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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.

  • Linda

    Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

    BN, MN, PhD, FAICD, FTSE

    President

    Professor Kristjanson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.  She is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Professor Kristjanson is Non-Executive Director of Seek Ltd., Skalata Ventures…

    Professor Kristjanson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.  She is Chair of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Professor Kristjanson is Non-Executive Director of Seek Ltd., Skalata Ventures Ltd., Education Australia Ltd., and Global Citizen Ltd.  She is a member of the Australian Council for International Education.

    Professor Kristjanson served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology from 2011, retiring in August 2020. In 2002, Linda was named Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health and science.  Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, acknowledged for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, and contributions to cancer research, palliative care and to women. 

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  • Amanda Thrift

    Professor Amanda Thrift

    BSc (Hons), PhD, PGDipBiostat

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Research and Chair of Research Advisory Committee

    Professor Thrift is Head of Stroke and Ageing Research and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. She is a past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia and sits on numerous national and international advisory groups. Professor Thrift gained her PhD from Monash University in…
    Professor Thrift is Head of Stroke and Ageing Research and Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. She is a past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia and sits on numerous national and international advisory groups.

    Professor Thrift gained her PhD from Monash University in 1995 in epidemiology in the study of risk factors for intracerebral haemorrhage. She has considerable research expertise in the epidemiology of stroke, having led the influential North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS). This study has provided much of the evidence base for policy decisions around stroke in Australia. Her current portfolio of research include NHMRC funded studies of implementation of secondary prevention of stroke and vascular disease in Australia, and studies of causal factors for vascular disease and hypertension in low and middle income countries. In 2017, she was recognised for her work via receipt of the Excellence in Stroke Award, the highest honour awarded by the Stroke Society of Australasia. 
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  • Mr Andrew Matthews

    Mr Andrew Matthews

    FIAA, BCom, MSOD, GAICD

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Consumers and Chair of the Endowment Fund Management Committee

    Mr. Andrew Matthews is a Principal and Actuary at Finity Consulting, and an Associate Professor at Monash Business School. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services in roles including: as Chief Actuary at Medibank Private, a Partner at Ernst & Young, in…
    Mr. Andrew Matthews is a Principal and Actuary at Finity Consulting, and an Associate Professor at Monash Business School. He has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services in roles including: as Chief Actuary at Medibank Private, a Partner at Ernst & Young, in a range of leadership roles in actuarial practice across the insurance industry.

    Mr Matthews is a stroke survivor after experiencing a stroke in 2016 and benefitting from the support of the Stroke Foundation.

    Mr Matthews holds a BCom from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science (Organizational Development) from Pepperdine University in California, and Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia. Mr Matthews is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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  • Bruce Campbell

    Professor Bruce Campbell

    MBBS(Hons), BMedSc, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Clinicians and Chair of Clinical Council

    Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a professorial research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne. Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy…
    Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a professorial research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne.

    Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Campbell’s main research interests include imaging and emergency treatment of stroke, including randomised controlled trials of new treatments. 
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  • Chris Nunn

    Mr Chris Nunn

    BSc(Econ) Hons, CA, GAICD

    Vice-President, Non-executive Director and Chair of Audit, Finance, Investment & Risk Committee

    Mr Chris Nunn recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at Redbubble Limited, an ASX listed online marketplace but he remains a non-executive director of fund manager, Impact Funds Management Pty Ltd. Chris has held a number of senior finance executive roles for more than 25…
    Mr Chris Nunn recently retired as Chief Financial Officer at Redbubble Limited, an ASX listed online marketplace but he remains a non-executive director of fund manager, Impact Funds Management Pty Ltd. Chris has held a number of senior finance executive roles for more than 25 years in mostly ASX-listed organisations in investment banking, equities and property funds management, transport and online marketplace businesses.

    In addition to the financial responsibilities, Mr Nunn has also held responsibility for risk management, compliance, internal/external audit, client administration, IT and human resources. He also holds a qualification in investment advice with a Graduate Diploma in Investment Management through FinSIA. Mr Nunn has particularly strong hands-on experience in the areas of finance, risk, audit, governance and investment, mainly in the corporate environment.

    Mr Nunn holds a BSc (Econ) with Hons from Loughborough University, UK and trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), migrating to Melbourne in 1986. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
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  • Ms Janice Thomas

    MAICD

    Non-executive Director

    Ms Janice Thomas is an Executive & Board Member with 20+ years’ success at the forefront of advancement and engagement strategies in Secondary and Higher Education. She pioneered sustainable funding streams and built new collaborative cross-sector partnerships central to delivering the Teaching, Learning and Research…
    Ms Janice Thomas is an Executive & Board Member with 20+ years’ success at the forefront of advancement and engagement strategies in Secondary and Higher Education. She pioneered sustainable funding streams and built new collaborative cross-sector partnerships central to delivering the Teaching, Learning and Research agendas of some of Australia’s most iconic institutions.

    Founding her career in education in fighting for the continued provision of K-12 schooling in the community of Bendigo, she built a reputation for transformational leadership with a succession of appointments to roles involving ground-up functional establishment and key strategic contributions.

    Ms Thomas is the Director of Hamilton’s Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. She has held senior roles in the tertiary education sector including: as Inaugural Director of Development at the University of Western Sydney, Senior Director, Advancement & Communications and Senior Director of Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

    An active not-for-profit and NGO Board Member & Advisor, she holds expertise across the ecosystem of fundraising, marketing, communications, external relations, community, philanthropic and corporate engagement. In addition, she brings transferable skills in government relations, multi-party stakeholder management and governance. 
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  • Jeniffer Muller

    Ms Jennifer Muller PSM

    MAICD, Dip Rad (Diag), Grad Dip Hlth Ed, MEnv&ComHealth

    Non-executive Director representing interests of Consumers and Chair of Consumer Council

    Ms Jennifer Muller has a lived experience of stroke and has been a consumer advocate for stroke survivors on various state and national committees over the last five years. She also brings to the Board her experience and knowledge of public health, health systems and…
    Ms Jennifer Muller has a lived experience of stroke and has been a consumer advocate for stroke survivors on various state and national committees over the last five years. She also brings to the Board her experience and knowledge of public health, health systems and strategic planning and held the position of Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology for six years.

    Prior to her current role, Ms Muller was a Senior Executive in Queensland Health and led the development and implementation of the state-wide cancer screening services BreastScreen Queensland, the Cervical and Bowel Cancer Screening Programs including; establishing information systems, state level clinical quality registers and ensuring equitable access to services for people in rural and remote areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from diverse cultures and disadvantaged groups.

    Ms Muller holds a Master of Environmental and Community Health from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma of Health Education from Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma of Radiography (Diagnostic) from NSW University of Technology and is the recipient of an Australian Public Service Medal Honours Award and an Australia Day Achievement Medallion. 
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  • Karen Vernon

    Ms Karen Vernon

    BA (Hons), LLB, GAICD, FGIA

    Non-executive Director and Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee

    Ms Karen Vernon is a barrister practising in Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1990) and a Bachelor of Laws (1994) from the University of WA. Ms Vernon has practiced law for almost 25 years, beginning her career at national law firm…
    Ms Karen Vernon is a barrister practising in Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1990) and a Bachelor of Laws (1994) from the University of WA.

    Ms Vernon has practiced law for almost 25 years, beginning her career at national law firm Phillips Fox in 1994. She was a partner in a law firm for 6 years before working in London between 2003 and 2004, but returned to Perth when her father suffered a stroke. Upon her return to Perth, Ms Vernon worked as a prosecutor with the Commonwealth DPP prior to commencing practice as a barrister in 2005.

    Ms Vernon is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Ms Vernon has held various company director and board positions over the last 15 years, including WA Bar Chambers Ltd, Vincentcare Advisory Board WA, and the Chair of the Homelessness and Mental Health Services Committee of the Society of St Vincent de Paul WA. In 2017 she was elected to local government as a councillor in the Town of Victoria Park, and is also a councillor on the Mindarie Regional Council. In 2018 she was appointed to the State Operations Committee of the Society of St Vincent de Paul WA. In 2019 Ms Vernon was elected Mayor of the Town of Victoria Park. 
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  • Sally Bateman

    Ms Sally Bateman

    BA (Public Relations), Grad Dip Psych, GAICD

    Non-executive Director

    Sally Bateman is the Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Australia, one of the country’s most inspirational charities for children. A former Senior Publishing Executive, Sally was Penguin Random House’s inaugural Asia Pacific Director of Marketing, Publicity and Digital following the international merger of Penguin and…
    Sally Bateman is the Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Australia, one of the country’s most inspirational charities for children.

    A former Senior Publishing Executive, Sally was Penguin Random House’s inaugural Asia Pacific Director of Marketing, Publicity and Digital following the international merger of Penguin and Random House. Previously, she spent 17 years with Penguin Australia where she lead Marketing & Digital strategy during a decade of disruption.

    Sally is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. 
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  • Mr Matthew Oakey

    BCom CPA

    Company Secretary

    Mr Matthew Oakey is Partner, Business and Private Client Advisory at ShineWing Australia Pty Ltd.
     

Stroke Foundation welcomed Professor Linda Kristjanson AO as our newly elected President on 5 May 2021.

Professor James Angus AO retired on 5 May after seven years as a Director, and six years as President. Professor Angus has been formally farewelled and honoured for his tremendous contribution to the Stroke Foundation and to the advancement of our mission.