David Simmons

David Simmons, OAM

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

The former Australian Government Minister, he is also a former director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute & Western Health Alliance Ltd, 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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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.



Louise Schaper

Louise has built a career around digital innovation to drive better health.  After completing her Bachelor of Science to be an Occupational Therapist, she experienced first hand the risks and inefficiencies resulting from our reliance on paper-based healthcare systems.  This led her to her passion for health informatics in shaping a new future for Australian healthcare.

Louise has a Ph.D. in Information Systems (Health Informatics), 20+ years in healthcare, with 9+ years’ at the executive level.  She has extensive experience leading change and growth in the highly complex health sector.

She is currently the CEO of the Health Informatics Society of Australia, Honorary Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Non-Executive Director of Daylesford and Macedon Tourism Ltd and Owner and Company Director of Comperio Pty Ltd.

Louise brings to our Board strong leadership and governance experience, entrepreneurial spirit and drive and a passion for driving better health outcomes through technology – a key strategic focus for Asthma Australia over the coming years.

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Samantha Clark

Samantha is a passionate, commercially minded and skilled strategic executive with 20+ years experience across Medical, Media, Retail, Travel, Sport and Recreation, FMCG and Not-for-profit sectors.

Samantha spent several years at QML Pathology working closely with Clinical, Medical and operational experts overhauling marketing, governance framework, and policies around integrated health.

Samantha has experienced firsthand the consequences of severe asthma and the impact it has on wellbeing. Her personal connections to asthma, coupled with an MBA, Industry Fellow and Certified qualifications, allows her to demonstrate strong leadership, diverse skills, and passion in data-led customer-centric transformations, which is the heart of Asthma Australia.

Currently Group General Manager – Marketing Operations at Super Retail Group and Member of the QUT Alumni Board, Samantha is looking to optimise, progress and empower organisations.

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Chris Pearce

Dr. Christopher Pearce

Dr. Christopher Pearce has been involved in Health Informatics for over 20 years. Trained in Rural and Remote Medicine and General Practice, he worked for 13 years in rural Victoria. He assisted with the early adoption of GP desktop systems in the area and in developing distance education programs. He was a member of the Information Management Strategy Group (the first committee to advise the federal government on GP Informatics) and the General Practice Computing Group. Since moving to Melbourne in Y2000, he remains a practicing clinician in emergency, anaesthetics and general practice.

He completed a PhD on ‘Doctors, Patients and Computers, the New Consultation’ in 2008, and has written extensively on the adoption and use of computers in the consultation environment. As Clinical Adviser (research) to Outcome Health, he is working with data management and a shared electronic health record. He advises national bodies on policy issues pertaining to informatics and change management. He was the clinical design lead for the first three releases of Australia’s national health record (myHR) and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University.

His extensive wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion in the health sector is evident through the 50+ Refereed Journals and books that have been published.

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