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 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.

    • Andrew Burnett
        Andrew Burnett

        Andrew was elected to the Board in 2009 and served as the Board Chair in 2019. He is counsel at Squire Patton Boggs and has more than 30 years experience in workplace law.

      • Gary Walton
          Gary Walton

          Gary joined the Diabetes WA Board in 2010 and is currently the Board Treasurer and chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is a chartered accountant and consultant and previously was the CEO of the WA Football Commission. Gary has had type 1 diabetes since he was 12 and has personally experienced the many challenges of diabetes management.


        • TONY LESTER
            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
              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.

            • Paul Vivian
                Paul Vivian

                Paul was elected to the Diabetes WA Board in 2010 and has been Vice-President since 2011. He is currently General Manager (Products and Pricing) for Bankwest. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services management roles both in Australia and internationally.


              • 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.

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