Our people

We are a team dedicated to supporting people with diabetes. Our vision is to see a world free of diabetes and its complications. It drives everything we do – every program we deliver, every message we share, and every resource we develop. Through our programs and partnerships with industry, government and community groups, we work to ensure diabetes care is always improving and evolving.

Chief Executive Officer

Sturt Eastwood

Sturt Eastwood became the Chief Executive Officer – Diabetes Queensland in July 2018 extending his current role of Chief Executive Officer – Diabetes NSW & ACT.  He has held this position since February 2014 and has been a Director of Diabetes NSW&ACT since November 2010.

Sturt holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics), a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

He has held senior appointments both domestically and internationally at CEO and Managing Director levels in the technology, service and construction industries for organization such as Telstra, Fujifilm and Vodafone.

Sturt has also held numerous Board positions including Kordia Solutions, multiple international Telstra and REACH entities, Diabetes NSW&ACT, AuSAE and GIF.


Board of Directors

Diabetes Queensland has a passionate and driven Board, made up of individuals who are committed to improving the lives of Queenslanders living with, or at risk, of diabetes.

Craig Beyers

Chair

Craig has been a Diabetes Queensland Board member since November 2011.

Craig’s experience of having type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years provides him with a first-hand understanding of the complexities and challenges facing our community. The knowledge and experience gained by Craig in both his personal and professional life (management role within a successful engineering consultancy) motivated him to become involved with Diabetes Queensland and help others living with the condition.

Qualifications

GAICD, Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering, Member of the Australia Acoustical Society, Committee Member of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (Queensland Branch).


Liam Byrnes

Director

Liam has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years and has first-hand experience of the daily challenges this brings. With a background in economics and law and substantial commercial and strategy experience, he has skills that translate directly to Diabetes Queensland.

Liam is particularly interested in supporting children living with type 1 and their parents across regional Queensland. He believes a key role of the organisation is to help people to better manage their diabetes.

Qualifications

PhD (Econ), B LLB (Hons), B Com (Hons), Grad. Dip. Legal Practice.


Susann Holzberger

Director

Susann has been a member since 2009. She is a pharmacist with 30 years’ experience, who has owned a number of pharmacies and been involved in teaching Pharmacy at UQ and QUT. She is currently a director on the Asthma Foundation of Queensland. Susann has a continuing interest in diabetes prevention, management and disease awareness.

Qualifications

B.Pharm.


Matthew Taylor

Vice President

Matthew is an Assurance partner at a global accounting firm, based in Brisbane. He has over 14 years’ experience auditing across a whole range of companies and industries within the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Matthew has a strong interest in corporate governance and looks forward to helping Diabetes Queensland in navigating future challenging landscapes.


Dr Michael Stanford AM

Director

Michael commenced as Independent President and Board Chair of Diabetes Australia on 6 April 2020. He has had a distinguished career in healthcare leadership and management with 23 years’ experience as a Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of healthcare organisations, and Non-Executive Director experience across health services, aged care, higher education, the arts, and industry bodies. He has had long involvement with research, and nine years on the Council of Curtin University including overseeing its establishment of a Medical school. Michael is a non-executive director with Virtus Health, a leading Assisted Reproductive Services provider; and Nucleus Network – Australia’s leading Phase One Clinical Trial Centre. He is a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the health care sector and tertiary education.

Qualifications

CitWA, MBA, MB BS, FAICD


Justine Cain

Director

Justine Cain joined Diabetes Australia as Group Chief Executive Officer in November 2021 and at that time was appointed to the Board of Directors of Diabetes Queensland. Justine has held Executive and Board appointments with listed, privately owned and profit-for-purpose organisations, including more than a decade with private health insurer Medibank.

Justine brings to Diabetes Australia and Diabetes Queensland an extensive knowledge of the health and human services sectors. This is complemented by her track record in leading and growing large-scale organisations to deliver a range of health services.

The experiences of friends, family members and colleagues living with diabetes has given Justine personal knowledge of the impact diabetes can have and the challenges of managing the condition day-to-day.

She is committed to creating a stronger, more unified voice for people with diabetes, generating more support for services and securing a greater investment in Type 2 diabetes prevention.

Qualifications

Justine holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the Australian National University.

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