David Simmons, OAM

David Simmons holds a number of director roles in the community and health sectors.

The former Australian Government Minister is a non-executive director of Western Health Alliance Limited. He is also a former director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute, a former Chair of the Bathurst Hospital Board, a former Chair of the National Heart Foundation (NSW Division), and a former Director of General Practice Training Valley to Coast Limited. From 2012 to 2015 David was the Chair of Western NSW Medicare Local.

Mr Simmons is a former teacher. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2001 for services to the New South Wales Central West and Hunter regions.

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James Wright

James Wright is the Chief Investment Officer at JBWere, managing the Markets and Investment Strategy Group, a position he has held since 2013.

Mr Wright has a strong finance background in strategy, economics and portfolio management, including a previous position as ING Investment Management Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities where he was on the Asian Leadership Team. Previous roles include Treasury Corporation of Victoria and the Commonwealth Treasury, in Canberra.

He has been active in Asthma Foundation New South Wales and Asthma Australia roles since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University.

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Board Members

Rosemary Calder

Rosemary Calder is a leading health and social policy expert and is Professor of Health Policy at the Mitchell Institute, Victoria University.  She leads the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, a national network of collaborating organisations and experts focussed on population health improvement through translation of evidence to policy and practice.

She has held positions as a senior executive in health policy and administration in both State and Commonwealth Departments of Health and was head of the Office for the Status of Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2000 to 2003. She has also served as Chief of Staff to a Victorian Minister for Health.

Rosemary has extensive experience in policy and organisational management and board governance in the not for profit sector. She is a sociologist and began her career as a journalist.

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Simone Carton

Simone Carton is CEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, a specialist medical society that promotes the practice of palliative medicine and facilitates professional development and support for its members.

Prior to this role, Simone was corporate lawyer and company secretary for the Advertising Standards Bureau and Australian Advertising Standards Council, and has worked in a diverse range of legal, governance and operational roles across the corporate, government and NFP sectors.

Simone has experience as a director on the Boards of the former Asthma Foundation ACT and the Australian Multiple Birth Association. As a parent of children with asthma, Simone also has personal experience with the challenges facing people with asthma and values the important support Asthma Australia provides.

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Marita Cowie

Marita Cowie is the CEO of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

She is a current member of a number of ministerial, commonwealth and state government committees in Queensland relating to general practice, health and medical education.

Marita joined the Asthma Foundation QLD Board in April 2013 and has been a member of the Asthma Australia Board since May 2014.

She holds a Master of Education, a Bachelor of Arts (Clinical Psychology) and a Bachelor of Business (Communication).

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Terry Evans

Terry Evans is an experienced lawyer and company director.

He currently performs the role of Chair for the University of South Australia Senate, the Adelaide and Hills Local Hospital Network ($450M budget), and is a director of the Northern Adelaide Medicare Local.

Mr Evans was the Managing Director and Chair of Minter Ellison SA and retains a role as a Special Counsel.

He has provided strategic and legal advice to the Asthma Australia Board over the last three years.

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Paul Sinclair AM

Paul Sinclair is a community pharmacist and pharmacy-business operator with more than three decades of experience in the sector.

Paul Sinclair is a Past President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NSW Branch, Past National Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and past Board member of Asthma Foundation Queensland and New South Wales. Paul Sinclair is also a past Chair and board member of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy and has had a long involvement with a number of community based not-for-profit organisations.

He is a strong advocate for community pharmacy and for the full utilisation of pharmacists in primary health care.


Rob Stobbe 

Rob Stobbe is Chief Executive Officer of utility SA Power Networks, a position he has held since 2010.

Mr Stobbe has held senior management positions across infrastructure sectors including electricity, water, gas, rail and telecommunications, both in Australia and overseas.

He is Chair of Operation Flinders Foundation, and a Board member of Business SA, Energy Networks Association, and the James Brown Memorial Trust.


Nicholas Thornton

Nicholas Thornton is an experienced leadership and performance educator, currently the Director of the Lauriston Institute and HR Manager (Teaching) at Lauriston Girls’ School.

Mr Thornton oversees recruitment, wellbeing, recognition and ongoing professional learning of teaching staff, enabling the school to work toward the best educational outcomes for students.

He is a former Regional Director and Principal in the government education service and General Manager of disability services for SCOPE, and a former teacher.

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