The MND and Me Foundation Limited
The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board takes responsibility for the governance and strategy of the Foundation. A robust and formal reporting structure exists with the attendance of Directors at Board and appropriate Committee meetings.
The Board is united in the Foundation’s mission To Care and To Cure. Until a cure is found, the Board will continue to work together to help fund MND research and explore treatment initiatives.
The MND and Me Foundation Limited’s strategic intent is to continue to cultivate its service offering to meet the changing needs of people living with MND.
The Board strongly supports a partnership model whereby the MND and Me Foundation works closely with corporate entities, other Australian MND associations and progressive neurological disease (PND) associations in a financial and operational capacity to provide care and services to people living with a PND. This approach will ensure that no one faces MND alone.
Jane Schmitt joined the Board as Chairperson in October 2017. Jane is a Lawyer by profession, having worked in private and corporate arenas.
Jane’s move into executive management has seen her in roles at Australia’s largest medical indemnity insurer and Master Builders Australia, before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer at AMA Queensland. Her expertise lies in initiating innovative operational and strategic changes to enhance the influence and profile of communities and businesses.
Jane is a strategic thinker, a straight talker and contributes vision and enthusiasm, strong leadership skills and business acumen. She is also a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s course.
Trent originally joined The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board in 2012.
Trent has over 20 years of banking and finance experience.
He is currently a Financial Planner dealing with high net worth individuals, SMEs and Not-For-Profits. Trent has a Dip Fin Markets MAICD.
Troy joined The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board in 2016.
Troy has a strong connection with MND, having had a close family member suffer from the disease.
Following a successful career in stockbroking and funds management, Troy is now a private investor. He has been a member of a number of ASX-listed company boards and has a broad network of corporate and business contacts.
David joined The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board in 2016.
David has extensive experience in marketing, media and advertising across multiple industries and has developed a critical understanding of marketing strategy and innovation, communication strategy, brand architecture, consumer marketing insights, digital content and social media.
David strives to help organisations make innovative, business focussed and profit generating marketing decisions in the digital age. David has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a MBA.
Deborah joined The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board in 2012 in the hope that her knowledge as a Carer would provide the board with a greater insight into families with MND. Deborah’s son David passed away in July 2013 after 16 years with MND.
Deborah is a Certified Practicing Accountant with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Commercial Law with Deakin University.
She specialises in cost and management accounting and has extensive experience in project and operational environments with emphasis on policy, procedures and systems.
Dr Beres WENCK
Beres joined The MND and Me Foundation Limited Board in 2018. Beres’ husband Keith passed away in January 2015, aged 66, after a long battle with MND.
Beres has been a GP working in Milton, Brisbane for many years and now practices from Red Hill Doctors surgery.
She is a Past President of AMAQ and an AMA Fellow and was a Visiting GP to Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane for many years.
Currently, Vice President of MDA National and Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee GP Advocacy and Funding. Other roles are Medical Consultant to Adoptions Queensland, Vice President of MDA and National Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee National Home Doctor Service responsible for clinical governance.
In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Rose-Hunt Medal for her substantial and significant contribution to general practice. It is the highest accolade awarded by the Royal Australian Council of General Practice.
MND and Me Foundation Management
George HILL ESM – Chief Executive Officer
George was appointed CEO of the MND and Me Foundation in December 2019.
Prior to joining the Foundation, George spent 12 months as CEO of Compass Jet and prior to that as COO of Surf Life Saving Queensland.
In his role at SLSQ he oversaw the operations in regards to services on the beach including the volunteer operations, lifeguard contracts management and the Westpac rescue helicopter services. His main mission was to ensure the organisation met its vision to prevent drownings in Queensland waters.
Throughout his time at SLSQ, George worked on many awareness and fundraising events to assist with spreading the word across Queensland. His on the ground leadership style within local communities and his contacts throughout Queensland is driving the Foundation’s vision to ensure that no one faces MND alone.
Jane MILNE – Marketing and Events Manager
Jane joined The MND and Me Foundation in July 2018. An experienced communicator, event manager and marketing professional, Jane was most recently the Community Development Officer at Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane where she managed an extensive fundraising, community engagement and outreach program.
Prior to taking up this role at LHC, Jane managed the electorate office for a State MP which involved all forms of IMC, coordinating community events, media management and stakeholder engagement. Jane has extensive communications and fundraising experience as well as a wide range of event management experience including roles as State Architecture Awards Director and coordinator of a number of sporting events. Jane has a B.Bus in Integrated Marketing Communications and a proven reputation for both strategic planning and hands-on execution of events.
Through her association with Norman Park State School, Jane knew Scott and participated in the very first Million Meters Swim. She and her family have continued their support of the Foundation attending many events over the years.
Sarah DURAND – Client Services Manager
Sarah joined the MND and Me team in the role of Client Services Manager in May 2019. She brings over 15 years’ experience in the Disability and Aged Care Sector to this role. Sarah initially began her career as a disability support worker and over time has progressed to achieve successful outcomes in a variety of management roles such as manager of Quality Assurance and Strategic planning, Operations Management, Accommodation, Day Program and Transition Services Management, as well as delivery of vocational training and assessment, and more recently MND specific Support Coordination within the Spark NeuroCare program.
Sarah is driven by her passionate commitment to social justice and is looking forward to utilizing her knowledge of the NDIS and My Aged Care systems to empower people living with MND to have the best quality of life possible and get the most out of the supports available.
Sarah’s professional skills and knowledge are further enhanced by her life skills, having actively participated in the delivery of palliative care supports and overcoming the odds to defeat an advanced cancer diagnosis. Sarah feels that her life experience has provided her with a unique insight into the importance of empathy and living in the moment with a firm hold on hope.