The Board

Asanka Gunasekera

Asanka Gunasekera

Chairperson

In 2020 Asanka Gunasekera commences his fourth term as Chairperson of the Board of Governance of the WA AIDS Council. Previously, Asanka served in the positions of Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Community Representative. Asanka has been a long-term volunteer at WAAC including, in his teenage years, at the Freedom Centre.

Asanka has served on a number of WAAC Sub-Committees including CEO Recruitment, Meaningful Involvement of People Living with or Effected by HIV/AIDS or “MIPA”, the Constitutional Reform Sub-Committee and is a permanent member of the Governance Sub-Committee.

In his professional life Asanka is a Barrister and practices from Francis Burt Chambers having been “called” to the Bar in 2015 and having been admitted as a legal practitioner in 2009.

Asanka has provided pro bono legal advice to many members of the PLHIV community including acting as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court Appeal in Palmer v. The State of Western Australia.

 



Dr Matthew Skinner

Dr Matthew Skinner

Community Representative

Matthew is a general and infectious diseases physician working in Perth. He trained in Melbourne, obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1996. Travel and volunteer work in Africa prior to 2000 sparked an interest in infectious diseases, especially HIV. Training was undertaken in Melbourne, before completing his fellowship in Perth in 2008. He returned to WA in 2012 to take up his current post at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He keeps an active interest in HIV, working with research staff at Murdoch University, and providing clinical care in an outpatient setting there. He has an active interest in teaching and education, and looks forward to making a contribution to WAAC.

 



Conrad Liveris

Conrad Liveris

Secretary 

Conrad Liveris is a corporate adviser working with leaders and organisations to improve their performance and impact.

Working primarily on projects relating to management, workplaces and external risks, he is held in high regard by the Australian business community for his independent, straight-forward advisory and consulting services. He has specialist knowledge on flexible working, inclusion, performance analysis and community engagement.

Prior to starting his own advisory practice, Conrad held management and operational roles in government and the private sector, including managing teams across states.

Practical and analytical, Conrad quickly goes to the heart of the problem to seek solutions.

The ABC has credited him as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”, he writes on management and workplaces for The Australian newspaper and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (London). He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Certificate in Governance And Risk Management and a Master of Commerce, and was provided a scholarship for leadership education delivered at the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

 

Justin Clarke

Justin Clarke

Treasurer

Justin is an Executive Manager of Finance and Performance for Outcare LTD, a large not for profit organisation based in Perth. Justin brings extensive Not for Profit experience from both the UK and WA.

Along with his current role at Outcare, Justin has also worked for the largest mental health charity in the UK, and Activ Foundation Inc. in Western Australia. 

Justin has an MA in Business Economics and Marketing, with Psychology (joint Hons) and is an associte of the Chartered Insitute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). 

Justin is also studying for Master in Business Administration at the University of Western Australia. 

 

Dr Mark Polizzotto

Dr Mark Polizzotto

Community Representative 

Mark is a clinical haematologist and researcher with a long-standing commitment to working with people living with HIV and LGBTI people. Mark grew up in Perth and graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Australia, before undertaking speciality training at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Mark holds a clinical appointment at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and is Head of the Therapeutic and Vaccine Research Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. His clinical practice has a strong focus on people living with HIV who have cancer or other blood disorders, and he leads research in HIV and related diseases including infection-related cancers in over twenty countries across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America

Danielle Newport

Danielle Newport

Community Representative

Danielle brings a wealth of experience in strategic governance gained from 10 years of serving on voluntary Boards across education, community services and the arts. Danielle is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Danielle is currently a director of the National Disability Services (NDS) and Workability International. She is a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Secretary (ACIS) and has over 15 years’ experience working in senior finance and corporate roles, most recently at the senior executive level within the disability sector.

Employed by Activ Foundation in November 2011 and was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in April 2016. She strongly aligns with the customer perspective and Activ’s purpose of enabling people living with a disability to pursue a better life.

Marcus Everon

Marcus Everon

Community Representative

Queensland-based Marcus Everon is a new member of the WAAC Board who will dial into meetings and travel to Perth intermittently. 

Marcus occupies the openly HIV+ Community Representative position on the WAAC Board.

Marcus is a graduate of The University of Western Australia, where he received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Double major in Bio-Social Science. 

Julian Henderson

Vice Chairperson

Julian has over 40 years’ experience working in the health sector with Government, commercial and the not for profit organisations in the UK and all Australian States and Territories.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. He recently retired from the role of CEO at SHQ, formerly the Family Planning Association of Western Australia.

Julian is currently a member of the Board of the South Metropolitan Health Service.

Trish Langdon

Trish Langdon

Community Representative

Trish has tertiary qualifications in Commerce, Social Work and Public Health is currently working at UWA in the School of Social Work and Social Policy after many years of working as a social worker in hospitals in WA and NSW. She has a long association with the WA AIDS Council starting as a volunteer in 1989, serving on the Board of Management as Chairperson from 1996 to 2000 and then Executive Director from 2000 until 2012. She has also served as the Treasurer of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) 2001 to 2010.

After leaving the WA AIDS Council, Trish has undertaken research at the Department of Health and Curtin University into Mobility and HIV and wrote the initial clinical guidelines for transgender children in WA for the Department of Health. She oversaw the rollout of the Suicide Prevention training and service delivery for at risk LGBTIQ+ people at Living Proud and has undertaken evaluations of non-government organisations funded by the Mental Health Commission. She was awarded life membership in 2012 and is delighted to be involved again.

Lisa Dobrin

Lisa Dobrin

Chief Executive Officer

A proven leader with more than 20 years’ experience across the commercial, not for profit and local government community services sectors, Lisa brings a wealth of experience to this role, having also held multiple not-for-profit directorships.

Lisa has demonstrated results in effective service delivery, service model development, project management, board governance, strategic planning, business development and enhanced financial performance, diversification and expansion. A business graduate from Curtin University, she also holds an MBA.

Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.

WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country throughout Australia, and their strength, resilience and connection to land and community. In particular, the WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.

 

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