Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Volunteering their skills and experience from a wide range of sectors.

The Board of Directors is elected by the Members of the organisation for a two year period with half standing down annually. The Board is ultimately responsible for the governance and performance of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).

The Board consists of an elected President, a Chairman (these may be the same person), and other Directors. The maximum size of our Board is nine, and the majority of the Board have a disability.

All Directors operate in a voluntary capacity. They meet at least once a month and more frequently if required. In addition, many of them serve on sub-committees of the Board, which look at specific areas of operation or issues of interest.

President

Christine Tink

Christine is the owner of an Australia-wide interiors and homewares business, selling to retail customers online; and directly to commercial customers.

With a lifelong career in the fashion trade, and currently employing over twenty staff, Christine is fully engaged with the needs of modern business. A motor vehicle accident in 2008 left her with a C4/C5 spinal cord injury.

President

Chairman

Michael Rabbitt

Michael has an extensive corporate career in the insurance industry at IAG and NRMA, which gives him a strong understanding of the needs of member-based organisations. His wealth of experience includes managing profitable portfolios, leading teams of people and developing and implementing strategy. Michael became a paraplegic as a result of a compensable work accident in 1992.

Chairman

Deputy President

Chris Nicholls

Chris owns and manages an accessibility consultancy, occupational therapy service, and a start-up rehabilitation platform that utilises sensor technology.

He has also held numerous management roles and worked at SCIA for ten years, has a background in IT, and is a current Board Member at Wheelchair Sports NSW. Chris is a T6 paraplegic after a motorcycle accident.

Deputy President

Deputy Chairman

Stewart Calderwood

Stewart’s corporate background is in the finance sector and he has more than 25 years’ experience in London and Australia, currently with Ord Minnett. Stewart brings to SCIA client relationship management experience across a wide range of institutional and corporate clients. Stewart became involved with the Back Up Trust, a UK charity, after a diving accident left him temporarily paralysed.

Deputy Chairman

Board Director

Paul Crake

Paul is the Director of Total Ability Pty Ltd, which supports people in the disability community with all aspects of driving and vehicular access. Through his previous role at KPMG he has in-depth knowledge of industry funding arrangements, working with the NDIS both from a participant and provider viewpoint, and developing viable business models in the Australian disability space.

Paul became a T4 paraplegic after being blown from his racing bike into a fence post during a cycling race in New Zealand in 2006.

Board Director

Board Director

Leesa Addison

Leesa is a digital product and business transformation consultant, former Chief Information Officer and senior executive with 25 years’ experience working in technology and innovation.

She has worked as a CIO for both membership and disability organisations, with broad experience working across all types of business structures and sizes. She assists organisations to identify and develop new products and solutions and builds technology environments focussed on transforming business models, operating environments and managing enterprise risk.

Board Director

Board Director

George Panos

George is currently the CEO of a Global Design and Environmental practice. His previous role was as CFO of a Australia wide Architectural and Design practice. He has extensive business, commercial experience across several industries. George previously worked for companies such as PwC, CSR, GUD group and Boral. He is a qualified accountant, lawyer and has completed an MBA.

Board Director

Board Director

Glen Davis OAM

Glen Davis is Professor of Clinical Exercise Sciences at the University of Sydney, where he is also Director of the Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit within the Sydney School of Health Sciences. His main research and innovation activities are to deploy novel assistive technologies, surveillance technologies and other medical devices to clinical populations to improve ‘dose-potency’ of exercise for health, fitness and functional outcomes in these populations. He has a particular focus on the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and robotic technologies, including neuroprostheses, for individuals with spinal cord injury and stroke, to improve their quality of life.

Board Director

Board Director

Michelina Pelosi

Michelina has worked in a variety of roles and industries from administration to marketing and in recent years also training and public speaking. Michelina has owned her own bridal business and worked for organisations including Qantas, SC Johnson, TAFE NSW, PBF Australia and more recently Total Ability and SDA Liveable Homes. Michelina has also worked for SCIA providing peer support.

Michelina has travelled extensively promoting a lived experience to empower and encourage people with disability to live a life unbroken. She sustained a L2/T12 spinal cord injury following a motor vehicle accident in 1989.

Board Director

Board Director

David Ham

David is owner operator of “Nundi”, an 850 Ha wool-growing property located at Oberne Creek in NSW. He is a high functioning incomplete quadriplegic following a bicycle accident in 2017 resulting in a spinal cord injury to C3/C4.

He has strong interests in sailing his International Flying Dutchman Class dinghy and continues cycling on a recumbent tricycle. He is also the deputy captain of the local RFS brigade.

David has a particular interest in the challenges facing people living with disability in regional Australia.

Board Director