The Board

Asanka Gunasekera

Asanka Gunasekera

Chairperson

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.

 



Emma Jarvis

Emma Jarvis

Vice Chairperson

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.

Suzanne Hillier

Suzanne Hillier

Treasurer

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.

 

Darren Vernede

Darren Vernede

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 Shaw

Joanne Shaw

Community Representative

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.

 

Dr Ian Woolley

Dr Ian Woolley

Community Representative

Dr Woolley is an Infectious Diseases physician who has been working almost entirely in the HIV sphere since 1993. He trained in Melbourne and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Australia in 2000. He holds an MD, FRACP and Diploma of Tropical Medicine as well as an undergraduate medical degree and has NGO experience working on short term projects in several countries in Asia and Africa.
 
He is currently Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases and Director of HIV Medicine at Monash Health in Melbourne which involves clinical education and research work.





Steve Singer

Steve Singer

Community Representative

Steve is a consultant economist working on the evaluation and social impact of Australian mining and petroleum projects. He brings to the Board his skills in commercial negotiations, strategic thinking, policy formulation and economic analysis along with a passion for science including current medical/pharmaceutical research.

Steve has been an ordinary member of WAAC since the 1980s and has attended most member meetings of the association from its inception. He has previously served on the management committees of several LGBTI-focused not-for-profit organisations.







Matt Ranford

Matt Ranford

Staff Representative

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. 

Peter 'Willie' Rowe

Peter 'Willie' Rowe

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Following the sudden passing of CEO Andrew Burry, the Board of the WA ADIS Council appointed Peter 'Willie' Rowe to the position of Interim CEO.

Mr Rowe has a long association with the Council, having served on its Board for over 10 years, including three as Chairperson. Mr Rowe has also served as the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), and was most recently Chief of Staff to former Premier Colin Barnett in WA State Government.








Our Mission

To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.