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Our Board

About us


Our Board

The Heart Foundation Board determines strategy, while management is responsible for ensuring our strategy is effectively implemented.

The role of the Board is to provide strategic oversight and direction for the Heart Foundation’s activities and ensure that those organisational activities are directed towards achieving its vision of an Australia free of heart disease and its mission to prevent heart disease and improve the heart health and quality of life of all Australians through our work in prevention, support and care and research. The Board ensure that the vision and mission are achieved in the most efficient and effective way. 

Our Directors

Mr Mario D’Orazio (Chair)

Mario D’Orazio has more than 40 years’ experience in media as a journalist, including print as a reporter and columnist, radio as a producer and talkback presenter, and TV as a reporter, presenter and executive producer of news, current affairs programs and lifestyle programs. Read more.

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Associate Professor David Colquhoun

Associate Professor David Colquhoun is a cardiologist in private practice. He is also actively involved in research and preventative cardiology; these activities are reflected in his role on the Heart Foundation’s Heart Health and Research Committees. Read more. 

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Associate Professor Nicholas Cox

Associate Professor Nicholas Cox is an interventional cardiologist with an interest in infarct angioplasty and cardiogenic shock. A/Prof Cox was an early advocate for the use of radial access for coronary intervention and has published in this field. Read more. 

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Ms Isabelle Demir

Isabelle Demir has more than 20 years, experience in infrastructure investments and advisory across Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. She is Chair of the Heart Foundation’s Investment Committee. Read more.

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Ms Rebecca Davies AO

Rebecca Davies is a former lawyer and now holds a range of director and committee positions, mostly in health and related areas. Read more.

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Mr Stephen Halliday

Stephen Halliday has more than thirty years’ experience in a successful career across media, politics, government and government relations. Read more

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Mr Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys is a partner in Ashurst's Brisbane office. He specialises in employment, energy and resources, occupational health and safety, workplace relations and workplace training. Read more. 

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Professor Ray Mahoney

Ray Mahoney is the Discipline Lead of Population Health and Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University & Principal Research Scientist in the Australian eHealth Research Centre, Health & Biosecurity at CSIRO. Read more.

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Ms Jennifer Tucker

Jennifer Tucker has more than 20 years of experience across a range of senior marketing, sales and business leadership roles in the consumer products sector. Read more. 

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The Risk Audit and Governance Committee advises the Board on its audit, risk and governance compliance role and supports the Board to ensure the Heart Foundation operates effectively and meets it legal and compliance responsibilities.

Last updated25 June 2024