Core organisational values & behaviours
We operate with:
Ethics and integrity
We will always act honestly, openly and directly with our constituents and the community to promote the best interests of the HD community.
Commitment to social justice
We want to see all people impacted by HD treated with equity by governments, other institutions and their communities.
We will recognise the personal hardship and sacrifice of many in the HD community, which impels us to advocate for their interests.
We will actively listen to our HD community stories, to inform shared decision making and action to address people’s concerns and goals.
Close connection to our community
Our Association is owned by and governed on behalf of our members. We will seek to understand what our members and others in the HD community tell us and respond to their expressed aspirations and concerns to the best of our ability.
The role of the Board is to set and monitor the strategic plan and budget for the Association. At the AGM on 23rd November 2019, the following members were elected to the Board.
Brian Rumbold – President
For the last 25 years Brian ran a consultancy providing strategic and process consulting to many different industries across Australia including IT, telecommunications, mining and metals processing, pharmaceuticals, education, government and not-for-profits. Prior to joining the board of Huntington’s NSW ACT, he served for over five years on the board of a major not-for-profit aged care provider specialising in dementia care.
Brian has a degree in Electrical Engineering and holds post-graduate qualifications in Business Administration and Theology. He is a member of his local Anglican church where he is currently a warden.
Brian joined the Board of the Association in 2011 and became Chairman in 2012. He is convinced that: “…the Association plays a vital role in giving the HD community a voice in areas of policy-making and service delivery that impact community members. What’s more, the Association gives the HD community a focal point for activities and events that bring people together to share experiences and support each other.”
Craig Dalli – Secretary
Craig joined the Board in 2019 and is currently serving as Secretary. He brings to the Board more than 35 years experience in Local Government with particular expertise in corporate governance, risk, commercial negotiations, economic and community development.
Craig’s goal is for the Association to continue to develop and expand its support and advocacy services for HD patients and their families and carers, facilitating greater awareness of the disease and creating a sustainable commercial model for the Association so it can deliver a wide range of programs and services. He is advocating for the development of stronger partnerships with government agencies, communities and the corporate sector to support the great work of the Association both financially and through providing resources.
Stephen Guthrie – Treasurer
Stephen joined the Board in November 2016. He is a director with accounting and financial advisory firm Prosperity Advisers and has more than 30 years’ experience providing strategic business advice, tax and accounting services.
Dr Therese Alting
Therese joined the Board in November 2015. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in research at Westmead Hospital Huntington’s Disease Service in NSW, primarily coordinating the Enroll-HD Study. She wrote her PhD thesis on the history of Huntington’s disease in Australia. Click here to read it.
Dr Alting is a former Board Secretary of Huntington’s NSW ACT.
Alison joined the Board in November 2017. Through the years Alison has enjoyed contributing to the Association by participating in Walk 4 Hope annually and supporting other fundraising. She is looking forward to the outcomes of research and trials that are currently underway worldwide.
Stephen joined the Board in June 2019. He has an extensive background in economic development, the not-for-profit and community sectors. Stephen is the deputy chair for the NSW division of Economic Development Australia and has over 10 years’ experience spearheading community and business related initiatives for local government. Stephen collaborates with a wide network of business associations, state and federal government agencies to facilitate the success of many business and community activities.
Katy joined the Board in November 2015. Over the last twenty years Katy has worked in sales, marketing and client service for asset management firms globally. Katy has a personal interest in Huntington’s disease, with a particular focus on youth connection, family support and research. She has been involved in a range of fundraising activities on behalf of Huntington’s NSW ACT and HD Research at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
Andrea became a Board Observer in February 2020. She has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and insurance industries, in senior roles including Head of Culture, Governance and Accountability and Head of Business Strategy and Operations at Westpac Bank. She has a degree in Business Management and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a Board Observer at Huntington’s NSW ACT Andrea has the opportunity to contribute her skills, connections and expertise to support the important work the organisation does by leveraging her capabilities which include strategy, stakeholder management and program delivery.