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MS Queensland is a registered non-profit organisation that is the first-choice for MS information, education, treatment, care and support across Queensland.

Our vision is a world free from multiple sclerosis (MS) and its devastating impact.

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

Our values of Respect, Community, 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: With integrity always

COMMUNITY: Connecting with shared purpose

COMMITMENT: Giving it your all

COLLABORATION: Together unleashing potential

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.

Our Patron

MS Queensland is delighted to announce, Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland has chosen to continue to be our Patron.

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM – Governor of Queensland

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM – Governor of Queensland

We’re honoured to work with Her Excellency in supporting the almost 4,000 Queenslanders living with MS during her term in office. It’s a privilege to continue our strong association with the Queensland Governor into the future.


 

Our Leaders

David Curd – Chief Executive Officer (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.


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.


Paul Brunyee – Executive General Manager, Services & Operations

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in service delivery where he’s championed operational excellence through continuous improvement, as well as customer and employee engagement. Paul’s worked in multiple business streams across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions.

Paul is committed to ensuring our customers and their families are provided quality services, allowing them to live full and independent lives.


Victoria Andrews CFRE – General Manager, Supporter Impact

Victoria has worked in the profit for purpose section for over 11 years and has extensive experience developing sustainable marketing and fundraising strategies that build trust, loyalty, and revenue. Her team drives a “best at thank you” culture at MS Queensland and Victoria is committed to reporting back on impact and delivering exceptional experiences for supporters to ensure no one faces MS alone.

Victoria is the Chair of the Fundraising Institute of Australia Queensland Committee and holds Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Practice Credentials.


Heather Poynter – General Manager, People & Culture

Heather has over 20+ years’ experience in strategic and operational human resources, both in Australia ad globally. For the last 10 years, Heather has driven people-focused initiatives in not-for-profit, disability, and health industries.

She is passionate about being a change leader and strategic business partner, supporting people through learning and development, and growth opportunities.


Susanne Behrendt – Executive General Manager, Corporate Services & Company Secretary

Susanne is an experienced executive leader, Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA). With over 10 years in the NFP sector and 7 years with accounting firm KPMG across Australia and Europe, she brings a high degree of excellence and experience both in business operations and governance to MS Queensland.

Susanne has a passion for robust governance, continuous improvement processes and a track record of implementing best practice systems. These are the foundations on which she builds strong relationships between customer-facing and back office functions to closely align her teams’ culture with the organisation’s mission to help people living with MS to get the best out of life.

Our Board

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.


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. Former board member for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Epilepsy Queensland.


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.


Michael Stott – Member

Board Member since 2021

Director City Strategy and Place for Urbis PTY. 20+ years’ experience in strategic design and urban planning of new cities, large-scale urban regeneration projects, and precincts worldwide. A highly respected industry leader for significant contributions to the fields of city strategy, urban design, master planning, and placemaking.​


Alarna Lane-Mullins

Alarna Lane-Mullins – Member

Board Member since 2022

General Manager for People at the Department of Transport and Main Roads. 20+ years of experience providing organisations advice on people, performance, diversity, inclusion, and safety matters. Member of numerous Queensland Government Committees and Boards. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Executive Masters in Public Administration. Bachelor of Law. Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management.


Rebecca Freath – Member

Board Member since 2022

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).


MS Life Magazine

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
determined not to let her diagnosis impact her job as a teacher aide or get in the way of her spending time with her much loved grandchildren and travelling the world. Other news includes World MS Day, NDIS updates and a research breakthrough.