Who We Are
The Epilepsy Foundation uses evidence based practice to stop avoidable deaths, ensure children get a good education, help people get and keep their jobs and help people feel safe and connected.
A good understanding of epilepsy is the key to achieving these outcomes.
The Epilepsy Foundation believes no one should go it alone with epilepsy.
Our Board consists of a mix of people with a broad range of skills and experience, from people living with epilepsy to those with experience in the medical, business and community sectors. Current Board members are:
• Professor Mark Cook – President
• Dr Christine Walker
• Jim Campbell, AM
• Dr Lindsay Vowels
• Peter Gover
• Lesley McMenamin
• Kate Marshall
• Joe Azoulay
Professor Mark Cook – President
Currently Chair of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Professor Cook specialises in the treatment of epilepsy; his previous role was also at St Vincent’s as Professor and Director of Neurology. He is recognised internationally for his expertise in epilepsy management, particularly imaging and surgical planning.
Dr Christine Walker
Christine is currently Executive Officer of the Chronic Illness Alliance Inc., a peak body representing more than 50 consumer and advocacy organisations for people with chronic illness. In this role, she works collaboratively with a number of organisations, government departments and universities, to further the Alliance’s aims of improving the lives of people with chronic illness.
Jim Campbell, AM
Jim has 28 years of senior experience in driving change in Australian Government departments and public and private companies. Over the past ten years, he has also worked in the not-for-profit sector, successfully completing major restructures and integration projects with Vision Australia, Multiple Sclerosis Limited and St Vincent de Paul, as well as a joint venture that led to the creation of VicBionics. Jim serves on the Fundraising Sub-committee and the Finance Audit and Risk Management Sub-committee. Jim has family experience with epilepsy.
Dr Lindsay Vowels
Dr Lindsay Vowels’ career has spanned more than 40 years in the disability sector, working primarily with people with a neurological disability. She is a consultant Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist and works in a voluntary capacity with several applied research projects and is the founding and past Chair of Epilepsy Australia. Her interests lie in the quality of services available to people with epilepsy, the education and training available to professional staff employed by the Foundation and support and education services in rural and remote areas. Her hope is for a national research body to ensure all issues affecting people with epilepsy are adequately documented, investigated and publicised.
Peter Gover is the Chief Financial Officer of The Bionics Institute of Australia, which is a not-for-profit medical research institute working in a number of health areas, including epilepsy.
Lesley joined the board in April 2014 and comes with over 15 years’ experience of sales and marketing within the pharmaceutical industry. Lesley’s last position was Associate Director of the CNS business unit in UCB Australia, with a specific focus on therapeutic treatment options for epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. In December 2013, Lesley’s 15 year daughter suffered her first seizure and has since been diagnosed with Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy with Photosensitivity. Lesley is passionate about making difference for people living with epilepsy, generate awareness and destigmatise epilepsy nationally.
Kate Marshall is a partner with the commercial law firm KL Gates. She has an LLB and B.Juris from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma (IP) from Melbourne University. Kate has a son who has recently been diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
Joseph Azoulay is a Director Credit Suisse Private Bank and also sits on the Credit Suisse Charity Committee. He serves on the Epilepsy Foundation’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Sub-committee. Joe is passionate about assisting families who have been affected by epilepsy and ensuring children with epilepsy are provided with equal opportunities. He is married with 3 children and has personal family experience with epilepsy.