Our Organisation/Board - Diabetes WA

Our Organisation

Diabetes WA

Formed in 1965, Diabetes WA is a not-for-profit, member based organisation that has served the Western Australian community for more than 50 years.

Such a milestone is a result of the work of our dedicated staff, the guidance of our volunteer board and a strict adherence to sound governance principles.

Our Board

MARY ANNE STEPHENS

Mary Anne joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2015 and was appointed as Board Chair in 2020. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector in Australia and the United States. Much of her recent experience has been in senior leadership roles within both insurance and not- for- profit organisations.

TONY LESTER

Tony joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2011. He is a Founding Partner of the WA Executive Search and Selection firm, Lester Blades. With more than 25 years in executive level recruitment, Tony has been exposed to the operations and activities of a large number of companies in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Australia. Tony has type 1 diabetes, as does one of his children.

DR ALAN WRIGHT

Alan joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2012. He is a general practitioner with extensive experience in the management of diabetes. He is passionate about opportunistic preventive care, particularly within the setting of men attending their GP.

CHAD STEWART

Chad Stewart joins the Diabetes WA Board in 2021 and brings a wealth of experience in business development, strategic planning and project management in the healthcare and Aboriginal community sectors. Having previously worked for St John of God Health Care, the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service as Acting CEO. Chad is currently a Non-Executive Director with Ngala and is a member of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.

Diabetes WA Board Director Michael Ferguson
MICHAEL FERGUSON

Michael joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2019. He has 40 years experience in commercial and corporate litigation and advice, with a focus on competition and regulation and anti-trust matters. He is a member of The Law Society of Western Australia, the Law Council of Australia and its Competition and Consumer Committee in Western Australia and is Chair of Trustees of the Legal Contribution Trust. He is currently a Partner with Squire Patton Boggs.

Fiona Lander
FIONA LANDER

Fiona joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2019. She is a Doctor of Medicine and a lawyer, currently working with McKinsey & Company (Australia) as a strategic consultant in healthcare, including advisory work concerning Federal Government healthcare, digital and innovation strategy, aged care business unit strategy. Fiona also has experience in global health policy, international human rights law and emergency medicine.

Hannah Tagore
HANNAH TAGORE

Hannah is a communications professional with extensive non-profit, government, emergency management, crisis communications, brand and reputation management experience. She has previously been Head of Communications at Alzheimer’s Society in the UK and was Chief Media Officer for the British Prime Minister. She is currently Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Margaret Pyrchla
MARGARET PYRCHLA

Margaret joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2019. She has over 20 years’ experience across financial services and energy industries in accounting, corporate finance, regulation, governance, strategic planning, project management, process improvement, and audit and assurance. She has previously worked for Ernst and Young, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and is currently Head of Regulation & Investment Management at Western Power.

AVRIL FAHEY

Joining the Diabetes WA board in 2021, Avril began her career as an occupational therapist at Silver Chain and has gone on to build an extensive career in the aged care sector. She is currently a director on the WA Cricket Association (WACA) Board and is also on the Cricket Australia’s Women’s National Selection Panel. In her current role, Avril serves as Silver Chain’s General Manager of Aged Community Care.

DR BARBARA KING

Dr Barbara King joins the Diabetes WA board in 2021 with 30 years medical experience in the public health sector. Her clinical background is as a paediatric emergency physician and more recently in various medical director roles. She has worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, the Telethon Institute Child Health Research and Perth Children’s Hospital. She is currently the Director of Medical Services at Albany Health Campus and is also an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

ANDREW SMITH

Joining the Diabetes WA Board in 2021, Andrew Smith has extensive experience in the IT and communications sector that spans over 25 years. He is currently the head of Information and Communication Technology at Western Power and is also a senior member of the Australia Computer Society. His career includes technology, business transformation, strategic planning, commercial and program delivery leadership roles in financial services, resources, telecommunications, government and utilities sectors in the UK and Australia.

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