Our Life Members
David Barnes was awarded Life Membership of Multiple Sclerosis Australia to recognise his 15 years of distinguished service to Australians with multiple sclerosis an to multiple sclerosis research.
David was first appointed to the Board of The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia in 1994.
His successful record in commerce led to an early appointment as Chair of Fundraising. Under David’s stewardship, the Society expanded its revenue base significantly resulting in an increase in member (client) services.
David’s contribution has ranged from medium sized fundraising initiatives to major commercial projects.
In 1996, David was appointed as Vice President of The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia and asked to take the President’s role in 2000, the position he currently holds.
In addition to his direct contribution to assist people with MS, David sat on the (WA Government) Disability Services Commission’s Strategic Planning Committee. As recognition of this and other work conducted for people with multiple sclerosis, David received an award from the Minister for Disabilities in 2007.
Under David’s term as President, The Multiple Society of Western Australia has grown from strength to strength. increasing the provision of services to people affected by MS in Western Australia and increasing the Western Australia contribution to multiple sclerosis research.
David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David was first appointed to the Board of Multiple Sclerosis Australia in 2000 and continued to attend board meetings as an observer during the period The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia withdrew from membership. David continued throughout this time, to offer advice and input to advance the national effort to serve people affected by MS. He negotiated the transfer of the ownership of the MS logo from The Multiple Society of Western Australia to Multiple Sclerosis Australia, thereby enabling Australia wide trade mark protection of the MS symbol. He was also a major influence in The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia rejoining Multiple Sclerosis Australia in February 2006.
David was re-appointed to the Board of Multiple Sclerosis Australia in February 2006 and continues to provide robust advice in an endeavour to ensure that all Australians affected by MS are provided with the best possible support. He also has worked diligently to increase the funds available to promote research into the cause and prevention of multiple sclerosis, improved treatments and ultimately a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Chris Gillies has dedicated over 20 years of unstinting voluntary service to the Multiple Sclerosis community across Australia, serving as Director across MS Limited, MS Australia and MS Research Australia.
Her longstanding association commenced in 1991 with her appointment as a Director to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Victoria Board. Then in 2003 she was appointed to the Boards of the Multiple Sclerosis Societies of New South Wales and Victoria, and as Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Limited Board in 2006.
She was appointed as a Director to the MS Australia Board in 2007 where she still holds a current position and she currently also serves on the Board of MS Research Australia (MSRA), since 2004.
Her tireless dedication and her quest to find a cure for MS has been extraordinary over the years. As a person with MS herself she has not allowed this to stand in her way when it came to providing the support and inspiration to other people affected by MS and also to her commitments as a Director to her fellow colleagues, sharing her management skills and information technology expertise.
Chris has proven herself to be a true inspirational leader within the MS movement and has shown amazing commitment to serving people living with MS every day, as she also does.
Robert Hubbard BA (Hons) Accy, FCA, MAICD, was awarded a Membership of Multiple Sclerosis Australia to recognise his 15 years of distinguished service to Australians with multiple sclerosis and to multiple sclerosis research.
Robert was appointed to the Board of Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland in 2001 and initially served as Director and Treasurer. On 2 October 2002 he was appointed Chairman and served in that capacity until 24 October 2009.
He was appointed a Director of Multiple Sclerosis Australia on 30 November 2003 and was appointed President on 22 November 2009 and relinquished this position on 6 May 2014 before retiring from the Multiple Sclerosis Board on 16 November 2014.
Robert served as non-executive Director on the Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia from 19 April 2010 to 8 February 2016. He was also appointed a Director of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation where he strengthen relations and mutual awareness of the benefits and opportunities of closer association between the national MS body in Australia and the international federation. A measure of the man is that his unique skills and attributes were readily and quickly welcomed as Treasurer of the international body.
As a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 22 years and with more than 22 years' experience in accounting, corporate finance, and assurance, he used his experience in these roles to guide and nurture the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland and Multiple Sclerosis Australia through major growth and change. His wise council and knowledge significantly enhanced the decision making of Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.
Robert’s major achievements as President of Multiple Sclerosis Australia included:
- His professional advice and sound guidance to the Board on financial and management issues
- A leading role in bring back MSWA to be part of the MSA membership
- Provision of initial support to assist MSSANT to restore its capacity to support people affected by MS
- Stewardship in seeking a revised role for MSA and extensive promoting the revised role and modification of cost commitments borne my members
- An enduring commitment to support MS research in Australia and internationally and to maintain quality support to support people affected by MS
Ian Pennell has served the MS organisation and people with MS in the ACT, the Victoria/ NSW/ACT region and nationally for the past 13 years. He service has been in positions of significant responsibility.
Ian Pennell began serving the MS Organisation in April 1999, when he was asked to take over as the Chief Executive Officer of the MS Society in the ACT. He was asked to serve in an interim role for only a few months but this eventually extended to 20 months.
In October 2000, Ian Pennell was appointed to the ACT MS Society ACT Board and soon after as the Vice President of the Board. He remained Vice President of the MS ACT Board until 2003 when he was appointed President.
Ian Pennell remained President of the MS Society of the ACT from 2003 until 2008 and so became its longest serving President.
In 2004 Ian was appointed Vice Chair of Multiple Sclerosis Australia.
In 2008, the MS Society of the ACT merged with MSL. Ian Pennell became Chair of the new ACT Advisory Board and was also appointed a Director of MSL. He remained Vice Chair of Multiple Sclerosis Australia.
In 2011, Ian Pennell stepped down as Chair of the ACT Advisory Board and was retained on the MSL Board as a Director for his special skills. He continued his responsibilities as Vice Chair of the MS Australia Board.
For more than 13 years, Ian Pennell has been at the heart of the management and organisation of the Multiple Sclerosis organisation in the ACT. For the last eight years he has also been deeply involved with the evolution of the governance and management of MSL and MS Australia. Ian provided vital and sustained leadership for the merger of MS ACT with MSL.
Ian Pennell has been central to the planning that has seen MS Australia emerge as the Peak body for the State based MS organisations in Australia. In particular, his coordination and drive saw the establishment of the essential licensing deeds between MS Australia and its member organisations, including MSRA.
Ian has shown extraordinary leadership, commitment and dedication to serving people with MS by helping deliver the highest standards of management and governance.
The late John Studdy was a tireless advocate for the multiple sclerosis community in Australia and was dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of people living with MS and the search for a cure.
The John Studdy Award is the highest honour of Multiple Sclerosis Australia and is given annually since 1999. The award is for individuals who, like John Studdy, have made a significant contribution to the MS movement in Australia.
For more information on John Studdy, read our news article here.
To read more about The John Studdy Award and its recipients, click here.
Graham David Tribe was awarded a Life Membership of Multiple Sclerosis Australia to recognise his 36 years of distinguished service of a high degree to Australians with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to MS research.
In 1973, he was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Australian Multiple Sclerosis Society, which was subsequently renamed the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW. Notwithstanding no family or personal connection to multiple sclerosis, Graham agreed to serve on the Board as a voluntary contribution to the community.
With the exception of some years when he was transferred to the US by his employer, he has remained a Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW, and from 2005 Multiple Sclerosis Limited the merged entity of the Multiple Sclerosis Societies of NSW and Victoria. He was President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW from 1976 to 1979 and again in 2000–2001. He served as a director of MS Australia, and was elected national President of MS Australia in October 2001.
He is also on the Board of Directors of MS Research Australia, the national MS research organisation formed in 2003 by MS Australia under Graham’s leadership to accelerate Australian MS research.
Graham’s contributions and achievements in nearly four decades include:
- Personal leadership in the evolution of the corporate governance policy and processes of the Multiple Sclerosis Societies of NSW and Victoria and Multiple Sclerosis Australia at critical stages in the history of the Australian multiple sclerosis movement.
- Fostering a vastly more collaborative national organisation, including actively obtaining major fundraising support from donors and state and federal governments.
- Development and sourcing Government support for the pioneering of the six hectare Studdy MS Centre complex in Lidcombe (NSW) in 1985.
- Fostering the highly successful concept, formation and development of MS Research Australia which has revolutionised and accelerated Australian MS research on behalf of MS Australia and people with MS in Australia.
- Increasing MS Australia’s participation in the MS International Federation, the international alliance of national MS Societies.
- Conducting advocacy on behalf of people affected by MSs by leading delegations to governments, including visiting the Australian Parliament to seek support for those affected by MS, to promote research into the cause and prevention of MS, improved treatments and ultimately a cure for MS.
His dedication and energy as an unpaid volunteer, his leadership, professionalism and experience and his constant availability of time to advance the MS cause over 36 years places Graham in the highest category of those who have supported people affected by MS and fostered MS research.
Terry served on MS Australia’s board from 2004 to 2007, and was Chairman of MS Limited (then known as Multiple Sclerosis Society of Victoria Ltd) from 2005 until 2007, having been a board member since 1993. He also served on the board of MS Research Australia.
Terry is an Australian business icon. He is a strategic leader with over 30 years of international business experience and has worked in senior executive roles in multinational, national and non-profit organizations. A seasoned Board Member and previous CEO with a track record of successfully building businesses, primarily in the Telecom's and Technology space.
Terry founded Optus Communications and served as its chief executive officer. He has served as a board member and chairperson across a diverse range of organizations, including Motorola, Seeing Machines, Future Fibre Technologies, Australian Home Care Services and Opportunity International Network.
Terry is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Terry always approaches his work with a strong sense of corporate Social Responsibility and leaving this world a better place.