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 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.

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


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 Audit & Risk Management Committee, Member of the Board of The Australia College of Pharmacy, Member of Australian Company of Directors.


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.

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


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


Professor Greg Johnson

Director

Professor Greg Johnson joined Diabetes Victoria as Chief Executive in January 2003. He was Acting Chief Executive of Diabetes Australia from July 2009 to February 2011 and was appointed permanently in November 2012.

He has over 25 years experience in healthcare leadership in CEO and Board roles and has lived and worked in NSW, Victoria, SA and Tasmania.

He has participated in a wide range of health industry and government advisory committees and has a particular interest in prevention and has led the establishment of a number of leading diabetes prevention initiatives. Greg is also a passionate advocate for people affected by diabetes and raising awareness of the seriousness and impact of diabetes on the health and productivity of Australia.

Qualifications

An Adjunct Professor with Deakin University and holds a degree in pharmacy, post-graduate qualifications in hospital pharmacy and health service management, and a masters degree in business administration.

 

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