An elected volunteer executive group, known as the Board of Management, controls the operations of the association.
The Parkinsons WA Board of Management 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.
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).
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Parkinson’s WA Board Profiles
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.
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.
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.”