Our Board

The Board of the Stroke Foundation is responsible for the oversight and review of the management, administration and overall governance of the Foundation. It is made up of professionals including two positions representing the interests of stroke survivors and carers, with a variety of skills and expertise who support the Foundation’s mission to prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Clinical Council

The Stroke Foundation Clinical Council brings together Australia’s leading clinicians, academics and researchers in the area of stroke. The Clinical Council’s role is to provide advice and technical support and be a credible clinical and technical voice to the Board and the work of the Stroke Foundation.

The Clinical Council is responsible for providing advice and clinical input for: clinical guidelines, strategy, clinical audit, public health and policy documents, Stroke Foundation publications (e.g. Fact sheets, brochures), presentations, and publications in peer reviewed journals and questions received from the general public and media.

The Health Promotion Advisory Sub-Committee acts within the authority of, and assists the Clinical Council to provide advice on health promotion policy, resources and program activity for the foreseeable future.

Consumer Council

The Stroke Foundation Consumer Council is a board sub-committee that represents the interests and viewpoints of stroke survivors and carers in Australia and increases the capacity of the Foundation to influence debate, policy and service delivery. The council comprises of members who represent stroke survivors and carers across the community.

The Consumer Council is responsible for: providing advice and input into consumer issues relating to strategy, policy, campaigns, program development and evaluation, and consumer input into Stroke Foundation publications (eg fact sheets, brochures), presentations and publications in peer reviewed journals.

Research Advisory Committee

The Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee is a board sub-committee that advises on the strategy underpinning the Research Program and advises on activities arising from the implementation of the program, reviews submissions for grants for the Stroke Foundation Research Program, and advises on requests for Stroke Foundation participation or endorsement of external research programs and projects including partnership grants.

The Research Advisory Committee is comprised of experienced researchers with an established track record in research on stroke and/or related fields, along with one consumer and one carer representative.

Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee

Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the Board. The Committee assists the Board in discharging its fiduciary and governance responsibilities in relation to management of the organisation’s audit, finance, risk management and investment activities and compliance with statutory and regulatory reporting requirements.

The Committee monitors and reviews financial and investment activities, and the effectiveness of the control environment in the areas of operational and balance sheet risk, legal/regulatory compliance, financial reporting and financial management procedures.

Endowment Fund Management Committee

The Stroke Foundation Endowment Fund Management Committee is a sub-committee of the Board.

The Management Committee, in collaboration with the Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee, assists the Board in discharging its fiduciary and governance responsibilities in relation to the management of an Endowment Fund to support the Stroke Foundation’s long term objectives:

  • to encourage, stimulate and support research in branches of health and medical science pertaining to stroke and diseases and other disorders of the nervous system;
  • to improve the health, treatment and recovery of people affected by stroke; and
  • to raise awareness of the risk factors of stroke and the prevention of stroke.

Governance and Nominations Committee

The Governance and Nominations Committee (GNC) is a sub-committee of the Board that has responsibility for monitoring the systems and processes to achieve an appropriate culture and ethical standards consistent with Stroke Foundation’s purpose and values.

The GNC reviews the way the Board and its committees work monitoring their respective terms of reference and evaluation practice and reviews Board candidates and makes recommendations to the Board for appointment or reappointment for a further term.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the GNC ensures that good corporate governance practices are in place and that the Board has the appropriate composition to fulfil its duties in accordance with the Stroke Foundation Constitution and Board Charter.

Our Executive

Stroke Foundation is led in its mission to prevent, treat and beat stroke by Chief Executive Officer Ms Sharon McGowan.

The Executive Team, comprised of the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Directors, is the primary executive decision-making group of the Stroke Foundation and is accountable to the Stroke Foundation Board for delivery of its strategic objectives.

The Executive Team is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational management to ensure organisation-wide success.



David Brownbill AM
Sir Gustav Nossal AC
Lady Southey AC


the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (RETD)


Patron in Chief

Patron in Chief
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)



Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Pitcher Partners

Our achievements and financial position are detailed in our Annual Reviews.

Charity Registration

We are a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

ABN 420 061 733 79