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Board of Directors

Professor Watson – Chairman

Professor Charles Watson is a neurobiologist and public health physician. He has over 25 of experience teaching brain anatomy to medical and science students. He has held many senior public health and academic positions, including that of Chief Health Officer for WA. Professor Watson is the Executive Dean of Health Sciences at Curtin University of Technology.

John McLean – Treasurer

John McLean is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 40 years’ business experience. He qualified in London with accounting firm Deloitte and spent 16 years with them, including 5 years as a partner.  John was sponsored to Australia by Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) where he spent six years before becoming General Manager and then CEO of law firm Jackson McDonald, a role he retired from in August 2013. John is a professional director and runs his own management consultancy firm. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course (GAICD) and a member of the Securities Institute, FINSIA.

Professor Peter Silbert – Member

Clinical Professor Peter Silbert completed his undergraduate Medical degree through the University of Western Australia in 1984, graduating with honours. He undertook his residency and postgraduate medical training at Royal Perth Hospital, then his neurology training through the Western Australian state Neurology training programme. Postgraduate fellowships were undertaken at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota USA in the areas of Clinical Neurology and Neurophysiology.

Upon his return to Perth, he worked until 2012 concurrently in the Public and Private Health system in Clinical Neurology and in an administrative role as head of Department of Neurology at Royal Perth Hospital, State Director of Neurology and finally Head of Adult Neurology Services before moving to full-time private practice. He continues to have an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, Telehealth and Community Neurology.

Dr Linda Friedland – Member

An international health professional, medical doctor and corporate advisor with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of clinical medicine and 15 years of consulting and advisory to leading global companies, Dr Friedland is also a well-regarded international speaker and a best-selling author of five books. She is an authority on executive and corporate health, stress management and women’s health.

With a background of 20 years in clinical medicine combined with strategy expertise, Friedland consults internationally to healthcare, corporate and financial institutions. She has developed and implemented numerous health, lifestyle and illness prevention programs for corporations through Asia, USA, Australia, Africa and the UK. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Etta Palumbo – Member

Etta Palumbo has over 30 years’ experience in management, strategy, research, business development and marketing roles in government and top-tier professional services firms. She is currently Director Business Development, Marketing & Transformation at the Public Trustee-Department of Justice.

Etta is passionate about positive ageing and protecting elderly and vulnerable Western Australian’s. She is Chairman of aged care and retirement living provider, SwanCare Group, and a committee member of the Alliance for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

Ian Passmore OAM – Member

Ian Passmore OAM was a co-founder of the Neurological Council of Western Australia. He has held senior roles at professional, executive and board level in scientific and medical research, education, health and community services, in particular within the university, hospital, government (all levels), not-for-profit, sporting and community development sectors.

Ian is a member of CPA Australia, Biotech Australia, Australian Society of Microbiology and the Graduate Management Association. He has co-authored several publications in medical research and molecular biology and holds an MBA and science, education and commerce qualifications.

Ian was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001 and Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the community of Western Australia.

Karene Primrose – Member

Karene Primrose is a lawyer and partner at Jackson McDonald, practising in general commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Karene’s practice has a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution and she is a nationally accredited mediator under the National Mediation Accreditation Standards. Karene also serves on a number of Commonwealth and State alternative dispute resolution panels as a mediator and conciliator and is appointed as a Senior Session member of the State Administrative Tribunal.

In addition to serving on a number of boards and committees, Karene is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Director, Law Society of Western Australia and Women on Boards.

Marianne Slattery

Marianne Slattery has worked in health care for over 48 years. She has a Bachelor of Nursing (Science) degree and qualifications in orthopaedic nursing, obstetrics, paediatrics and health services management.

With extensive clinical and administrative experience, Marianne has worked in surgical and orthopaedic trauma and high dependency units. She has also held positions of charge nurse, clinical nurse specialist, after-hours care coordinator and coordinator of acute care services.

Marianne was Director of Nursing at St John of God Bunbury, before taking up an appointment as the Regional Nurse Director for the West Australian Country Health Services (WACHS) – South West. She holds the palliative care portfolio for all WACHS regions that involve participation in State planning committees.