Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors take their roles with Healthy Kids Association very seriously, applying their valuable expertise and experience to ensure good governance and to drive the strategic direction of the organisation.

Patrick Eustace – Chairman 

Our chairman has held senior finance and business leadership positions in blue-chip organisations internationally across multiple industry sectors, including over 20 years in food manufacturing. Patrick brings to HKA broad finance, governance and commercial experience including extensive experience in performance improvement and transformation. 

 

Fiona Fleming – Vice-Chairman 

Fiona is an experienced corporate and regulatory affairs professional with a proven ability to work in a fastpaced, challenging environment. She has 30 years’ experience in the food industry in the areas of dairy, seafood, cerealbased foods, smallgoods, tea, simmer sauces and pastes, ingredients and infant formula. Fiona currently runs a boutique consultancy working across a range of areas. 

 

Dr. Kathy Chapman – Secretary  

Kathy has extensive experience working in NGO and charity sector in public and health promotion, including as Executive Director at Cancer Council NSW where she used her significant experience to set and deliver on strategy for health promotion and prevention programs. Already armed with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kathy also recently received a PhD from University of Sydney. Kathy brings additional expertise in marketing and public relations, government relations and advocacy. 

 

Kathy Usic  Treasurer 

Kathy is an accomplished health professional and commerciallyminded business leader with over 35 years’ experience in education, FMCG and the health promotion / not for profit sectors.  Kathy currently leads the Glycemic Index Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation owned by the University of Sydney and the Diabetes NSW ACT (Australia). 

 

Katrina Weir  

With more than eighteen years of public relations and communications experience, Katrina is a health and communications expert with extensive expertise in stakeholder engagement and account management. She was a co-founder and director of Reed Weir Communications and during this time was the recipient of several public relations awards. This is Katrina’s third term on the board. 

Dr. Megan Hemming 

Megan’s professional background is in the research and development sector with more than 12 years at CSIRO and the Australian National University. She has held roles in strategic leadership, stakeholder and customer relationship management and operational management and currently runs her own career coaching practice. She also brings handson school canteen experience, having played an instrumental role in bringing Giralang Primary School’s canteen into alignment with the ACT National Healthy Schools Canteen Criteria – Fresh Tastes during her time as President of the school’s P&C. 

Sally Linwood

An experienced corporate lawyer, Sally presently works with the Australian Institute of Company Directors as a Senior Policy Adviser. In this role, she develops policy and represents members on specific director and board-related affairs. As a previous Pro Bono Case Manager with Cancer Council NSW, Sally additionally offers relevant legal experience in the Health Promotion sector.

 

Marie Malica

As the CEO of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, Marie brings comprehensive knowledge of business and project management, corporate governance, sales and marketing to the HKA Board. She has experience both in corporate and charitable Health industries, having managed Cancer Council NSW’s research programs and clinical trials for seven years in addition to three years’ management experience at Prince of Wales Hospital, overseeing research ethics and governance.

Maree Ferguson

Maree is the Founder and Managing Director of Dietitian Connection, which provides professional development opportunities for dietitians worldwide. With prior experience as the Director, Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Senior Research Scientist at Abbott Laboratories, Ohio, USA, Maree’s extensive nutrition knowledge, strategic direction and leadership experience is highly valuable as an HKA Board Director.