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David SimmonsDavid Simmons began his working life as a teacher, rising to Head Teacher of Social Science at Bathurst High School from where he was elected as the Federal Member for Calare (Bathurst/Orange/Lithgow) from 1983-96. He spent four years as a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments from 1989-93 in a variety of portfolios.

Formerly CEO of the Hunter Business Chamber, David is currently a non-executive director of the Western Health Alliance Ltd, trading as Western NSW PHN and PacificLink Housing Ltd. David’s previous non-executive directorships include Tourism NSW and the Regional Land Management Corporation Ltd. 

In the health industry he was a member and later Chair, Bathurst Hospital Board, a non-executive director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Chair, National Heart Foundation (NSW Division) and  General Practice Training Valley to Coast Ltd and was appointed as the independent Chair of the Western NSW Medicare Local.

In 2001, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community of the Central West  and Hunter regions of NSW.

Treasurer James WrightJames Wright (BEc - Hons) has been the Chief Investment Officer at JBWere since 2013. Previously James was Chief Investment Officer at ING Investment Management. James has been part of the Asthma family since 2014, where he has served on the Finance and Audit Committee of Asthma Foundation NSW. 
Board Member Rosemary Calder - cropped webRosemary Calder is the director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, an independent national health policy ‘think tank’ established by Victoria University, Melbourne. Rosemary is a leading health and social policy expert.  She has held positions as a senior executive in health policy and administration in both State and Commonwealth Departments of Health and was head of the Office for the Status of Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2000 to 2003.  

Rosemary has held the position of Chief of Staff to a former Victorian Minister for Health and has extensive experience in policy and organisational management and board governance in the not for profit sector. She is a sociologist and began her career as a journalist with The Age.  

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Simone CartonSimone Carton is CEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, a specialist medical society that promotes the practice of palliative medicine and facilitates professional development and support for its members. Prior to this role, Simone was corporate lawyer and company secretary for the Advertising Standards Bureau and Australian Advertising Standards Council, and has worked in a diverse range of legal, governance and operational roles across the corporate, government and NFP sectors.

Simone has experience as a director on the boards of the former Asthma Foundation ACT and the Australian Multiple Birth Association. As a parent of children with asthma, Simone also has personal experience with the challenges facing people with asthma and values the important support Asthma Australia provides.

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Marita CowieMarita Cowie BA (Clin Psych), BBus (Comm), MEd is the CEO of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. She is a current member of a number of ministerial, commonwealth and state government committees in Queensland relating to general practice, health and medical education. Marita joined the Asthma Foundation QLD Board in April 2013 and has been a member of the Asthma Australia Board since May 2014.

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Terry EvansTerry Evans is an highly experienced lawyer (now semi retired) and an experienced company director of several government and not-for-profit Boards.  He lives in Adelaide.  Terry is formally the Managing Director / Chairman of Partners of Minter Ellison SA and and retains a role presently as a Special Counsel.  He was the Director-General of South Australia's Attorney General's Department for over 10 years and has considerable connections in the legal field.  Currently he is the Chairman of the University of South Australia Senate / Board; Chairman of the Adelaide and Hills Local Hospital Network ($450M budget) and a Director of the Northern Adelaide Medicare Local. Terry has been an highly effective independent Chairman of the Asthma Australia Board for the last 3 years bringing his extensive experience of governance and an strong understanding of working within a federated national structure.  He has reformed the role of the Board, strengthened its planning and strategic outlook and introduced improved performance systems for the National CEO (past and present).

His legal skills have been put to good effect with considerable pro-bono advice from Minters on a range of matters.

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Paul SinclairPaul Sinclair is a community pharmacist who has owned and operated community pharmacies in Sydney and the NSW Southern Highlands for the past thirty-five years. Paul has served in a number of elected roles in industry, local government and not-for-profit engagements. These include Past President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NSW Branch, Past National Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and past board member of Asthma Foundation Qld & NSW.

Paul has had extensive dealings with both State and Commonwealth politicians and has been a strong advocate for professional services delivered via community pharmacy and for full utilisation of the pharmacist in primary health care delivery. 

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Rob StobbeRob Stobbe has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since March 2010. SA Power Networks is the privatised electricity distribution business in South Australia owned by Power Assets Holdings Ltd, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd and Spark Infrastructure. He has over 30 years experience in the infrastructure sector having held senior management positions in the electricity, water, gas, rail and telecommunications sectors both in Australia and overseas.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting, is a fellow of CPA Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rob is Chair of Asthma Foundation SA and a Board member of Business SA, Energy Networks Association, Asthma Australia, Operation Flinders Foundation and the James Brown Memorial Trust. He is also a member of the Chiefs for Gender Equity in South Australia.

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Nick ThorntonNicholas Thornton  - in my role as Director of the Lauriston Institute and HR Manager(Teaching) at Lauriston Girls’ School, I ensure that the recruitment, wellbeing, recognition and ongoing professional learning of teaching staff and teacher assistants is at the highest level. This enables the school to work toward the best educational outcomes for students.

Before starting with Lauriston, I worked as the CEO of a leadership training organization, was a Regional Director and Principal in the government education service and General Manager of disability services for SCOPE. I am also an experienced teacher of Accounting, Legal Studies and Economics in several secondary schools. I continue to maintain my CPA status and have tutored in Accounting at Deakin University.

My external consultancy has been across leadership training, performance management, association governance and financial accountability, both in Australia and oversees. As well as sitting on the Asthma Australia board, I also serve on the board at Diving Victoria. I continue to do outside consultancy work and network with various organisations to maintain a big picture view on how Lauriston can best succeed in a continually changing educational environment. 



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