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

Chair 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.

 

Deputy Chair and Independent Director

Associate Professor Annabel Digance

MHlthAdmin, GradDipCoun, BN, RN RM, MACN, MACHSM, FAICD 

Annabel passionately advocates for equitable and best health care for all Australians, and champions dialogue on the future directions of our pressured health care system and associated influences.

After an extensive board director career including SA Water and what is now People’s Choice Credit Union she was elected as a Member of Parliament, South Australia (2014–18) and held positions including, Assistant Minister to the Premier; Chair, Public Works Committee and Deputy Whip to the Government.

She has a highly developed political acumen and has continually facilitated ‘ordinary’ Australians having their voices heard.

While in Parliament she achieved what fondly became known as Gayle’s Law – Legislation to strengthen the safety for remote and rurally practicing nurses in SA.

Annabel’s current position as Associate Professor, Flinders University lecturing in Master Health Administration teaching in Australia, China and Singapore, sees her at the forefront of educating our future health care leaders, on leadership, ethics and healthcare & aged care system perspectives. She is Deputy Chair Nutrition Australia. 

She holds a Master of Health Administration, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with a specialist Certificate in Infant Welfare. She is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, a holds Memberships with Australasian College of Health Service Management, Australian College of Nursing, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and Rotary International Alumni.

Treasurer 

Gill Duffy

Secretary

Christine Stewart

Christine is a Nutritionist registered with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and holds a master’s degree in Human Nutrition. She is multi-passionate and enjoys working in public health nutrition and the gut health space. Christine brings with her over 15 years of experience as a Registered Nurse across the hospital and community settings.

During her time as a nurse, Christine observed a rise in the development of many chronic diseases. She set out to understand the multifactorial elements that lead to the development of chronic disease and found that our food environment and consequent nutrition choices was cornerstone. Christine is also interested in further understanding the relationship between food, the gut microbiome and links with various health conditions. She now specialises in prevention of diet-related chronic disease and works as a Nutritionist for the Queensland Association of School Tuckshops and as a Microbiome Coach for Microba.

Christine enjoys translating nutrition science into everyday language and has featured as a subject matter expert for articles published in Wellbeing Wild and Woman’s Day magazines. She has also had the opportunity to speak at a gut health workshop designed for the Australian NRL teams, the Kanagroos and Jillaroos. 

 

Divisional Director

Mikael Wedemeyer (QLD Division)

Kate Di Prima (QLD Division)

 

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 

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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