Our People

Graeme Shears

Graeme Shears

Graeme is the CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. He is passionate about improving the lives of people living with epilepsy.  Graeme had a successful career in manufacturing and management consulting prior to joining the Epilepsy Foundation in 2008.  He holds a Bachelor of Business degree and has completed an executive leadership program, Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management, at Harvard.  Graeme is on the Board of the International Bureau of Epilepsy and Chair of the International Capacity Building project.

Brendan Lillywhite

Brendan Lillywhite

Brendan, Chief Operations Officer, has more than 40 years experience in the disability and aged care sectors in both government and non-government agencies, covering direct service provision through to policy and planning at the strategic level. Previous roles include HACC program State Management and General Manager of a statewide community care and nursing home service. Brendan’s core attributes include strong and diverse professional networks, strong strategic and business planning skills.

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Nicole Coulthard

Nicole is the manager of the emerging Epilepsy Smart Australia program.  With a background in allied health and disability services, Nicole is a passionate advocate for the social and financial inclusion of all people, including those with complex health conditions such as epilepsy.    Her specific areas of skill include human centred design, innovation, service development, project management, and supporting organisations and people through change.

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Helen Smith

Helen is the General Manager of Fundraising & Marketing.  She has many years of experience working in senior fundraising roles within the not-for-profit sector and has gained extensive expertise across the key fundraising methodologies including strategic donor engagement.  She is dedicated to making the donor experience a fruitful and rewarding one for all our supporters and partners.

Tracey Lindskog

Tracey Lindskog

Retail Operations Manager, Tracey has had over 30 years Retail experience, working with key deliverables over the years including, customer service, buying and product planning, product placement and merchandising, training and development, marketing and store location and set up. Working with family owned businesses through to Private equity groups, Tracey’s understanding of retail and the requirements needed to be competitive in the market has helped grow the Epilepsy Foundation Op Shops.

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