Diabetes WA welcomes four new Board Directors - Diabetes WA
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Diabetes WA is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Directors to its Board.

Fiona Lander has been appointed into the casual vacancy recently created by the departure of Jim Dodds who left the Board to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer for Safe Food Production Queensland based in Brisbane. Michael Ferguson, Margaret Pyrchla and Hannah Tagore have been appointed to additional Director positions.

The appointments increase Diabetes WA’s Board to eleven Directors and bring new skills and experience in commercial governance, public health and business strategy, as the organisation seeks to further strengthen and expand its health services to reach the growing numbers of people living with or at risk of diabetes across WA. The new appointments have effect immediately with Diabetes WA Members to vote on new two-year terms for the Directors at the Annual General Meeting on 31 October 2019.

Dr Moira Watson, Diabetes WA Board Chair, said “The appointments will ensure we maintain the very effective governance of Diabetes WA and are able to respond to the growing challenges diabetes is placing on WA communities, the WA health system and the WA economy.”

Diabetes WA Board Director Michael FergusonMichael Ferguson 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.



New Board Director Diabetes WA for 2019 Fiona LanderFiona Lander 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.



Margaret Pyrchla 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.



Hannah Tagore 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).


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