Nutrition Australia operates through a National Board and state and territory divisions. The national board is responsible for policy 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
Rob Rees has 29 years’ experience within the hospitality and food industry from plough to plate. This includes a number of public appointments including UK Food Standards Agency, School Food Trust (now Children’s Food Trust), British Nutrition Foundation and NHS Primary Care. In addition he founded his own social enterprise organisations using food as a behaviour change tool for individuals with mental health, physical and learning disabilities.
Awarded an MBE in 2006 and appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire in 2015.
Rob has been an Australian resident, living in Melbourne, since October 2015 with his wife and children. He brings a wealth of experience to the National Board and is passionate about the power of good food.
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 to the Board and Treasurer
Katherine Warth (QLD Division)
Katherine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with over 35 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.
Director, Business Development and Fundraising
Over the last decade, Luisa’s executive experience has meant she has overseen all aspects of strategy and operations in a variety of settings. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at CommunityWest, a WA based organisation that reimagines community services by providing training, consulting and audit services to health service providers.
Previously Luisa has worked as a National Program Manager, Chief Development Officer, State Manager and a CEO in various not-for-profit and medium enterprise organisations. She has presented at conferences in Australia and overseas, has consulted on offshore projects in Cambodia and previously volunteered on two not-for-profit Boards. With 15 years’ experience as a leader in the community sector, Luisa has an affinity for people and seeks out roles where she can develop people to their highest potential. She is also passionate about health and health outcomes and reflects this n her own life by participating in her local Marathon Club and being an advocate for healthy eating and lifestyle.
Luisa has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Development Studies (Humanities) and a Masters in Business Administration.
Barbara Ward (NSW Division)
Barbara Ward is currently the Managing Director of the SAN Foundation at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Barbara has worked in the Not-For-Profit sector for over 16 years and has held a number of prominent positions including CEO Exodus Foundation and Deputy CEO Austcare.
She has worked in a variety of capacities across many industry areas, including fundraising, welfare services, humanitarian aid, finance, human resources, state & local government and management consulting. In addition to Nutrition Australia, Barbara serves on a number of boards both locally and overseas, including SHARE (SMR) Inc (President), Lupus Association, UGood and also provides advice in a non executive capacity to the Fundraising Institute of Australia where she previously held the position of Vice President (NSW).
Barbara also presents at various conferences both nationally and abroad.
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).
Blake Robinson (Vic Division)
Blake is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a keen interest in the role the food industry can play in improving the health of Australians.
He has experience in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors across technical, regulatory and policy projects as well as consumer insights, marketing and communications and strategic partnerships.
Blake also has an interest in sports nutrition and is undertaking the accreditation process with Sports Dietitians Australia.
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 joins Nutrition Australia with the aim of driving financial fitness within the organisation and embedding an energetic approach to telling the story of healthy eating choices and physical empowerment.
Marita has had a successful 24 year career as a senior and executive leader across government, not-for-profit and primary health sectors. She has corporate experience from both sides of the boardroom table.
Marita has skills in strategic planning, governance and risk management, policy development, portfolio and grant management and corporate mentorship. She has been an influential leader throughout her career, having repeatedly and successfully managed teams through periods of organisational transition.
Marita has always had a passion for primary health and health improvement and was an advocate and fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for many years. Marita is also currently an active member of the board for Children’s Cancer Aid Australia and holds the role of Vice-Chair.
Marita holds recognised qualifications in business, accounting, management and human resources. She is committed to working alongside a high calibre of board members, with her enthusiasm of support for the education needed for existing and future generations in improved health outcomes and a healthier way of life.
Biography coming soon.
Executive of the Board Public Officer
Lyn Brown (ACT)
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