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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.

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 and Apple.

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.

Carol Ireland (appointed 29 June 2009)

Dip Reh. Couns.; FAIM; MFIA

Carol Ireland joined Epilepsy Action Australia as CEO in March 2006 and became a Director in 2009. She has worked in the not-for-profit human services sector for a period spanning more than 35 years and holding a variety of executive positions including general management, operations, service delivery, marketing and fundraising roles.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary, Member of the Governance Committee
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Carol currently serves on the federal government’s 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 a founding director of the Medical Cannabis Council, a peak industry body. 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 passed away 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 who runs her own legal practice, Susan Price advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, from pre-employment practices to post-employment disputes and contract enforcement.

Special EAA Responsibilities: Chair of the Board
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Susan also has extensive diversity consulting experience.  She founded PwC’s Diversity consulting practice and continues to work closely with PwC’s Indigenous Consulting business, working with organisations to advance indigenous employment outcomes.

Susan is currently also a fellow of the Sydney Policy Lab based at the University of Sydney and is an Honorary Associate of the Business School. She also sits on the Boards of the Bondi Beach Cottage Inc, and the Jessie Street National Women’s Library.

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 was teaching and researching for 15 years to 2016. Sue 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 with 45 years’ experience Sue has specialised in aged and chronic care. She held senior academic appointments at Latrobe University Bendigo and Australian Catholic University including inaugural 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. Sue is still actively involved in community nursing.

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.

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.

Karin Waldmann -Business Manager

Karin combines business acumen with skills in social impact to create better outcomes for individuals and communities. She has worked in diverse industries, both in the corporate and the not-for-profit sector, in Australia and overseas.

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Karin is passionate about creating positive social impact and holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of NSW/Centre for Social Impact.

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.

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.