The Directors of Transplant Australia have elected a new Chairman to replace Dr Alan Amodeo who stepped down this month after five years in the role.
Deputy Chair, Mr Jason Ryan, a Melbourne lawyer who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Red Cross, Lifesaving Victoria and Transplant Australia, was elected Chair unanimously.
Jason formed a public company in 2000 with the sole purpose of raising funds for worthy charities. He is the Deputy General Counsel of TWE and is focused on legal reform on the organ and tissue donation and transplantation sector. In particular how first person authorisation can be embedded into the donation sector so that Australians have confidence that their decision to register as a donor can be honoured.
Mr Ryan recognised the efforts of Dr Amodeo in his five years as Chairman and looked forward to working with the office and fellow directors to help implement a new strategic plan for Transplant Australia through to 2018.
It focuses on three areas:
– Increasing donor rates to help those waiting for a transplant
– Providing valuable member services especially to those waiting for or struggling to live with their transplant
– Making Transplant Australia a financially sustainable organisation
CEO Chris Thomas said Jason came to the organisation not only with a vision for Transplant Australia and how it can help those waiting for a transplant but with practical advice on how to achieve that vision. He looked forward to working with Jason and the other directors to help all Australians touched by donation and transplantation.