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The Board

jason-ryan-transplant-australiaJason Ryan / Chairman

Jason was elected Chairman in April 2015 and is helping to lead a new strategic plan for Transplant Australia. He has a background in volunteering his time to raise funds for worthy organisations including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Red Cross and Lifesaving Victoria.

Professor Petrina Coventry

Petrina is an ethicist with more than 20 years’ experience in global leadership roles with The General Electric Company, Coca Cola and Proctor & Gamble. Petrina is a director at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (Centre for Male Health) a Board Member of the Skin Cancer College Australasia, Regional Development Australia, and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Health and Safety and the Australian Human Resource Institute as well as a World Lacrosse Ethics Commissioner.

Michelle Daley

Michelle is a Public Health and Education specialist with 35 years’ experience working across government and non-government sectors. Michelle’s extensive health charity experience includes senior policy and program management roles with the Heart Foundation, Asthma Australia and Cancer Council NSW, where she is currently a health policy lead. Michelle is a liver transplant recipient and was recently awarded the Athlete of the Games at the World Transplant Games.

Dr Rohit D CostaDr Rohit D’Costa / Director

Dr Rohit D’Costa is a Melbourne-based intensivist and the Medical Director of DonateLife Victoria.

Lisa Gavin / Director and Company Secretary

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant who has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She is currently Head of Tax and Accounting Services at BT Financial Group.

Lisa joined the Board of Transplant Australia in March 2018 as she has a desire to utilise her skills and experience to make a difference to people’s lives.

Dr Georgina Irish

Dr Irish is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; The Director of Projects and Analytics for the Australian and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry, and the Research Fellow for the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group. Dr Irish is Transplant Australia’s new Medical Director.

Colin Liebmann

Colin Liebmann is an experienced business professional and director. His passion for donation arises from the living gift given by his wife to their son. Colin has also volunteered his time to the Living Kidney Donor Group which is now incorporated under Transplant Australia’s work.

Ms Heidi Monsour

Heidi is a marketing strategist with over 25 years’ experience across various industries including education, sports, travel and tourism. Heidi, a recent kidney recipient, also brings with her board experience with non-executive director roles on the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Community Trust and Braille House.

Chris Thomas / CEO

Chris Thomas is the CEO of Transplant Australia, a role he has held for more than 16 years. A former journalist, Chris has held senior management roles with the Australian Medical Association (NSW), the National Heart Foundation and the Advertising Federation of Australia. He is a former member of the Advisory Council to the Organ & Tissue Authority. He recently concluded an eight-year presidency with the World Transplant Games Federation.

Life Members

Mr David Cairns*

NSW (1990)

Mr Brian Donovan

VIC (1992)

Mr Max King*

SA (1995)

Mr Gary Lowe*

NSW (2000)

Ms Heather Edgell

NSW (2000)

Ms Chris Tew*

VIC (2000)

Mr Mark Cocks AM*

NSW (2002)

Mr Warwick Duncan

VIC (2003)

Prof. Daryl Wall AM

QLD (2003)

Ms Jan Wall

QLD (2003)

Dr Antony Harding*

NSW/TAS (2007)

Mr Ian Patten*

SA (2007)

Mrs Lyn Budge*

VIC (2009)

Mr Jeff Sewell

NSW (2013)

Mrs Margaret Hill

NSW (2013)

Mr Richard Hayes

QLD (2015)

Ms Julie Edwards

NSW (2018)

Mr George Hobson

WA (2019)

Ms Margaret Martin

WA (2023)

Mr Bernie Morellini

SA (2023)

Ms Nerida Morellini

SA (2023)

Mr Gordon Rutty

QLD (2023)

* Deceased

Transplant Australia Achievement Awards

Outstanding Achievement

Matty Hempstalk (2016)

Kevin Green (2014)

Distinguished Service

Sheryl Power, Vicki Bellingham, Julie Moloney (2018)

Margaret Martin and Karen Knuckey (2016)

Margaret Beattie (2014)