Meet the Board of Directors

Spinal Injuries Australia is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the members of the organisations. In 2014, our Board Directors are:

David Riley
Chairman

With a degree in Human Movement Studies (Education), David lectured at TAFE College in Anatomy, Physiology, Health, Nutrition and Fitness Leadership. He has significant committee experience as a past president and life member of the Queensland Fitness and Health Association. David was also the Senior Consultant at the International Business Unit of TAFE Queensland.

alan-ashfordAlan Ashford
Deputy Chairman

A member of Spinal Injuries Australia for more than 40 years, Alan now works only part-time after 38 years in the government-owned electricity supply industry. Alan has a Bachelor of Science and has had various roles in IT from computer programmer to business analyst. He is particularly interested in access issues and community attitudes to disability.

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Peter has 30 years’ experience in senior executive positions in the public and private sectors. Peter has served on both company and advisory boards for 20 years and has an Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Management and Certificate in Building.

Richard Boys

Richard is a management consultant and former Chief Financial Officer of CS Energy Limited, a Queensland Government Owned Corporation and major provider of electricity to the national electricity market.

He has over 30 years of experience in senior management roles in the energy, mining and resource sectors and has been a director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee of Spinal Injuries Australia since 2007.

He is a director of the Australian Institute of Management (Qld and NT) and is also Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master of Business Administration. He has extensive experience in the areas of financial management, corporate governance and Government relations.

Des Ryan

Des was elected to Spinal Injuries Australia’s Board of Directors in 1995, becoming Vice President in 1996 and President from 1999 until early 2007. After completing an Associate Diploma Information Technology in 1995, Des has focused on employment services in Central Queensland. He was a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2000.

Mark Dillman

Mark has an extensive background in law and is a Principal at Macpherson+Kelley Lawyers where he practices primarily in commercial litigation and commercial advisory work.

Mark also has experience in advising the not-for-profit sector and in particular, churches, church and community owned hospitals and aged care facilities and the RSL.

He has been a member of the Board of the Wesley Hospital, served on its Finance Committee, and has served on the Ethics Committee for Blue Care. He retired from the Board of St Aidan’s School Council at the end of 2011 after seven years’ service, with the last period spent as its Chair. During that time Mark also served on the school’s finance committee and risk committee.

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Karen is a well-qualified business executive with expertise in the areas of agribusiness, property development and banking/ finance/accounting, having worked on projects with all levels of government, corporate advisers and industry bodies.

Karen’s community and voluntary work has focused on the health and education of women, particularly  rural and indigenous women and girls, through mentoring programs, educational seminars and sport/recreation programs.

In 2006, Karen was one of 80 people under the age of 40 to have been chosen to attend the Australian Future Directions Forum, which was supported by the Prime Minister and the Chairmen of six major public companies.

Amanda Website EditedDr Amanda Olsson

Amanda is an experienced communications and marketing professional with expertise in political and corporate arenas. She has extensive international experience across a number of markets including Australia, Hong Kong and Jersey.

She has a successful track record of initiating brand building strategies across a range of internal and external communications platforms – social media marketing, advertising, editorial, corporate social responsibility and other strategic communications led business solutions.

She has excellent academic qualifications – Masters in Public Administration (UQ) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics (U.Syd) and has served on boards in the defence and education sectors.