Board

Professor Fiona Stanley AC : Patron

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Patron

Fiona is a globally recognised epidemiologist who has spent most of her career in child and maternal health and birth disorders like cerebral palsy. She established the Meningitis Centre in 1992 with the help of Bruce Langoulant. She is also a founding member of the Telethon Kids Institute and was named Australian of the Year in 2003.

Bruce Langoulant : Chairman

Bruce Langoulant

Chairman

Bruce is the Chairman of Meningitis Centre Australia and has been the head of the not for profit for almost a quarter of a century after he was asked to join by our Patron Professor Fiona Stanley. Bruce’s daughter Ashleigh contracted Pneumococcal Meningitis at the age of six months. 25 years later he and his family have successfully lobbied for the introduction of several meningitis vaccines on to the National Immunisation Plan including Hib, Meningococcal C and Pneumococcal.

Barry Thornton :

Barry Thornton

Barry has spent a lifetime in media and communications and joined Meningitis Centre Australia 14 years ago in 2002 as CEO to help MCA achieve its goal of eliminating meningitis in Australia. In 2004 he played an important role in MCA's campaign to have the Australian Government add the pneumococcal vaccine to the National Immunisation Program.

Jane King :

Jane King

Jane King is the Head of Membership Development, at Artsource, the peak body for visual arts in Western Australia. She brings skills in financial management, governance, and private sector fundraising to Meningitis Centre Australia.

In 1991, Jane's son Andrew, contracted Hib. Happily, Andrew survived but Jane’s quest, is to promote more awareness of all types of meningitis and the vaccines available.

Sarah Johnston :

Sarah Johnston

Sarah knows firsthand about meningitis after her daughter Siobhan contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia disease at the age of seven months whilst on a family holiday in Ireland. Siobhan underwent intensive therapy, survived the disease and is now studying to become a nurse. Sarah is passionate about educating more people about meningitis and making people more aware that people can die within 24 hours if they don’t get medical assistance.

Dr Catherine Gangell :

Dr Catherine Gangell

The passion to improve health outcomes drove Catherine to pursue a successful career in Paediatric Respiratory disease research, before moving to a research governance role at a leading WA university. Her pursuit for the improvement of health in the community is a goal she wishes to achieve through Meningitis Centre Australia. Catherine brings her research background, governance knowledge and board expertise to the Centre.

Vicki Hobbs :

Vicki Hobbs

Vicki is mum to Holly, who survived Pneumococcal Meningitis and gained information, resources and support from Meningitis Centre Australia in June 2012 when she really needed it during Holly’s lengthy hospital stay. Vicki has now returned the favour by making more people aware of the disease by becoming a board member and using her energy to educate more people about the disease.

Linda Gibbs :

Linda Gibbs

Linda has worked for Meningitis Centre Australia for over 10 years as the Administration Manager. She brings her knowledge of administration and the day to day management of a not for profit agency, to the board.

Lisa D’Cruz :

Lisa D’Cruz

Lisa is the Communications Manager of Meningitis Centre Australia. She has spent over 12 years in the media as a radio and TV journalist and a Government Media Adviser. She liaises with stakeholders and clients on a regular basis and also runs the communications and social media department of the charity.