Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors continue to invest their time and expertise in the stewardship of our organisation. We are proud to say that all of our Board members serve Cerebral Palsy Alliance on a voluntary basis.

Paul Masi

Paul Masi


Paul has been a Director since March 2013. He is the President of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, Chair of the Services Committee and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Paul was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Austock Group from March 2010 to March 2012. Formerly he was Country Head and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia.

Paul is Chairman of Shaw and Partners, Chairman of Greenwich Capital Partners, a Non-Executive Director of the Girls and Boys Brigade, and a Non-Executive Director of Blue Sky Alternatives Access Fund Ltd.

Andrew Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan

Andrew has been a Director since August 2010. He is Chair of the Research Committee, Chair of the Community Relations, Fundraising and Marketing Committee, and a member of the Ethics Committee.

In 2011, after 8 years in the role, Andrew retired as Chairman of the Disability Council of NSW, the official disability advisory body to the NSW Government. He has more than 40 years’ experience in broadcasting, communications and media, having spent his career at the ABC.

Andrew is the Principal of AB Communicates where he advises on communications and media. He also manages his winery at Queens Pinch Vineyard in Mudgee.

Stuart Comino
B Com, Executive MBA, CA

Stuart was appointed as a Director in early September 2017.

Stuart is Chief Financial Officer for Coca-Cola Amatil’s (CCA) Australian Beverage Business, having held various positions in Finance at a group and operational level over the past 24 years. Prior to his extensive career at CCA, Stuart held various roles at Coopers and Lybrand.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, an Executive MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Stuart has a passion to ensure that people with cerebral palsy have the best possible quality of life through access to the life-changing equipment and services provided by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. He is committed to supporting Cerebral Palsy Alliance achieve its mission, particularly through helping to raise funds for vital research into the cause and prevention of cerebral palsy.

Kathryn Dent

Kathryn Dent

Kathryn has been a Director since August 2013. She is Chair of the People, Culture and Organisational Development Committee.

Kathryn was admitted as a lawyer in 1994. She has practised exclusively in workplace relations law for over 20 years.

Kathryn is a Director of People + Culture Strategies, a specialist labour and employment-law firm and management consulting business. She has a particular interest in workforce development and human resources management in the disability sector.

Alex Lisney

Alexandra Lisney

Alexandra has been a Director since August 2011. She is a member of the People, Culture and Organisational Development Committee, the Research Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Alexandra is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of New South Wales and is currently working as a Project Manager at Aver in Sydney.

Alexandra is an Australian representative for para-cycling. She is a previous world champion and bronze medallist from the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She competed in her second Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Bob Miller

Robert (Bob) G. Miller

Bob has been a Director since May 1999. He is a member of the Community Relations, Fundraising and Marketing Committee, the Services Committee, the People, Culture and Organisational Development Committee, and the Finance and Audit Committee. He is also a board representative to the Enterprise Risk Management Committee.

Bob is the Principal of Australia Street Consulting Pty Ltd which advises the automotive industry, advertising agencies and others on marketing. Previously, Bob was General Manager – Marketing, Toyota Australia.

Hiam Sakakini

Hiam Sakakini

Hiam has been a Director since June 2017.

Hiam has been working with several Fortune 500 companies over the past 14 years. Her most recent employment has been with Google where she spent 10 years building internal business units and then shifted into the heart of the People and Culture strategy team focusing on navigating change through building stellar leadership teams.

Taking that experience Hiam has co-founded a People & Culture consulting practice, ThinkChangeGrow and regularly speaks and writes on topics around Women in Business, How to Motivate Millennials and The Future of Work.

Hiam is passionate about helping organisations’ to thrive through times of change and ambiguity.

Leanne Wallace

Leanne Wallace

Leanne has been a Director since May 2016. She is a member of the Services Committee.

Leanne is a Principal at Nous with a focus on consultancy services for government.

Prior to joining Nous in 2009, Leanne worked for over 30 years in the NSW public sector including being appointed as Deputy Director General, Public Sector Workforce Office with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Director, Primary and Community Health for NSW Health.

In 2014 Leanne was awarded a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Leanne is currently Chair of the Boards for Jannawi Family Services and Jannawi Connections.

Jacqui Wisemantel

Jacqui Wisemantel

Jacqui has been a Director since November 2014. She is a member of the Community Relations, Fundraising and Marketing Committee, and the Finance and Audit Committee.

Jacqui provides specialist advice and services in respect of PR communications strategy, digital concept, brand presence, corporate image, sales portfolio or social currency.

For the past 20 years, Jacqui has worked in the media, marketing and communications sector, specialising in event management, project management and public relations.