We exist to help people living with MS to get the best out of life; to advocate for change and to search for a cure.
In Queensland, nobody has a better knowledge of the disease nor assumes a greater role in education and raising awareness of MS than us.
We play a pivotal role in quality control and ensuring that people with MS are having their needs met, and in advocating on their behalf.
Our promise is to put our customers’ well being at the centre of everything we do. We will achieve this by being accessible – there when and how we’re needed, flexible – understanding that situations change, authentic – approachable and real and connecting – giving you the support you need.
Our values of Respect, Hope, Commitment and Collaboration were chosen by our staff and ring true in all we do.
We believe these values will best enable us to deliver upon the vision, purpose and mission of MS Queensland:
RESPECT: people really matter to us and so we show respect in all our relationships and interactions with others.
HOPE: we never give up offering real hope, no matter how long it takes or how challenging the situation.
COMMITMENT: we always do our best for our clients, our organisation and for each other.
COLLABORATION: we believe the way to achieve great results is by working together.
A comprehensive list of behaviours has been created by our staff to help guide staff and volunteers to live-out the new values of the organisation.
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David Curd – CEO
David Curd is an experienced CEO and board member with a wealth of experience in the health and human services sector, specifically disability, employment, training and mental health services.
He has worked successfully across not-for-profit organisations for more than 20 years, with an unwavering commitment to making a positive difference within communities and supporting people to achieve optimum quality of life and independence.
Jillian Paull – Executive General Manager, Services & Operations
Jillian brings a wealth of experience implementing strategies to address service challenges, including strategic planning, program design, change management, business development, service and planning design, and building stakeholder relationships. Jillian is passionate about making a difference in communities, and uses this principle to guide her career.
Jillian joins MS Queensland from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and has previously worked for not-for-profit organisations as well as with State, Territory, and Commonwealth Governments.
Dan Lalor – Executive General Manager, Supporter Impact
Dan started his not-for-profit career in 2011 as a fundraiser and then moved into the corporate partnerships areas of fundraising. Dan has managed award-winning fundraising events for MS Queensland for many years and now oversees the fundraising team responsible for raising over $8 million annual to ensure no one faces MS alone.
Our fundraising team are an energetic and creative group of people who raise funds and awareness to support the services we provide to people living with MS and to fuel research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for MS.
Sophie Graham – Executive General Manager, Customer Impact
Sophie is a dynamic, passionate, and innovative leader with extensive experience in business strategy, customer experience, brand, marketing, digital, and communications. Working across a wide range of highly competitive service industries, Sophie has found her passion in human services with a particular interest in disability services.
Sophie’s knowledge and experience will keep the needs of those living with MS and other neurological conditions central to decision making, ensuring our customers and supporters are at the heart and DNA of our organisation.
Zane Ali – Executive General Manager, Corporate Services
Zane has over 14 years’ experience spanning public practice, manufacturing, retail and the not-for-profit sectors. Zane is driven by the motivation of providing a better society for future generations. Zane’s vision is to actively shape the support offered to customers and their families, advocates and searches for a cure in a pursuit of a world free of MS.
Deidre Roos-Korf – Executive General Manager, People & Culture
Deidre is an accomplished executive leader with 25 years’ experience in multiple industries across both private and public sectors within Australia and overseas, including South Africa and the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology, an MBA, and is a fellow with the Australian HR institute. Her areas of interest are in organisational transformation and change, as well as employee wellbeing.
Deidre previously performed the roles of Executive Director People and Culture at Children’s Health Queensland (Lady Cilento) and Senior Executive Director Human Resources at Sidra Medicine in Qatar.
Rebecca Freath – Executive General Manager, Governance & Legal
Rebecca is a solicitor and qualified Company Secretary with a background in health, community services, aged care, and the energy/resources sector. Rebecca has a unique skill base and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Rebecca is committed to strengthening organisational governance to enhance transparency, build confidence, and deliver high-quality advice and information – ensuring MS Queensland is well equipped for quality service delivery and future growth.
Our Board establishes the organisation’s strategic direction, monitors progress towards the achievement of our strategic objectives and performs a very important governance function for the organisation.
Brett Bassett – Chair
Board Member since 2017
Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Certified Fraud Examiner. Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Education.
Johanna Roche – Treasurer
Board Member since 2010
Non-executive Director and Corporate Tax Consultant. Non-executive Director of Handball Australia and several private companies. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Member of the Tax Institute of Australia. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Former Partner of PwC Australia.
Wendy Lovelace – Member
Board Member since 2008
MS Ambassador and advocate. Architect. Universal access consultant. Convenor of Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design. Person living with MS. Member of Queensland Accessible Transport Advisory Council (QATAC).
Carmel Macmillan – Member
Board Member since 2013
Chair and non-executive director of various Boards and sub-committees. Marketing and corporate strategy specialist. Principal of CM Strategy Consulting. Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tracey Parker – Secretary
Board Member since 2011
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Pradella Group, a large private builder and developer of residential, commercial and industrial properties in South East Queensland. Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Vivienne Johnson – Member
Board Member since 2017
Development Manager, Philanthropy at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Fundraising and marketing communication specialist. Former General Manager External Relations at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Centre. Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Board member for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.
Shaun Treacy – Member
Board Member since 2021
Strategic and Financial Adviser. 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment banking. Former Managing Director of J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Nomura and UBS. Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Bachelor of Commerce. Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment.
Kimberley Pierce – Member
Board Member since 2021
General Manager of Gold Coast Private Hospital, Pacific Day Hospital, and Tweed Day Hospital. Board member for the Gold Coast Regional Committee for Australian Institute of Company Directors. Member of Health Advisory Board for Bond University. Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing. Graduate of Advanced Management Program at INSEAD University in Paris.
Nick Wells – Member
Board Member since 2021
Owner of Better Medical. Extensive background in management consulting, investment banking, corporate governance, capital markets, and fast-growing businesses. Former Manager at Ernst & Young. Bachelor of Finance and a Bachelor of Engineering.
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In this MS Life Summer 2020 Edition, we focus on the concept of connection as we explore the relationship with ourselves and others. We discover laughter yoga with HeatherJoy, get a lesson in gardening with Darryl, cook healthy summer recipes with Gemma and see the beauty in art with Amanda. We’ll also hear from our incredible Ambassadors on their self-care tips and launch our Best Life Project with a life-changing story of a family reconnected by Specialist Disability Accommodation.
|View MS Life 2019/20 Summer Autumn Edition
In this issue of MS Life we bring you Rachel Kerr’s story and experience of parenting and MS, and her partner Shannon shares his experience from a partner’s perspective too. We’ve also got stories about what the NDIS has done to help Ursula Lockwood and we tell you the story of Hello Yello, an inclusive clothing company.
|View MS Life Volume II 2019
MS Queensland’s MS Life magazine. Volume II reflects on MS Queensland’s 60th Birthday year and moves the magazine into a new era of health and lifestyle content from the community for the community.
|View MS Life Volume I 2018
This edition of our MS Life magazine celebrates our 60th birthday and is dedicated to all of our MS community. Thank you for being a part of MS Queensland’s 60 year history. It’s you, our community, that are at the heart of what we do.
|View MS Life Spring 2017
On the cover of this edition is Anne-Marie who doesn’t let her MS stop her. Anne-Marie has lived with MS for 26 years but is incredibly positive and ecourages other people with MS to “try not to let it rule your life.” Other news includes the opening of our Albany Creek Apartments, the launch of our Project Dignity 120 initiative, and introducing our NeuroServices Suite.
|MS Life Autumn 2017
On the cover of this edition is Pam who lives positively with MS. Pam was