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 Black Dog Institute, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Australian Business Volunteers (ABV), as well as serving as President of the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW). 

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 anberra 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 and development and social policy with a special focus on infectious diseases. She has been involved in the work of a range of key national and international health and development organisations. Based in Geneva from 2005 until her retirement in 2014, Helen worked as Deputy CEO at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and then at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. She was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2017.

In the early 1990s Helen managed the National Communicable Diseases Program in the Australian Department of Health. For seven years prior to moving to Geneva she headed up the Australian Government Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Now based in Melbourne, Helen is a Board member of the Burnet Institute and has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the University of Melbourne. Helen was appointed by the Board as Co-Deputy Chair in May of 2019, she is Chair of The Programs and Partnerships Committee and a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation (USA).
Michael had a close relationship with Fred Hollows that continues with Gabi, and he has been involved with The Foundation from its very beginning. He was one of the team that set up The Foundation and has been a member of the Board, with two short breaks, since its establishment in 1992. Michael was appointed by the Board as Co-Deputy Chair in May of 2019, he is a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation (HK) Limited, a Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation Kenya, and member of the Board’s Governance and Nominations Committee and Programs and Partnerships Committee.

Michael is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. He has had extensive experience as a professional economist, educator, researcher as well as engagement in the practical work of delivering development programs. He currently teaches a Masters course on international aid at UNSW as well as giving occasional lectures in development studies and economics. He is also an editor of the research and policy journal, the Economic and Labour Relations Review.

In 2015, Michael was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the blind and those with low vision, to education, and to the community.
Director since 2022
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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. With over 15 years’ experience in international development, he has expertise in strategy and policy development and finance. A Sri Lankan Australian with a background in finance and investment banking, Ruwan is a Chartered Accountant of both England & Wales, and Australia. He trained and worked with Deloitte in London before moving to Sydney in 1987, working in audit and then corporate advice with the Dutch bank ABN AMRO.

Between 2003 and 2014 Ruwan lived in Geneva and worked in the international development aid sector, at the then newly-established Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Initially responsible for financial oversight of grants made by the organisation, his roles evolved and grew with the organisation itself with a focus on strategy and policy development, and equitable access to funding. Before returning to Australia Ruwan was for several years the Global Fund’s Director of Strategy, in which role he was responsible for managing the strategy development process of the organisation.

Now Sydney based, Ruwan continues to contribute to the international humanitarian aid and development aid sectors. He has consulted across the health, nutrition and education sectors, working with international organisations such as GAVI the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Food Program, and the World Health Organisation.

Katrina Fanning PSM
Director since 2019
Katrina Fanning PSM
Katrina is a Wiradjuri woman from Junee NSW and has lived and worked in the ACT for much of the last three decades. She is the Director of Coolamon Advisors, an Indigenous consulting firm, and has previously held a number of Senior Executive roles specialising in Public Policy development, Indigenous affairs and Government relations.

Katrina has extensive Board experience and is the currently the Chairperson for the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, Chairperson of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, and Board Director of the Canberra Raiders Rugby League Club.

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. She brings her leadership and public sector experience to her commitment to making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, through sporting pathways and community engagement, helping to ensure that Aboriginal people are participating in decision-making in all sectors of society.

Katrina was named ACT Australian of the Year in 2020, and has been awarded a Public Service Medal.

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 was born in Lesotho to missionary parents. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe he won a medal in community medicine and completed a Masters in General Medicine designed to equip provincial medical officers with the skills to manage a wide range of conditions, including emergency Caesarian sections. During this MGenMEd training, exposure to ophthalmology sparked an interest that took him back to Lesotho to run a small eye programme. Following on from this he spent 12 years in the UK training as an ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal surgeon - working as a Consultant in Peterborough.

Anthony went to Tanzania in 2000 with CBM. He was Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania from 2000 to 2011. The fledgling training programme grew during this period to become an IAPB Carl Zeiss regional training centre. Ophthalmologists from as far afield as Mali, Rwanda and the Congo were trained at KCMC. KCMC became a founder member of the East African College of Ophthalmologists, (now COECSA) unifying training standards across Eastern Africa.

He established a Vitreoretinal fellowship training programme, training surgeons from all over Africa. He worked closely with Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology and is a KCCO Board Director. Anthony moved to Australia in 2011 and is in private practice in Newcastle. He maintains an active interest in International Development work in Ophthalmology. He is chair of RANZCO’s International Development Committee and was a Director of Vision2020 Australia for 3 years (2017-19).
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 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 small to medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.

Concurrently, Christine has been a non-executive director of many companies in a range of industries and Chairman of several not-for-profit organisations. Christine holds an honours degree in Commerce in Accounting and Financial Management, a Master of Commerce degree in organisational development and taxation law and a Level 5 Certificate from Cambridge University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is a CPA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Christine has been a member of the Finance and Audit Committee since November 2010.
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 appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia and has also been declared one of Australia’s ‘100 Living National Treasures’.

She also holds an Advance Australia Award (Community Service) and a Centenary Award from the Australian Government. 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 Programs and Partnerships Committee.

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