Asanka is a legal practitioner who was admitted to practice in 2009. Asanka practices as a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and specializes in all aspects of personal injury law. Asanka is also Secretary of the WA Bar Association (Inc) and serves on its Diversity Sub-Committee. Asanka is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia and sits on its Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation sub-committee.
Asanka has been a sessional lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety (Industrial Relations) at Curtin University. Asanka has been a past WAAC volunteer and has served on its Board since September 2013 in the capacities of Community Representative, Secretary and Vice Chairperson.
Ren is a community engagement and communications professional who has lived with HIV for 15+ years. Ren moved to Melbourne in 1997 before returning to Perth in 2015, immediately volunteering with the WA AIDS Council and becoming a member of the WA AIDS Council Fundraising Committee.
Ren has worked in state and federal government senior communications roles where he conducted research and advised on public policy and community practice. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Curtin University and is Principal with consultancy company Manton Communications. Ren is currently providing employment services with workplace rehabilitation providers Recovre and Workwise Occupational Health.
Suzanne is a legal practitioner who practices as a government lawyer. Suzanne provides advice on contract and commercial issues, compliance, audit and risk, human resources, investigations, occupational health and safety and environmental management. She has previously managed the Legal and Legislative Services Directorate at the Western Australian Department of Health. Suzanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Suzanne is committed to making a difference in the not-for-profit sector. She is also Secretary and Board Director for HeartKids WA which provides support for families affected by childhood heart disease.
She joined the in-house and government lawyers advocacy organisation, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (now Association of Corporate Counsel Australia) as a Committee member in 2003 and has held positions as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the WA Committee and National President and Chair of the Board.
Emma is an Executive Manager at Hope Community Services. Emma is experienced with clinical and organisational development, culture change, leadership development, dispute solution, risk management, governance and mentoring. Emma has over 17 years experience in the non government, government and corporate sectors.
Emma is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a Masters in Applied Social Studies, a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, a Bachelors with Hons in Theology, and a Certificate IV in Coaching - with specialist streams in executive and workplace coaching. Emma is a registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the AASW. Emma has been appointed to the Examining Chaplin's Committee by the Anglican Archbishop of Perth for a 3 year term - 2015-2018.
HIV Positive Representative
Darren acquired HIV and hepatitis C in the early 1980s through blood products. Darren is married with 3 children and he has served on the Haemophilia Foundation of WA for 12 years during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and represented WA in national forums. Darren was involved in several successful campaigns to gain better treatments for people living with HIV and Heamophilia. He has a Medical Technology Certificate IV (TAFE) and a degree in Mediation from Curtin University. He has just written and published a book based on his life story and dealing with HIV and Hep C and is currently working as an executive coach and motivational speaker. Darren has served on the Board since 2010.
Joanne is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in critical care, haematology and has a Masters of Nursing leadership and management. Joanne is the Nursing Director of Community and Primary Health Care at North West Hospital Health Service in remote Queensland. This role encompasses oversight of numerous departments and specialities including Sexual Health Service, Women’s Health Service and Indigenous Primary Health Care. Joanne is a member of the North Queensland Sexually Transmissible Infection Action Plan 2016-2021 implementation group.
Joanne has extensive knowledge with strategic and operational leadership of tertiary, rural and remote hospitals to ultimately provide first class, safe, sustainable and family centred care. Joanne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has publications in the British Journal of Haematology and is a member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Australian College of Nursing.
Matt is a marketing and communications professional with a background in small business and start-up enterprises, with a long held interest in philanthropy and social causes, especially comprehensive sexual health education for young people.
Currently in his fourth year at the WA AIDS Council, Matt is responsible for all areas of communication, including strategy, website management, social media, PR, graphic design and photography.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in September 2012. He was formally General Manager of the AIDS Action Council of the ACT from 2007 having previously worked at the Victorian AIDS Council. Andrew has a Business degree (Marketing and Finance) and is Treasurer of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). He is a member of the W.A. Advisory Council on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexual Health, Health Partnership Council and the Infections and Immunology Health Network Executive Advisory Group.