New directors bring health and research boost


Four new directors have joined the board of East Timor Hearts Fund, following our Annual General Meeting, significantly expanding our skills base in key areas including public health and research.


The additions to the board, following a rigorous skills audit, recruitment and selection process, are part of East Timor Hearts Fund’s continued expansion into research, education and prevention projects that aim to tackle the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste.


“While we will continue to provide life-saving heart surgery in Australia for those who need it, our focus will increasingly be on earlier intervention and tackling some of the systemic issues behind the high rate of rheumatic and other heart disease in Timor-Leste,” board chair Ingrid Svendsen said.


“These new board appointments, combined with the strengths of longer-serving directors, give us a diverse and high-skill board that is well-equipped to oversee the implementation of our very ambitious strategic plan.”


Welcome to new directors:

Dr Brett Sutton, a public health expert who is Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, who has previously worked on public health projects in Timor-Leste and as a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières.

Julianne Scenna, who leads The Social Economy Group, a social impact consultancy, and has a background in international and community development and cross-sector partnerships.

Nick Oats, who manages a Victorian Government international program and has had significant involvement in projects in Timor-Leste.

Dr Vijaya Joshi, a research partnerships manager at Menzies School of Health Research, who has lived and worked in Timor-Leste and has considerable expertise working on rheumatic heart disease projects.


Read the media release.

Read profiles of our directors.



The board is currently filling one final position, and is advertising for a finance-qualified director, with applications closing on 12 June.


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