The Board

Dr Graham Forward – Founding Director and CEO

Dr Graham Forward has been the driving force behind Australian Doctors for Africa since the first official medical team went to Somalia in February 2005.

Bringing a wealth and mix of business and medical acumen to the organisation, Graham’s standing with the orthopaedic community both in Western Australia, Australia and internationally has enabled the growth of medical missions and capacity building projects to continue to increase.

Graham has numerous recognition awards for his humanitarian endeavours and has held various medical positions within the Australian Orthopaedic Association (WA).

John Bond, Chairperson of the ADFA Board

John is a founding Director of Primewest, a national property investment business and has been instrumental in its growth and development over the last twenty years.  His background spans law, investment banking as well as property investment and development.

He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from The University of Western Australia and is a Corporate Member of the Property Council.  He is Chairman of The Fathering Project, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the importance of a father figure in children’s lives, and a non-Executive Director of ASX listed Fleetwood Limited.  He is also a board member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation.

John has been a supporter of, and passionate about ADFA since visiting Ethiopia with Graham Forward and witnessing first hand the tremendous impact it has on the lives of local people.

Christine Tasker – Operations Manager

Christine is an inaugural member of the Board of Management of Australian Doctors for Africa. Since 1993, Christine has held the position of Practice Manager and Personal Assistant to Dr Graham Forward.

She brings strong administration and organisational skills, coordinates the volunteer medical missions overseas and is the financial controller for ADFA.

Christine is a proactive member in fundraising activities and functions. Prior to her current position, Christine nursed at SJOGH Subiaco, Hollywood Hospital, King Edward Hospital, Morawa District Hospital and the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service.

The combination of her strong administration background and experience in the health field provide a good insight for the needs of the organisation.

Christine has served voluntarily on many local community organisations.

Ian Pawley – Financial Manager

Ian has an Honours degree in Economics from London University and has had a distinguished career in Business and Education at universities, high schools and senior colleges including Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.

Ian brings a varied and accomplished business background with 17 years’ experience as Director of a successful building company.

Ian joined ADFA in 2009 and has figured prominently in assisting ADFA to achieve DGR status and DFAT accreditation, and is looking forward to the challenges of sustaining ADFA’s unique position as a high quality charity and its wonderful record of assisting people in Africa.

Graeme Wilson – Shipping Manager

Graeme brings to the board a wealth of experience in shipping, transport and logistics.

Graeme is the director of a renowned WA shipping company and brings a wealth of experience having been involved in all facets of the logistic chain from operations, sales and management.

Graeme is the Chair of the WA Port Operations Task Force, in addition he Chairs the Freight and Logistics Council of WA Transport Operations Group.

Graeme joined the ADFA Board in January 2014. From 2008 Graeme has been involved with voluntary coordination of the shipping and logistics of the ADFA medical equipment to Somaliland, Ethiopia, Comoros and Madagascar.

With his extensive business background and logistics knowledge he is keen to continue and develop the excellent and progressive work ADFA is undertaking for the people in Africa.

Dr Kate Stannage – Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Kate Stannage is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon working at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She is currently Head of Department at PMH, and is President and Scientific Convenor of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society.

Her research interests are in the field of neuromuscular muscle morphology and function, and she lectures at both UWA and Notre Dame Universities.  She has spent time volunteering and teaching in the Solomon Islands.

Kate joined the Board of Management in 2016. She has been instrumental in establishing a clubfoot screening and treatment program in Madagascar and Somaliland, and as a member of the Board is responsible for establishing, expanding and maintaining clubfoot programs in all countries in which ADFA is currently active.