We are very pleased to announce two new additions to our board, company secretary and finance director Philip Fitzpatrick, and director Bill Appleby.
Philip and Bill bring significant additional skills to the board. We are delighted that professionals of their standing and experience have decided to volunteer to support our work.
Philip is a chartered accountant at Deloitte Australia, where he specialises in audit and not for profit organisations. Philip has a detailed undestanding of the regulatory environment for charities, and is the perfect person to be in charge of our books.
Bill holds an MBA, and is the CEO of a non-profit organisation, Jewish Care Victoria. Bill has significant experience in management and governance roles in not for profits. His skills will be invaluable as we grow and develop in coming years.
These new appointments add to a talent pool that is already deep. As well as cardiologist, Dr Noel Bayley, who has significant expertise in the field of rheumatic heart disease, our board includes chartered accountant Naida Beltrame (also from Deloitte), our Timorese-born patient support coordinator Ana Saldanha and Australia's foremost expert on East Timor, Professor Damien Kingsbury of Deakin University. Other directors have experience in fields including governance and international development. You can view their bios on our website here www.easttimorheartsfund.org.au/the-team/the-board/
East Timor Hearts Fund is a new organisation, formed informally in late 2010 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee just over a year ago. So to have a board of this calibre at this stage of our development is exciting, and we hope reassuring to those many people and organisations who partner with us to help us achieve our mission of providing life-saving heart surgery to young people from Timor-Leste.