When the Health Consumers’ Council (HCC) adopted its new Rules to conform with the updated Incorporations Act 2015, our Board became a Management Committee. The New Act provides some differentiation between larger organizations who have Boards as opposed to smaller organizations who have Management Committees.
2022 Management Committee
Mallika Macleod – Chair
Mallika is current a Director at Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (DADAA). She brings many years of not-for-profit Board experience at state and national levels as a ‘young’ professional. She believes in the importance of good governance to support an Executive Director to uphold the vision and mission. Mallika is passionate about the importance of upholding citizens’ rights, and the key role of peak advocacy bodies in this. She believes human rights, and contemporary practice must be part of the dialogue at all levels, and we must have a body that can call out those institutions that are stuck in the dark ages and do not respect the rights of health customers and patients.
Mallika has been HCC’s Chair for three years and is seeking re-nomination at the 2021 AGM for a further three years.
Richard Brightwell – Deputy Chair
Formerly Coordinator of Postgraduate Medicine at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Richard has a wide experience of health and health education, and this has given him insights into the effective
use of health resources. His extensive writing and committee work has given him the ability to use representative roles to further the cause of the consumer in health environments. Since his retirement from full time work in 2015 he has become interested in consumer representation and how his previous academic experience equips him to deal with the challenges offered to a representative.
Richard has been on HCC’s Management Committee for four years and was re-nominated at the 2020 AGM for a further three years.
Rebecca Carbone – Secretary
In November 2014, Rebecca underwent surgery to partially resect a tumor located in her Cerebellum/Brain Stem. This was followed by a massive brain hemorrhage, and she was left with Locked-in-Syndrome (LiS). Her prognosis was dire – she was assessed as unable to be rehabilitated. She had three further inoperable tumors in 2015 and focused on intensive rehabilitation. She has 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. Prior to the surgery Rebecca worked her way from what was essentially a personal assistant role to a Quality and Welding Inspector trained to International ASME Standard. A traditionally masculine occupation, it took hard work and determination to achieve this. Rebecca is extremely passionate about all aspects of health and wellbeing. She believes that health should be approached with a vision towards wellness as opposed to illness. Each consumer should be empowered to research and investigate methods of scientifically proven medical intervention and/or treatment so as to make an informed decision as to what will work best for their needs. She brings a very unique perspective to HCC’s Management Committee 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.
Rebecca has been on HCC’s Management Committee for three years.
Ian Ludlow – Treasurer
Ian is a Chartered Accountant Fellow and following eight years employed in public accounting practice has over 25 years of experience working at senior levels in not-for-profit organizations 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 Helping Minds 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.
Ian has been on HCC’s Management Committee since 2021.
Rebecca was recently appointed as Executive Director of Centre for Women’s Safety. Prior to this Rebecca worked at Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) leading strategic media and digital communications. Rebecca believes this can often be a challenging, under-utilized area for many not-for-profit organizations, and she offers high-level support to increase public awareness of the HCC and its strategic goals. At SHQ Rebecca developed and implemented consumer engagement frameworks to guide and inform service delivery. She also managed the SHQ advocacy portfolio, including the development of advocacy-based position statement for public use, government liaison, and designated media spokesperson. She has completed the AICD course and combined with her time as CEO she has a sound understanding of what constitutes good governance for nonprofit organizations.
Rebecca has been on HCC’s Management Committee since 2018.
Tina is a Māori and Pacific Island Community Engagement Officer whose involvement within the Aboriginal community has increased substantially because of her grassroots educational programs around Perth and the southern corridor. In the not-for-profit sector her community education around Suicide Awareness has proven to engage with people experiencing thoughts of suicide or their support person/s. Her community work includes creating fitness programs for Obese Youth, 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, and also collaborates with the William Langford Community Centre, Richmond Wellbeing and United in Diversity WA in running multicultural educational programs. It is her belief that not-for-profit organizations work at the grassroots level, see what people need and work toward making the changes happen. Tina won a Consumer Excellence Award in 2018.
Tina has been on HCC’s Management Committee since 2019.
Michael is an experienced legal practitioner and law academic in both Western Australia and New South Wales. 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 coordinated 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 coordinator and course coordinator roles in law and forensic investigation and membership of ECU’s Security Research Institute. Research interests focused on international humanitarian law and terrorism. During this period as an academic he had extensive involvement in key international mooting competitions as moot problem writer, finals judge, arbitrator, moot executive committee member and coach. Previously in New South Wales his experience was as defense counsel in criminal law jury trials and conducting appellate work. For some 10 years he was a lecturer in criminal law and procedure with the Law Extension Committee within the University of Sydney and a revising examiner for the Legal Practice Board of New South Wales. Before moving from New South Wales to Western Australia he was appointed visiting lecturer in law at Chongqing Technology and Business University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China.
Michael has been on HCC’s Management Committee since 2020.
Meredith lives in Esperance and identifies as a career for a family member, and an enthusiastic consumer representative for people living in rural and regional Australia. She is a member of a District Health Advisory Council and is a Board Member on the WA Country Health Service. She also runs a local radio program. Meredith has been a board member with WACHS for the past five years as a consumer representative and has seen firsthand how much more there is to be done in the area of effective consumer representation. She is particularly interested in health in regional and rural Australia.
Meredith has been on HCC’s Management Committee since 2020.