Current Management Committee Members
|Richard Brightwell||Deputy Chair|
|Pip Brennan||Executive Director (ex-officio)|
Management Committee Member Biographies
Mallika Macleod | Chair
Mallika Macleod is currently the Director of Client Services at DADAA, with over 20 years of experience on non-government and not for profit boards at state and national level. Previous roles include: Arts Access Australia (as Board member and Chair), People with Disabilities WA (Treasurer), and DADAA (Board member). She has also served on Senses Foundation, Physical Disability Council Australia, the state Quadcentre Board, and as Deputy Chair of the Disability Services Commission. 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. Mallika sustained a life changing injury as a child, and has spent three decades advocating and self-advocating for choice, control and independence at every turn; all these things can only happen when the person is at the centre and their voice, however it is delivered, is truly heard, respected, and acted upon.
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.
Ian Ludlow | Treasurer
Ian is a Chartered Accountant Fellow and following 8 years employed in public accounting practice has over 25 years of experience working at senior levels in not for profit organisations serving the community in education, youth and adult accommodation, conference centre operations, large scale property management, insurance and risk management, and mental health services.
He is currently the Executive Corporate Services with HelpingMinds Limited. He is involved in the community including volunteering with the Anglican Church for more than 30 years with experience ranging from local parish, Central Diocese, National Church, governance, large scale youth work, and service delivery, to company directorships of large and very large ($100M+) church entities. In recent years volunteering with Scouts WA as an adult member particularly supporting Cub, Scout and leading Venturers sections in his area.
Samantha Bradder | Board Member
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.
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 has successfully completed of the Australian Company Director’s Course which generated a keen interest in promoting sound governance principles. She is currently Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee and has been applying her learnings as a valued 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.
Christine Sindely | Board Member
Christine Sindely is an enthusiastic, highly accomplished senior Indigenous Australian manager with extensive experience in public communications, community and corporate engagement, relationship management, across a range of industry sectors. She currently owns and operates Waangara Marra Consulting, a 100% owned/operated advisory business providing effective and specialised Aboriginal Engagement, Workplace Diversity, effective and efficient operating advice and services to a range of clients across a range of industry sectors. She provides high-level Aboriginal Engagement outcomes to those companies and non profits who are genuinely committed to making a positive difference in how they operate.
Tina Tuira-Waldon | Board Member
Tina Tuira Waldon is currently the Chair of the Rockingham/Peel Group Consumer Advisory Committee. Her community work includes creating fitness programs for young people impacted by overweight and obesity, educating members about healthy eating plans and exercise, on the water programs for Youth, education around Mental Health and what that looks like. She meets with the Office of Multicultural Interests on the Pacific Communities forum, also collaborates with the William Langford Community Centre, Richmond Wellbeing and United in Diversity WA in running multicultural educational programs. She has also provided community education around Suicide Awareness has proven to engage with people experiencing thoughts of suicide or their support person/s. Tina won HCC’s 2019 Consumer Excellence Award in the Health Consumer category.
Michael Crowley | Board Member
Dr Crowley is a barrister specialising in Legal Advice, Advocacy, Arbitration and Legal education consultancy. He has over ten years’ experience teaching law at Edith Cowan University whilst maintaining a right of private practice as a barrister. As an academic he taught and co-ordinated a range of law units including criminal law, advanced criminal law, terrorism and the law, security and the law, public international law, coronial law and mortuary practice and the law of evidence. Other roles included mooting co-ordinator and course co-ordinator roles in law and forensic investigation and membership of ECU’s Security Research Institute. Research interests focused on international humanitarian law and terrorism. Michael joined HCC’s Board in 2020 to fill a casual vacancy.