|Kylie Fryer||Deputy Chair|
|Pip Brennan||Executive Director|
Board Member Biographies
Cheryl Holland | Chair
Cheryl has been a member of the HCC Board since September 2013. She has also served as Treasurer, Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Board. Cheryl’s experiences are in both not-for-profit and commercial organisations and include various industries. Her not-for-profit experiences include leading an organisation that provides services to children challenged with disability and their families/carers in a Senior Manager role and as Donor Services Manager – WA/NT for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She is passionate about customer service and engaging with consumers/patients to achieve better health outcomes. She is particularly concerned about inclusiveness and disability access in our community. These not-for-profit experiences, along with her business opportunities, enable Cheryl to more effectively participate in a governance role. Cheryl’s work experience and graduate business education allow her to understand the issues facing the HCC and health consumers and their potential impact on the organisation or our community.
Kylie Fryer | Deputy Chair
Over the last six years, Kylie Fryer has been an active member of HCC and has participated in consultation events and collaborated on relevant issues including the implementation of the Mental Health Act 2014. Kylie has also completed the HCC Consumer Representative Training program and has built on these skills by merging participation training, professional skills and her lived experience as a consumer and family member caring for people with mental ill health and developmental disability. Professionally, Kylie works as an evaluator, project officer and bookkeeper specialising in the mental health sector. With her appointment as an Independent Quality Evaluator with the Mental Health Commission WA she has developed in-depth knowledge of the National Standards for Mental Health Services 2010 and governance requirements for the health sector. Her evaluation skills, finance experience and knowledge of legislation for health and mental health are in line with the priorities and direction of HCC.
Tom Benson | Secretary
Having survived a serious Cerebrovascular Accident (stroke), Motor Vehicle Accident and all the connected problems of having to use the health system to get back to life, Tom found himself becoming interested in how the system works. He went from someone who saw a GP once or twice a year to a consumer on first name terms with his doctor, navigating his way through the minefield of the Health system and used almost all branches of the medical service. He has been involved in setting up stroke support groups, working with NGO’s. In terms of consumer representation, he is the Deputy Chair on the Osborne Park Hospital CAC, and has held positions on North Metropolitan Health Service CAC, as well as various committees. Tom has also attended and participated in a variety of Health related forums as a consumer advocate for people with chronic conditions. He is currently part of the interview panel for new student applicants to the UWA School of Medicine and Dentistry. Tom has been on HCC Board for the last three years. During Tom’s working life he has been an Associate member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators. His main interests are Stroke, Neurology, and consumer advocacy.
Marlon Fernando | Treasurer
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.
Tony Addiscott | Member
A brain cancer survivor, Tony has been active in health consumerism since 2009. He joined the HCC in 2010 and was elected to the board in 2012. He is a director of CanSpeak Australia and a member of both the Human Research Ethics Committee at Silver Chain and the WA Cancer Survivorship Collaborative. He is the consumer representative on the Safety & Quality Committee at Bethesda Hospital and also on the Quality & Risk Committee at Mount Hospital where he is also Chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee. Previous roles include Chair of the Brain Tumour Association of WA and Cancer Voices WA as well as national board member of Cancer Voices Australia. Tony was a consumer contributor to Cancer Australia’s 2011‘National Framework for Consumer Involvement in Cancer Control’ and was a speaker at the Melbourne and Perth COSA ASMs in 2012 and 2013. Tony is currently the HCC Treasurer and has completed his first three years as a Board member.
Laura Colvin | Board Member
Laura joins the HCC Board with over 25 years experience in health sector leadership, in both the public and private sectors.
She believes in the power of consumer involvement and feedback to influence and advocate for innovative change. Laura is passionate about consumer engagement and informed choice to help achieve positive experiences and better health outcomes.
Laura has executive experience in developing and implementing initiatives relating to culture, strategy, performance and stakeholder engagement, all of which will enable her to effectively contribute to governance of the HCC.
She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with acute sector experience including executive management of contracted community services in areas of melanoma and drug and alcohol withdrawal. She has been a member of the School of Nursing Advisory Boards for both Curtin and Notre Dame Universities.
Claire Langdon | Board Member
Dr. Claire Langdon has experienced first-hand the challenges associated with being a health consumer. She found being ‘The Daughter’ of elderly parents and in-laws required navigation and negotiation with a system that on occasion was opaque, fragmented and inequitable. Her observation was, if she as a health professional with an understanding of the system found it difficult to navigate, there should be work to improve the communication and partnerships between health professionals and consumers.
Claire brings to the HCC an extensive clinical and research background. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Managers, a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Churchill Fellow. She is an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Western Australia.
Claire was involved in developing the West Australian Department of Health’s 10-Year Strategic Workforce Plan, is a member of the Clinical Reference Group of the 2017 WA Sustainable Health Review and is an external member to the Board of Speciality Training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Lee Griffiths | Board Member
Lee Griffiths joined the board of HCC in 2017.
Lee brings with him a wealth of experience is community and stakeholder much of Lee’s career has involved working collaboratively with community members living in the most deprived areas of the UK. Much of this work have involved working with local politicians to ensure citizens are actively involved in political decision making.
Lee has a strong commitment to the not for profit sector having established a social enterprise tackling health inequalities as well as holding a board position for Oblong, a local community owned community development charity. As well as holding the position of Chair for No Going Back, which provides legal advice and representation to members of the LGBTIQ community facing persecution in their home country.