Chris Bath (President)
Chris is a result-focused business leader with over 20 years’ experience in the energy and resources sector. Chris has lived and worked in Indonesia and Singapore and held the roles of Chief Financial Officer and General Manager for companies operating in Australia and South-East Asia and is currently a senior executive with Verona Capital.
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 drive alignment to organisational strategy and objectives. Chris has a Bachelor of Business, is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He joined the Asthma WA Board of Directors in February 2018 and became President in March 2019.
Cathal Smith (Vice President)
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 served as President in 2013 and 2018.
Melvin Nunes (Treasurer)
Melvin retired in January 2018 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) having worked at the organisation for over 30 years. Overall, Melvin served the Western Australian public sector for 42 years including roles at the State Taxation Department and Treasury. He has over 30 years financial and risk management experience having had direct responsibility for WATC’s financial market operations, portfolio management, finance and administration and IT.
Melvin is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia) and Fellow of the Finance and Treasury Association (FFTP). He was National President of the Finance and Treasury Association in Australia from 2003 to 2004 and Lead Lecturer for Western Australia in Interest Rate Markets and Risk Management in Finsia’s (now Kaplan’s) Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment for over 10 years.
He was also Treasurer of the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club for five years and is an accredited surf lifesaving sports official.
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 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. From October 2018 he spent four months as Acting CEO of Asthma WA.
As someone who has lived with asthma since two years of age, Steve enjoys being part of a team whose aim it is to reduce deaths from the condition and help guide Asthma WA into the future.
Dr Petra Czarniak
Dr Petra Czarniak is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University. She is a registered and accredited pharmacist with a broad experience that includes community pharmacy practice, the WA Poisons Information Centre and teaching at various universities in several disciplines including medical, pharmacy, podiatry and nursing students.
In her academic role, Petra has been involved with course development and implementation, and coordinating and teaching numerous units. Petra currently focuses on teaching medical, pharmacy and nurse practitioner students in the areas of antimicrobial agents, and medications used in the treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
Petra has been involved in supervising numerous research projects. Her current research interests include the quality use of medicines (including appropriate use of antimicrobial agents; off-label and unlicensed drugs), medication misuse, enhanced and extended clinical pharmacy services, drug stability and improved diagnosis of people with lung conditions using spirometry testing.
Petra is a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Committee (NPAC) and a regularly invited examiner of intern pharmacists for the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Richard graduated as a physiotherapist and worked in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service before moving to Western Australia in 2005. Richard has worked clinically in the public and private sectors before moving into project and policy roles within the WA Department of Health.
Richard has participated in a number of system wide health reform projects across a broad range of functional and policy areas including clinical, governance, mental health, organisational development and corporate services. He is passionate about healthcare integration and person-centred care. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers.
Andrew has an extensive background in budget and financial management strategy, procurement, public sector policy development, analysis and reform at an executive and strategic level in the State and Commonwealth Government agencies. In his former role as Executive Director Resourcing and Purchasing at the WA Department of Health, he led the preparation of WA Health’s budget strategy and funding submission to Government, Purchasing of Services from Health Service Providers, and finalization of the annual resource allocation and Service Agreement process on behalf of the Department as System Manager. He also had Performance oversight of the Department of Health’s Infrastructure Unit. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Having observed at close hand the debilitating impact that asthma can have on individuals and their families, Andrew is keen to support Asthma WA to help more people in Western Australia.