Board and Executive

President – David Veness

David joined the Board as a non-metropolitan representative.

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago and immediately joined his local support group in Bathurst.

He strongly believes in and plays an active role in all of the group’s activities.

He enjoys exercise and encourages all those with Parkinson’s to try and exercise regularly. David joined the Board with a desire to represent country areas of NSW. He understands the difficulties providing direct support for those living with Parkinson’s in country areas and is passionate in gaining more nurses for regional areas. As a member of the PNSW Board, David is willing to travel and meet support groups throughout NSW to help lobby our politicians for more nurses in regional areas.

David is retired and his background is in hospitality and banking.


Board Members

Vice President - Professor Bryce Vissell

Bryce Vissel is a Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney.

Over the past 25 years Bryce has produced seminal studies about synaptic plasticity and its regulation and his current research focuses on mechanisms of memory and movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease. Bryce is also directing research in the Centre’s team in spinal cord injury and neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Bryce was previously Head of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Laboratory at the Garvan Institute, which is one of Australia’s top medical research institutes where he had joined the Garvan in 2002 after 10 years at the world-leading Salk Institute in San Diego, USA.

Bryce has been Chair of the Advisory Board of Cellmid Ltd since 2015 and was a member of the Baxter Pharmaceuticals Advisory Board, USA in 2010-11.

Chair, Finance Risk and Audit - Jaimee Thompson

Jaimee has over 19 years audit and risk management experience and is the Chief Risk and Assurance Officer for Downer EDI, an ASX100 that designs, builds and sustains assets, infrastructure and facilities across a broad range of industries.

Jaimee has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Computing. She is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chair, Governance Committee - Rodney Chaplin

Rodney Chaplin is the General Manager of Landis + Gyr’s Business in Australia and New Zealand. Landis & Gyr is a one of the world’s largest technology suppliers to the Energy Industry. Based in Sydney, Rodney has spent the last 15 years working in the technology sector, including leadership roles at IBM and SAP.

Rodney has been a non-executive director of PNSW for 2.5 years, following previous pro-bono strategy work for the PNSW management team. He is the current chair of the PNSW Board Governance sub-committee. For 8 years, Rodney was previously a Non-Executive Director of Intech Credit Union (encompassing Telstra Credit Union) where he served on Audit, Risk and Governance sub-committees.

Rodney has a Class One Honours Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and a Diploma in Electrical technology. He has also studied business strategy at INSEAD/China Europe Business School whilst with IBM.


Director - Lawrence Gray

Lawrence joined the Board as a non-metropolitan member in early 2015 and is one of the leadership group of the Newcastle Support Group.  Diagnosed in 2011 Lawrence attended a two day workshop for the recently diagnosed in early 2012. This was his introduction to the broader canvas that is the important work of Parkinson’s NSW. He made the decision to become involved.

Lawrence is a graduate in Commerce and Law from the University of NSW. Now retired, he was a long term practitioner in criminal law and a NSW Crown Prosecutor, a career rudely interrupted by Parkinson’s.

Director - Colin Hall

Colin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and the Global Head of Finance Change for Macquarie Bank. He has over 18 years of corporate experience and leadership in project and change management and is the longest standing member of the Parkinson’s NSW board.


Director - Ramy Soussou

Ramy is the General Manager of Sales & Marketing for Red Energy and Lumo Energy, the retail businesses of Snowy Hydro Ltd. Ramy also manages the Regulatory Affairs, Stakeholder Relations and Solar & Battery Storage teams for both businesses.

Ramy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Sydney University, an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director - Andrew Whitton

Andrew was diagnosed with PD in 2007 and began his association with PNSW shortly after. He has served on the PNSW board for some 7 years, the last three and half years as President.  He initially comes from a corporate background – state and national roles in sales and marketing and more recently running his own small business.  He is on the board of a family company and over the years has held numerous voluntary roles – coaching junior rugby teams, school councils etc.

Andrew hold a BBus (Charles Sturt University) majoring in Accounting and a MA (Macquarie University) majoring in Marketing.

Andrew is passionate about increasing the awareness of PD and improving the support and services provided to PLWP.