We encourage an organisational culture that embodies our shared Values and Code of Professional Conduct, a set of guidelines for the ethical conduct of staff, volunteers and contractors of Epilepsy Action Australia.
Our national standards for volunteer involvement are those determined by Volunteering Australia.
Directors of the Board
David Boehm (since 30 April 2010)
David Philip Boehm (based in Hong Kong) is a Certified Public Accountant (Hong Kong) and Chartered Accountant (Australia), who has lived and worked in Asia since 1981. David has enjoyed renowned success in investing in natural resources, property, tourism, retail and the thoroughbred racing industries. In recent years he has assisted in establishing refuges for disadvantaged children in Thailand, Hong Kong and Myanmar, and this will remain a primary focus going forward.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
Glenis Carroll (since 27 October 2015)
Glenis is a fiscally astute, multi award winning digital business leader with a proven track record for managing complex digital and marketing operations, who brings a wealth of experience to Epilepsy Action Australia’s board. Uniquely positioned to work across marketing, data, product and technology to deliver superior customer experience, she develops market leading strategies to increase value, competitive advantage, brand equity, business growth, customer experience and profitability.
Her deep digital and mobile device sector knowledge, coupled with eCommerce and transactional expertise, is underpinned by extensive experience in various Senior Marketing and Business Management roles at Fairfax Media, Fairfax Digital, Officeworks, Apple, Inherent (BMC Media), IPAC Securities, Direct Dial Insurance (MMI Group) and Citibank. Glenis is currently a Digital Strategy and Business Consultant, advising on Digital, Business and Marketing strategy for companies developing digital channels or new technology startups.
Sean Cortis (since 16 January 2015)
Sean has over 30 years of practice experience with specialised skills in taxation, estate and succession planning, business advisory and family office services.
Sean’s strong tax and business advisory capability has led to his involvement in a number of innovative consulting and corporate advisory assignments, such as public listings, business sales, debt and equity raisings, valuations, mergers and acquisitions. Sean is an experienced meeting facilitator and is a current panellist for MBA sessions conducted by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Sean co-founded the Chapman Eastway Charitable Foundation in 2012 to help facilitate strategic philanthropy initiatives within the firm’s network. He encourages active sponsorship by the firm of events which promote philanthropy in the community.
Sean is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Chartered Tax Advisor and member of the Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from The University of New South Wales, been awarded a certificate in Fiduciary Governance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is also a Justice of the Peace.
Lisa Dive (since 13 November 2015)
Lisa is trained as an analytic philosopher, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She has particular interests in bioethics and health policy. Until recently managed a team of policy and advocacy staff at The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. This role involved working with specialist doctors to advance their policy agenda, and also improving the governance of decision-making in a complex and diverse membership organisation. Working with a small consulting firm in Sydney she addressed organisational challenges, planning and governance issues with many non-profit sector clients, particularly in community services. Lisa holds a PhD in philosophy and is now pursuing her research in bioethics.
Malcolm Freame (since 9 May 2012)
Malcolm has a comprehensive array of experience providing operational leadership in a variety of settings. He specifically provides a blend of skills in financial management and information technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Special Responsibilities: Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
Adam Gillibrand (since 28 July 2016)
Adam has completed many senior level search assignments for a wide range of clients at Managing Director, Vice President, Director, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer levels and across all financial disciplines.
Adam is passionate about raising awareness in the broader community about the effects of epilepsy not just on individuals affected by the condition, but also the families who are affected by it. He is married with three boys and has a personal family experience with Epilepsy.
Adam holds a BA (Honours) of Philosophy.
Carol Ireland (since 29 June 2009)
An extensive background spanning 30 years in the not-for-profit human services sector including chief operations and other senior management roles.
Special Responsibilities: Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary,
Member of the Governance Committee.
Roy Marrett (since 25 July 2016)
Roy Marrett has had a long career in senior finance roles with URS Australia, and in the past few years before his retirement in early 2016, he had international assignments as Director - Finance and Administration International Operations. URS Corporation is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services, and has been acquired by AECOM. Roy first became acquainted with EAA in 2011 when tragically, his oldest son George passed away suddenly at the age of 29, as result of epilepsy. Since this time Roy and his family have become strong supporters of Epilepsy Action Australia.
Special Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
Susan Price (since 3 September 2014)
An experienced employment lawyer, Susan advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Susan is a Director in PwC's People and Organisation business and works with organisations to manage and capitalise on the differences in their people, whether that be gender, age, culture, thought or any other dimension of difference.
Sue Ronaldson (since 7 September 1998)
Sue is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney where she worked from 2002 to 2016. She is a Fellow of Australian College of Nursing. As a registered nurse she has extensive experience in her profession of nursing and has specialised in care of older people and in chronic care. Sue has held senior academic positions at two other universities – Latrobe University and Australian Catholic University. Prior to coming to live and work in Sydney nearly 20 years ago, Sue had experience in clinical nursing in Melbourne including aged care and rehabilitation. She was also a clinician and after-hours co-ordinator at Balmain Hospital for 7 years. Sue has personal experience with epilepsy.
Amanda Woodard (since 6 August 2016)
Amanda Woodard is a London-born, Sydney-based journalist who worked for the Guardian newspaper for 12 years before moving to Australia to work as an editor for the Sydney Morning Herald. She currently works for Mahlab Media as a print and digital editor, specialising in the HR strategy and recruitment fields. Amanda is also a commentator on ABC Radio National's Best Practice business program and contributes articles to the mainstream media and several university publications.
Carol Ireland - Chief Executive Officer
FAIM, Dip. Rehab Counselling
Carol became CEO in March 2006. She has an extensive background spanning 35 years in the not-for-profit human services sector and holding a variety of executive positions including: CEO and Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and other senior management roles in service delivery, marketing and fundraising. Carol currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and the Steering Committee for the NSW government’s Paediatric Epilepsy Trials (Medicinal Cannabis Research). Carol is an strong and active advocate for people living with epilepsy.
As CEO, Carol directs and is fully responsible for all operations of the company within the established policies and in accordance with the authority delegated by the Board of Directors; implements the strategic goals and objectives of Epilepsy Action Australia, giving direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organisation’s mission and strategy.
Anuradha Vithanage – Business Manager
B. Comm, B Psych, MBA
Anuradha has been with Epilepsy Action Australia, occupying various roles, for more than a decade. While still a student he commenced in the internal Call Centre as an operator in January 2006, progressing to Supervisor, and then transferring into Client Services where he provided direct customer services and then later, management operations for the department.
More recently Anuradha has held the position of Business Process Manager responsible for process improvements across the organisation’s functions, and in July 2016 he was promoted to Business Manager, managing day-to-day operations within the organisation as well as providing strategic input into the ongoing strategic direction of the organisation.
Lisa Todd - Clinical Governance Manager
Lisa has filled many roles within the organisation over the last 14 years, commencing as an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist and Educator, moving into various positions including management, policy, advocacy, consumer consultation and research roles. She is currently fulfilling the roles of Clinical Governance Manager and Clinical Nurse Consultant in Epilepsy for the organisation.
Lisa came to Epilepsy Action Australia with extensive experience in neuroscience and intensive care nursing, along with nurse education which was utilised in the development of Epilepsy Action Online Academy courses and resources. In her development work Lisa has utilised the experience gained during two periods of secondment: to the East Timor Epilepsy Project and the George Institute for Global Health. This has also lead to her currently undertaking a Master of Education focusing on Research and eLearning.
Kerry Barnes - Manager, Corporate, Community and Business Development
Kerry commenced with Epilepsy Action Australia in September 2014, bringing an extensive background in sales and marketing with a focus on public engagement from an international perspective. Kerry has worked internationally and taken a lead on multiple global initiatives, projects and campaigns throughout her career. She has almost 15 years experience in her field and has worked with some of the biggest brands/organisations in the world, including Shell, MasterCard, Samsung, Starbucks and Hilton to name just a few.
The Manager, Corporate, Community and Business Development is responsible for developing and managing Epilepsy Action Australia’s external relationships and fundraising activities targeting the community and corporate sector to raise revenue and grow profile.
David Peach - IT Manager
A highly experienced IT professional with 26 years hands-on executive management experience in IT and strategy development, David joined Epilepsy Action Australia in August 2014. Having held customer, vendor and consultant roles in his career, David sees IT from a variety of perspectives. Commencing in 1988 with software development, in 1995 David and a partner launched what would become a highly successful Managed Services Provider, delivering IT services for a range of customers including some of Australia’s most recognisable public and privately held brands. He sold his interest in the business in 2011 and continues to provide Strategic IT Consulting Services to selected clients including NFPs and Government agencies.