Exercise & Sports Science Australia


Anita Hobson-Powell, BScApp(HMS), MSc, MBus, GAICD

Anita Hobson-Powell, Director, NASRHPAnita Hobson-Powell is the current CEO of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). She has been in a leadership role within the organisation since 2006. Anita has had many years of experience as a director sitting on Allied Health Professionals Australia Board, Gymnastics Australia Board and the Gymnastics Queensland Board. She is also the Company Secretary for ESSA and sits on the Nominations Committee for the Brisbane South PHN.

Dietitians Association of Australia

NASRHP Secretary

Claire Hewat, BSc (Hons 1), Dip Nutr & Diet, Adv APD

Claire Hewat, Director, National Alliance of Self Regulating Health ProfessionalsClaire, was the first Accredited Practising Dietitian to be appointed CEO of DAA in 2004. Previously she was a DAA Board Director for four years and on the NSW Branch Exec for 7 years as well as undertaking a number of other voluntary roles in DAA.

Claire’s role is overall management of the association’s four divisions of Operations, Professional Services, Communications and Marketing and Accreditation and Recognition Services as well as policy development, advocacy, environmental scans, representation and media spokesperson.

Claire has had many years of experience as a practising Dietitian in clinical, food service, community and public health nutrition, diabetes education and private practice and in various aspects of health service management mostly in rural areas. She is the Australian representative to the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations, a member of the founding Board of the Commonwealth (Intl) Dietitian and Nutritionist Association, a director of Allied Health Professions Australia and DAA representative to the governance group of PEN® Global.

Audiology Australia

Dr Tony Cole, Ph.D, BA (Hons), GAICD, GAPS

Dr Tony Coles has worked in association management for close to ten years, and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Audiology Australia, a position he has held since June 2015. Tony is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Graduate of the Australian Public Service, and has served on several Boards, including presently as a Director on the Board of Allied Health Professions Australia.

Australian Orthotic Prosethetic Association

Leigh Clarke, B.P&O (Hons), M.PH

Leigh Clark, Director, NASRHP

Leigh is the current Executive Officer of the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). She holds a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) and a Master’s in Public Health. Leigh has extensive clinical and policy experience, and has contributed to several clinical research publications and presented at numerous national and international conferences.

Leigh has held a number of governance roles including a Board member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics Australian National Member Society, the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association, And Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA).

Leigh was appointed as the Executive Officer for AOPA in 2011. She has worked to extend the presence of orthotist/prosthetists in the allied health space and strengthen AOPA’s self-regulatory role. In 2012, she initiated a project to develop AOPA’s Competency Standards, through a process which has been peer review published and received international awards through the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Speech Pathology Australia

Gail Mulcair, BAppSc (Speech Pathology), MBus, Grad Dip Management, MAICD

Gail Mulcair is the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of Speech Pathology Australia and has held this position over the last Gail Mulcair, Director, National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professionalsdecade, having been appointed to this role in 2004. Previous association management roles include holding executive positions with Breastfeeding Australia and the Podiatry Association (Victoria). Gail originally trained as a speech pathologist and practised extensively in the field of adult rehabilitation. In her current role with Speech Pathology Australia, Gail now combines her commitment to the needs of those with communication and swallowing difficulties alongside skills in governance, strategic planning, member services, government relations and advocacy, and provides leadership and oversight to all functions of the Association.  She is also a Director of Allied Health Professions Australia and Professions Australia.

Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusion

Alison Horton, CCP (Certified Clinical Perfusionist)

Alison Horton, Director, National Alliance of Self Regulating Health ProfessionalsAlison Horton is a senior perfusionist, with 35 years of experience, currently practicing at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s and Melbourne Private Hospitals. Born in England, she trained in London studying medical physics, specializing as a perfusionist before moving to Australia in 1986.

In 1989 Alison pioneered the Extracorporeal Life Support program in Australia at the Royal Children’s Hospital and was their first coordinator and educator. She is involved in the heart transplantation and artificial heart program at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Since 2000 Alison has also worked voluntarily for the Australian and New Zealand College of Perfusionists, firstly as Vice President then later as President, and currently as the Chair of the Registration Committee. Alison works as a volunteer, advocating for registration of perfusionists. She helped set up the first online Masters of Science Degree in Perfusion at Swinburne University and has worked with NASRHP. She was President of a Netball Association for 2200 girls and is Vice President of the Sandringham Foreshore Association. Alison also sits as a Director of Allied Health Professions Australia.

Australian Association of Social Workers

Cindy Smith, BSW (Hons), MHA, GCHSM, GAICD, FACHSM

Cindy Smith, Director, NASRHPCindy Smith has over 15 years’ experience as a social worker in direct practice and senior management roles. She has held a range of positions including housing worker, generalist counsellor in community health, team leader for community service organisations in out-of-home-care, program manager of a counselling team, and branch manager and general manager of a child, youth and family directorate in community health.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management, and an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. She is also Secretary of Project Respect, a not-for-profit organisation that supports women in the sex industry and women trafficked, and Secretary of the Yan Yean Cemetery Trust.

Before becoming Deputy CEO, Cindy was the National Vice President of the AASW from 2011 to 2016. Cindy is a passionate advocate for human rights, social justice and a more inclusive Australia.

Australasian Sonographers Association

James Brooks-Dowsett

With well over a decade’s experience leading strategic and professional policy in the health and social services sector, James is currently responsible for Policy & Advocacy at the Australasian Sonographers Association. Throughout this his career James has ultilised his knowledge of critical analysis frameworks and formal project and program management frameworks to achieve system change across state and commonwealth governments and the not-for-profit sector.

James is keenly committed to work that improves Australians’ access to high quality health and social services. James has also been involved in many key pieces of work that have improvement access to quality health services, including the development and implementation of the Australian Government’s the Way Forward programs; development and implementation of the Queensland Premiers Diabetes Action Plan (2010); implementation of the Chronic Disease Strategy (second phase) and negotiation of the Health and Hospitals reform in Queensland; developing the implementation plan for the Victorian Simulation and Education Strategy (second phase); leading the development and production the of the ASA’s Strategic Intent 2015-2020.

James holds positions on other national industry and professional committees, and was the former Chair of the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professionals in 2015 and 2016.