BA, Education and Training.
Sharon Strugnell has been the CEO since 2005 and through her personal experience of caring and numerous years in Executive Management she has expanded and lead an energetic team that has seen BrainLink grow into a dynamic organization supporting families and campaigning at the highest level for equality for disability service delivery for all.
Sharon holds a Bachelor in Education and Training and previous to this worked in the Sultanate of Brunei for 15 years, spending significant time working in the disability area with young people. She also worked closely with the Australian High Commission at the time, fundraising for many charity events whilst running a small business. On her return to Australia she spent 10 years working in community development and employment programs placing disadvantaged individuals into traineeships.
Her keenness to cultivate strategic partnerships and demonstrated success in building mutually beneficial alliances has provided many new opportunities for BrainLink. Sharon is dedicated to working towards a fair system where disability, health and aged care work as a stream line of services for anyone that requires them. For now she works towards this goal by continuing the varied work of BrainLink with great enthusiasm, and is looking forward to strengthening existing relationships and making health and well-being in the community a priority for all.
Bronwyn commenced her work with BrainLink in October 2019.
She has a nursing background but has worked in the community supporting people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) for over 20 years. For the last 15 years Bronwyn managed the Acquired Brain Injury, Slow to Recover (ABI:STR) Program, as well as Monash Health Community, Brain Injury Services (formerly LIAISE) and a respite program called "Great Break". The ABI:STR Program was a state-wide rehabilitation program for people with severe brain injury while Monash Health Community, Brain Injury Services and Great Break program supported people with mild to moderate ABI.
Managing a state-wide program has provided Bronwyn with over 4 years of experience in transitioning people in the NDIS including support coordination and allied health services.
Bronwyn says that her passion is seeing people achieve their goals and lead meaningful lives. "Nothing gives me greater joy and professional satisfaction, than seeing someone achieve their goals. For me it's about making sure that people have the right services at the right time so that they can reach their fullest potential. I am constantly inspired by what people can achieve when the right supports are put in place."
Bronwyn's core values align well with BrainLink's mission: Better Caring, Better Outcomes.
Board of Directors
Dr Suzanne Hasthorpe
BSc(Hons), PhD, M AgriBus, GAICD - Member of CEO Review, Research & Development and Risk/Governance Committees
Suzanne is Manager, Coordinating Office for Clinical Trial Research, Victorian Department of Health.
Suzanne project manager for multi-site clinical trials initiative. She represents the Victorian Government on a number of related Commonwealth Government health and industry advisory committees and currently Chair of a national approach for clinical trial research working group.
Suzanne’s background as a senior research fellow led research teams in the areas of bone marrow transplantation, cancer research and neonatal reproductive biology. She has worked in Australia and as a visiting scientist internationally.
She is an experienced Non –Executive Director on hospital, not-for-profit and industry boards. In 2006 she was the secretariat for the review of the Gene technology Act 2001 in Victoria.
Dr Judith Charlton
MSc, PhD, B Ed, MAPS
Dr Jude Charlton is an Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) where she leads the Behavioural Science for Transport Safety research team.
Her current research interests include the assessment of risk of older drivers, effects of medical conditions on driving, vision and fitness-to-drive, and child occupant safety. Jude manages several major international collaborations involving vision impaired drivers, drivers with Traumatic Brain Injury, and a large cohort study of older drivers, the Ozcandrive study. These projects examine the role of vision, cognitive and physical functions in driving using state of the art driving simulators, instrumented vehicles and naturalistic driving methods.
Since joining MUARC in 2000, Jude has authored over 100 publications on road safety issues. She is engaged in many national and international research activities, collaborating with government bodies, health practitioners, the motor vehicle industry and road safety academics in Europe and North America. Jude serves on several road safety committees, including the Australasian College of Road Safety and the US Transportation Research Board (TRB) Driver Medical Review Committee. She is a Director of BrainLink through which she contributes in a pro bono capacity to community services for people with acquired brain injury.
B. Economics Monash ACA ACIS - Member of Finance/ Audit and CEO Review Committee
Mark Pryn, a senior finance and governance operator has a career spanning over 25 years within professional and corporate environments. As a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Company Secretary mark has held a number of senior financial management and governance roles including over 9 years as company secretary with an ASX listed entity.
Currently, assisting a diverse range of clients strengthen financial management and governance processes whilst managing competing stakeholder interests. Mark is an active member of The Governance Institute Australia.
Rodney (Rod) Harris OAM
BA, Grad Dip Health Admin, CIM, Executive Program - Non Profit Leaders, AICD
Rod is the Chief Executive Officer for Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria (MNDAV) and strongly believes a leadership approach where every employee is encouraged to be a visionary, a leader, a manager and a “doer”.
Rod has a strong interest in aging and disability, and in the transition of disability support services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the changes to individualised funding and service delivery models in Aged Care. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Balwyn Evergreen Centre, a HACC funded aged care service, providing day services and manages accommodation.
Rod firmly believes that an organisation should focus on addressing unmet needs through high quality services. Improved service delivery matched by increased funding from government, fundraising and donors.
Jarrod is a Workplace Relations Advisor and has considerable experience in the Human Resource management of not-for-profit organisations in the social services, retail and healthcare sectors. Most recently, he was the General Manager Human Resources at Nazareth Care Australasia, an organisation of some 750 employees.
Jarrod has a passion for training and development, leadership and establishing high performance cultures. He is well versed in performance management, counselling and discipline, workplace investigations, FWC disputes and claims, conferences and arbitration hearings, as well as making representations to peak industry bodies.
Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) from Swinburne University, majoring in HR, management and economics. His contribution to the HR industry was recognised by both the Australian Retail Association and SACS Consulting in 2014.
B. Applied Science, Grad. Cert. Quality Assurance in Health Care
An experienced executive and non-executive director in both the public and private health care sectors, Anne comes to the BrainLink board with strong governance skills, over 20 years of CEO and Board experience, and is a highly qualified Health Information Manager with expertise in diagnostic data analysis, research, evaluation and organisational-wide continuous quality improvement.
Anne has been instrumental in establishing research interests such as the Southern Academic Primary Care Unit (SAPCRU) through Monash University and projects funded jointly by the Canadian Institute Health Research and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute. As well as having various publications under name, Anne is experienced in driving change with a proven track record in building strong links with the community, strengthening stakeholder relationships and developing partnerships through strong and meaningful collaboration.
Kaye is a highly respected professional with proven success working as a consultancy-based executive delivering strategic, project, and financial services within the private and public sector. Recognised health sector specialist with experience working to deliver strategic plans, tender management and organisational reviews that drove business improvement, effective leadership and service provisioning relevant to the purpose of the organisation.
Kaye has over 20 years Non- Executive Director Board experience with not for profit, for profit and industry bodies and is a highly strategic and capable individual recognised for the ability to work cross functionally to support an organisation conceptualise, define, improvise and deliver ongoing results in community focussed organisations. Kaye brings over 20 years executive level leadership as a consult into organisations, a proven strategic leader providing direction, guidance and management, and is a highly respected and recognised business professional with proven strategic abilities and experience leading end-to-end management consultant projects.