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About Synapse

Our Board

About Synapse
 
 

Our Board

 

 

Melanie Farris

Melanie Farris

Non-Executive Director

Melanie is an experienced governance, communications and operations executive. Currently in governance roles with Invion Limited (ASX:IVX), Factor Therapeutics (ASX:FTT) and Telix Pharmaceuticals, previous roles include with HRH The Prince of Wales's Office (UK), Global Asset Management (UK), Imperial Cancer Research Fund (UK), and The Prince's Foundation (UK). Board experience includes Sands Queensland, Sands Australia National Council, and The Ambassadors Ball for Ambassadors and High Commissioners appointed to the Court of St James (UK). Melanie holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. 

John Chambers

John Chambers

Non-Executive Director

John had a varied experience in his early career - working as a carpenter, boat builder, commercial fisherman, and in real estate. He later gained entry to the University of Queensland where he graduated with degrees in Commerce and Law.

 

John commenced practice as a solicitor in 1991. In 1994 he was made a Senior Associate at Ebsworth and Ebsworth, becoming a Partner in 1996. In 1998 John became a Partner at Murphy Schmidt until his retirement in 2015. John also serves on the Queensland Board of the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia. 



Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

Non-Executive Director

Neil retired as Assistant Auditor-General with the Queensland Audit Office, after nearly 40 years' experience in financial and information systems external audit. He is a past President of the Queensland Division of CPA Australia, and was a Queensland Divisional Councilor for eight years. Currently he is the external Audit Committee Chair of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and an external member on the Audit Committees of the Departments of Housing and Public Works, Transport and Main Roads, and Premier and Cabinet.

 

Siena Perry

Siena Perry

Non-Executive Director

For over 12 years Siena has worked in Australia and internationally in the strategic communication, fundraising, digital communication, change management and engagement space, with a focus on not-for-profit organisations. She currently works for an Asia Pacific Internet governance and development organisation, and in the past has advised on strategic communication for the University of Queensland, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Suncorp Group, Queensland Government Department of Premier and Cabinet, Jeans for Genes Day and Surf Life Saving Foundation, among others. A family member of Siena's suffered a severe brain injury, and she serves in his memory.

Paul Raciborski

Paul Raciborski

Non-Executive Director

Paul experienced a severe brain injury as the result of a fall on 22 December 2003. Since then he has strived to make a difference for others who have been through similar experiences. Paul works as a Practice Leader in a residential home for three people with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. In his previous career he worked in corporate project management, with additional experience in manufacturing and supply chains. Paul is married with four children, his wife is the Principal of a special school. In his spare time he enjoys choral singing, rock climbing, mountaineering and woodwork.

Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson

Non-Executive Director

Anthony has over 25 years' experience in senior executive, consulting and company director roles in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. Originally qualifying in engineering, Anthony subsequently completed an MBA and further qualifications in areas including corporate governance and risk management. He has also lectured at QUT in Brisbane. In 2005 with three others Anthony founded and became Chairman of what has become the not-for-profit 'Safe Places for Children', operating number of states. Anthony currently serves as a director for a number of companies across Australia and Asia. He also spends time coaching senior management across private and government organisations.

Paul Watson

Paul Watson

Non-Executive Director

Paul Watson is a Director of Berrill & Watson Lawyers and is an expert in superannuation and life insurance. Paul has run seminars and workshops for disability support groups, financial counsellors and the consumer movement to improve the lives of people with a disability, injury or chronic illness for over a decade. Paul was awarded an Honorary Life membership with Palliative Care Queensland as a result of the support he provided to that organisation.

 

Dr Paul White

Dr Paul White

Non-Executive Director

Dr Paul White (MB, BS, FRANZCP) has extensive experience in many facets of health care, including: governance; education; sector planning, development and management; clinical leadership; public health; and, direct clinical care. He has held a number of leadership, strategic and influential positions in the health care sphere. He is a psychiatrist working in across the state of Queensland and has a particular interest in Far North Queensland. He is Clinical Director of the Specialist Disability Assessment and Outreach Team, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland.  He has based his career in trying to understand the experiences and illness of marginalised people.

 

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl

Non-Executive Director

Michael is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has worked in senior commercial and financial roles for over 25 years. He also bring broad operational and systems expertise from his time working within a diverse portfolio of businesses. Michael is focused on supporting the team at Synapse to continue delivering high levels of care and service as they transition through the implementation of NDIS. 

 

Perrin Moss

Perrin Moss

Observer

Perrin has been leading large-scale, multi-site projects across the health and tertiary education sectors for almost ten years.  In his current role at Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, he has a portfolio of state-wide child and youth health projects that focus on integration, innovation and partnership development.  Perrin has a successful track record in acquiring competitive grant and philanthropic funding to initiate projects, and has successfully transitioned many large scale projects into business as usual programs through securing recurrent funding sources.  Perrin holds a Bachelor of Business (International Business and Management) and a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Media and Communication).  Perrin also serves as the Queensland State Coordinator for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth.

 

Hannah Hiscox

Hannah Hiscox

Observer

Hannah is a chartered accountant and registered company auditor with over 16 years professional experience.  She is currently a Director in the Audit and Assurances team at Grant Thornton Australia and audits a portfolio of charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).  Hannah holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies).

 

 

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