Our Board

Catherine is a qualified physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience across public, private and community health sectors. She is the former National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and was the APA’s national spokesperson for 7 years.She has a special interest in policy development in Aged Care and Palliative Care and has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards.

As a Director on a number of Boards including Foodbank Queensland, she has a keen interest in implementing best-practice corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector.

Catherine is also the Director and Founder of Mickel Consulting, a government and community relations consultancy specialising in the health and welfare sectors and KelKel Global Education and Training, a training company specialising in Leadership Development in emerging Asian economies.

Tracey’s role as CEO of Karuna is to provide leadership to all stakeholders – internal and external, ensuring the mission, values and core business objectives are affirmed and actioned.  This means ensuring that Karuna’s delivery of holistic and compassionate clinical, spiritual and counselling support continues at a high level and is supported and acknowledged by community, the business network and government alike.

Tracey’s professional background is in corporate communications, IT and strategic marketing. Having worked in executive level roles within the healthcare, life sciences and innovation sectors for many years, Tracey has developed a strong professional network in Australia and the SE Asia region.

As an advocate for caring communities and supporting the not-for-profit sector as a whole, Tracey is also a Non-executive Director of Mangrove Housing. Her professional memberships include professional member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, Women in IT and also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Michael is a medical practitioner with over 50 years’ experience. He has worked clinically in rural general practice, in alcohol and drug dependence services, and in palliative care since 1995. He has also held a number of administrative positions with Queensland Health, such as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Dependence Services, Director of the Rural Health Policy Unit, and Assistant Regional Director (Community and Clinical Services), Brisbane North Regional Health Authority. In this last role, he was involved in the discussions which resulted in the provision of the initial funding support to Karuna by Queensland Health, and its housing at its present location on the “Rosemount Campus”.

In 1991, Michael was awarded Membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to public health, particularly in the field of alcohol and drug Dependence.

Michael has worked extensively in a wide range of clinical services in palliative medicine in Australia and New Zealand for more than 22 years. He has had a long-term association with Karuna and, in particular, has been assisting with teaching and clinical supervision since mid-2015.

Ian is a retired local government executive and an active community volunteer.Ian achieved an accomplished career in Local Government in Queensland serving rural and regional communities over forty years. He has gained broad experience in CEO/Executive and Board related roles and in voluntary positions on community organisations. He has developed skills in administration and communication through change management and government reform, interpersonal relations and political interfaces, significant natural disaster events and community development initiatives, and customer and community interactions. His passion for local government and for the local community continues in retirement as he pursues part-time consultancy projects and volunteer community service interests.

Ian has been an avid supporter of Karuna and its services since he became a client for the in-home palliative care of his wife Megan who was a terminally ill cancer patient. He has volunteered as a Board member to be of service to Karuna and to give back to the community it serves in memory of Megan.

Ian hopes that his diverse background together with his client perspective offers a useful contribution to the Board and looks forward to working with the Karuna team to enable its full potential to be reached into the future.

Suzanne has vast experience as a registered nurse in both the public and private health sectors, working in a range of clinical roles such as surgical and paediatric nursing, education and staff development, and emergency nursing.

With a background in nursing leadership roles, Suzanne is passionate about the contribution of nursing to holistic care for patients & clients in the many settings where nursing contributes.

Suzanne currently holds membership of the Nursing and Midwifery Board Queensland (Ahpra) and is a past President of the Queensland Nurses’ Union.  She is currently a member of the Children’s Health Queensland Board, and has recently joined the Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council.

She is looking forward to contributing to the work of Karuna and its staff, and feels privileged to be a member of Karuna to support its objectives in providing home based palliative care and the range of other supports for families / carers.

Michelle is a Chartered Accountant specialising in business development and taxation advice for small to medium sized businesses, investors and self managed superannuation fund members and trustees.

For the past 23 years Michelle has been working within the accounting profession – initially with other accounting firms before commencing her own practice in 1994. Her combination of professional and commercial experience enables the best technical and practical advice to be given in any situation.

Having completed a Masters degree in Taxation, Michelle has a keen interest in taxation law, and advises in all areas relating to small to medium business, over a wide range of industry sectors.

As a Non-executive Director of Karuna Hospice, Michelle brings her wealth of skills and experience in developing financial management and growth to our organisation.
Michelle has attended Harvard Business School leadership programs and continues to build on her professional skills via the Governance Institute and Applied Risk Management.
David is an experienced senior executive specialising in strategy development and strategic focus, business growth and new business initiatives, strategic reviews, organisational re-design and major change management initiatives.

Over the last 20 years, David has held senior executive positions such as Executive Manager Strategic Planning and Policy with the Brisbane City Council, Director of Strategy and Business Development with the Ingeus Group of Companies and Head of Strategy at Mission Australia. For the last three years, David has been undertaking freelance consultancy and advisory work for the CEO’s of Goodstart Early Learning, Uniting Care Queensland and St Vincent’s Care Services Australia.

David holds Masters degrees in both Management and also in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Development.