2017 CoM

[L to R]: Paul Murdoch (Director), David Winter (Chair), Karen Ryan (Secretary), Jackie Trad [Queensland Deputy Premier], Elizabeth Carrigan (CEO) and Janet Caffin (former President) at the launch of APMA's 2017 National Pain Week Purple Patch tree planting event in Brisbane

[Absent]  Michael Bates, Georgie Ibbott, Katie Whitehead (Treasurer), David Masters.

Chair: David Winter 

David Winter joined APMA in mid-2017. David has worked in law enforcement David Winterfor over 30 years and has specialised in ethics, integrity, workplace and criminal investigations. He is highly trained in dignitary protection and has performed high risk protection duties and provided world class comprehensive protection packages for numerous Prime Ministers, Premiers, and Presidents from Australia and overseas. He conducts lectures to government investigators concerning the skills required to effectively interview witnesses and suspects.

David is a Director of his own company, Chairperson for a commercial and residential complex and has previous experience as Chairperson for other Boards. This experience combined with a university qualification and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors provides David with a comprehensive skill set in management, strategy, risk, conflict resolution, negotiation and governance within both private and government organisations.

David has been an active Surf Live Saver and volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland and participated in community groups and charitable organisations both within Australia and overseas.


Treasurer: Katie Whitehead  

Katie has over 20 years’ experience working for not-for-profit organisations and advocating and representing their value to members, government Katie Whiteheadand other stakeholders. She believes good governance, strong relationships and effective communication are key to guiding successful organisations. Katie has learnt valuable skills and brings these and her experience to the Australian Pain Management Association to assist its purpose to deliver and advocate for evidence-based services that empower people to manage their pain.

Throughout her career she has developed and fostered effective relationships with a range of health consumer advocacy groups. She is passionate and committed to good health policy and outcomes.

Coupled with her commitment to healthcare promotion, she has strong financial and corporate management experience. This includes executive responsibilities for finance and budgeting operations; and strategic and business planning. A qualified and experienced Company Secretary, she has been responsible and accountable for the comprehensive executive management of the governance functions within organisations.
Katie has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia (AGIA). She is based in Canberra, ACT.

Secretary: Karen Ryan

Karen has a strong background in government and the not-for-profit sector and has worked across multiple portfolios including Karen Ryanhealth, education, child safety and disability services. Karen brings significant experience in strategic policy, Karen Ryanstakeholder engagement, legislative review, intergovernmental relations and corporate governance.

Karen’s professional background is Psychology and Social Work and she is also a Certified Change Management Practitioner (APMG-International). Karen is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has experience as a Board Director of a national sporting organisation. Within the health sector specifically, Karen has held diverse roles within the public health sector including working for the two largest Hospital and Health Services and also within the Department of Health, including the Office of the Director-General and strategic policy, legislation and service planning portfolios.

Karen led the successful transition of a large metropolitan Health Service District to an independent statutory body in accordance with the national health reform agenda. This was a significant change agenda and involved working with health service executives, clinicians, non-government stakeholders and the broader community to create a change-ready culture, focus on the key benefits of autonomy and develop a vision and strategy for the future state. As the change agent, Karen led an organisation-wide capacity and capability assessment of future requirements for organisational performance across key domains encompassing governance and risk, financial, workforce and stakeholder relations and developed a detailed implementation framework.

More broadly across her professional life, Karen has extensive experience in negotiating and influencing at the local, state and federal levels across government agencies, elected representatives, and key stakeholder groups.


Michael Bates 

Michael is a Melbourne-based lawyer who operates his own law practice, specialising in superannuation and insurance claims. He has worked with various Michael Batescharities and not for profit organisations throughout his legal career. As a Plaintiff lawyer over several years he has acted for many people who have been unable to work due to disability and who have required guidance through a difficult time with their insurance company - including many people who have been unable to work because of a chronic pain condition. It is a condition that is often maligned by insurers when compared with other more mainstream disabilities like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Michael is keen to assist APMA and wants to further grow the organisation as well as educate people about chronic pain.

Michael was involved in drawing up the Constitution of COPE - the Centre of Perinatal Excellence - and was responsible for obtaining its charity status. Michael is happily married with a young family, is a member (and keen supporter) of the Hawthorn Football Club as well as a follower of a wide range of sports.

Georgie Ibbott

Georgie Ibbott joined APMA in mid-2017 and she is a highly qualified and experienced executive with strong leadership skills and extensive networks in Tasmania and nationally. Georgie is motivated to apply her Georgie Ibbottleadership, governance and commercial skills to the APMA to ensure the organisation continues to be relevant and sustainable.

Georgie operates a niche consulting business in Tasmania called Marketing Solutions. Via Marketing Solutions, Georgie collaborates with time-poor leaders and executives to improve their ability to meet organisational goals and objectives.

Georgie has positively influenced many organisations in key leadership roles:
• Leading a not-for-profit organisation in the health sector and successfully transforming this organisation with the support of staff and building a sustainable and aligned business (Family Planning Tasmania)
• Board member experience on a national board leading the reproductive and sexual health sector and realigning the governance and strategic priorities (Family Planning Alliance Australia)
• Deputy president of a not-for-profit for many years and successfully led the merger of two organisations into one statewide organisation (Lifeline Tasmania)
• Various executive roles in a large utility leading the marketing and customer services groups and experience leading large teams and budgets in a complex and ever-changing environment (Aurora Energy)
• Hands-on experience as Brand Manager in the fast-moving consumer goods industry with proven ability to grow sales, develop new brands and lead and manage all elements of the marketing mix (J. Boag & Son)

Georgie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. Her qualifications include Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce and the AICD Company Directors Course.

David Masters 

David Masters joined the APMA Committee of Management in late-2017. David is a corporate strategist with over 15 years’ David Mastersexperience overseeing various disciplines including Engineering, Finance, Human Resource Strategy and Property Strategy. With a strong background in large scale project management, David specialised in the Strategic Planning and Financial Governance.

David originally started his career as a robotics engineer and holds a Masters degree in Engineering and a Graduate Diploma of Business Management while currently studying a Masters of Law. David’s Board experience consists of several small unlisted companies that operate in niche markets spaning, property development, online education, building services and telecommunications. He has also recently completed tenures as a trustee director on two medium sized superannuation funds and a philanthropic corporate sponsored not for profit community foundation. David is highly motivated and passionate about Corporate Responsibility, Cultural Change, Governance and Strategic Planning.

Paul Murdoch

Paul was until very recently a senior executive employed in the Australian Public Service, responsible for managing the secretariat of Paul profilean independent statutory authority with a budget of several million dollars. In that role he was responsible for inter-agency liaison and relationships, and dealt with Ministers, Parliament, the Ombudsman and a wide range of stakeholders. Paul has had extensive leadership and management experience in a range of roles. He recently completed his term as a Director on the Board of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia Ltd., the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul was a consumer representative on the review of the Working Together Guide produced jointly by Medicines Australia and the Consumers Health Forum, and is currently a consumer representative on the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network and the Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries Policy Advisory Group.

He has teaching/training qualifications and experience, has published and presented academically and had 15 years experience as a union official. For more than 14 years he has held a statutory appointment as a community representative on Queensland's Health Practitioners Tribunal and the various AHPRA health professional conduct review panels, and was appointed as a (non-practitioner) Member of the Professional Services Review Determing Authority in 2017. Paul has served as APMA Vice-President and Deputy Chair since its initial founding as an incorporated association in 2009.

Chief Executive Officer: Elizabeth Carrigan 

Elizabeth Carrigan co-founded the Australian Pain Management Association Ltd. (APMA) in 2009 as a national consumer health promotion charity for Lil Carriganindividuals with persistent pain and their families. Elizabeth is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma of Equal Opportunity Administration, and is a trained Leader of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. She was until recently a Director on the Board of Pain Australia Ltd, the national coordinating body working to prevent and manage pain and is a member of the Management Committee of Self Help Queensland.

She is the Australian representative on the International Patient Panel for he International Association for the Study of Pain's Education Special Interest Group to which she brings her extensive experience in the education field.

She played a major role in ensuring the success of the Australian pain and palliative care conference, 50 Shades of Pain held from 3-5 December 2014, using her project management skills and experience.

Elizabeth is passionate about bringing about active patient engagement in pain health care as well as embedding adult learning principles and practice into pain management programs so that patients are able to exit the programs with the skills needed to best manage their ongoing chronic pain.




The Australian Pain Management Association Ltd. (APMA) is a health promotion charity providing advocacy, information and practical support for people living with chronic (persistent) pain and their families. APMA is the consumer health organisation for all Australians who live with pain. APMA is your voice.


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