Alan Ashford has made the decision to resign from his role as Chair of the Spinal Life Australia Board as of today in completion of his 10-year term.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Pauline Davis said the organisation was very fortunate to have Alan’s knowledge and experience in guiding the organisation, including his five years as Chairman.
“We will miss his calm, thoughtful approach to his duties and the wisdom that comes from so many years as part of the organisation’s leadership,” Pauline said.
“We would like to thank him for his many years of dedication to our organisation and look forward to seeing him at future member events and activities.”
Alan is a long-active member of the Spinal Life community with more than 45 years of membership.
At last night’s Board Meeting, Deputy Chair Gyl Stacey was appointed the new Chair of the Board, while Mark Dillman accepted the role of Deputy Chair.
Mark, who has been part of the Board since 2008, has an extensive background in law and years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, working with organisations such as hospitals, aged care facilities, churches and the RSL.
Gyl has been part of the Spinal Life Board since the start of 2016 and brought with her decades of experience in the IT, law enforcement, Government and private sectors as well as her personal lived experience with spinal cord damage.
“I feel privileged to appointed as Chair of the Board, especially at a time of substantial change for Spinal Life Australia,” Gyl said.
“With the upcoming appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, our Healthy Living Centre in Cairns taking shape, expanding services to Western Australia, it’s certainly a very exciting and eventful time to be part of the organisation.”
Gyl said she had been blessed to know Alan both professionally and personally over the years.
“He has a very respectful and thoughtful set of values which you can see reflected in the Board and throughout the organisation,” she said.