Meet our board of directors
Gyl is an IT executive who has many years of experience as a senior manager in Australia and the UK. She has been recognised for her ability to drive innovation, in the way services are both delivered and used.
Over a period of more than 10 years with Queensland Police Service, Gyl built an award-winning capability that helped drive a transformation in the way Police use technology to fight crime and protect public safety.
Before that, she was extensively involved in a series of nationally-driven Modernising Government initiatives designed to improve the quality of Scotland’s public services.
Gyl has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as having many years of experience in corporate governance and in managing stakeholder relationships across government and the private sector.
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.
Michelle is a Chartered Accountant with extensive accounting and taxation experience, specifically with small and medium business clients.
She has a keen interest in the community sector, from both fundraising and Board management perspectives, and is suitably skilled to assist Spinal Life Australia with financial matters and deliberations after joining the board in mid-2019.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Taxation degree from University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute.
Del has spent 40 years in public and private education, with roles ranging from teaching, management, curriculum and professional development to marketing, consulting and regulatory compliance.
She used her lived experience in spinal cord injuries to take on the position of co-facilitator of Spinal Life’s Far North Queensland member network in 2012, forming links with a variety of non-government and community organisations.
Professor Phillip Morris
Phillip has an extensive 40-year history in research, particularly focused on biology and human molecular genetics, with more than 140 publications in international scientific journals. He has more than 20 years’ experience teaching in universities in Queensland and South Australia, and also brings expertise in successfully applying for grants, developing new technologies and more.
Phillip is currently a ‘retired’ Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, where he continues to mentor students and researchers. He is a passionate advocate for improving outcomes and quality of life for people with spinal cord damage, with lived experience having sustained an injury in 2005.
Gerard was appointed a Director of Spinal Life Australia in April 2019. He is also the Deputy President of Surf Lifesaving Sunshine Coast.
Previous Directorships include Colgate Palmolive PNG, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Buderim Ginger Limited, Australian Industry group and Baking Association of Queensland.
He also has extensive experience in the Australian and international consumer goods sectors, including a number of Managing Director roles.
Carol is a successful lawyer, businesswoman, award winning artist, activist, and community leader.
Carol was appointed to a casual vacancy on the board in 2020 and brings a wealth of experience and leadership. She sits on the Board of Access Arts Australia and has been the honorary solicitor for the Irish Australia Welfare Bureau.
With 18 years of lived experience with spinal cord damage, Carol is passionate about creating positive change and justice to redefine what is possible for all.