Board and committees

Board of Directors

Kaylene Hubbard

Chair - BA, LLB, Grad Dip Comm, Registered Tax Agent, Affiliate CAANZ

Arthritis Australia Board Member since March 2020 and Chair since November 2021.

Kaylene is a Partner in the Enterprise Tax team in KPMG’s GWS office. Kaylene works with corporates, including ASX listed entities, private owners, family groups and their businesses across a wide range of industries to grow, create and protect value.

Her expertise includes developing appropriate business structures and funding arrangements, capital management, mergers and acquisitions, business restructures and assisting clients in their dealings with the Australian Taxation Office.

Kaylene has a particular interest and expertise in the not-for-profit and club sector, working with a number of high profile sporting clubs and charities and assisting a number of charities in compliance, strategy and tax related requirements. Kaylene has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce, is a Registered Tax Agent and an Affiliate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Prof Susanna Proudman

Deputy Chair - MBBS (Hons) FRACP

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Medical Director since 2014. Deputy Chair since November 2019.

Prof Proudman is also a member of Arthritis Australia’s Grants Assessment Committee. Susanna is a Senior Consultant and Director of Rheumatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Professor in the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. She is Chair of the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group.

Paul Ritchie

Treasurer - BCom, CA

Arthritis Australia Board Member, Director and member of the Finance and Audit Committee since May 2021. Treasurer since November 2021 .

Paul has over 15 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, bringing a range of skills including financial management, risk & governance and strategic planning. Paul is currently a General Manager at AUSactive, the peak association supporting the active health and exercise industry in Australia. In his earlier career, Paul worked for leading accounting/consulting firms and delivered on high profile and complex projects in the context of turnaround/corporate restructuring.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Charlotte Bachali

Consumer Director - BA & MTeach

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Consumer Director since December 2020.

Charlotte’s rheumatoid arthritis began when she was seventeen years old and since then, she has seen numerous doctors and healthcare professionals, taken a variety of medications and explored many lifestyle changes and alternative approaches to improving her condition.

While she brings her personal perspective to the position of Consumer Director, she appreciates that arthritis and its associated conditions impact each person differently and she values the opportunity to advocate for all consumers.

Charlotte believes in the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of chronic illness and invisible diseases and creating systemic change to support consumers living with health challenges.

Charlotte works part-time as a primary school teacher and as a marriage celebrant.

Margaret Ngoc Diep Stone

Director - LLM, BComm, LLB

Arthritis Australia Board Member, Director and member of the Governance Committee since November 2019

Margaret has more than twenty years’ legal and compliance experience working in a range of Australian and international environments (UK, the Netherlands and USA) in private practice, in-house (banking and financial services), government agencies and international organizations. Margaret’s qualifications include NSW Practicing Certificate, Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce, and Master of Laws.

Margaret’s previous voluntary work included teaching English to migrants, Meals on Wheels and the Inner City Legal Centre. Her personal interests include travel, playing the piano and fitness training.

Ian Dover

Director - BSc, MEng, PhD, FAICD

Arthritis Australia Board Member, Director since November 2021 and member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Formerly an Arthritis Australia Board member between November 2010 to November 2013.

Ian is an experienced Managing Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairman who has helped a portfolio of charities, start-ups, and a major university via his various board roles, including being Arthritis Queensland’s Chair from 2009 to 2012 and again from February 2014 to February 2020. Following his early career as an engineer in global resources corporations, he spent 15 years in project management and business advisory specialising in strategy, operations management and business turnarounds for technology-intensive firms. He re-joined the resources sector as CSIRO’s Minerals Director for Business Development and Commercialisation before helping establish the national METS Industry Growth Centre in 2015. In semi-retirement, he is assisting industry-driven research bids, collaboration of corporations with researchers to increase commercialisation rates, and the processing of Australia’s critical minerals to supply global decarbonisation technologies.


Company Secretary

John Butt


His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)


His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) was sworn in as the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 July 2019.

David Hurley joined the Australian Army in January 1972, graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. In a long and distinguished 42-year military career, his service culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force.

He commanded the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross. Following promotion to Colonel, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Headquarters 1st Division in June 1994, attending the U.S. Army War College in 1996 and 1997. He commanded the 1st Brigade from 1999-2000 in Darwin, supporting Australian-led operations in East Timor. He was appointed the inaugural Chief of Capability Development Group from 2003-2007, Chief of Joint Operations Command in October 2007, and Vice Chief of the Defence Force in July 2008. Promoted to General, he succeeded Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston as Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 2011 until his retirement on 30 June 2014. In 2010, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force.

Prior to being sworn in as Governor-General, David Hurley served as the 38th Governor of New South Wales from October 2014 – May 2019.

David Hurley was born in Wollongong, New South Wales on 26 August 1953, the son of Norma and James Hurley. His father was an Illawarra steelworker and his mother worked in a grocery store. He grew up in Port Kembla and attended Port Kembla High School where he completed his Higher School Certificate in 1971. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1975. He is married to Linda with whom he has three children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Wollongong in 2013; a Doctor of the University, honoris causa, from the University of New South Wales in 2015; made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016; and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Macquarie University in 2017.

Emeritus Directors

Ita Buttrose AC OBE
Dr Mona Marabani


A practising rheumatologist, Dr Mona Marabani was president of Arthritis Australia from 2006 to 2010.  Dr Marabani has previously served the Australian Rheumatology Association as vice-president and councillor, the NSW Branch as Honorary Secretary and the NSW Advanced Trainee Selection Committee as Chair. She maintains an active interest in health education, equity and advocacy.

Prof Patrick McNeil

MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP GradDipHEd

Professor Patrick McNeil served as Chair of Arthritis Australia from 2010-2014.  Patrick is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.


Jonathan Smithers

Chief Executive Officer

Consumer Advisory Panel

This panel provides the Arthritis Australia Board with valuable consumer insights and experience.

Charlotte Bachali - Chair

BA & MTeach

Arthritis Australia Board Member and Consumer Director since December 2020.

Charlotte’s rheumatoid arthritis began when she was seventeen years old and since then, she has seen numerous doctors and healthcare professionals, taken a variety of medications and explored many lifestyle changes and alternative approaches to improving her condition.

While she brings her personal perspective to the position of Consumer Director, she appreciates that arthritis and its associated conditions impact each person differently and she values the opportunity to advocate for all consumers.

Charlotte believes in the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of chronic illness and invisible diseases and creating systemic change to support consumers living with health challenges.

Charlotte works part-time as a primary school teacher and as a marriage celebrant.

Jill Berensen

Jill Berensen lives in  Sydney, NSW and has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for for 18 challenging years.

Ms Berensen worked as a Registered Nurse for 43 years, both overseas (UK and Netherlands) and in Australia, specialising in Neurosurgery and Acute Spinal Injuries. She is also affiliated with the Dragon Claw Charity, fa community filled with supportive and knowledgeable people, who welcome people with all forms of rheumatic disorders (RA, Lupus, JIA, psoriatic arthritis etc).

Cecilia Donohoe

Cecilia Donohoe is from Wandoan, Queensland and has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for 47 years.

He other consumer networks include:

  • Regional Community Consultative Committee, Darling Downs Health & Hospital Services (DDHHS)
  • Community Advisory Group, Arthritis Queensland
  • President, Wandoan Health Auxiliary (CAG for the DDHHS)
  • Member of Health Consumers Queensland
Ben Horgan
Ruth Lee

Ruth lives in Western Australia, and has rheumatoid arthritis and sjögren’s syndrome.  She also volunteers with AOWA.

Sharon Lee

Sharon was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2012.

She has been a member of Health Consumers NSW since 2018 and has been part of the MSK Consumer Community Council, involved with leading consumer and community engagement strategies and being the expert reference group for researchers and clinicians within the SPHERE Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health Clinical Academic Group (CAG). She has a keen interest in seeking options and effective ways for consumers to manage their condition and to support their health and well being.

Kerry Mace
Gayle McNaught
Fiona Naughtin

Fiona lives in Melbourne, VIC and has had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since she was 10 years old, and has already had six joints either replaced or fused.

She is a member of YWASG and many online Facebook groups, and has a personal interest in helping children and young adults with arthritis.

Alison Park

For over 32 years, Alison was as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and lastly as Director of Nursing for Women’s and Children’s Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

In 2000, she developed an acute onset of RA that over the next seven years took a substantial toll on her health, body and capacity and ability to continue to work.  Due to this impact, she had to retire early at the age of 50 years old and spend time recovering and healing.

Over the last 15 years, she has volunteered with Arthritis and Osteoporosis Tasmania (AOT).  She is a qualified volunteer leader of a ‘Smoother Mover’s’ program held weekly, participates weekly in the Infoline services, and also participates in their Community Speakers Program.  She is currently the consumer representative on the Board of AOT.  She was also a member of Arthritis Australia’s National Arthritis Consumer Representative Group prior to becoming a member of the newly developed consumer advisory panel.

Other hobbies include:

  • Volunteering with Delta Dog Safe Tasmania
  • Gardening when able
  • Friends and family
  • Staying well
Dr Christine Walker

Dr Christine Walker lives in Melbourne, Victoria and lives with rheumatoid arthritis  and osteoarthritis.

She is researcher in health services and health policy areas, and was formerly CEO of The Chronic Illness Alliance, a peak body for foundations working with people with chronic conditions to provide a better understanding to clinicians and policymakers of the needs of people with chronic and progressive conditions to live their lives as fully as possible. She is now a board member of Epilepsy Foundation and Consumers’ Health Forum as well as sitting on advisory committees in research areas.

Hugh Watson
Shirani Wright

Shirani is married with two children, and lives in Melbourne.  She has had juvenile arthritis for 42 years, as well as osteoarthritis, and is involved in the Young Women’s Arthritis Support in Melbourne and run our Croydon group.

Scientific Advisory Panel

This panel provides the Arthritis Australia Board with medical expertise.

Prof Susanna Proudman - Chair


Prof Kim Bennell

BAppSci(physio), PhD

Kim Bennell is an academic physiotherapist, a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow and NHMRC Investigator Fellow in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She leads the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine. She is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Her research focuses on non-drug, non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis as well as ways to address evidence-practice gaps around uptake of pain management and lifestyle interventions by clinicians and patients. She has a special interest in telehealth interventions.

Ms Linda Bradbury

Nurse Practitioner (Rheumatology)

Ms Bradbury completed her nurse training in London and specialised in rheumatology in 1998.  In 2005, she moved to Brisbane working within the rheumatology department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and coordinated several research programs at the Queensland University of Technology.  She has over 40 publications.  In 2019, she commenced as a Nurse Practitioner (Rheumatology) at the Gold Coast University Hospital. 

She completed MSc Advanced Health Care Practice in 2006, Nurse Practitioner Masters in 2012, became endorsed as the first Australian Rheumatology NP in May 2013 and is the current chair of the Rheumatology Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the ARA. 

Prof Andrew Briggs

BSc(PT)Hons, PhD, FACP

Professor Briggs has combined a career of health policy and systems research; health policy/strategy; health consulting; and clinical practice. He currently works across these domains at a senior level. This unique portfolio mix provides him with skills and real-world insights into health systems strengthening from the clinical coalface through to system-level reform. The focus of Professor Briggs’ research and policy work has centred on health systems strengthening, oriented around the delivery of high-value care for people with musculoskeletal health conditions and persistent pain across the lifecourse. The work aims to bridge the gap between health policy and research by working with Government and non-government partners to evaluate the development and implementation of health policy and health services relevant to musculoskeletal health.

Dr Fiona Goldblatt

Consultant rheumatologist
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network,
Flinders Medical Centre

Prof Ian Harris


Dr Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW Sydney and Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. His clinical interests lie in trauma surgery and his research interests centre of the effectiveness of surgery, particularly orthopaedic surgery.

Prof David Hunter


Professor Hunter is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus is clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis (OA). He is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital. He is ranked as the leading expert in the world on osteoarthritis on and is the section editor for UpToDate osteoarthritis. He holds a medical degree and Master of Sports Medicine from the University of New South Wales, a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Australian College of Physicians and earned a Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle and received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2001. He is an editor for leading international journals in his field, has authored books on osteoarthritis and has over 500 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Mr David Menzies

David has over 35 years’ experience across exercise science, physical activity promotion, primary health and population health initiatives. This has included roles in the clinical rehabilitation and primary care settings like the Active Script program, National Program Manager for COAG Healthy Communities Initiative, and work at individual Divisions of General Practice including the peak body General Practice Victoria. David was involved in the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives where he was engaged in supporting Divisions of General Practice midst state and national health reform processes. David is currently the Manager of Chronic Disease Programs at South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network which includes leading commissioning in the areas of chronic disease ,cancer screening, Out of Home Care, Immunisation, After-Hours Care and leading the Victorian Integrated Care Model on behalf of SEMPHN. David has specific experience in chronic disease self-management, behaviour change theory, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and quality improvement methodologies. He has co-authored in the areas of resistance training for people with diabetes and chronic heart failure, exercise for older adults, telephone health coaching and person centred care. Recently David was a member of the Mitchell Institutes Self-Care Expert Working Group that produced the National Self Care Policy Blueprint.

Prof Mark Morgan


Mark is Professor of General Practice at Bond University in the Gold Coast, Australia. After training in UK, Professor Morgan has more than 20 years’ Australian experience working in rural, regional, and urban general practice. He is chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Expert Committee for Quality Care where he advises on healthcare policy and the development of guidelines. He was a member of the steering committee for the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis. He has leadership role within the National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, and he is a member of the National Preventative Health Strategy, Health Care Homes Implementation Advisory Group and the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG). Professor Morgan’s research has focused on systems approaches to the improving care of long-term medical conditions.

Prof Lorimer Moseley


Prof Moseley is a physiotherapist, pain scientist and educator. He is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Director of IIMPACT in Health at the University of South Australia. He leads the non-profit Pain Revolution, which aims to realise the bold vision that all Australians will have the skills and knowledge to prevent and overcome persistent pain. Prof Moseley has authored 350 scientific articles and six books on pain and rehabilitation. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished served to pain science and management, science communication and physiotherapy.

A/Prof Jane Munro

Paediatric Rheumatologist, Head of Rheumatology Unit, Dept of General Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’d Research Institute

Prof Michael Nicholas

Director, Pain Education & Pain Management Programs, Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Prof Debra Rowett

Discipline Leader: Pharmacy External Relations, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Prof Deborah Turner

Professor in Podiatry, Dean’s Unit – School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University

Dr Emily Webb

Emily is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health. Emily’s research interests include nutrition therapy and weight management in arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis.