Médecins Sans Frontières Australia’s constitution provides for ten members on the board. Nine members are elected at the Annual General Meeting and one is nominated from Médecins Sans Frontières France. The nine elected members are mandated for a three year term on a rotational basis. All members of the board are volunteers and are not remunerated for their work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.
Dr Stewart M. Condon, President
Dr Stewart Condon is a medical doctor with extensive experience working in Australia and around the world. After completing his degree and junior years in Sydney he worked in remote aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory as a rural medical practitioner.
Soon after he began his work with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) travelling to Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. His first departure as field doctor led to subsequent missions as project coordinator and country medical coordinator. Stewart continued to contribute to Médecins Sans Frontières by serving as a member of the Australian board of directors. In 2014 he was elected President of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.
In recent years, Stewart has diversified his clinical experience in emergency departments, prisons and remote area clinics with non-clinical roles. He was with International SOS for four years, leading their medical case management and undertaking medical director responsibilities for the platform.
With experience in the public sector, the corporate environment and the non-government organisation (NGO) arena, Stewart has a unique perspective on medicine. His specialties include medical assistance, telehealth, rural and remote medicine and medical/humanitarian work.
Ms Katrina Penney, Vice President
Katrina Penney was elected to the Board in May 2013, and re-elected in May 2016. Katrina is a New Zealander with a health/midwifery background and has worked in the field with Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan, Nepal, Yemen and Haiti either as a nurse, midwife, hospital manager or field coordinator. From 2006 to 2009 Katrina worked in the Human Resources department of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, her role was primarily with recruiting and placing first mission field workers. Katrina has been an associative member since her introduction to the organisation and she is a founding member of the Auckland support network group, taking on the role of coordinator over the last few years. Currently Katrina manages the Refugee Health Screening Service in Auckland, which provides both public and primary health care to all quota refugees and detained asylum seekers in New Zealand. The service is also available to any community asylum seekers with current applications for refugee status.
Mr Dwin Tucker, Treasurer
Edwin ("Dwin") Tucker was re-elected to the Board in May 2015. Dwin was one of the founding Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia Board members/Treasurer from 1996-1998 and has undertaken field visits in Thailand and Laos and to the Paris office.
Dwin has been a CEO of five companies, (small-medium to 3000 employees) and has worked as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has undertaken roles in strategy, marketing, finance, technology and has advised companies as a consultant. He has been a director/chairman of numerous public, private and not-for-profit boards. He has a Bachelor of Science and Commerce from Melbourne University as well as qualifications in securities trading and business finance. Dwin currently runs the international offices for a listed company and is based in Sydney.
Dr Phil Humphris
Dr Phil Humphris was elected to the Board in April 2016. Phil has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières continuously from 2003 until 2012 in various roles, firstly as a doctor and co-ordinator and later as a program manager in the Geneva headquarters. In Geneva Phil was responsible for the management of programs of MSF Switzerland in Sudan, Iraq, Cameroon and Central America. Since the beginning of 2013, Phil works as a general practitioner in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia, and is based in Alice Springs. Phil has a background in public health, holding an MIPH from the University of Sydney, and has an ongoing interest in medical assistance to populations in crisis.
Dr Tonia Marquardt
Tonia was elected to the board in May 2015. She is a medical practitioner with a particular interest in women's health and remote medicine. Tonia worked and volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières in various capacities between 2000 and 2009. Her roles have varied over a period of 10 years including field doctor, medical coordinator and emergency coordinator in a wide variety of locations. She was also a member of the Médecins Sans Frontières Australia project unit supporting women's health for OCP, as well as being a facilitator for Médecins Sans Frontières of the Refugee health course run in conjunction with JCU. Originally from Geelong, Tonia now resides in Cairns where she works with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Her role there includes both remote clinic work in Indigenous communities and retrieval medicine. In addition to her medical degree she has fellowships with the Colleges of General Practice and Rural and Remote Medicine as well as a Masters in Public Health and diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Matthew Reid
Matthew Reid was elected to the board in May 2015. He previously served on the board from 2007 to 2010, and as president from 2008 to 2010. He has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Russia and most recently for two years in South Africa until December 2014, and as doctor, project coordinator and medical coordinator. He has represented Médecins Sans Frontières Australia at the Médecins Sans Frontières International General Assembly,the highest governing body of the organization, since its inception in 2011. He is now a public health medicine specialist working in Christchurch, New Zealand for the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards, and has a Master of Public Health and a Diploma in Child Health.
Ms Beth Hilton-Thorp
Beth Hilton-Thorp was elected to the Board in May 2013, and re-elected in May 2016. Beth is a non-practising lawyer with experience in government and private legal practice. She has undertaken one field mission for Médecins Sans Frontières and has been a member of the Board’s Governance Committee since 2011. Since 2000 she has worked in international health and development assistance in varying roles for a number of organisations including not-for-profits, universities and government agencies. Prior to that Beth held a number of positions (legal, academic and in business) in Australia and whilst living overseas. Beth is qualified in law and social work and has a BA (ANU), B Soc. Stud (Sydney), LLB, Beth is admitted to practise in the HCA and Supreme Courts ACT and NSW.
Mr Anthony Flynn
Anthony Flynn was elected to the Board in May 2014. Anthony is a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. He joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2006 and has undertaken 7 field placements in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and most recently in Papua New Guinea. As a nurse supervisor, he worked in primary health care in Northern Uganda and Ethiopia. In Chad he worked as hospital nurse supervisor. He then took on the Project Coordinator roles in Eastern Congo and South Sudan as well as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in South Sudan. He then led the emergency team in Western Libya as the Project Coordinator and recently returned from PNG as Head of Mission/Medical coordinator for the Bougainville Primary Health Care project.
Anthony has been working casually as a critical care nurse in the major paediatric and adult intensive care units between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne until recently, joining Asthma Foundation NSW as Senior Program Manager for Information and Education. Anthony has a Masters Degree in Social Science, majoring in International Development and is currently based in Sydney.
Dr Jacqueline Hewitt
Jacky Hewitt was appointed to the board in August 2016. She is a paediatric endocrinologist and has specialist interests in childhood malnutrition, and in sex and gender disorders in children. She has worked in the field with Medecins Sans Frontieres on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and also in earthquake relief in Kashmir. She has field experience with other agencies in childhood malnutrition in Niger, and in caring for Indigenous children in remote communities within Central Australia and in Western Australia. Jacky has a strong research background in child health, and is a senior university lecturer in paediatrics. She has consulted and advised on child health policy for the Australian Government at both state and federal levels.