President

Mr Cathal Smith

Cathal is a lawyer who has worked in various overseas jurisdictions. In recent years, Cathal has been involved in various pro bono activities including the Princes Trust (London), the Australian Business and Community Network and the Asthma Foundation of WA since 2008, offering his expertise on other committees.  Cathal was appointed President in 2018.

Treasurer

Mr Spencer Broad

Spencer is a Director of South Perth based accounting and financial advisory firm, Acute Business Services. He advises clients in many industries including mining, transport, property, manufacturing and civil contracting. Mr Broad specialises in corporate and domestic taxation, business services and financial consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants IPA). Mr Broad is also a Director of numerous private companies. Spencer joined the Asthma Foundation WA as Board member in October 2011

Board Members

Mr David McKenna

David is a partner of the firm Mills Oakley, a leading national law firm in Australia. He has a B. Juris and LLB and was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1980. He practiced initially as a solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission for seven years and since 1987 has practiced solely in the area of insurance litigation. He has a wide breadth of experience in that field and has regularly appeared in the workers’ compensation jurisdiction, District, Supreme and Federal Courts and the High Court. He has been involved in a number of significant landmark cases in Western Australia involving local council liability and asbestos litigation. He currently practices in the area of property, transport, liability, asbestos litigation and professional indemnity insurance. David is the immediate past National President of the Insurance Law Association, and has been a member of that association since 1987 and a member of the board since 1997, holding the positions of Secretary and Vice President before being elected National President.

Ms Lisa Viska

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. During this time she has worked as an educational counsellor, a university lecturer and as a private practitioner. She has devoted a substantial part of her career to developing and delivering a range of psychological and educational training packages across a broad range of areas. Lisa is also the mother of four children and loves being involved with her family, her friends and the local community. Lisa joined the Board in December 2009.

Mr Steve Mummery

Steve is a Marriage Celebrant and until 2018 was the CEO of WA’s most loved charity, the Channel 7 Telethon Trust for nine years.  Steve ran a small team dedicated to financially supporting the medical and social welfare of children and funding research into childhood diseases. In the nine years, Steve was at the helm of Telethon, the charity raised $180 million for the kids of WA. In his final year celebrating the 50th Telethon, they raised a record $36.4 million.

Prior to that Steve had over twenty-five years of media experience working in radio and also served on the board with Breast Cancer Care WA for nine years. Steve was appointed to the board in February 2018, however, he is temporarily a non-board member while he is Acting CEO.

Mr Chris Bath

Chris is a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has broad experience in the energy and resources sector, having held the role of CFO for companies operating in Australia, Indonesia, and South-East Asia and more recently General Manager.

Chris has significant knowledge in the areas of commercial management, financial management, risk management, and governance and has a strong interest in the role of culture and leadership to successfully deliver outcomes. Chris joined the board in March 2018.

Dr Petra Czarniak

Petra is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University. She is a registered accredited pharmacist with a broad range of experiences that include many years’ in community pharmacy, as a senior pharmacist at the WA Poisons Information Centre and teaching at various universities in Western Australia for a number of disciplines including medical, pharmacy, chiropractic and nursing students. Petra is also an asthma educator.

Petra has a passion for teaching and was the primary leader and driving force in designing and developing the Master of Pharmacy (Graduate Entry) course at Curtin University. She completed a Master of Pharmacy (research) on the genetics of multiple sclerosis (2006) and a PhD (with distinction) investigating off-label and unlicensed prescribing of medicines in pediatrics and the stability of lincomycin hydrochloride in aqueous solution and intravenous infusion fluids (2014).

Her current research interests include the quality use of medicines, medication misuse, extended clinical services in pharmacy, the stability of off-label and unlicensed drugs and antimicrobial stewardship. Petra joined the board in April 2018.