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Our board and leadership team

As outlined in our Constitution we are governed by a Board of Directors elected by members.

Meet our directors

Alan Ashford

Chairman

A member of Spinal Injuries Australia for more than 45 years, Alan is retired after 40 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.

Alan Ashford

Richard Boys

Deputy Chairman

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.

Richard 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 and has extensive experience in the areas of financial management, corporate governance and government relations.

Richard Boys

David Riley

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.

David Riley

Peter Hall

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.

Peter Hall

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.

Mark Dillman

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.

Des Ryan

Dr 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 a Masters in Public Administration (UQ) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics (U.Syd) and has served on boards in the defence and education sectors.

Amanda Olsson

Meet our senior leadership team

Frances Porter

General Manager, Member and Client Services

After beginning her nursing career in a Brisbane hospital’s spinal unit, Frances decided to move into a community-based job, which is how she began work with Spinal Injuries Australia in 1988.

Frances oversees four services within the organisation: the Spinal Allied Health Service, Employment Options, Peer Support and the Information Service. Frances describes the client relationships and the positive and supportive culture of the organisation as the best things about her job.

Frances Porter

Paula Holden

General Manager, People, Learning and Culture

As an experienced HR Professional, Paula has developed her career in a variety of industries in both the public and private sector. Before joining Spinal Injuries Australia, Paula has worked in many facets of HR, across a diverse range of sectors including mining, not-for-profit, consulting and manufacturing.

Concurrently with her role as General Manager, she also holds Office as State Council Member on the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). In her General Manager role, Paula leads the team that oversees the areas of HR, Recruitment, Safety, and Learning and Development at the organisation.

Paula remains dedicated to best practice and sound leadership of people which contributes to optimal performance of the greater business.

Paul Holden

Pauline Davis

General Manager, Personal Support and Home Care Services

Pauline has extensive experience in human service delivery agencies including child safety, youth justice and most recently disability services. Most recently, Pauline has managed her own consulting business and undertaken work for government and non-government agencies.

Pauline has had significant experience in implementing major change agendas and in guiding and managing staff through difficult organisational change processes. Pauline has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland.

Pauline Davis

John Mayo

General Manager, Community Development

An experienced marketing and media practitioner for 30 years, John joined Spinal Injuries Australia in 1994, advocating for services for people with a spinal cord injury and their families by seeking to work cooperatively with government, business and the community.

John leads the organisation’s Inclusive Communities program aimed at maximising the social and economic performance of venues and regions.
He is also involved in project consultancy and training about equity and access issues, and is a Queensland Government nominee and recipient of the UN International Year of the Built Environment Award 2004.

John Mayo

Jo McLaren

General Manager, Finance and Quality

Jo joined Spinal Injuries Australia in 2005 as an experienced Accountant from the not-for-profit sector. Having worked in both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, she prefers to apply her skills in an altruistic environment.

Jo was subsequently appointed to the position of Finance Manager before being appointed General Manager Finance and Quality. Jo is committed to quality principles and the pursuit of business excellence across the organisation.

She has a Bachelor of Business (Major in Professional Accounting) and is a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Jo McLaren

Mark Hosking

General Manager, Commercial Opportunities

Mark has a broad commercial background incorporating senior management roles in public companies, privately-owned enterprises, government and semi-government organisations as well as in consulting.

He comes to Spinal Injuries Australia with a successful record in developing new markets both in Australia and overseas, guiding companies through growth phases and enhancing asset values. He is a CPA and also a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Until recently, Mark was Group General Manager of the family-owned Longhurst Group – a substantial set of businesses operating in the retail, property, accommodation and marine industries. His role is to develop existing commercial business activities and identify and establish new business ventures, leading to commercial returns for the organisation.

Mark Hosking

Liliana Montague

General Manager, Marketing and Fundraising

Liliana Montague was appointed General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising in June 2014. Her former positions include National Marketing Manager for Endeavour Foundation; Executive Director for the Departments of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Premier and Cabinet; Chief Executive Officer of Surfers Paradise Alliance; Director of Marketing City/Fortitude Valley for Brisbane Marketing; General Manager of Brisbane City Heart Business Association: Retail and Marketing Manager for CB Richard Ellis; Marketing Manager of Wintergarden Shopping Centre; Divisional Accountant for Kern Corporation Ltd and an accountant with Ernst and Young.

Liliana has qualifications in marketing, accounting, music and languages and has been awarded international and national awards for marketing initiatives and campaigns.

Liliana Montague

Graeme Kerkin

Regional Manager, North Queensland

Graeme Kerkin has worked in the Human Services area both in State Government and the not-for-profit sector, in services that have included Youth, Families and Homelessness and Disability programs.

For the past six years Graeme has worked in a management role within the Disability Services area in South Australia, most recently as General Manager – Client Services and primarily in services that provide support to people who have a physical and intellectual disability, in the areas of supported accommodation, day options, in-home support, supported employment and recreational activities.

Graeme Kerkin