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Board & Staff

Jennifer Bennett : Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Bennett

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Bennett joined MCA in February 2021. In the 16 years prior, Jennifer has worked exclusively in not for profit and health sectors and she finds it incredibly rewarding to work amongst like-minded, enthusiastic, professionals, while collectively influencing industry and making a difference in the lives of others. Jen’s looking forward to working with stakeholders and running some new projects through MCA’s next chapter. She is a non-executive member.

Madeline Cross : Board Member

Madeline Cross

Board Member

Madeline Cross is a Retail Leasing Manager for Scentre Group. She brings experience in property, business, advertising, marketing, sales and communications.

In June 2017, Madeline's youngest son Dean contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis and passed away within hours. Madeline's mission is to assist Meningitis Centre Australia to promote awareness of meningitis and to help educate about the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease.

Tara Forde : Marketing and Administration Officer

Tara Forde

Marketing and Administration Officer

Tara Forde joined the MCA team in May 2021. Tara is currently completing a double degree in Marketing and Psychology at Curtin University and has 4 years of marketing and events experience with not-for-profit organisations. Her role at MCA will focus on marketing, social media management and website administration. Tara is excited to be helping MCA to spread awareness and to help educate the public about meningitis. Outside of work Tara is a passionate traveler and will always have a holiday planned.

Dr Catherine Gangell : Deputy Chairperson

Dr Catherine Gangell

Deputy Chairperson

The passion to improve health outcomes drove Catherine to pursue a successful career in Paediatric Respiratory disease research, before moving to a research governance role at a leading WA university. Her pursuit for the improvement of health in the community is a goal she wishes to achieve through Meningitis Centre Australia. Catherine brings her research background, governance knowledge and board expertise to the Centre.

Linda Gibbs : Customer Relations & Administration Lead

Linda Gibbs

Customer Relations & Administration Lead

Linda has worked for Meningitis Centre Australia since 2006 as the Administration Manager. She brings her knowledge of administration and the day to day management of a not for profit agency, to the board. She is a non-executive member.

Sarah Johnston : Secretary

Sarah Johnston

Secretary

Sarah knows firsthand about meningitis after her daughter Siobhan contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia disease at the age of seven months whilst on a family holiday in Ireland. Siobhan underwent intensive therapy, survived the disease and is now studying to become a nurse. Sarah is passionate about educating more people about meningitis and making people more aware that people can die within 24 hours if they don’t get medical assistance.

Clint Joseph : Treasurer

Clint Joseph

Treasurer

Clint Joseph is a restructuring and turnaround specialist. He is a Director at KPMG in the Restructuring Services team and specialises in corporate restructuring and turnaround advisory, safe harbour advisory, distressed and special situation advisory, corporate advisory and working capital advisory. Clint is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Turnaround Management Association of Australia and a member of the Australian Restructuring and Turnaround Association. He joined the board as MCA Treasurer in March 2021 to help MCA achieve its objectives: help promote awareness, prevention and supporting those in need.

Jane King : Board Member

Jane King

Board Member

Jane King is the Head of Membership Development, at Artsource, the peak body for visual arts in Western Australia. She brings skills in financial management, governance, and private sector fundraising to Meningitis Centre Australia.

In 1991, Jane's son Andrew, contracted Hib. Happily, Andrew survived but Jane’s quest, is to promote more awareness of all types of meningitis and the vaccines available.

Bruce Langoulant AM : Chairperson

Bruce Langoulant AM

Chairperson

Bruce has been Chairperson of Meningitis Centre Australia since its inception in 1992. He was invited along with a number of other parents by our Patron Professor Fiona Stanley to assist with starting an awareness group in WA. . Bruce’s daughter Ashleigh contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis at the age of six months in 1989. Now 32 years later he and his family have successfully lobbied for the introduction of several meningitis vaccines on to the National Immunisation Plan including HibMeningococcal C and Pneumococcal.

Bruce received an Order of Australia Medal in 2019 for services to the community, health and meningitis awareness and prevention. Bruce is Chairperson of the WA Disability Services Commission Board and a trustee and founding President of The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations LTD UK.

Anne Mathews : Board Member

Anne Mathews

Board Member

Anne has extensive experience in research having worked as a Research Fellow at The Australian National University, Research Scientist at CSIRO and Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.  Anne has worked in senior roles in a number of Government agencies including education and training, Indigenous issues, disability, environment and climate change.  She has extensive experience as a Director and Non-Executive Director on number of not-for-profit boards.  Anne brings her research, teaching, governance, policy, evaluation and strategic planning experience to the Centre.

Kari Musick, CFRE : Board Member

Kari Musick, CFRE

Board Member

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Kari is the National Program Manager for JDRF Australia, the leading supporter of type 1 diabetes research in the world. She is accountable for revenue and supporter engagement across signature events and philanthropic fundraising.

Kari has over 20 years of experience, in the US and Australia. She is a member and alumnae volunteer of Delta Zeta Sorority, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has maintained her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) since 2017.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC : Founder and Patron

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Founder and Patron

Fiona is a globally recognised epidemiologist who has spent most of her career in child and maternal health and birth disorders like cerebral palsy. She established the Meningitis Centre in 1992 with the help of Bruce Langoulant. She is also a founding member of the Telethon Kids Institute and was named Australian of the Year in 2003.

Lisa Thornbury : Bookkeeper

Lisa Thornbury

Bookkeeper

Lisa’s background is as a small business owner, managing an Electrical Contracting business for 26 years with her husband before passing it on to the next generation. As well as being the MCA Bookkeeper (since 2016) , Lisa runs her floristry business. She is a non-executive member.

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