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

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.