“Our Mission is to provide every stroke survivor and carer access to information and peer support services they need to re-engage with their community.”
Governance - Our Board
Colin has over 40 years' experience in various Senior Executive roles in the Financial Services industry from Corporate Lending through to Risk Management, advising companies from SME to Public Companies. He has recently retired after 19 years as State Manager of a division of major international Risk Consulting & Broking company, Marsh.
Colin's interest and passion in stroke comes from a deep, personal understanding, having supported his mother through a stroke and the many years beyond.
Bob Slater, AM
Bob is a retired Senior Australian Army Officer and Civil Engineer who for seven years was also CEO of an Aged Care organisation. Bob is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Kew and is a former District Director of Vocational Service and Assistant Governor in Rotary District 9800.
In 2015, he received a District 9800 PHF for his Life After Stroke program and a RI President Vocational Leadership Award for this and other Rotary vocational programs he has initiated. In 1992, Bob was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Through personal experience as a Carer for his wife, Ruth, who had a stroke in 2006, Bob has a driving interest in the use of networks and mentoring to find solutions to difficulties faced by many Stroke Survivors and Carers seeking to reclaim their previous life.
Scott is an experienced Legal Advisor and is Executive Director of Buchanan Legal Services, specialising in Intellectual Property, Technology and Business Law. Scott also advises clients on Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and confidential information matters including Due Diligence, Licensing and Litigation. Scott is dual qualified as a Lawyer and Registered Trade Marks Attorney.
Scott has Corporate in-house experience advising on a range of business acquisitions, regulatory matters and international joint ventures. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Scott also has a keen interest in advising clients on matters of Corporate Governance.
James Harkness is a seasoned Business Executive with extensive financial, commercial and operational experience in Senior Leadership roles across a variety of industries. A Chartered Accountant and AICD Graduate, James has led large, multi-disciplinary teams including IT, Legal & HR and has strong expertise in risk and governance. James has recently held roles including Head of Finance for Jetstar Airways and Chief Financial Officer for Capitol Health Ltd and CareerOne Group.
James has been an active Volunteer and Leader for the past 18 years with Camp Quality, a charity dedicated to creating a better life for every child living with cancer. He recently became a member of the Stroke Association of Victoria following the passing of his father after a number of strokes.
Dr Carli Roulston
Dr Roulston commenced research in stroke during her PhD studies at Monash University in 2000 with Professor Bevyn Jarrott. In July 2001, she was recruited to the Howard Florey Institute with funding from Neuroscience Victoria to establish stroke models for assessing novel flavonoid compounds for neuroprotection (now NeuProtect). In 2009, Dr Roulston was appointed Team Leader of Stroke at the O'Brien Institute for Tissue Engineering, where she investigated the role of angiogenesis in stem cell transplant for brain repair (NHMRC #628767).
In 2013, she relocated to the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, as Team Leader of Neurotrauma Research. Current projects include; investigating drug treatments that target the neurovascular unit after stroke; and the use of implantable electrodes to monitor and map brain recovery during electrical stimulation in collaboration with the Bionics Institute.
Dr Wei-Peng Teo
With an interest in neuro-rehabilitation, Dr Teo works specifically to further research into how non-invasive brain stimulation can help prepare the brain to maximise rehabilitation outcomes for patients affected by stroke.
He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University and his research includes focuses on:
— Effects of exercise on brain plasticity in healthy ageing and chronic neurological disorders;
— Effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on learning and cognition in stroke;
— Brain-computer interface robotic training for neuro-rehabilitation; and
— Effects of sleep deprivation and shift work on brain function.
Dr Teo's research is working to identify optimal exercise parameters to maximise improvements in patients. Currently, Dr Teo's project is testing the feasibility of an online rehabilitation platform.
Justin is a recognised change management and transformation expert having led project outcomes associated with some of Victoria's largest major infrastructure projects. With a focus on Strategy Visioning, Business Case Development and Contract Negotiation, Justin has over 15 years' experience in Management consulting with State and Local Government agencies and departments and to the Corporate sector.
Justin is a passionate member of Melbourne Rotary, having also recently served as President of Yarra Bend Rotary, awarded the Paul Harris Fellow and developed & project led the 'life after stroke mentoring training program' through a partnership between Rotary and SAV in 2014/15.
Claire owns and operates a large Construction Company with her husband — Greig & Greig Design & Construction.
Claire is a passionate supporter of the stroke cause and has been raising awareness of and funds for stroke through her interest in car racing since 2014, when Claire and her family launched the "FAST" racing team. In 2015, Claire hit the media sharing her personal experiences having lived through the stroke journey of her mother from the young age of twelve.
Claire's mission is to raise the awareness of stroke and champion dedicated facilities to support Stroke Survivors and their families. She brings a number of skills to the Association including Fundraising, complex Project Management and PR/Media knowledge.
Philip had a stroke in 2010 and as a consequence has Aphasia. Philip has been a member of the Association since 2012 and is Chairman of Aphasia Victoria, a support and resource for people with Aphasia. Aphasia Victoria is partnered with the Association and Philip provides a link between the two groups.
Philip has a Masters of Business and is a retired Accountant. Philip had several managing engagements, including Finance Manager, Finance and Auditing at the Australian Pacific Technical College, finishing as the Deputy Chief Finance Officer. Philip brings a strong business acumen to the Association.