Parkinson’s WA Board Profiles
The Parkinsons WA Board of Management are an elected volunteer executive group that meets on a monthly basis with our CEO Brenda Matthews.
They provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to oversee the running of Parkinson’s WA.
John has been the President of Parkinson’s WA for many years and has extensive business management experience gained both in Australia and overseas. John was also a Board member and President of Parkinson’s Australia for many years.
John was re-elected as President for Parkinson’s WA and has personal family links to Parkinson’s. John is a well-deserved figurehead of our organisation.
Professor Natalie Gasson
Registered Psychologist, Member of the Australian Psychology Society, PhD
Natalie is currently the Program Director for Undergraduate Psychology at Curtin University and has been teaching psychology for over 25 years, and her psychology practice has focused on children and neuropsychological assessment. Natalie has been on the Board of Parkinson’s WA for almost 20 years and is also Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Professional Advisory Council.
Natalie joined Parkinson’s WA following completion of her PhD on how to best test cognition (thinking skills) in Parkinson’s and having received participation support from Parkinson’s WA members offered her services in return.
Alastair practiced Law for over 20 years and was inspired to join Parkinson’s WA after hearing of our good work. Alastair has a close friend and also a neighbour with Parkinson’s.
B.Bus (WAIT), FCPA, AFAIM
Keith is an Accountant and was a partner in 1981 at Geers & Pusey, later commencing the GeersSullivan practice with his son-in-law, who have always been active in the not-for-profit sector.
In the past, Keith has been Chairman of the Public Accountant Committee for CPA, Board Member of MercyCare Ltd and on the Santa Maria College Board. Keith is currently the Board Representative on the Research and Risk Committees, in addition to Parkinson’s WA.
Keith joined the Parkinson’s WA Board after being involved in organising the annual Golf fundraising day.
BA, Masters of Educational Management, Diploma of Financial Planning
Rod spent 16 years as a teacher and administrator in government and private schools. Rod then began a career in financial planning with a large independent organisation and later became partner. Rod was an initial partner of the national organisation known as Shadforth Financial Group, before retiring in 2010.
Rod joined Parkinson’s WA in 2013 and is the nominated Parkinson’s WA representative on the Parkinson’s Australia Board.
Don graduated in 1967 and worked as a private practice Dentist for 40 years in Subiaco until retiring in 2011. In 2012 Don began working part-time as a Dentist in communities in the Northern Territory before retiring again in 2016.
Don has family members and friends with Parkinson’s, including his mother in law and wife’s cousin. Don chose to join the Parkinson’s WA Board to help in some way.
B.Comm; JP; FCPA; FTIA; CTA
Parkinson’s WA Treasurer William Loo is a Perth based Public Accountant.
Originally from Singapore, William arrived in Perth in 1974 and attended UWA. William has family links to Parkinson’s as his father was diagnosed with the condition in his mid-fifties.
Alan has been a practicing urban planner in Australia and UK for over thirty years. Alan’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in her late 60s and Alan himself was diagnosed in his mid 50s. Alan’s decision to join the Board was prompted after receiving support from our nursing staff and seeing the important role the organisation plays in the lives of people living with the condition.