MND Queensland's Current Management Committee
MND Queensland is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
President: Diana Melham
MBL, GAICD, AGIA
Diana has spent 25+ years as a senior executive and company director in the not-for-profit sector. An experienced CEO, she has led both not-for-profit and commercial organisations involved in agriculture and sport. Diana currently provides company secretary and governance services to several community sector organisations through her consultancy, NFP Assist, and in addition to serving as President of MND Queensland, her other voluntary roles include director/secretary of a disability charity and company secretary for an Aboriginal family legal service.
Diana is an experienced director having served on association, private company, and government advisory boards/committees. Combined executive and director experience give Diana a unique insight enabling analysis from a dual perspective. This experience together with her studies have equipped Diana with the expertise and confidence to be an effective governance practitioner. Her ability to quickly understand and navigate the varying, and often complex, legislative and regulatory environments that govern different organisations is valuable in board oversight.
Diana has a Master of Business Law and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Laws. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Vice President: Elyse Maberley
BA (Sociology), Masters (Communications Design)
Elyse, founding Director of Meeum, is an experienced business leader who has founded and exited her own companies, helped build thriving businesses and nurtured the wellbeing of the people within them. Having commenced in the social services sector, Elyse has held several leadership and executive roles in the user experience, change and culture domains, including general manager and founder.
Treasurer: Katie Choi
Katie is a legal practitioner and also an experienced board director, with more than 25 years’ experience in legal and finance industry across both public and private sectors, providing strategic legal advice to senior management and business teams on corporate matters, negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and finance transactions which span across many sectors and jurisdictions, with strong expertise in M&A, JV, equity and fund investment, corporate and project finance.
As a Chartered Governance Professional, Katie also has extensive experience advising organisations on corporate governance, risk management, systems and structures, legal framework and regulatory compliance.
Secretary: Julia Rollston
BSc, Bphty (Hons), Grad Cert Pub Health, MBBS
Dr Rollston has worked in the research, health and disability fields for over 25 years, and is currently supporting her community in Brisbane through her work as a GP. She began her medical career as a cancer researcher but soon realised her passion for working directly with people. Julia has been a carer for adults with disability as well as a physiotherapist in Australia and abroad, predominantly in community settings. Julia brings a wealth of lived and professional experience in navigating the health system, care provision and funding, including NDIS.
Director: Michelle Prado
Assoc Dip Clinical Lab Techniques, BS (Med Lab Sc), Grad Dip Teaching
Michelle’s father lives with Motor Neurone Disease and she brings a family perspective to our Board of Directors. She also brings experience in the health care industry to our Board. Michelle has been involved in health care most of her working life and has previously run a medical practice and prior to this she was a scientist. More recently Michelle became a teacher working with inclusive education students. Her life has been about helping others. She also has a strong sense of community as for the last seven years Michelle has been on the Executive Committee for Downey Park Netball which is the largest association in Queensland with 4,500 players.
Director: Carol Hope
Carol is committed and passionate about promoting quality end of life care for all. She believes that people with MND should be able to access the care they wish to have, in the place they wish to have it, when they need it. Over the last two years she has been an Associate Investigator on a research project which evaluated a model of palliative care for people living with profound disability who are approaching the end of life. This project gave her an appreciation and understanding of the challenges experienced by people living with disability, and a desire to support positive change in this space through advocacy and practical service support.
Following relocation from the UK in 2004, Carol enjoyed over 17 years of leading and serving within the Australian health care sector. Her initial training and practice as a registered nurse, supported by postgraduate studies, clinical management and senior leadership roles have provided her with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the health sector in Queensland and Australia. She has previous Board experience with Palliative Care Queensland and Palliative Care Nurses Australia. Carol has worked in senior roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and has strong leadership skills having previously been a service manager and CEO.
Director: Keith Malpress
Grad Dip Strategic Studies, BE (Electrical) (Hons 1)
Keith lives with Motor Neurone Disease and brings lived experience to the Board. Along with this he also brings skills to the Board from his 31 years with the Royal Australian Navy where he spent time as a Systems Engineer, Logistics Manager and General Manager. After leaving the Navy, Keith continued working in management and logistics in the defence industry. Along with skills in management and logistics, Keith also has experience in relationships, implementing and negotiating contracts, managing large budgets, change management and leadership.