Fionnuala Hannon Chair
Fiona is a long-term resident of Bunbury and am proudly committed to regional life and all that it offers. She has raised her three children in Bunbury, each of whom love the qualities of the South West. She is employed as an Environmental scientist with a consulting firm and her work enables her to influence the way our natural environment is managed. In her spare time she plays the piano for choirs, musical productions, school eisteddfod performances and student exams. She is honoured to be a member and Chair of the Lishman Health Foundation Board and contributing to the health and well-being of people living throughout rural and regional Western Australia.
Trevor Jackson Vice Chair
Trevor cites his credits as an Australian Antarctic expeditioner and Bunbury business owner. Trevor is also President of the Old Grammarians Association at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. His Antarctic service came about when he was inspired by hearing Dr Lishman speak at a Speech Night ceremony. Trevor brings a wealth of practical experience to the Board in addition to a big picture vision and a ‘can do’ attitude.
Peter Wright Treasurer
Peter Wright has been back in Bunbury for nearly 30 years after being born here and then moving away as a youngster. He lives in Dalyellup with a wife and a 21 year old son. Peter has 4 other children who have given him six grandchildren. Peter has opened and run three different café/restaurants in Bunbury. He has been Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce in Bunbury in the late 1990s and then Secretary until 2013. He currently own and operates Bookkeeping Plus, a business created in 2000.
Bill Cowan Secretary
When he retired Bill was an Executive Director, CFO and Country Manager for AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited. Prior to this he was CFO and Company Secretary of Worsley Alumina Pty for over 16 years. He holds degrees in Economics and Finance and is an FCPA and FAICD. He has graduated with diplomas from the AICD Company Directors Course and also the Advanced Program ’Mastering the Boardroom’. He has held a number of directorships in public companies and in community service and not-for-profit organisations. Bill believes membership on the Lishman Health Foundation Board is an effective way of working toward improved health care in regional and rural Australia.
Brenda Murrison Member
Brenda is a local GP with an interest in medical education, her motto is that “prevention is better than cure”. She believes that the Lishman Health Foundations focus on research will have long term health benefits for residents of the South West. Brenda is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Heyworth Member
A consultant in Bunbury for 12 years, in both private and public practice, Peter practises general ophthalmology as well as having a sub-specialty interest in oculo-facial plastic surgery. Peter is able to advise the Board of the Foundation on current issues in regional health and clinical practice. Peter is a former President and current active member of Bunbury Rotary Club from 2001 – present, and President of the Bunbury Aero Club from 2011 – present.
Margaret Paterson Member
Margaret has a background in education, community relations and information services, with a special passion for health science. A long-time supporter of community organisations, Margaret has experience on boards at regional, state and national level. Holding Dr Val Lishman in particularly high regard, she is delighted to be part of the VLHRF board where she enjoys working with like-minded people to facilitate health research with direct and significant benefits for the people of the South West.
Jane Whiddon Member
As a former Australian Trade Commissioner, Jane has spent many years living and working overseas supporting Australian companies. Based in Perth for the last seven years, Jane has focused on council, committee and board positions predominantly in the health and education not-for-profit sector. As a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she brings up to date knowledge of current governance practices, risk and strategy and an understanding of a director’s duties and responsibilities. In honour of her father and the wonderful efforts of all the volunteers, Jane’s goal is to assist the Foundation achieve its key objectives.
Dianne Ritson Member
With a health science, medical education and management background, Dianne Ritson has held leadership roles in health and disability across government and non- government sectors. As a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors she recognises the principles of good governance and strategy leadership in guiding the direction of the Foundation. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, she is keenly interested in the significance of research in developing evidence-based policy and practice in health care. Having grown up in a rural area, she has recently moved to the South West, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation’s focus on improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas.