Get to know our Board of Management and see how we do operations differently at Parkinson's WA.
An elected volunteer executive group, known as the Board of Management, controls the operations of the association.
The Parkinson's WA Board of Management meets on a monthly basis with our CEO Yasmin Naglazas. They provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to oversee the running of Parkinson’s WA.
The Board oversees the various activities of the association by appointing volunteer conveners or co-ordinators, each of whom takes responsibility for a designated activity, often with the assistance of a committee (e.g. Research Committee, Support Group Coordinator). Find out more below as you 'get to know our Board of Management'.
Because your life matters
Welcome to the 2022-2023 Parkinson's WA Annual Report! Parkinson’s WA is a purpose-for-profit, member-based organisation raising awareness, securing contracts and funds for services and seeking to advance research opportunities to improve quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s and Atypical Parkinsonism. Find out more
Learn more about our Impact
Read some current and past editions of the Parkinson's WA Annual Report below.
Annual Report 2022-2023
The 2022-2023 Financial Year has seen many changes within the Parkinson's WA team and corporate direction under new management. Learn more about this exciting year below!Read more
Annual Report 2021-2022
Over the course of 2021-2022, following a difficult year prior, we have seen significant changes within the broader health sector and the way our community needs and responds to our services.Read more
View our Annual Report 2020 – 2021
Parkinson’s WA Board Profiles
Gary holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Chartered Accountant, providing corporate, management and accounting advice to a number of companies involved in the resource, technology and manufacturing industries. As an area of focus, Gary specialises in the reconstruction of ASX-listed companies and is a currently the Chairman or Director of three ASX-listed companies, whilst also being an Non-Executive Director and shareholder in MAK Industrial Water Solutions Pty Ltd.
In addition to his professional accolades, Gary has also served as Honorary Treasurer for 22 years and Chairman for 1 year for Holyoake, and recently completed the structural change of the CEO and Board. He remains on the Board as a Non-Executive Director, whilstjoining the Board of Management for Parkinson's WA as the incoming Board President. Gary has a strong connection with ethical industry, and supports other charities via participation and fundraising for Ride for Youth - Youth Focus and The Gibb Challenge - Spectrum Space.
Professor Natalie Gasson
Natalie is the Deputy Head for the School of Population Health at Curtin University. She is also the Level Two Psychology Program Director and has been teaching psychology for over 30 years. She is a Fellow of the Curtin Academy and member of the Australian Evaluation Society. Natalie is a member of the Curtin Neuroscience Laboratory, and a Founding member of the ParkC Research Collaborative. Her research focusses on the heterogeneity of Parkinson’s and subsequent impact on cognition, sleep, quality of life, depression, and anxiety; and Mental Health Stigma.
Natalie has been on the Board of Parkinson’s WA for over 25 years and is also Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and a member of the Professional Advisory Panel. Natalie joined Parkinson’s WA following completion of her PhD on how to best test cognition (thinking skills) in Parkinson’s and having received support from Parkinson’s WA members for her study, offered her services to the organisation in return.
David is currently the Executive Director, Corporate Services, having been in an executive role with a large aged care provider. He has a solid background in corporate finance, understanding of the not-for-profit sector, strategic IT/communications, property acquisition/development and asset management, contracts, commercial business acumen and risk management.
David has significant experience in the aged care sector and has been responsible for implementing reforms following the Aged Care Royal Commission. He has a Bachelor’s and Honours degree in Accounting and is a CPA, registered in Australia in 2005.
David is currently a board member and treasurer of the Pedestrian Council of Australia and a board member of NACi, a charitable food research institute in Australia
David shares lived experience from having to support a family member with Parkinson’s.
Clinical Professor David Blacker, AM
Clinical Professor David Blacker, AM is a neurologist and stroke physician at Sir Charles Gairdner and Hollywood Private Hospitals, medical director of the Perron Institute and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of WA. He trained in Perth, before undertaking a stroke fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester USA. He returned to Perth in 2003 and established the acute stroke service at SCGH, building it into one of the busiest and largest interventional stroke centres in Australia. He has been active in clinical stroke trials for many years, and has also worked closely with the stroke research lab at the Perron Institute, where he has been the Medical Director since 2014. Their focus has been on neuroprotective strategies, and the lab has developed a neuroprotective peptide, ARG-007, which is currently in a phase 1 clinical trial, funded and supported by Argenica Therapeutics, where David is the chair of the clinical advisory committee.
Some years after developing an exercise induced foot dystonia, he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's, and from 2018 has shared this with the public. He has great interest in exercise as an intervention for Parkinson's, and developed a non-contact boxing exercise program, FIGHT-PD, in conjunction with former Golden Gloves Champion, Rai Fazio and a team of exercise scientists at ECU. Recently, Professor Blacker was awarded an AM for his contributions to Neurology.
Keith is an Accountant and was a partner in 1981 at Geers & Pusey, later commencing the Geers-Sullivan 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.
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.
Tamlyn graduated from UWA in 2006 with a combined degree in Health Science and Commerce and went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 2009. She currently works as the Manager of Risk and Compliance within the Corporate Governance team of the Telethon Kids Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 2020, Tamlyn worked in Professional Services for 14 years, gaining risk, compliance, corporate governance and internal audit experience across a variety of industries and sectors including within the health, education, not for profit and the public sector.
Tamlyn has family connections with Parkinson’s and was inspired to join the Parkinson’s WA Board after learning of the various support roles and services offered to the Parkinson’s community.
Kate has a background in law, graduating from Deakin University in 2000 and progressing to study further the areas of legal ethics and corporate governance. She is currently employed as the legal counsel/company secretary in a large aged cage organisation, following 7 years with the Telethon Kid’s Institute as manager of corporate governance and legal counsel/company secretary. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, having been admitted as a practising lawyer in 2005.
Kate brings corporate governance and risk experience to the Board along with grant and contract negotiation skills, stakeholder management and engagement.
Kate shares a passion for improving the lives of those living with Parkinson’s, with a family member currently with PD.
Geoff has played an instrumental part in Perth’s television industry for over 40 years. He commenced his career as a trainee television camera man progressing to on air news director, currently employed as News Chief of Staff at Seven Network. He has held various positions within television news and Perth radio stations including a Board member for Information Radio.
His association with Edith Cowen University Faculty of Education and Arts saw him teaching students’ news, studio production and best practice for the Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting
Geoff has held an advisor position within Western Australia Government working for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the 2000s. He has worked on various events and campaigns around Western Australia including Celebrate WA as an Executive Committee member and as a Justice of the Peace over 30 years.
Geoff has been newly diagnosed with Parkinson's. He said he has found that without having the help, support and knowledge of Parkinson’s WA, it would have been a significantly more challenging road for him to navigate in the absence of the service. Geoff said that with his experience, and professional areas of expertise, he looked forward to contributing to the ongoing awareness of Parkinson’s in the broader community.