Current Board Members
Our 2018 AGM was held on 21/11/2018 with Scrutineer John Bouffler of Community Employers WA volunteering his time to oversee the count of votes. There were five nominations for four positions, and the new list of Board members appears below. At the first Board Meeting in December the offices were confirmed.
|Richard Brightwell||Deputy Chair|
|Pip Brennan||Executive Director (ex-officio)|
Board Member Biographies
Mallika Macleod | Chair
Mallika Macleod is currently the Manager of Participation, Arts, and Health at DADAA across the Lancelin and Midland hubs. She has spent many years on non-government and not for profit boards at state and national level as a ‘young’ professional. Board Positions have included Arts Access Australia (as Board member and Chair), People with Disabilities (Treasurer) DADAA (Board member). She has also served on the Disability Services Commission, Senses Foundation, Physical Disability Council Australia and the Quadcentre Board. She has a strong belief in good governance that supports the operations, through the CEO, to uphold the vision and mission. She is deeply concerned about the sustainability of a peak advocacy body that will fight for the rights of her fellow citizens as they wade through the health system in WA throughout their lives. She believes that human rights, and contemporary practice must be part of the dialogue at all levels, and independent advocacy bodies are a key strategy in ensuring that health services are held to account.
Richard Brightwell | Deputy Chair
Dr Richard Brightwell joined HCC Board in 2018. He represents the interests of Australian healthcare consumers working to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems.
Richard has a passion for paramedical sciences and the role paramedics play in Australian health care. He is retired from the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where he previously developed Paramedical Science Degrees. He was Vice President and a Board Member of Paramedics Australasia (PA) and Chaired the Australasian College of Paramedicine; as well as holding representative positions on many other national paramedic and consumer organisations.
Rebecca Carbone | Secretary
Rebecca Carbone brings a very unique perspective as a consumer, a woman with a disability that lives with chronic illnesses, a younger adult with an acquired brain injury that is commonly associated with the elderly, the cultural experience of as a child of Southern European migrants, and a volunteer in the health sector. In November 2014, surgery to partially resect a tumour located in her Cerebellum/Brain Stem was followed by a massive brain haemorrhage that evening. She was left with Locked In Syndrome and a dire prognosis was dire, assessed as unable to be rehabilitated. Despite the discovery of three further inoperable tumours in 2015, Rebecca has made an amazing recovery. She has spent the intervening years focusing on intensive rehabilitation and have learned to walk, see, speak, read, and write again. In 2018, she passed a driving assessment through the Independent Living Centre, and has returned to study. She currently volunteers her time speaking with clinicians at the Training Centre in Subacute Care (TRACS WA) on the importance of Goal Setting in Rehabilitation. She has also appeared in a TRACS video which is used as a training resource. She is a member of CoMHWA and the WA Peer Support Network, and is a student of the Valued Lived Experience Project run by the Faculty of Health Sciences by Curtin University.
Samantha Bradder | Treasurer
Samantha Bradder currently works at the WA Primary Health Alliance and has also held positions in local government, the mental health sector, exercise rehabilitation and job services. These experiences have provided her with the insight that there is a common thread among many consumers within the health system: they feel misunderstood, disenfranchised, unheard and, most importantly, not at the centre of that care. She believes that nothing exists in isolation and by being a part of the conversation we can impact change in the health sector and improve the patient journey. She hopes to provide a different perspective from the lens of a female millennial who has a strong interest in prevention and creating better health policies for the future. She would like to represent the experiences of consumers that are her age and help to share how this group navigates the health system. Samantha is an active committee member for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Health Engagement Network.
Nigel D’Cruz | Board Member
Nigel has had first hand experience of seeing the health industry respond to consumer needs, feedback on adverse events, and limited accountability. Nigel has served on HCC’s Board for several stints as Chair and as a Member. Nigel was a member of the Consumer and Carer Reference Member for the Sustainable Health Review. Nigel’s experiences range from policy formation, financial management, organisational restructure and government processes. Nigel has a passion for increased partnership and transparency of our health services and believes HCC has an important role to play in this.
Marlon Fernando | Board Member
Marlon was elected to the HCC board in 2017. He also serves as the Treasurer for Fremantle Multicultural Centre (FMC). He previously served as a Governing Council member of the Piara Waters Primary School and also served as the Director (Community Services) for the Rotary Club of Colombo Centennial. Marlon is a Management Accountant by training where he commenced his career at Ernst & Young (EY) and currently employed in the NFP(Health) sector as a CFO and prior to that he was involved in the Corporate Sector and counts over 23 years of professional experience both locally and overseas in a variety of industries. Marlon also holds a MBA in General Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Marlon is determined to contribute his skills and experience for the betterment of the community.
Rebecca Smith | Board Member
Rebecca Smith has extensive experience in strategic communications and leadership roles in the non-profit health sector. In her current position as Brand and Stakeholder Relations Director at SHQ (formerly Family Planning WA), she is responsible for the development and execution of the organisation’s consumer engagement framework, which was recently accredited under the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. She is committed to engaging with consumers at every step of service delivery, and placing them at the centre of all decision-making.
Rebecca’s recent successful completion of the Australian Company Director’s Course saw her develop a keen interest in promoting sound governance principles. She is looking forward to sharing her learnings as a member of the HCC Board.
Danae Watkins | Board Member
Danae Watkins has a career of over 20 years working in healthcare, speaking with doctors and health professionals every day in her work. Patient experience, healthcare marketing and education is her day to day job she has attended a number of significant Patient Experience conferences e.g. Studer Conference in the US, Cleveland Clinic PX and healthcare marketing courses in the US. By the end of 2018 she will have completed a Certificate in Patient Experience with the Beryl Institute. In 2018 she independently professionally produced a medical podcast for patient with the goal to increase health literacy. She firmly believes in the importance of empowering patients – education can lead to greater prevention of health diseases and conditions, as well as a better patient experience. She is hoping her knowledge and experience of the private health sector, public health, patient experience, education and marketing can help continue to further grow and ensure the long term financial sustainability of the HCC by sharing ideas and working hard as a board member to serve HCC and the patients of WA.