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.
The organisational statements, goals and detailed
action plans within the updated MS Queensland
2025 Strategic Plan reflect our aspirations and clearly
defines our role and responsibilities in our visionary
quest to eradicate MS, while we continue to support
those affected for as long as they want our help.
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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.
|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.
|Dan Lalor – Executive General Manager Fundraising
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.
|Karen Quaile – Executive General Manager Service Delivery
Karen has more than 25 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector and has held positions at senior management and deputy CEO level. Karen is dedicated to not-for-profit work because of the added focus on community involvement and excellent service provision.
Our service delivery team are a dedicated and passionate group of professionals whose goal is to improve the lives of people living with MS and other progressive neurological diseases by providing coordinated, caring and quality support.
|Adeline Hough – Executive General Manager People & Culture
From a background in social work supporting children and families, Adeline has built a longstanding career in organisations focused on empowering people to achieve outcomes that benefit them meaningfully in the long term.
Adeline is passionate about drawing connections between people, purpose and performance understanding the potential impact on Queensland’s communities when people are motivated to create real change.
She is a strong promoter of diversity and inclusion, and uses her position as a woman in leadership to promote the benefits of a diverse workforce and how this drives organisational development, capability, and engagement.
The People and Culture team are committed to delivering exceptional employee experience. We work with our leaders to attract, recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce who demonstrate the values of MS Queensland. We support and develop our employees to deliver quality services and products to our community.
|Anthony Ragusa – Executive General Manager, Corporate Services
Anthony is an accomplished C-Suite finance professional with experience across multiple sectors and disciplines. As a well-balanced analytical professional, Anthony’s philosophy and approach to corporate services is based around transparency, customer-centricity and empathy.
Our Corporate Services team supports the important work of our other teams by providing finance, IT and facilities support. The team makes sure everyone can do their jobs smoothly and efficiently.
|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.|
|1. ROGER BURRELL CHAIR
Board Member since 1996
Director and Vice-President of MS Australia. Solicitor. Director of Burrell Stockbroking Pty Ltd and related entities. Director of Access Funds Management Limited. Consultant to QM Properties and Property Solutions. Former partner of Clayton Utz (1987 2000) and Phillips Fox (2000–2006). Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
|2. JOHANNA ROCHE TREASURER
Board Member since 2010
Non-executive Director and Corporate Tax Consultant. Non-executive Director of Handball Australia and a number of 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.
|3. WENDY LOVELACE MEMBER
Board Member since 2008
MS Ambassador and advocate. Architect. Universal access consultant. Convenor of Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design. Person with MS.
|4. 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.
|5. 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.
|6. BRETT BASSETT MEMBER
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.
|7. VIVIENNE JOHNSON MEMBER
Board Member since 2017
Development Manager for Museum of Brisbane. Fundraising and marketing communication specialist. Former General Manager External Relations at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Centre. Former non-executive director of Epilepsy Queensland (until November 2017). Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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|View MS Life 2020 Summer Edition
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