Stephen Mason (LLB BComm DipCM FCPA FCSA JP)
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Mason was formerly CEO of Creative Brands Pty Ltd and Finance Director of ASX listed Lemarne Corporation Ltd for over 10 years and Company Secretary of Lemarne Corporation for 20 years.
He is a Director of Heritage Brands Limited and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and is also a Director/Secretary of two other private companies.
Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University as well as a Diploma in Corporate Management. He is a Fellow of both the CPA and CSA, where he lectures occasionally, as well as a Justice of the Peace.
Stephen has had previous experience managing start up organisations and is a life member of three clubs and/or associations. He has had strong community involvement in various clubs and not-for-profit organisations, including, Lord Somers Camp, Powerhouse, the VAFA and Save our Suburbs.
Michael Riley (BA Public Relations)
Executive Director Strategy
Michael Riley has over 30 years experience in corporate affairs, government relations and advocacy, media relations, issues management, stakeholder engagement and grass roots community campaigns. His background includes experience in the public and private health sectors, the global pharmaceutical industry, large ASX listed companies, a government owned authority, industry associations and as a consultant to companies operating in highly regulated industries. He commenced his career as a journalist with News Limited and has a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2010, he founded the Australian Patients Association and has worked in the NFP sector advocating for victims of elder abuse.
Chief Medical Manager
Zahra Thompson has a passion for helping to improve patients’ lives. To achieve her passion, Zahra trained and practiced as a medical doctor in Iran and obtained a PhD in Immunology from the Australian National University, Australia.
Zahra has spent several years studying and working at a range of universities including Kyoto University and Monash University. She is now conducting innovative research into how the immune system can be harnessed to cure blood cancers such as lymphomas.
In addition to her extensive research experience, Zahra has completed comprehensive training at medical clinics in Melbourne and developed her knowledge of the Australian Healthcare system. Her depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in the fields of Medicine and Medical Science have been acknowledged in her appointment as Chief Medical Officer, Australian Patient Association (APA).
Murray Brown is the Association’s Partnership Manager. Murray comes to us after 6 years at FujiXerox handling Customer Relationships.
Murray has a long history of involvement with community and sporting groups.
From a rural background Murray takes a special interest in rural and regional healthcare matters.
Wendy Benson comes to join Australian Patient Association as Administration Manager after a serious illness caused her to reassess her life. To this end she wanted to give back to the health industry in a ‘hand on’ constructive way.
In the past Wendy has had a very diversified background as a Director of various different businesses including Serviced Apartments, Trade Exchanges and Real Estate
She has a wealth of knowledge from a patient and consumer perspective and sits on many committees and project working groups at some of our larger public hospitals To this end she is currently serving as Chair of one of the Community Advisory Committees
Married with 2 children and 2 wonderful grandchildren Wendy wants to help to raise the APA to the next level of involvement and ensure that the Association name becomes the first thing that patients and families think of when they require assistance.