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

President

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).

Special Responsibilities – President of the Board, Member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.


Matthew Andrew

Vice President

Diabetes Queensland Board member since September 2017. Previously on the Board from November 2004 to November 2014.

Matthew first became interested in diabetes through his wife’s involvement with Diabetes Queensland and it became clear that his skills could benefit the organisation. A background in market research, management and public administration provides Matthew with a skill set that is directly relevant to many aspects of the Diabetes Queensland business, particularly marketing, government relations and program development for people with diabetes.

Matthew is particularly interested in type 2 diabetes, because of both the significant long-term health problem it represents for the Australian community and the impact it has on the lives of individuals. He believes the role of Diabetes Queensland is to improve community awareness of diabetes and support people with condition by providing appropriate and timely advice and support.

Qualifications

Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Science (Strategic Foresight,) Member of Australian Institute of Management, Member Institute of Public Administration Australia, Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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.

Special Responsibilities

Member of the Board, Member of the Board of The Australia College of Pharmacy, Member of Australian Company of Directors.


Matthew Taylor

Director

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.


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.

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