Our board members are a talented and diverse lot. They have extraordinary skills and experience in a wide range of sectors, both public and private. This ensures The Foundation takes a well-rounded approach to everything we do and the decisions we make as an organisation.
Our directors are responsible for providing strategic direction and governance, ensuring effective financial and risk management oversight and continued organisational viability and sustainability. Also, and perhaps most importantly, they’re custodians of Fred Hollows’ legacy and reputation. 

Jane Madden (Chair)
Helen Evans AO (Co-Deputy Chair)
Michael Johnson AM (Co-Deputy Chair)
Nicki Anderson
Ruwan de Mel
Katrina Fanning PSM
Dr Anthony Hall
Christine Hawkins AM
Gabi Hollows AO
Marten Touw
Tina Wyer



Jane Madden (Chair)
Director since 2021

Jane joined the Board in 2021, having been a long-term supporter of the Foundation.  Jane is an accomplished non-executive director with over fifteen years’ experience as chair and member of boards and committees across government, business and the not-for-profit sector. She is currently on the boards of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Australian Business Volunteers (ABV), as well as serving as President of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), and an External Member of the ACT Health Audit and Risk Management Committee. 

Jane held positions at the most senior levels of the Commonwealth Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Industry, and Prime Minister and Cabinet. She led a highly successful diplomatic career, including as Ambassador to UNESCO Paris, Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Tokyo and assignments in Asia, Africa and Pacific. In other public sector roles, she was the Deputy Secretary of Austrade and the Chief Operating Officer, Digital Transformation Office in the Prime Minister’s Department.  Throughout her career, Jane has been involved with a broad range of development and Indigenous organisations. Jane is the founder and Principal of a Canberra advisory firm specialising in strategy, capability and international business development, and also works as an executive coach to private and public sector leaders. 

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Director since 2015

Helen is an expert in public health, social policy and development with a special focus on infectious diseases. She has been involved in a range of national and international health and development organisations. Based in Geneva from 2005 until her retirement in 2014, Helen was Deputy CEO at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and then at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Helen is an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health. She is Vice-Chair of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a member of the Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security Technical Reference Group, a Board member of the Burnet Institute and of the Australian Global Health Alliance. 

Helen is the Chair of The Board's Programs and Partnerships Committee and a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation (USA).
Michael had a close relationship with Fred Hollows and was one of the team that set up The Foundation. He has served as a board member since its establishment in 1992. Michael has extensive experience as a professional economist, educator, researcher as well as engaging in the practical work of delivering development programs. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is an Editor of the research and policy journal, the Economic and Labour Relations Review published by Sage. In 2015, Michael was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the blind and vision impaired, to education, and to the community. Michael serves as a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee and Programs and Partnerships Committee, as well as Deputy Chair of the Foundation. He is also a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited, The Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya, and recently The Fred Hollows Foundation (UK).
Nicki Anderson
Director since 2022

Nicki has spent over 25 years working in Oceania, Asia, Europe and America and has hands on leadership experience in strategy, sales/fundraising, marketing, customer experience and innovation within the food, beverage, consumer goods and humanitarian sectors.  Her leadership roles include Head of Major Donor Partnerships at Australian Red Cross, Vice President Innovation at Cadbury Schweppes (Dr Pepper Snapple) based in New York, Marketing & Innovation Director for Coca Cola Amatil and McCain Foods and CEO/Managing Director for Powerforce, Demoplus, Artel and Retail Facts.  

Nicki is currently a Non-executive Director of ASX listed Graincorp, Deputy Chair of Mrs Mac’s Pty Ltd, Deputy Chair of the Australian Made Campaign Limited, and Non-executive Director of the Craig Mostyn Group and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. She is former Chair & Member of the Monash University Advisory Board for the marketing faculty. 

Nicki holds an Executive MBA from the University of NSW (AGSM), a Bachelor of Business (marketing major) from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Ruwan de Mel
Director since 2019
Ruwan de Mel
Ruwan joined the Board in May 2019 after serving on the Fred Hollows Foundation’s Programs and Partnerships Committee from 2017. He has over 18 years’ experience in international development. Ruwan is a Chartered Accountant of the Institutes of England and Wales, and of Australia and New Zealand. From 2003 to 2014, Ruwan worked in the international development aid sector in Geneva, at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the Global Fund’s Director of Strategy for several years. Now Sydney based, Ruwan continues to contribute to the international humanitarian sector.
Katrina Fanning PSM
Director since 2019
Katrina Fanning PSM
Katrina is a Wiradjuri woman with many years of leadership and public sector experience, and a strong commitment to making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is the Director of Coolamon Advisors, an Indigenous consulting firm. Katrina is the Head of Secretariat for the Coalition of peaks ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are part of the decision making under the national agreement on Closing the Gap.

A women’s rugby league pioneer, Katrina played the inaugural Jillaroos test in 1995, retiring as the most capped female player after 26 appearances for Australia. 

Katrina was the 2020 ACT Australian of the Year and has been awarded a Public Service Medal. She is a member of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Dr Anthony Hall
Director since 2019
Dr Anthony Hall

Anthony joined the Board in May 2019 and prior to this served as an independent member of the Programs and Partnerships Committee from 2018.

Anthony completed a Master of General Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, where he won a medal for community medicine. He ran a small eye program in his birth country of Lesotho and spent 12 years in the UK training to be an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon.

Anthony was Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania, helping to train aphthalmologists and unifying standards across East Africa. He also established a vitreoretinal fellowship training program.
Christine Hawkins AM
Director since 2015  
Christine was elected to the Board in 2015 after serving as an independent member of the Finance and Audit Committee since November 2010. Originally an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia, Christine spent her senior executive career as a corporate adviser in investment banking, specialising in capital markets and financial structuring. In 1997 she established Cinnabar International Pty Limited, which provides advice on effective governance for companies.

Christine is a member of the Board and Chair of The Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya.
Gabi Hollows AO
Director since 1992

Gabi is the Founding Director and has served on the Board since its establishment. She graduated as an orthoptist in 1972 and travelled with Fred Hollows for three years on the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Gabi married Fred in 1980 and together they had five children. In 2013 Gabi was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her work as an advocate for the eradication of blindness, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and in 1998 was declared one of Australia’s ‘100 Living National Treasures’. Gabi has been the recipient of numerous awards including: the Centenary Medal (2003), the Rotary International Inspirational Women Award (2011), an Honorary Doctorate in Health Science from Sydney University (2012), the Advance Australia Award for Community Service, the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Asia Medal (2014), the United Nations Association of Australia Peace Program Lifework Award (2017), the John Yu Medal by the George Institute for Global Health (2018) and she was the Impact 2025 Collaboration Award winner (2021).

Gabi is the Patron of The Fred Hollows Foundation Regular Giving Program and undertakes extensive speaking engagements for The Foundation. She is a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee and the Programs and Partnerships Committee.
Director since 2022

Marten promotes the sensible application of market-based business concepts and tools, especially across finance, where those tools can have an impact that improves the lives of vulnerable people. He has, since 2009, been 'giving back' by providing pro bono consulting services to humanitarian not-for-profit organisations. 

Major consulting projects have included assisting the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  in the design, negotiation and execution of the Humanitarian Impact Bond. The Bond, a first of its kind, built and operates 3 physical rehabilitation centres in Mali, the DRC and Nigeria. He also assisted the ICRC in exploring the development of a contingent risk financing product. With Talent Beyond Boundaries - Canada, he assisted in the design and implementation of a funding product/model for displaced persons relocation. Advisory roles have included; Bridges to Prosperity in Colorado, UNICEF, World Food Program, Education Outcomes Fund in London, Habitat for Humanity in Santa Cruz (CA) and since 2020 to the Fred Hollows Foundation in Sydney on a social enterprise program.

Prior to pro bono advisory and execution work, Marten had an extensive career in financial markets, treasury and finance. He has been the Group Treasurer and Executive General Manager - Financial Markets at Commonwealth Bank, the Group Treasurer at Westpac and Vice President and Country Treasurer for Citibank in Australia. He has also worked on the turnaround of a failed Japanese Bank in Tokyo and was the North- East Asian Regional Treasurer at Standard Chartered based in Hong Kong.
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Tina Wyer
Director since 2022

Tina has nearly 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry, most recently her 17-year career at JPMorganChase, where she held several C-suite roles, including Firmwide Chief Data Officer, Asia Head of Corporate Technology and Australia & New Zealand Chief Financial Officer.  During her tenure she was responsible for driving major change and transformation agendas across both the business and technology domains.  

Now as a Non-Executive Director and Chair, Tina works with businesses to apply the lessons learned from her international experience working in the US, Australia and Singapore which has provided a uniquely valuable perspective of the business functions, regulatory, controls and opportunity landscape across diverse disciplines, geographies, and cultures.  Specifically, Tina is currently the Chair for the board of Empowered Women in Trade, a Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Compensation Committee for FATS Projects Special Purpose Acquisition Company, an Advisory Board Member of MaxMe, an innovative human skills development company, and is a Non-Executive Director at Hume Bank.

Tina is also founder of Unbeatable You, with its dual focus on supporting next-gen leaders and the sustainability of our beautiful planet, Tina leverages her successes in the international corporate hemisphere to inspire, guide and advise tomorrow’s agents of change.

Tina is a Chartered Accountant and Australia Institute of Company Directors GAICD.

Life Members 

  • Nigel Milan AM
  • Dr Graham Fraenkel
  • Ray Martin AM
  • Gabi Hollows AO
  • Howard Davies
  • Michael Johnson AM
  • Robert Dalziel AM
  • Jilpia Jones AM
  • Dr Gordon Briscoe AO


Past Directors

The Fred Hollows Foundation was first incorporated as an association in February 1992 and later registered as a public company limited by guarantee in August 1995.

Since then, the following people have served as Directors of The Fred Hollows Foundation Board:

  • Gordon Briscoe, AO 1995 – 1999
  • Minas Coroneo, AO 1995 – 1996
  • John Dawkins, AO 1995 – 2003
  • Michael Johnson, AM 1995 – 2005, 2006 – 2016
  • Ray Martin, AM 1995 – 2002
  • Russell Rollason, AM 1995 – 1998
  • Victoria Rubensohn, AM 1995 – 2005
  • Jeffrey Rushton, AM 1995 – 1996
  • Professor Hugh Taylor, AC 1995 – 2004
  • Professor Mark Gillies,  1996 – 2006
  • Nigel Milan, AM 1997 – 2007
  • Fessehaie Abraham 1998 – 2006
  • Howard Davies 1998 – 2012
  • Tim Fischer, AC 1999 – 2003
  • Brent Impey 2001 – 2005, 2009 – 2013
  • Sharon Galleguillos 2002 – 2006
  • Shelley Reys, AO 2003 – 2008
  • Andrew Want 2003 – 2010
  • Robert (Bob) Dalziel 2004 – 2014
  • Sarah Elliot 2005 – 2013
  • Dr. David Moran 2005 – 2010
  • John Richardson, OAM 2005 – 2008
  • John McElhinney 2006 – 2009
  • Stephanie Young 2006 – 2012
  • Phillip Brown 2007 – 2009
  • Mary Kostakidis 2008 – 2011
  • Romlie Mokak 2008 – 2011
  • Les Fallick 2010 - 2018
  • Graham Skeates 2010 - 2019
  • Dr Jamie La Nauze 2010 - 2019
  • Peter Hearl 2011 – 2012
  • Kathy Farrell 2013 – 2015
  • Ann Porcino 2013 – 2016
  • Joy Savage 2013 - 2019
  • Paul Torzillo AM 2012 - 2021
  • The Hon. John Brumby AO 2013 - 2021
  • Paul Ruiz 2019 - 2022