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.

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.  Our Board members also constitute the board of Diabetes Australia.

  • Michael Stanford (Chair and Independent President)
  • Craig Beyers (Independent Director)
  • Zena Burgess (Independent Director)
  • Arthur Koumoukelis (Independent Director, formerly NSW & ACT nominee)
  • Meghan Senior (Independent Director)
  • Kathryn Arndt (Diabetes Victoria nominee)
  • Linda Manaena (Diabetes Tasmania nominee)
  • Gordon Bunyan (Kellion Diabetes Foundation Ltd)
  • Brett Fenton (ADEA)
  • Glynis Ross (ADS)

Chief Executive Officer

Sue Hawes the is Interim Queensland CEO for Diabetes Australia for a period of 6 months, commencing on Thursday 7 July.

Sue is an experienced senior executive and a registered nurse who has worked in the health and welfare sector for over 35 years with extensive experience in strategic and operational management. Sue’s many career achievements include her role in the Northern Territory Government’s response to COVID-19, working closely with State and National agencies to develop their response and establish the Centre for National Resilience; development of a service model for the South Australia’s first COVID Care Centre; and leadership of the development and implementation of the NT Nursing and Midwifery Strategy.

Sue has held positions with the NT Health, Northern Territory Government, Central Adelaide Health Network, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and PricewaterhouseCoopers, amongst others. A member and Director of the Australian College of Nursing, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sue’s qualifications include an Executive MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Disability) and a Bachelor Health Science (Nursing).

As Interim Queensland CEO for Diabetes Australia, Sue will be leading the Queensland team to help us achieve our purpose to reduce the incidence and impact of diabetes on people, health systems and society.


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