What BIA does is overseen by a Board of Directors:

Professor Leanne Togher – BIA Director and Chair
Leanne Togher is the Conjoint Professor of Allied Health at The University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District. She is also the Professor of Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury and serves on the Leadership Group of the Sydney School of Health Sciences and is a member of the Leadership Team of the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney.  Leanne has published 4 books, 20 book chapters and 200 papers, attracted over AUD$32million in external grant funding and, in 2018, was awarded the NHMRC’s Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award as the highest-ranked female research fellow applicant in the field of Clinical Science and Medicine. Her communication treatments for people with brain injury and their families, carers, service providers and community agencies include TBI Express and TBIconneCT. She is Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Communication Lab and Director of speechBITE, Honorary Professor at City, University of London and Visiting Professor, the Education University of Hong Kong. She is the International Board Member for the Journals Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in the United States, Chair of the Editorial Board for Brain Impairment, and Editorial Board member of Brain Injury, Aphasiology and the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She is also Vice Chair of the International Brain Injury Association.

Professor Roger Chung – BIA Director
Professor Roger Chung is Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degrees Research) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University. Read more…

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO – BIA Director
Former Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Haikerwal sustained a severe traumatic brain injury after being assaulted in Melbourne in 2008. Read more…

Dr Suzy Goldsmith – BIA Director and Company Secretary
Dr Goldsmith’s professional practice is in risk management and strategy, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. She developed a keen interest in risk and decision-making from her work in environmental engineering, encompassing health and safety concerns. Read more…

Mr Richard McKinnon – BIA Director
Richard McKinnon is Executive Chairman of Conrad Capital, an international strategy and advisory company. Read more…

Natalie Foley – BIA Director and Vice Chair                                           
Natalie brings 30 years of expertise in healthcare research, communication, project management, and education and training, as well as the experience of a parent whose son’s recovery from a “mild” Traumatic Brain Injury was prolonged and complicated.

Samantha Grant – BIA Director                                                         
General Manager – Services, Acquired Brain Injury Services

BIA’s key personnel are:

Mr Nick Rushworth – Executive Officer
Brain Injury Australia’s Executive Officer since 2008, Nick sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident in 1996. Read more…

Charles Mahadogade – Office Manager

Read BIA’s Annual Reports, 2014-2004.

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