Professor Fiona Stanley AC : Patron

Professor Fiona Stanley AC


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.

Bruce Langoulant AM : Chairperson

Bruce Langoulant AM


Bruce is the inaugural Chairperson of Meningitis Centre Australia and has been the head of the not for profit for almost three decades after he was asked to join by our Patron Professor Fiona Stanley. Bruce’s daughter Ashleigh contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis at the age of six months. 25 years later he and his family have successfully lobbied for the introduction of several meningitis vaccines on to the National Immunisation Plan including Hib, Meningococcal C and Pneumococcal.

Bruce received a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for his community work in raising awareness about meningitis and meningococcal disease as well as his commitment and effort in the disability sector, where he was Chairman of the WA Disability Services Commission for 16 years.

Jane King : Treasurer

Jane King


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.

Sarah Johnston : Secretary

Sarah Johnston


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.

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 : Office Manager

Linda Gibbs

Office Manager

Linda has worked for Meningitis Centre Australia for over 10 years 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.

Lisa D’Cruz : Chief Executive Officer

Lisa D’Cruz

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre. She began working at the Centre in 2013  as the Projects and Communications Officer. Before that she spent over 12 years in the media as a radio and TV journalist and a Government Media Adviser. She liaises with stakeholders and clients on a regular basis and continues to run the projects, communications and social media arm of the charity. She is a non-executive member.

Madeline Cross :

Madeline Cross

Madeline Cross is a Business Development Manager in Wollongong NSW. She brings experience in 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.

Desiree Scofield :

Desiree Scofield

Desiree Scofield is a mother of two young children. Her eldest child Robbie contracted Meningococcal B when he was just 5 and a half months old. He ended up losing all his limbs and has undergone multiple surgeries ever since. Desiree is a crusader who would like to get the ACWY and Meningococcal B vaccines on to the National Immunisation Plan so that other parents don’t have to go through what she experienced with Robbie.

Iain Buchan :

Iain Buchan

Iain Buchan is the father to Robbie and also little Luna and joins his partner Desiree in campaigning to protect the most vulnerable, young children, from the scourges of meningococcal disease, by pushing for the ACWY and Men B vaccines to be put on the National Immunisation Plan. Iain also works in the banking industry and brings his financial experience to the not for profit organisation.

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