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

Chair, Finance Risk and Audit - Jaimee Thompson

Jaimee has over 19 yearsaudit 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 - Steve Schiemer

Stephen Schiemer was elected to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in October 2018. He is a fitness instructor and entrepreneur who has been living with Parkinson’s for the past eight years.

In addition to experiencing Parkinson’s himself, Stephen runs tailored fitness programs for other people living with the disease.

He has a Bachelor of Business degree and 30 years of experience in running his own businesses, including finance, risk management, logistics, people management, training, and digital marketing.

Director - Edward Shepherd

Edward Shepherd was elected to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in October 2018.

He has firsthand experience with Parkinson’s disease within his own family and is a carer, along with his father and five siblings.

Edward has a long-standing affiliation with Parkinson’s NSW as a financial contributor and participant in the annual Unity Walk over the past eight years.

He has 15 years of corporate experience in public and private sectors and ASX Top 100 companies. His management experience includes 10 years in human resources, strategic and organisational capability, and people and culture roles.

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.