Nutrition Australia NSW Division Committee of Management

President:  Barbara Ward

Is a highly sought after executive with a career in corporate finance, accounting and business administration in private sector, local and state government. Barbara joined the not for profit sector some 20years ago and courageously took on challenging roles.

She is a visionary, expansive and a dynamic director leading many charities and making a difference to organisations and individual’s lives particularly in the health care sector. As President and CEO of a number of organisations Barbara has led organisations through major transformations to become a high performing entity. She is a highly respected member of the community in NSW and sits on a number of Boards were her skills and knowledge are sought and valued.

Amongst many awards Barbara was also awarded the Local Women of the Year (2017) by the NSW Government for her outstanding commitment in empowering and assisting people in the charity sector, working tirelessly in the community and in particular for raising funds for many charities and strategically increasing revenue .

Treasurer: Todd Dewey (Treasurer - Finance & Governance Committee) BEC, CPA, MBA, MIIA (Aust)


Is a highly experienced professional and has a range of internal audit and finance experience gained across state and federal government agencies and the private sector.

Todd’s focus is on working with clients to ensure project objectives are met in a timely and efficient manner, assisting clients to develop and achieve their strategic goals. He sits on a number of Audit and Risk Committees and has strong technical skills, knowledge and ability to use technologies.  He is regarded as a highly skilled communicator which is deemed essential for client-facing interactions.

Todd’s confidence and ability to talk knowledgably is highly recognised along with good-quality business services, communication and engagement with clients. In this senior role he develops and with finance leaders plays a close role in the strategy of the business, making key decisions around the organization’s future.

Lauren Reeves (Program & Finance & Governance Committee)

Is a Registered Nutritionist holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies and graduated in 2008. Lauren has a very dynamic role within the aged care sector and consults one on one with residents both in their own home and those who are living in care and need nutritional advice and support.

Lauren has developed and delivered many different projects including the introduction of food offer - weekly hot lunches for people living in their homes, Rhythm of Life focus on person centred care, aspects of the project on has included introducing a two hour buffet style breakfast for all Residents. She has implemented Nutrition and Hydration stations in all ARV homes and a larger variety of food choices at all meal times including a 24 hour food service.

Lauren also conduct many education programs across all areas of ARV for both staff and Residents on a variety of topics around Nutrition, supplements, weight loss, superfoods, diabetes, parkinsons disease etc.


Professor Margaret Morris (Program Committee) (BSc, PhD Monash),

 Heads Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Australia. After postdoctoral work in Adelaide and Paris, she took an academic appointment at Deakin University. In 1995 she moved to University of Melbourne, where she began exploring the brain mechanisms involved in food intake and metabolism using animal models of obesity. In 2005 she joined UNSW where she teaches in Medicine, Optometry, and Medical Science.

Chandrashekhar Bapat (Finance & Governance Committee)

Is a Founding Director at EPIC-X Pty Ltd and an Adjunct Faculty and lecturer at the school of engineering and PMGP at University of Sydney.  He is an entrepreneur; Adjunct Faculty, Unit of Study co-ordinator and Lecturer - Sydney University and Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Chandra - Engineering, Project Management and Business graduate from Mumbai, Sydney and Cambridge Universities respectively. He has global healthcare experience of spanning over 25 years in the field of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and project management through his tenure in various technical, Project Management and leadership roles.

He is passionate about healthcare engineering technology and Project Management in the sector. He is proud alumnus of USYD PMGP. He is keenly interested in Quality Management and has Six Sigma. He has Masters of Project Management (USTD), Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors GAICD, MAICD, ALP Executive Education (Cambridge University), Cambridge Advance Leadership Program and PMP and RMP accreditation CIV Training and Evaluation (UTS), Dip. Industrial Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (Mumbai). Project Management Professional PMP, Risk Management Professional, RMP, Six Sigma Green Belt, ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Certification (SAI Global, Australia) Advance Graduate Certificate NLP. Certificate IV TAE40110 in training and evaluation.

Chandra is an avid practitioner, dedicated Yoga and Advance Pranayama teacher and volunteer at Spirit of India, a NFP organization. He firmly believes ‘You are what you eat’ and being happy, healthy and hearty begins with good nutrition and regular exercise. He is keen to help young and old in the community to lead healthy life. He is non-smoker, teetotaller and follows pure vegetarian diet.

Chandra is the past President of Toastmasters Club 5335 and Associate Director of Membership and Growth Portfolio at the Project Management Institute, Sydney-NSW Chapter. Chandra brings a wealth of practical leadership experience, business acumen and sincerity along with project management and risk management expertise and passion for helping community to the board room.

Leanne Cook (Secretary - Program & Governance Committee)

Is an experienced and energetic Fundraising Manager and Executive Assistant to high profile CEO’s in the corporate and charity sector where she works with Board Members. She is passionate about helping people thus joining the charity sector where she has developed strategic and operational goals of fundraising, marketing and communications.

Leanne oversees all the fundraising functions managing volunteers, organizing events, developing donors, and grant writing. She has a the ability to create effective strategies for maximizing donations.She has implemented fundraising programs, develops and manages budget and overall results.

As the Board Secretary Leanne managed compliance with various legislations and reporting. Leanne is progressive, innovative and acts on opportunities that has given her proven successes leading to the implementation of extensive and sustainable projects and programs.

NOTE: Committee Members are welcome to attend any of the committees if and should they wish.





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