Who We Are
Rohan brings a track record of success, particularly in relation to public health advocacy and stakeholder engagement. He commenced as CEO of MS Australia in December 2020, having previously served as CEO of Palliative Care Australia. Rohan also worked in senior advocacy roles at the National Heart Foundation for more than a decade; was Director Public Affairs at the Australian Medical Association; and was a political adviser to Australian national and territory ministers.
Bea commenced with MS Australia as Project Officer in 2016 after previously being employed with both MS Limited and MS Tasmania. She brings over 20 years’ experience in a variety of professional social work roles, management and project management positions in the UK and Australia. She is passionate about working in roles that make a positive difference to people’s lives. Bea lives in Tasmania with her young family and enjoys spending time together traveling, exploring and having fun.
Sonya brings 20 years leadership experience growing businesses across Australia from start-ups, to SME’s, corporates, listed and unlisted, not-for-profit’s and private organisations. Her strategy and leadership experience spans Chief Operating Officer, Senior Consultant in Governance and Strategy, General Manager, Non-Executive Director, Responsible Manager and Company Secretary. Sonya has worked for businesses like Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn, The Trustees of the Christian Brothers, Australian Unity, Perpetual, Royal Bank of Canada & BNP Paribas.
Sonya has a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma’s in Applied Finance and Investment and Quantitative Analysis, a Diploma in Children Writing is a qualified hypnotist and Master Practitioner of NLP and has lectured and authored papers and books on risk, governance, financial services and leadership.
Patrick has more than 20 years of working experience with both charitable and for-profit organisations. He joined MS Australia as an Accountant in August 2014. He has worked for organisations including Philips, Exel Logistics and Macquarie Leisure. His experience with charitable organisations include Australian Red Cross Blood Service, JDRF, Cystic Fibrosis NSW and Cure Cancer Australia. Patrick enjoys going to the gym, walking and reading.
Andrew Giles was appointed as National Policy Officer at MSA in April 2014. He comes to MSA after 25 years in various roles at Deakin University, having worked in several Faculties as a Research Administrator, in the University’s Planning Unit, as an Executive Officer in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, and as Director of Community Relations. He has expertise in policy development, project management, and strategic and operational planning. He reads widely and is interested in landscape gardening and unusual travel destinations.
Mary has been working with the multiple sclerosis organisations for over 15 years. She commenced with MS Society of Victoria in 2000 when the office was located in Toorak Victoria and later moved to Blackburn in 2001. She transferred to MS Australia in July 2016 in the role of Executive Assistant where she provides executive support to the CEO, the Board of Directors and other MS Australia Staff and stakeholders. Mary enjoys going for long walks, cooking and spending time with her family.
Lisa brings to MSA over 20 years' experience in strategic communications, PR and writing for the arts, corporate, disability, education, government, hospitality, Indigenous and not-for-profit sectors. She was Media/Communications Manager for the Victorian College of the Arts, a Publicist for the Melbourne International Arts, Comedy and Film Festivals, and Events/Marketing Manager for Richmond Hill Café & Larder. Lisa is passionate about diversity and inclusion, fitness, industrial design, travel and food.
Andrew has been MSA’s National Advocacy Coordinator since May 2014. He has a long history of advocacy and lobbying, and substantial experience in the disability and inspectorial sectors. Having had MS for over 25 years, Andrew maintains he treats it with the respect and contempt it deserves! He believes that in sharing Advocates’ experiences, the program is a vehicle for positive political and social change. His passions include genealogy and nature. He lives in regional Tasmania with his wife, Jane. They have two daughters.