PATRON OF LIPOEDEMA AUSTRALIA LTD.
PROFESSOR NEIL PILLER
Professor Neil Piller is our Patron. Neil is a Lymphologist and Director of the Lymphoedema Research Unit at Flinders University, Adelaide. He is an executive member of the International Society for Lymphology, a member of the Editorial Boards of the ‘Journal of Lymphoedema’ (UK), ‘Phlebology’ (USA) and ‘Lymphology’ (USA). He is Australasian Editor of the ‘Journal of Lymphatic Research and Biology’ (USA). Neil was President of the 22nd International Congress of Lymphology (Sydney). He is a member International Advisory Board Union Internationale Phlebologie and a member of its consensus groups on Lymphoedema and Phlebo-lymphoedema, a Director of the UK based ‘International Lymphoedema Framework’ and the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphoedema Care and a member of the steering committee for the Australian and American Lymphoedema Frameworks.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nola was the first President of Lipoedema Australia Support Society Inc. (LASS) in 2012, and is now Chair of Lipoedema Australia. Nola has a Graduate Diploma Community Development, a Diploma of Teaching – Primary and a Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. Her professional and community volunteer work means she has extensive committee experience lasting over 40 years. She is a master at leading a team through change, as can be seen by the rapid expansion of the Lipoedema Australia ‘family’ supported by our company. Nola retired from paid employment in 2015 allowing her more time to be a strong advocate for Lipoedema sufferers. She is passionate in her belief that Lipoedema Australia can make positive changes in the lives of sufferers through education and support, whilst advancing the research and recognition of Lipoedema throughout Australia and the world.
Today Tonight featured Nola, Carla and one of the Facebook members, Nicki Spence. Nola has also featured in magazine articles promoting Lipoedema awareness, as well as being the creator and a participant of the Make a Wish photo campaign.
Carla has been with Lipoedema Australia committee since shortly after the 2014 conference, where she was inspired by the then LASS team and eager to become a part of such a forward thinking, supportive and effective group. Carla has a Diploma in Business Management, a Diploma of Personal Computer Business Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate lll in Community and Health Services and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training. Carla managed a Day Centre facility for the elderly, prior to her retirement from paid employment. Carla has been Vice-President of the Lipoedema Australia for several years. Carla is committed to the Lipoedema Australia cause, enjoying the challenges of such a demanding role in her retirement. Carla has been involved in much of the media campaigning, Today Tonight, The Project, the Make a Wish photo campaign and newspaper coverage.
Louise has been keenly involved with Lipoedema Australia since 2012. She is the Financial Manager of Lipoedema Australia and our Public Officer. She completed a Commerce Degree at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 2002. Louise has been an employee of Aussie Accountants since graduating in 2002 and she completed her CPA qualifications in 2006. Louise is now a co-owner of the business. A quiet achiever, Louise keeps accurate and timely financial records providing peace of mind for the team in this regard. Louise has also been involved with all three Lipoedema Australia national conferences.
Cassie holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Reproductive Biology, Graduate Diploma Secondary Education and Master of Education. Cassie is a Head school teacher in the Sciences. She is astute, caring and passionate about Lipoedema Australia and its aims, excelling in the educational aspect. Cassie is a wonderful advocate for Lipoedema Australia and was involved in the filming for ‘The Project’. Cassie also took part in the Make a Wish photo shoot and is also happy to do presentations and public speaking as required.
Lisa has been with Lipoedema Australia since 2015 and is well respected as our ‘straight shooter’. Lisa has an Advanced Diploma in Business and is currently employed as a University Research Administrator. She can identify and weigh up options and is a good decision maker. Lisa brings excellent administrative skills to the board, having both domestic and international experience. Lisa is articulate with the written word and technologically astute. Lisa has been involved in our conferences as part of the Lipoedema Australia committee.
CARA WEEKS ELLIS
Cara is our Fundraising Officer. Her skills are being well utilised as she is an excellent fundraiser and has relevant charity work experience.
Cara initially commenced her charity work to support a friend with cancer, who was in financial difficulty. She then went on to set up ‘Share the Dignity’ in Geelong and the surrounding region; making connections with local schools, companies and corporates to supply the less fortunate and homeless with sanitary items and basic supplies. At this time Cara also assisted in setting up a domestic violence shelter in Geelong for women and children.
Cara completed the 60km Walk Cancer Centre, after fundraising the entrance fee of $2000. Cara puts much time and effort into her fundraising agenda, but the rewards of helping others is her main focus. Cara also brings administrative/credit control skills to the Board, with many years in the workforce in these areas of employment, before commencing her charity work.
Jen is the youngest member of the Lipoedema Australia board but experienced in the workplace, with extensive posts in hospitality where she held a senior position for seven years, and more recently human resources where she has been working since 2011 in various roles including Workforce Transition Consultant, Senior People and Culture Advisor, and Operations Support Team Leader. Currently she is a People and Culture Specialist for a global self-managed superannuation business. Jen is a meticulous planner, supremely organised, and loves a good spreadsheet. She is tech-savvy, forward-thinking and relishes speaking her mind on important issues. When it comes to Lipoedema, she is enjoying combining all of these qualities to increase public awareness and help those in need of support. In her spare time Jen volunteers for a local charity, enjoys photography and travelling when possible.
Janine joined the team in 2019. A Kiwi, she also lived in the UK as a young adult, and has now settled in Australia. She is passionate about helping others, particularly women, and volunteered for some years as a Lifeline counsellor in NZ. With a background in IT Management, Janine quickly picked up administration of some aspects of our IT, encouraging us to try out new ways of working. Now a senior and experienced Change Management professional, Janine is able to use her skills to advocate for our members, ensuring they are always top of mind in all that we do. In her spare time, Janine enjoys a busy social life with friends around Sydney, and every chance she gets travels to NZ to spend time with her family.