Board of directors

Nutrition Australia operates through a National Board and state and territory divisions. The national board is responsible for policy, governance and national programs and the state divisions are encouraged to respond to local needs and opportunities for nutrition education and health promotion.

Each state or territory division of Nutrition Australia may appoint two National Board Directors. One of these Directors must be a nutrition professional.

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National Board members

President and Independent Director

Maree O’Flaherty

Nutrition Australia Director Maree O’Flaherty

Maree O’Flaherty brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, leadership and risk management following a career in the banking and finance industry spanning in excess of 20 years and more recent experience as a consultant.

Maree’s career experience encompasses finance, financial planning, risk management, policy management, regulatory compliance, audit compliance, business performance management, stakeholder management, project and change management and strong leadership experience having led teams for most of her 20 year career.

After obtaining an MBA, Maree decided to head into the world of consulting, working in the areas of strategic planning, business management, leadership and business planning/development.

Maree lives in Sydney and is passionate about nutrition, wanting to help build a 'healthier Australia’. Maree also serves as Treasurer for the Bondi Chamber of Commerce


Secretary and Independent Director

Malcolm Jull

Malcolm Jull

Malcolm Jull was appointed to the Board in December 2016. Malcolm brings over 15 years experience in sales, relationship management, and communication spanning senior roles at ANZ, Macquarie and CBA, where Malcolm is currently a Director of Business Development in the Institutional Business. He has led diversity and inclusion, sales education and acquisition projects in financial services and travel companies.

An enthusiasm for sharing the benefits of a balanced diet and physical activity, Malcolm has been a Group Fitness Instructor for 8 years, following from serving as both a volunteer and professional lifeguard. He has a particular passion in the role nutrition and fitness have in building higher performing businesses and teams through greater employee health.

Malcolm has a strong focus on Nutrition in the workplace and building consistency in the application of good health and well being through telling the story of healthy eating choices and physical empowerment.



Kalana Tennakoon








Kalana is a Certified Practising Accountant with over 10 years of experience in private and public enterprises. He has held number of roles in Not-for-Profit (NFP) Organisations in Australia and overseas, and brings a wealth of knowledge on best practices in NFP Financial Management and Risk. 

A keen enthusiast for Finance modelling, Kalana had the opportunity to work with a fortune 500 company to evaluate the feasibility of expanding operations into new territories.  With completion of his Master’s in Business Administration in 2012, Kalana excels in developing budgets linked with KPIs, and developing dashboards to interpret Financial Performance for non-Finance Managers. 

Kalana also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environment Science, spends a fair share of his free time out in nature, exploring the diversity in landscape Australia has to offer, and is a strong advocate of healthy eating.


Divisional Director

Katherine Warth (QLD Division)

Katherine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 37 years experience in a wide range of settings. She has principally worked in her own private practice, the Eat Well Centre in Brisbane and for Queensland Health. She most recently worked in a Specialist Outpatient Clinic at Logan Hospital with a team of Physiotherapists and Psychologist, providing a service to those who are above their healthy weight.

Katherine also enjoys her role as Consultant Dietitian to Brisbane Grammar School Boarding House.

Katherine has always been an active member of her profession, from Foundation President of the College of Dietitian-Nutritionists in Private Practice in the 1980s and 1990s to Chairperson of the Queensland Branch of Dietitians Association of Australia and Media Spokesperson in the 1990s.

She joined the Committee of Management of Nutrition Australia Qld Division as Secretary in 2009 and rejoined the Board of Nutrition Australia in 2013.


Divisional Director 

Lauren Reeves (NSW Division)

Lauren is a Registered Nutritionist possessing an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies. 

Lauren currently works for AngliCare in a dynamic role as a Care Project Coordinator in Nutrition. Some of the initiatives she implemented are but not limited to introducing a food offer to Residents living in Retirement Living offering weekly hot lunches, a project called Rhythm of Life that has looked at person centred care for the Residents living in Anglicare’s  Care Homes. Nutrition and Hydration stations in all the homes and a larger variety of food choices at all meal times as well as a 24 hour food service offer. Lauren has conducted many education sessions across all areas of Anglicare for both staff and Residents on a variety of topics on Nutrition, supplements, weight loss, superfoods, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.


Divisional Director 

Gillian Duffy (ACT Division)

Gillian originally joined Nutrition Australia while studying Nutritional Science in Canberra for some volunteer experience. She re-joined the ACT Division in 2008, and is the current Chair of the ACT Committee of Management of Nutrition Australia ACT Division.

Gillian currently works in food regulation at Food Standards Australia New Zealand where she has worked across a number of areas having the opportunity to use and build up her public health nutrition knowledge and skills. Previously Gillian worked at the University of Canberra as a research assistant and tutor in nutrition, then as a lecturer in nutrition and public health nutrition. She has completed a Masters in Nutrition, a Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology).


Divisional Director 

Dean Laurence (VIC Division)

Dean is an experienced company director who serves and has served on not for profit, government and private sector boards. He brings a background in strategy, leadership, and risk management as well as governance. He is also a mentor and alumnus of Leadership Victoria.

Dean’s corporate career encompassed more than 20 years in Executive Director, CFO / General Management roles within ASX and large private companies, both within Australia and overseas, across a range of industry sectors including construction, property, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and distribution. He has lived and worked in the Middle East, UK and PNG, and in Australia in NSW and Victoria.

Dean has a Master of Business Administration, UNE and Master of Commerce, Sydney University. He’s passionate especially about supporting not for profit entities in the aged care, healthcare, mental health or associated sectors.

Divisional Director 

Teri Lichtenstein

Teri is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian with over 17 years’ experience within the food and healthcare industries.

Teri is the director of FoodBytes, a nutrition and digital consultancy that empowers brands and organisations to raise their nutritional profile through digital channels. Prior to establishing FoodBytes, Teri worked at Nestle for almost a decade, where she gained valuable brand marketing and digital expertise. She has a wealth of experience across a range of FMCG, nutrition and healthcare industries.

Teri is a regular speaker on the topics of social media and digital marketing and contributes to a range of digital and nutrition publications.


Divisional Director 

Allison Wood (ACT Division)

I am currently undertaking a masters degree in ecological public health at the University of Canberra. 

I work casually as a gym instructor and nutrition coach, and also contribute to meal service at the Red Cross Roadhouse; support conversation in the ACT Health Talk Back Group for people with chronic aphasia; and provide hand massage to patients at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre in the Canberra Hospital. 

Prior to following my passion for health and social justice, I worked as a lawyer in private practice and as a senior legal policy adviser in the Commonwealth government for over 18 years, spending the majority of my professional career working in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. 

Qualifications: BSc | LLB | Grad Dip Ed | Dip Nutr


Executive of the Board Public Officer

Leanne Elliston (ACT Division)


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