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Board & Governance

We're a community organisation

The Gift of Life Incorporated activities are governed by its Board in accordance to the Gift of Life Constitution. The Board welcomes participation from the broad cross-section of the Australian community, particularly those with a personal connection to organ and tissue donation. 

Our Board meets regularly to determine action. We lobby both the Australian, ACT and occasionally interstate governments on policy-related issues at the political level. We work closely with the Australian Government's Organ and Tissue Authority and participate in DonateLife ACT policy advisory groups. Our Board also organises community awareness raising events.
 

Our Board

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Graham Smith
Vice President 

Graham Smith is on the Board and is former Chief Operating Officer of the National Museum of Australia.  Prior to joining the Museum in 2010, Graham Smith worked at the Royal Australian Mint for four years, firstly as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and then Acting Chief Executive Officer. He was influential in leading the Mint through major transformational change in both visitor facilities and work processes. Mr Smith’s public service career has spanned more than 30 years, with experience in the provision of both policy and corporate advice in executive and senior management positions in the Department of Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of the Assistant Treasurer. He is active in a range of Canberra-based community organisations and sits on a number of Australian Capital Territory Government advisory boards

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Aaron Green
Board Member

Aaron Green became involved  in raising awareness for organ donation after he tragically lost his younger brother in 2013.  His brother changed the lives of 8 transplant recipients. 

Aaron is the Director Leasing at JLL and has worked within the Canberra commercial property market for over twelve years. 

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Geoff Mason
Board Member

Geoff is a live donor, having donated one of his kidneys to his daughter, whose own kidneys were attacked by an auto-immune disease when she was 14. Read more on Susannah’s transplant story here.


Geoff is a former senior IT manager with over 30 years experience with the Department of Defence and is currently enjoying life in retirement.

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Mallie Taylor
Board Member

Mallie became involved with raising awareness for Organ and Tissue donation when her husband, Matthew, passed away after being turned down for a lung transplant, because there weren't enough donors.

 

Mallie is originally from the US, and is a photographer.  In her free time, she fosters kittens.

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Scott Clouder
Board Member

Scott is from the UK and arrived in Canberra in 2010 to work in the public service. His life got touched by organ donation when his mum's chronic kidney failure became worse.  After much testing, logistics and coordination between the Australian and UK health systems, Scott was able to return to the UK to donate one of his kidneys. An Australian government scheme had just been introduced that helped cover his sick leave. He wants to encourage living donors and is excited by the possibilities of concepts like paired donation where careful planning can mean that hitherto "un-matchable" recipients can find a donor. Scott has previously served in voluntary roles on the board of a HIV/AIDS charity and on an LGBTIQ Ministerial advisory council.

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James Bancroft
Treasurer

James' oldest daughter received a kidney transplant in 2014 at the age of 8. 

James is an Associate Director for KPMG. He is is an experienced financial analyst, project manager and logistics specialist with extensive expertise in the development of complex, strategically focussed Defence projects and systems. 

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Justine Curnow
Board Member

Justine Curnow is an 
Assistant Secretary at Arts COVID Recovery and Response

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Nicole Quinn
Board Member

Nicole has a personal interest in organ donation through friends and family.

Nicole Quinn is the principal of Quinntessential GR, a government relations advisory firm based in Canberra.  She has with over 20 years’ experience in advocacy and stakeholders engagement including working for federal ministers/parliamentarians.  

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Taryn Vassallo
Board Member

Taryn became passionate about organ donation awareness when her husband David was fortunate enough to receive a liver transplant due to an aggressive autoimmune disease in 2019. 

 

A nurse, she has spent the last 12 years working as a coordinator at a not-for-profit community centre facilitating community programs. 

 

Taryn also holds a position on Transplant Australia’s Community Support and Education Advisory Group.

Past Presidents

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Cath Scott

Catherine is a corneal transplant recipient. She also sits on the Organ and Tissue Authority led Community Engagement Group and the Eye and Tissue Advisory Committee.  See Catherine's story here.

Catherine is a business and events management contractor for small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and think tanks.  Catherine has held positions in senior management, policy and research roles in think tanks, small business, state and federal government departments. 

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David O'Leary

President August 2010-October 2020
Board Member October 2020-2023

A liver transplant recipient at Austin Hospital Melbourne in 1990.  Became a Gift of Life Board Member in 2008 and was President from 2010-20. See David's story here.

David had a work career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade becoming a Division head and had a range of overseas postings including as Consul-General in New Caledonia and later Hong Kong.

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Anne Cahill Lambert AM

President 2007-August 2010

Anne became seriously ill with a significant lung disease in 2004 and was listed for a lung transplant.  She was shocked to discover the extremely low organ donation rates and used her health management skills to advocate for improvements.  She was one of many voices who called for national leadership on organ and tissue donation matters:  that call was answered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who himself had been the beneficiary of tissue donation.  By 2008, a national approach was announced and Anne was appointed to the inaugural Council for the Australian Organ & Tissue Authority in 2009, relinquishing that role in 2013.  Anne was also a Council Member of the National Health & Medical Research Council and chaired the ACT Remuneration Tribunal.  She has worked and volunteered in the health sector for more than forty years.

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