MEET OUR BOARD

DR MOIRA WATSON PhD, FAICD, FAIM, FGIA

PRESIDENT

Moira is an experienced company Chair and Director on a range of Boards with a background as a senior leader in ASX listed companies and as an executive director in government.

Moira has a PhD in business management and is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Moira is also Chair of Chorus Australia, Chair of Diabetes WA, a Councillor with HBF, a Director with Diabetes Australia, and a Director with Diabetes Australia Research Limited.

 

Moira joined the Parkinson’s Australia Board in October 2018 and is the independent Chair.

PROF GEORGE MELLICK

VICE PRESIDENT (Qld nominee)

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.

STEVE FERGUSON

TREASURER & CHAIR RISK COMMITTEE

Steve is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner with Ernst & Young for over 25 years leaving in late 2018. Steve was the Financial Services Accounts Leader for EY in Asia Pacific and as an assurance partner has led the audit of a number of large Australian multinational listed companies. He is a graduate of the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

ROD LILLYWHITE

BOARD MEMBER & MEMBER RISK COMMITTEE (WA nominee)

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

BOARD MEMBER

Glenn 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. 

THE HON JOHN DOYLE AC QC

BOARD MEMBER & MEMBER RISK COMMITTEE (SA nominee)

John was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1966 and to the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1969. He was the 1967 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia.  He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the South Australian Supreme Court in 1970 and was a partner in an Adelaide firm of solicitors from 1970 to 1977. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1981. John was Solicitor-General of South Australia from 1986 and was then Chief Justice of South Australia from 1995 until 2012.  He received a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 2002.

John is married with five Children. 

BRIGADIER JOHN SHELDRICK OAM (RETD)

Board member (ACT nominee)

John is the President of Parkinson's ACT. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and served in the regular Army for 34 years in command, operational and training appointments before resigning as a Brigadier. During his service he was seconded to the Department of Special Minister of State as Head Protective Services Coordination Centre.  After the Army he gained a financial advisers representative certificate, worked as a defence consultant and was the inaugural Executive Officer of the Australian Forces Vietnam Veterans Trust. John completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and History at the Australian National University as a mature student. John has been very active in supporting community organisations including the RSL where he is Chairman of RSL National Trustees, Rotary and earlier the Red Cross, the Heart Foundation and Life Education. . John is married to Maxine who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. 

MIKE WHITEHOUSE OAM

BOARD MEMBER (Tas nominee)

DAVID VENESS

BOARD MEMBER (NSW nominee)

David is retired and  lives in Bathurst NSW.  David and his wife  are actively involved in ten Community Organisations.  

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years ago. Since that time he has been an active member of the local Parkinson's support group.  He has been on the Board of Parkinson’s NSW for three years & President for the past twelve  months.  David's working career was spent in Banking & Hospitality.

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