Our Board, CEO and Patron
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retired) is the Patron of Parkinson's Australia.
Vince Kelly has been a Northern Territory Police Officer since 1987 working in regional and remote centres across the NT as an operational officer in a variety of roles. Vince was the President and CEO of the NT Police Association (NTPA) from 2001 to May 2015. Vince was also on the board of the Police Federation of Australia (PFA) for that period, including seven years as the President.
In these roles, and other voluntary roles in sports administration, Vince has developed a keen interest in the challenges facing not for profit boards and has undertaken extensive training in corporate governance through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vince has a number of friends and relatives living with Parkinson’s and hopes to assist Parkinson’s Australia confront the challenges of creating a world free of Parkinson’s.
Prof. George Mellick
George is an interdisciplinary scientist who works on all aspects of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. He is the Deputy Director of the Eskitis Institute, Griffith University and holds adjunct positions at the University of Queensland, RBWH and Princess Alexandra Hospital. George has authored over 100 research publications including articles in the Lancet, JAMA, Lancet Neurology and Annals of Neurology. He is also is an advocate for people affected by Parkinson’s disease and serves as the President of Parkinson’s Queensland.
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Paul is immediate President to the Board of Parkinson’s Australia, having been elected on the retirement of previous President, John Bird, in October 2014. Paul’s executive career has focused on investment and financial services including investment analysis and institutional stockbroking in London business development for fund managers in Australia and financial advising. He is a graduate of the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul has been Parkinson’s South Australia’s representative to the Board of Parkinson’s Australia since November 2011, and has also served as national Treasurer of Parkinson’s Australia.
Rod spent 16 years as a teacher and administrator in both government and private schools. He then commenced a career in financial planning with a large independent organisation and was eventually invited to become a partner. Rod was an initial partner of the national organisation known as Shadforth Financial Group. Rod retired from financial planning in 2010
Rod's interest in Parkinson's came about when a close friend was diagnosed. He joined the Board of Parkinson's WA in 2013 and was nominated to join the Board of Parkinson's Australia in 2016. Rod is also a member of the Board of Epilepsy WA.
Rod's studies includes Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Educational Management and a Diploma of Financial Planning.
Glenn Rees has worked at senior levels in the British and Australian Public Services. In Britain he worked as Private Secretary to senior Ministers, in the Cabinet Office and in Economic Departments. In Australia since 1976 he has worked in program and policy areas including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment and Training, Aged Care, Disabilities, Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He was Chair of the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review in 1986 and was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms. Glenn was CEO of Alzheimer's Australia from 2000-2014. During his time as CEO, the Dementia Initiative was implemented in 2005 with $320 million over 5 years; important funding commitments made to tackle dementia in the 2012 Aged Care reforms including timely diagnosis, acute care and dementia risk reduction and $200 million committed to dementia research in 2014. Dementia is now a National Health Priority Area.
Glenn has been a member of many Government advisory committees and an active member of the National Aged Care Alliance. He became Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International in April 2015 and is an independent Board Member of Parkinson’s Australia.
Andrew was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007 and began his association with Parkinson’s NSW (PNSW) shortly after. He has served on the PNSW board for some 5 years, the last two as President. He initially comes from a corporate background – state and national roles in sales and marketing and more recently running his own small business. He is on the board of a family company and over the years has held numerous voluntary roles – coaching junior rugby teams, school councils etc.
His philosophy is very much to keep the mind and body active as it helps with the symptoms - this is not a scientific finding, it is just a personal belief and possibly slows the progression down. In keeping with this philosophy Andrew sails every week (on the winches), played baseball until last year when an injury put paid to that and enjoys cycling. His other passion is travelling.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University) majoring in Accounting and a Master of Arts (Macquarie University) majoring in Marketing.
Andrew is passionate about increasing the awareness of Parkinson’s and improving the support and services provided to people living with Parkinson’s.
Andrew is married to Karen and they have three adult sons.
A/Prof. David Finkelstein
Chair, Board of Parkinson Victoria; Member of Governance and Research Committee B.Sc., Grad. Dip. Scientific Instrumentation, M. Sc., Ph.D.
Physiologist and neurobiologist David Finkelstein is the head of the Parkinson’s Disease Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. In this role, he uses his skills and knowledge to investigate possible new medical interventions for Parkinson’s. He has led many research projects, authored over 150 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented his innovative work to medical researchers all over the world. David is committed to raising awareness of Parkinson’s research within the broader community and increasing the profile of Parkinson’s research in Australia.
Helen is a retired Registered Nurse and past member of the Royal College of Nursing. Helen worked for thirty years in Rural Health and during that time she managed the change from 5 bed country hospitals to fully functioning Multi Purpose Health Centres which provide inpatient care, emergency medicine, aged care and palliative in-home Care. Helen was the co-ordinator of fund-raising to purchase a farm for Australia’s first Sheltered Rural Activities Centre employing over 100 people with varying abilities, from Southern Tasmania.
Helen received an Australian Citizen of the year award for services to the Community.
Helen retired to care for her husband who developed Parkinson’s Disease and established the Tasmanian Parkinson’s Management Committee. Helen travelled the State visiting those affected by Parkinson’s to help with ‘day to day’ living issues until after years of political lobbying three Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse permanent positions were funded by the State Government. Helen has continued as President of Parkinson’s Tasmania and represented that State on the National Board since it’s inception with the exception of a few years. She has also taken the role of Tasmanian CEO (voluntary) for those same years. Helen is a strong advocate for all those affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Sallyann is currently the volunteer Publicity Officer for Parkinson’s ACT, the non-profit organisation providing information, support and education for people living with Parkinson’s in the Canberra region. With over 20 years experience as a manager in the Australian Public Service, Sallyann oversaw a number of operational and policy aspects of Australia's ageing and aged care and primary care systems. Her interest in Parkinson’s arose as a result of someone close to her being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Sallyann is keen to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and how each person’s journey living with Parkinson’s is different. She wants to work towards improved support and services provided to people living with Parkinson’s and their families.
Chief Executive Officer / Public Officer
Steve Sant is the Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson’s Australia. Over the last 37 years Steve has been employed in the health industry. He has extensive experience in all areas of the industry having worked in positions ranging from registered nurse in a large metro hospital through to ‘head office’ executive management roles. Steve has worked in both State and Federal government and the private and not for profit sectors. Steve’s appointments include Company Secretary and Network Manager of the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, CEO of the ACT Medicare Local, CEO of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and CEO of Health Purchasing Victoria.
Steve is passionate about improving the health of our community and excited to be working with Parkinson’s Australia members, and the wider Parkinson’s community, to fulfil the mission of Parkinson’s Australia which is to “create an environment that is responsive to the needs of all people affected by Parkinson’s”. Steve believes that by working together we can be effective and increase the awareness of Parkinson’s and make it a National Health Priority.