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Asthma WA Board Members


Mr Tony Carter

Appointed as Board Member to the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia in October 2011; this follows on from 6 years on the Board and as Chairman of BIZLINK - a not for profit organisation focused on gaining and supporting those with a disability in full employment. As an asthmatic Tony has a keen interest in the Asthma Foundation's goal of finding a solution for this debilitating disease that impacts the quality of life for so many Australians.

Vice President

Mr Cathal Smith

Cathal is a lawyer who has worked in various overseas jurisdictions. In recent years, Cathal has been involved in various pro bono activities including the Princes Trust (London), the Australian Business and Community Network and the Asthma Foundation of WA since 2008, offering his expertise on other committees.


Mr Spencer Broad

Spencer Broad is a Director of South Perth based accounting and financial advisory firm, Acute Business Services. He advises clients in many industries including mining, transport, property, manufacturing and civil contracting. Mr Broad specialises in corporate and domestic taxation, business services and financial consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants IPA). Mr Broad is also a Director of numerous private companies. Spencer joined the Asthma Foundation WA as Board member in October 2011

Board Members

Mr Warren Campbell

Warren Campbell has been working in the Marketing and Advertising industry for a total of 16 years. Warren’s relationship with his current employer, Creative ADM - Perth’s Premium Mid-Sized Agency began in early 2002, and re-commenced in 2010 after 2 years as National Marketing Manager for the Aspen Group. Work matters aside - Warren’s love is for his family and friends – and he also enjoys surfing and the occasional round of golf. Warren joined the Board in 2008.

Mr David McKenna

David is a partner of the firm Mills Oakley, a leading national law firm in Australia. He has a B. Juris and LLB and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1980. He practiced initially as a solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission for seven years and since 1987 has practiced solely in the area of insurance litigation. He has a wide breadth of experience in that field and has regularly appeared in the workers’ compensation jurisdiction, District, Supreme and Federal Courts and the High Court. He has been involved in a number of significant landmark cases in Western Australia involving local council liability and asbestos litigation. He currently practices in the area of property, transport, liability, asbestos litigation and professional indemnity insurance. David is the immediate past National President of the Insurance Law Association, and has been a member of that association since 1987 and a member of the board since 1997, holding the positions of Secretary and Vice President before being elected National President.

Ms Lisa Viska

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. During this time she has worked as an educational counsellor, a university lecturer and as a private practitioner. She has devoted a substantial part of her career to developing and delivering a range of psychological and educational training packages across a broad range of areas. Lisa is also the mother of four children and loves being involved with her family, her friends and the local community. Lisa joined the Board in December 2009.

Dr Lydia Kilcullen

Dr Lydia Kilcullen is an Assistant Professor in Accounting and Associate Director of Accreditation at the UWA Business School. Lydia joined UWA following a number of years with the Chartered Accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. During this time, Lydia worked in Perth, New York and London and focused on providing financial and management consulting services in support of dispute resolution, litigation and corporate recovery matters. Lydia's other professional work experience includes two years as the Chief Financial Accountant at Edith Cowan University, responsible for financial reporting, asset management and financial policies and procedures. In addition to her appointment at UWA, Lydia has consulted to the Australian Accounting Standards Board in the area of service performance reporting by private sector Not for Profit entities. In 2011, Lydia completed a PhD at UWA. The focus of this research was external financial reporting by Not for Profit entities. In 2000, Lydia completed an MBA (Advanced) also from UWA and in 1989 a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University. She is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lydia's current research is focused on two areas. The first is external financial reporting by private sector Not for Profit entities. The second area explores how entities can measure and report on the social impact of activities, programs and ventures. Lydia joined the Board in October 2013.

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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.  

Board Member

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.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

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. 

Board Member

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.

Board Member

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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