Our Board - The Board of the Stroke Foundation is ultimately 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 for stroke survivors, with a variety of skills and expertise who support the Foundation’s mission to stop stroke.

Clinical Council – The Stroke Foundation Clinical Council brings together Australia’s leading clinicians, academics and researchers in the area of stroke. The Council guides the Foundation in its policy, service delivery and provides ongoing advice.

Consumer Council – The Stroke Foundation Consumer Council is a board subcommittee that represents the interests and viewpoints of stroke survivors and carers in Australia and increase 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.

Research Advisory Committee – The Stroke Foundation Research Advisory Committee is a board subcommittee 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.

Our Executive – Stroke Foundation is led in its mission to stop stroke, save lives and end suffering by Chief Executive Officer Ms Sharon McGowan.

Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the Board. The Audit, Finance, Investment and Risk Committee has responsibility to monitor and review the financial and investment activities and to monitor the effectiveness of the control environment in the areas of operational and balance sheet risk, legal/regulatory compliance, financial reporting and financial management procedures. 

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. In addition, 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. 


Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)


David Brownbill AM
Sir Gustav Nossal AC
Lady Southey AC


Corrs Chambers Westgarth

RSM Bird Cameron

Annual Reviews
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

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