Peter R. Mitchell, AM, BChE Chairman
Biographies of Board:
Dr. SARAH LAURIE, BMBS, FLINDERS (1995) - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Having lived and worked in rural and remote communities in Australia for most of the last 25 years, Dr. Laurie is fully aware of the challenges rural & remote communities face. In 2002 she was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, requiring urgent surgery. Following recuperation Dr. Laurie and her husband started their family, and she was subsequently involved full time in extended famiily caring responsibilities.
She maintained her medical registration until 2006, when family responsibilities meant a further delay to her return to clinical practice.
In mid 2010, Dr. Laurie became aware that a wind energy project was proposed for the hills near her home in regional South Australia. Being concerned with climate change and the environment, and the need for renewable energy she was initially supportive of the local project and unaware of any health concerns. It wasn’t until a neighbour alerted her to Dr Amanda Harry’s study of health issues with wind factories, that Dr. Laurie realised there were some potentially serious health problems associated with wind turbines. She decided to look into the matter fully, and became aware that despite the health problems being described around the world, there was a lack of research, and hence an urgent need for more research into this problem.
As a result of her interest, Dr. Laurie was approached to help set up the Waubra Foundation as a national organisation. She has dedicated her time voluntarily to this since July 18, 2010.
Dr. Laurie attended the international symposium on wind energy and health in Ontario, Canada, in October 2010, and was able to meet with the key medical researchers around the world currently working in the area. People such as Drs Nina Pierpont, Chris Hanning, Michael Nissenbaum, Robert McMurtry, & Noel Kerin, and other researchers and acousticians such as Professors Arline Bronzaft and John Harrison; Mr Rick James and Dr Alec Salt. Dr. Laurie is now in regular contact with these researchers and others, helping to plan national and international cooperative research initiatives. She is currently unregistered but intends to return to clinical practice.
TONY HODGSON, AM, FCA, FAICD jointly founded Ferrier Hodgson in 1976 with Ian Ferrier. The business grew to be the largest specialist Corporate Recovery & Insolvency business in Australia with overseas offices. Mr. Hodgson retired in 2000.
He has been Chairman, Melbourne Port Corporation; Deputy Chairman & Chair Audit Committee, Tabcorp Holdings Limited; Director & Chair Audit Committee, Coles Group Ltd.; Director & Chair Audit Committee, HSBC Bank in Australia.
Tony is currently a member of the Advisory Council at JPMorgan and a member of the Advisory Board at Pact Group Ltd.
KATHY RUSSELL, BCom, CA is Vice President of the Australian Landscape Guardians and is currently employed by Barwon Health, the Geelong Hospital, as Business Manager Surgical Services. She holds membership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has three children.
For the past 3 years Kathy has focused her efforts on gaining recognition for individuals and communities suffering the health effects of living in close proximity to industrial wind turbines. The experience of becoming an integral part of these families and communities, both in their homes and via regular phone contact, both in Australia and abroad, is the motivation behind her continued effort in this area.
PETER MITCHELL, AM, BChE CHAIRMAN is currently a Patron of the Children First Foundation and a Governor of the Florey Neuroscience Institutes.
He has previously been National President of The Queens Trust for Young Australians (now the Foundation for Young Australians), President of the National Stroke Foundation and a board member of the World Wildlife Fund Australia.
During his business life he has been chairman of various engineering and resource companies, some listed on the Australian, New York and London stock exchanges.
HON. CLIVE TADGELL, AO was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1960 and to the New South Wales Bar in 1963.
Appointed Queen’s Counsel for Victoria in 1974 and for New South Wales in 1979, he served from 1980 to 1995 as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and from 1995 to 2001 as a Judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal.
He held the office of Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne from 1981 to 2007, has been a Fellow of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, since 1993 and was a Senior Visiting Scholar at Oriel College, University of Oxford in 2001-2.
HON. DR. MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE, B.SC. MBMS, MBA is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne.
He chairs a number of public and private companies. He also chairs the MInisterial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis (MACASHH) and is Chair, Neurosciences Australia.
He was a member of the Australian Parliament from 1987 to 2001 and Commonwealth Minister for Health from 1996 to 2001.