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Queensland Advisory Board

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Queensland Advisory Board

The National Heart Foundation of Australia values the commitment of the Queensland Advisory Board, which forms an essential component of our national arrangements, allowing the Heart Foundation to connect strategy, local community engagement and external stakeholder expertise.

David Fagan (Chair)

David Fagan is a former newspaper editor and journalist who has written books on the impact of the rise of technology and decline of trust. He is a director of two community organisations, Carers Queensland and the Royal National Association, and has spent a decade working in the superannuation and higher education sectors. He remains an adjunct professor of the Qld University of Technology. David has lived experience of the worth of heart research, having survived a cardiac arrest while running in 2020.

Dr Roger Wilkinson AM

Roger entered private cardiology practice in 1976. He has consulted at all the major private hospitals in Brisbane but especially at the St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital where he was a member of the team that set up the first private cardiac catheter facility in Brisbane. He has been a VMO to the Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital (now Greenslopes Private) since 1977 and is presently the senior VMO in Cardiology at the Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital (also a VMO since 1977). He is presently a Senior Lecturer in Medicine (Clinical) University of Queensland.

Roger first became involved with the Heart Foundation in 1982 as a member of the then Medical Advisory Committee. He joined the Qld Division Board as a Director in 1996. He became President (Queensland Division) in 2006 and again on 2013. As a consequence, he was a Director of the National Board. He also served on the Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee. In 2019 he was awarded an AM Order of Australia and the Kempson Maddox award for his significant contribution to the National Heart Foundation.

A/Prof Paul Lucas

Paul Lucas is a non-executive director and consultant. He has held Board positions with and consulted to public and private sector transport and infrastructure related corporations including Airservices Australia and Powerlink. He is Deputy Chair of the Queensland Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and a Board member at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and the Australian College of Optometry. He is a Consultant with National Law Firm, Holding Redlich. He lectures at a postgraduate level in Strategic Metropolitan and Transport & Infrastructure Planning. He is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University and Bond University. He conducts training in/ for many parts of South-East Asia, Africa and the Pacific in his capacity as a Governance, Infrastructure and Public Policy Consultant with University of Queensland International Development.

He is a Solicitor by profession and was Deputy Premier for 4 years and a Minister in the Queensland State Government for 11 years. His Ministerial responsibilities included Infrastructure & Planning; Transport & Main Roads; Local Government; Energy; Health; and Attorney-General.

Mr Rick Wilson

Rick is a successful C-Suite Executive with a demonstrated record of accomplishment across 35 years in FMCG industry.

Ricks functional expertise was based in Marketing, leading and managing business planning & strategy delivery across both commercial and operational functions for a number of Australia well known Food & Beverage Companies like, Sanitarium Health Foods, Coca Cola, Golden Circle and Accolade Wines.

His career evolved into Senior Executive and General Manager roles covering multiple functional areas, helping build sustainable business performance across the companies he worked for and establishing high quality B2B relationships with external stakeholders he worked with across Retail, Agency, Media, Sporting and Government Partnerships.

Rick also has extensive Research & Consulting experience having spent 8 of the past 10-12 yrs in Executive positions with The Advantage Group, in Australia as Managing Director and Internationally, working with many of the world's ‘blue-chip’ Food & Bev Manufacturing and Retail Businesses.

This first-hand insight has developed a significant level of learning around the best practice capability required to succeed in business, based on focusing on creation of ‘mutual benefit’ from B2B relationships and the capability that is required to succeed.

This has also allowed Rick to get a very balanced view of the corporate and commercial environment from an ‘advisory’ perspective, assisting his personal input to help businesses deal with the variable nature of commercial cycles in such a way to promote best-practice skill-set within functional teams and sustainable strategic planning that supports high performance.

Professor Gita Mishra FAHMS, PhD, CStat

Professor Mishra is a NHMRC Leadership Fellow and Director of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women and NCDs at the School of Public Heath, University of Queensland. She is also Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’ Health (ALSWH), a national cohort study running since 1996, that has informed development of policy related to women’s health.

Professor Mishra is internationally recognised for her research on life course epidemiology and women’s health. Her work focuses on the links between reproductive factors, from menarche to menopause, and the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular disease. She initiated and led InterLACE a major international collaboration on women and NCDs, that now has individual data from more than 800,000 women in 14 countries.

She has over 450 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. In 2017, she was presented an honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organisation, for her contribution to women’s health. In 2022, she was presented with RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health award.

Dr Louise Baldwin

Dr Louise Baldwin (PhD) is an innovative leader in health promotion, social impact and system change in Australia and globally. Passionate about healthy communities and the nonprofit sector, Louise is known for her ‘out of the box’ approaches and expertise in strategy, systems and service design with a focus on sustainability past initial funding, for long term improved health outcomes. She has over two decades of leadership, practice and research experience at the local, state, national and global levels.

She is Founder of Health and Social Change Australia - a socially focussed health organisation and consultancy whilst holding senior research roles with Queensland University of Technology and University of Edinburgh. She works with a number of nonprofit organisations nationally and globally and has won several awards for her commitment to building healthy communities in Queensland. She is proud co-editor of the book Health Promotion in the 21st Century: New approaches to achieving health for all (Fleming and Baldwin, 2020) and Introduction to Public Health 5th edition (2023) and holds Board roles with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and the Australian Health Promotion Association.

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Last updated05 June 2024