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

MAcc, FCPA, GAICD, Chairperson
Non-Executive Director

Mary Anne Stephens joined the Board of DWA in 2015 and was appointed Chair in 2020. She has more than 25 years’ senior leadership experience in the financial services, IT, Aged Care and not-for-profit sectors.

Mary Anne is a Board Member of the WA Country Health Service, a Board Member of Venues West, and Deputy Chair of Council on the Ageing (WA).  She holds a Master of Accounting degree, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary Anne brings extensive experience in finance, risk management, information technology and corporate governance.


MBBS (WA), MFM (Monash), GCUT (UNDA), Cert Clin Nutrition (Monash), Professional Cert Dermoscopy
Non-Executive Director

Dr Alan Wright joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2012. He is a local graduate, having been awarded MBBS in 1974 and holds a Masters Degree in Family Medicine from Monash University. He is a general practitioner of over 30 years standing with extensive experience in the management of diabetes. He has been active in Undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine where he was the Chair of the Communication and Clinical Practice Domain. He also has wide experience in GP education in the areas of Diabetes, Obstructive airways Disease and Men’s reproductive Health.

Alan has served on the boards of the Asthma Foundation, Andrology Australia and Relationships Australia WA.

Alan also has extensive military experience with over 30 years’ service in the Army Reserve as an active Medical Officer, Commanding Officer and finally as Director Defence Force Health Services WA (Reserves).

He is passionate about opportunistic preventive care, particularly within the setting of men attending their GP.

Non-Executive Director

Chad Stewart joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2021.  Chad is currently Acting Executive Director Strategy for the WA Department of Communities. He has a wealth of experience in business development, strategic planning and project management within the NGO health and social care sectors having previously worked for St John of God Health Care, the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia, and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service.

Chad has strong family links to the Noongar community and is a member of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.

Non-Executive Director

Dr Fiona Lander joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2019.  She is a medical doctor and lawyer and is an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company’s healthcare strategy consulting team.

Fiona has worked with Government agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare providers and insurers on strategy and transformation topics since 2016. Prior to joining McKinsey, Fiona worked in clinical medicine at Austin Health and Royal Perth Hospital. She also worked as a commercial lawyer with Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and as a health and human rights lawyer with the United Nations.

During her time with the UN, she worked for 2 years in Mumbai, India, assisting the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She has completed country missions in Ghana, Syria, Guatemala, Australia, and Guinea-Bissau. Fiona obtained a Master of Public Health from Harvard University as a Frank Knox Scholar, and a combined MBBS/LLB(Hons) degree from Monash University.

Hannah Tagore
Non-Executive Director

Hannah Tagore joined the DWA Board in 2019. She 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).

Non-Executive Director

Avril Fahey joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2021. She is an experienced leader and manager in the aged, community and hospital sector having initially started her career as an Occupational Therapist. Avril has held senior roles at Silver Chain and St John of God Midland Public & Private Hospital, dedicating the majority of her career to working with older and vulnerable client populations.  Along with the Diabetes WA board, Avril is also a Director on the Western Australian Cricket Association Board and a member of the School of Business and Law Advisory Board at Edith Cowan University.

In parallel to her professional life, Avril also played cricket for the Australian Women’s Cricket team including a successful World Cup campaign in India in 1997.  Avril continues to be involved in high performance sport, working with Cricket Australia as a National Selector.

Living with Type 1 Diabetes, Avril brings this perspective to her role on the Diabetes WA board.

Non-Executive Director

Dr Barbara King joined the Diabetes WA board in 2021.  She has over 30 years’ medical experience in the public health sector.

Currently A/ Deputy Director of Clinical Services at Fiona Stanley Hospital, she has extensive tertiary clinical experience as a Paediatric Emergency Physician, more recently moving into medical leadership and management as a Medical Director at Princess Margaret / Perth Children’s Hospitals and Albany Health Campus.

Barbara is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and is completing a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Her passion is supporting and building high performing, thriving clinical teams to provide the best possible patient outcomes.

Non-Executive Director

Andrew joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2021 and brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the IT and communications sector.

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.

Non-Executive Director

New to the Diabetes WA board in 2021, Steve Goldsworthy is the Group Chief Financial Officer of St John of God Healthcare as well as being a director for all St John of God Healthcare Subsidiaries.  St John of God Healthcare is one of the leading Healthcare providers in Australia with $2 billion in annual revenue and 15,000 employees.  Steve also is a Non-Executive Director of Private Companies in Childcare, Property and Hospitality.

During his 20-year executive career he has had Executive Finance roles in Austal Ltd, Cliffs Natural Resources and Schlumberger both in Australia and Canada.  He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Australian Institute of Company Director.

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