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Epilepsy Action Australia  has a passionate team of professional staff, who work hard every day to fundraise, provide our nationwide specialist services, and support our core functions. These individuals are the strength and soul of the organisation and strive to make a real and positive difference to those with epilepsy and the people who care for them.

We are also incredibly lucky to have many dedicated volunteers who give their time and assistance to help us in various areas across the organisation.

Epilepsy Action is committed to attracting skilled and motivated employees and developing their knowledge and capabilities in order to provide the very best quality services and support to enable a brighter future for all those affected by epilepsy.

We encourage an organisational culture that embodies our shared values, and Code of Professional Conduct, which is a set of guidelines for the ethical conduct of staff, volunteers and contractors of Epilepsy Action.

We also strictly adhere to the national standards for volunteer involvement as determined and outlined by Volunteering Australia

Directors of the Board

Epilepsy Association trading as Epilepsy Action Australia  is a company limited by guarantee and is governed by an independent Board of Directors whose individuals have expertise in wide range of fields and industry including financial, nursing, law, digital operations, marketing and information technology.

The Board is responsible for identifying and implementing the organisation’s strategic direction and goals and oversees adherence to the Epilepsy Action’s vision, mission and values. A number of our Board members have personal experience of epilepsy.

David Boehm (appointed 30 April 2010)

FC; AHKCPA; B.Com

David Philip Boehm is a Certified Public Accountant based in Hong Kong and a Chartered Accountant (Australia), who has lived and worked in Asia since 1981.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
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David has an extensive experience in the financing and structuring of public companies as well as expertise in venture capital, international trade and finance. He has enjoyed widespread investment success 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 remains a primary focus.

Glenis Carroll (appointed 27 October 2015)

B.Com

Glenis Carroll is a multi-award winning digital business leader with a proven track record for managing complex digital and marketing operations and developing market-leading strategies to increase value, competitive advantage, business growth and profitability.

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Glenis currently works as the Executive Director Marketing at Western Sydney University and previously advised on digital, business and marketing strategy for companies developing digital channels or new technology start-ups. She has also worked 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.

Sean Cortis (appointed 16 January 2015)

B.Com; JP

Sean Cortis has over 30 years of practice experience with specialised skills in taxation, estate and succession planning, business advisory and family office services.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Chairman of the Board; Chair of the Governance Committee
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Sean has been involved 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 a current panellist for MBA sessions conducted by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He co-founded the Chapman Eastway Charitable Foundation in 2012 to help facilitate strategic philanthropy initiatives.

Alistair Daly (appointed 13 March 2017)

B.A., MIRM, MBA

Alistair Daly is a leading risk and insurance executive with experience in developing and implementing risk and insurance strategies aimed at embedding global best practice in enterprise risk management across a broad range of geographic regions.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
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Employed by Lendlease Corporation as the Group Risk and Insurance Manager, Alistair is responsible for the implementation of the global risk and insurance strategy across the Group’s regional businesses. This role provides strategic direction, technical advice and support on risk mitigation, insurance programme development and management and business continuity & crisis management expertise to the Group’s operations. Alistair holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Sydney, a Master of Insurance & Risk Management and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. Based in Sydney, Alistair has worked extensively through Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific regions.

Lisa Dive (appointed 13 November 2015)

PH.D Philosophy

Lisa Dive is trained as an analytic philosopher, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She has particular interests in finding ethical approaches to challenges in the healthcare sector, as well as health policy and the non-profit sector more broadly.

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Currently Lisa is a research fellow at Sydney Health Ethics and also teaches in the Bioethics program, both at the University of Sydney. Previously, she managed a team of policy and advocacy staff at The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. This involved working with specialist doctors to advance their policy agenda, and improving the governance of decision-making in a complex and diverse membership organisation. She has also worked as an organisation development consultant, helping non-profit sector clients respond to organisational and governance challenges.

Malcolm Freame (appointed 09 May 2012)

B.Ec; FCA; CISA; GAICD

Malcolm Freame has extensive experience in finance, corporate services, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in senior management and consulting roles across a variety of industries.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Chair of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
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Malcolm is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Long Service Corporation. He provides a blend of skills in financial management and information technology, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Adam Gillibrand (appointed 28 July 2016)

BA (Hons) Philosophy

Adam has twenty years’ experience in international executive search and has been predominately based in Australia. He is a Partner of Options Group based in Sydney. Adam rejoined the firm in 2016 after its acquisition of Broadstreet Global, a firm he founded in 2009.

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Adam has led assignments and teams, including overseeing both Singapore and Hong Kong offices, and continues to work closely with the firm’s Asia Pacific clients. Adam is a leading authority on all aspects of leadership and talent, and organisational strategy, and has advised many of the world’s most successful banks, asset managers and financial institutions on human capital initiatives. He has completed many senior level search assignments for a wide range of clients at senior levels and across all financial disciplines.

Carol Ireland (appointed 29 June 2009)

Dip Reh. Couns.; FAIM; MFIA

Carol Ireland became CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia in March 2006 and has worked in the not-for-profit human services sector for over 35 years.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary, Member of the Governance Committee
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Carol has held a variety of executive positions and senior management roles in service delivery, marketing and fundraising. She currently sits on the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis, 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 a strong and active advocate for people living with epilepsy.

Roy Marrett (appointed 25 July 2016)

Roy Marrett has had a long career in senior finance roles with URS Australia – a provider of engineering, construction and technical services (acquired by AECOM).

Special EAA Responsibilities: Member of the Finance, Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee
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Prior to his retirement in early 2016, Roy had international assignments as Director – Finance and Administration International Operations at URS. He first became acquainted with Epilepsy Action Australia in 2011 when tragically, his oldest son George, aged 29 passedaway suddenly as result of epilepsy. Since this time Roy and his family have become strong supporters of Epilepsy Action.

Susan Price (appointed 03 September 2014)

BComm LLB/LLM

An experienced employment lawyer, Susan Price advises on all aspects of the employment relationship ranging from the pre-employment stage; drafting agreements and policies; navigating the course of the relationship; termination advice and the management of post termination disputes.

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Susan has particular expertise in issues associated with the sale of businesses, as well as global mobility and the movement of employees. She 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 (appointed 07 September 1998)

PhD BSc(Hons) DipNEd RN FACN

Sue Ronaldson 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 the Australian College of Nursing.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Member of the Governance Committee
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As a registered nurse Sue has extensive experience and specialised in aged and chronic care. She has held senior academic appointments at Latrobe University Bendigo and Australian Catholic University including Chair of Nursing at St Vincent’s Health Care Campus, Sydney. Sue was a clinician and educator in Melbourne for many years and also worked in regional and rural Victoria. She was a clinician and after-hours co-ordinator at Balmain Hospital.

Amanda Woodard (appointed 06 August 2016)

BA (Hons)

Amanda Woodard is a London-born, Sydney-based journalist and editor who worked for The Guardian newspaper for 12 years before moving to Australia to work as an editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Working as a freelance journalist for many years, Amanda had articles published in many mainstream media including The Financial Times, Virgin’s in-flight magazine and Vogue. She currently works for Mahlab Media as a print and digital editor, specialising in Human Resources strategy and recruitment fields. Amanda is also a commentator on ABC Radio National’s Best Practice business program and contributes articles to several university publications.

Executive Management

Carol Ireland -Chief Executive Officer

Dip Reh. Couns.; FAIM; MFIA

Carol Ireland became CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia in March 2006. She has an extensive background spanning 35 years in the not-for-profit human services sector, and has held a variety of executive positions and senior management roles in service delivery, marketing and fundraising.

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She currently sits on the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis, 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). She 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, giving direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organisation’s mission and strategy.

Anuradha Vithanage -Business Manager

B. Comm; B Psych; MBA

Anuradha Vithanage has been with Epilepsy Action Australia, occupying various roles, for more than a decade. While still a student he started working in the internal Call Centre as an operator in January 2006, progressing to Supervisor, and then transferring into Client Services and later, management operations for the department.

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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 direction of the organisation.

Lisa Todd -Clinical Governance Manager

M.ED. – eLearning/research (current student)

Lisa Todd has worked within the organisation for the last 14 years, commencing as an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist and Educator before moving into management, policy, advocacy, consumer consultation and research roles. She is currently the Clinical Governance Manager and Clinical Nurse Consultant in Epilepsy for the organisation.

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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 Australia’s 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.

Kerry Barnes -Manager, Corporate, Community and Business Development

BA (Honours)

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. She has worked internationally and taken a lead on multiple global initiatives, projects and campaigns.

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Kerry 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. In her current role, Kerry 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 the organisation’s profile.

Michelle Bainbridge -Funding Manager (Applications & Submissions)

Michelle was previously the Government Relations Manager at Surf Life Saving NSW where she oversaw a number of large Government grants and was the Secretariat for the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving.

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Michelle is passionate about the Not-for-Profit sector and has worked for the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Council on the Ageing (NSW). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Politics from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Charles Sturt University.

Michelle is looking forward to developing relationships with Trusts and Foundations, and within the Government sector, to enhance support and generate revenue for Epilepsy Action Australia’s core programs and objectives.

David Peach -IT Manager

BBus

A highly experienced IT professional with 26 years of hands-on executive management experience in IT and strategy development, David Peach 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.

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Commencing in 1988 with software development, David and a partner launched in 1995 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 Not-For-Profit organisations and government agencies.