The Board

Palliative Care Tasmania is led by a Board of eight association members. They include health professionals as well as members from community and business backgrounds and bring with them a rich and diverse range of experience and knowledge. The Board is elected at the PCT Annual General Meeting.

Our Current PCT Board:

Ailsa grew up in the UK and spent several years pursuing an academic career in Biomedical and Nursing Ethics. This including teaching and working on several research projects exploring the commodification of human tissue and legal definitions of mental capacity. She was also the Vice-Chair of a local research ethics committee for three years.

Feeling a need to develop a clinical role, Ailsa qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2011 and worked as a Community Nurse with a particular passion for palliative and end of life care. In 2013, Ailsa moved to Tasmania and has since worked as a Registered Nurse in the private health sector. She joined the Palliative Care Tasmania Board of Directors in 2018.

Cate is an attorney with significant experience in the innovative pharmaceutical sector. She was formerly General Counsel for the Australia & New Zealand business of Eli Lilly and Company. Cate spent some years in Europe as General Counsel for the Africa, Middle East, Russia & Asia businesses of the company. She has led legal teams in China and Japan and, based in the United States as the company’s global Chief Privacy Officer, led a global team of privacy professionals.

In August 2018 Cate returned to Australia choosing Tasmania as her new home. Cate is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Felicity is a senior manager responsible for the complexities and governance of a large aged care facility in southern Tasmania. Throughout a career of people and change leadership has delivered consistent accreditation; implementation of various care management systems; increased funding; reduction in costs and improved profitability. She has a collegiate approach within the industry and is regularly contacted for advice and mentoring. Known as a highly motivated and organised professional, continues to undertake study with the aim of achieving an MBA and board positions. Her motivation is also evident in her personal life where she has successfully raised a large family and run half and full marathons.

Anna McLean has been a Registered Nurse for 36 years. She is one of the most well-regarded practitioners in the palliative care sector.

A ‘Renal nurse of old’ she also worked with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, in Clinical Redesign, as a Clinical Nurse Educator and most recently as Nurse Unit Manager with the Tasmanian Health Service -North West SPCS.

When not at work she enjoys being at home with my husband on our country property, gardening, raising orphaned wildlife and motorbike riding.

Helen has been a registered nurse for almost 30 years and has worked within the acute health care sector and in Aboriginal health. Helen is a current member of Karadi Aboriginal Corporation’s Board of Directors assuming the role of Skilled Health Director.

Helen is currently involved in the ‘Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)’ as the Clinical Nurse Educator. The key objectives of the program are to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence in the health care sector’s ability to provide high quality palliative care through educational workshops and clinical observational placements.

Sally has worked in health management for 30 years starting her career in nursing in the 70s.

Her nursing career spanned a variety of clinical settings providing extensive generalist experience including midwifery, intensive care, medical and surgical nursing. Her early clinical roles provided her with opportunities to experience a broad spectrum of health care, in rural and remote setting, acute and subacute throughout most states of Australia. Sally’s ethos is ‘being of service, caring, making a difference in a person’s health journey has always been my objective whether that be as a clinician or a manager.

Prior to returning home to Tasmania in 2019 she held senior management roles as Chief Executive Officer/ Director of Nursing in Victoria and Director of Clinical Services Calvary Health Care Tasmania and General Manager/DON North West Private Hospital.

Sally competed her MBA in 2007 and has continued to study with post graduate qualifications in Leadership, Risk Management and Project Management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dave is a public practice accountant with over a decade of experience in the accounting/advisory industry and is the managing director of DK Accounting & Advisory. He has an Applied Master of Taxation from UNSW and guest lecturers at the University of Tasmania. Dave is a strong believer in community engagement and has been nominated for multiple Tasmania Young Achiever Awards, as well as being a finalist in the 2019 Volunteering Tasmania awards. Dave likes to remain active and, in his downtime, enjoys training for the occasional a half marathon.

Peter is a Registered Nurse, Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and currently a Fellowship candidate for the Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. His life experience is considerable, to include health, industry, agriculture, manufacture, retail, aged care, disability & wellbeing.

Peter owns and operates “The Natural Alternative” as a private practitioner. This business is devoted to the rapidly emerging arena of Lifestyle Medicine and Self being.

His ethos is directed towards knowledgeable self-care, and promotes we “get the basics right, first!” His tag line is: Attitude is Lifestyle: Play and have a fun day.

Leigh brings over 25 years’ experience of working in the Community Sector with diverse communities such as people with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, those living with mental illness and at risk of displacement due to impact of climate change. Leigh’s work has afforded her many opportunities to develop and utilize her skills with leading organisations at a community level, as part of management teams and as a representative on peak bodies.

Leigh holds a passion that each person and their families feel empowered and supported to engage in their own end of life journey via awareness, education, and suitable choices. She spends time volunteering with Hospice Volunteers both at the Whittle Ward and in the community and can often be found up to her elbows in the garden.

Kristen is the Nurse Unit Manager of the Specialist Palliative Care Service in northern Tasmania. With 30 years of nursing experience, Kristen has worked in a broad range of settings across Tasmania and South Australia. She is passionate about primary health and ensuring high quality palliative care is available to all. Kristen is an ultra-trail runner who loves to support and inspire others into the sport.

Kristen has a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care, Graduate Certificate in Clinical Redesign (Palliative Care). She joined the Palliative Care Tasmania Board of Directors in 2019.