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.

Nutrition Australia National
5/70 Maclaurin Crescent
Chifley ACT 2606
Australia

 

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.

 

Treasurer 

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

Dr. Ross Grant (NSW Division)

As Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and CEO of the Australasian Research Institute, Sydney Adventist Hospital. A biochemical pharmacologist with a Ph.D. in Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology, Dr. Grant’s research is focused on the role of diet and lifestyle in the generation of oxidative stress and changes in NAD metabolism and how this influences cellular degeneration. A secondary interest is in the effect of exposure to novel nutritional components, such as polyphenols, on human cellular response to oxidative stress, with a goal of detecting and correcting early degenerative biochemical changes associated with age-related degenerative disease.

With fifty two published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Grant is a prolific author in the field of oxidative stress, inflammation and NAD research.

Dr. Grant is a member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), Australian Neuroscience society (ANS), Australian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology, Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

 

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).

 

Executive of the Board Public Officer

Lyn Brown (ACT Division)

 

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