Board & Executive
Rachel Tanny was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in November 2021. She brings a deep
understanding of both the aged care industry in Australia as it currently stands and insight into
Rachel holds a Diploma of Business Governance from the Institute of Community Directors Australia as well as
a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.
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 fifteen 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.
Margaret Scott was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in November 2019 and President in February 2021.
She has more than 30 years of experience in senior fundraising roles for a variety of health and disability related not-for-profit organisations. In addition, she has operated her own business as a fundraising consultant since 2013.
Margaret was on the Board of the Fundraising Institute of Australia from 1998 to 2008. She held a number of key roles on that Board over the years including Chair, Vice Chair, and Chair of multiple Committees.
She was also on the Bloom Asia Board from 2017 to 2019.
Andy Esteban was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW as an Independent Director in March 2023.
He has been in the financial services industry for 45 years – including 21 years as National Manager, Trust Services for Perpetual Trustees, one of Australia’s premier funds management and trustee organisations.
Andy left Perpetual to establish F. P. Esteban and Associates – a risk and compliance service consulting to the broader funds management industry.
In addition, Andy sits as an independent Director and member of compliance committees and audit committees for a range of managed investment schemes (both retail and wholesale).
Andy holds a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting Major), is a CPA, a Member of the Executor and Trustee Institute and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Martin Ostrowski was elected to the Board in November 2023. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017 and has a long family history with the disease. He has first-hand experience of the positive impact that education and integrated care can have on the long-term outcomes for people living with Parkinson’s and their families.
Martin is an active participant in several Parkinson’s NSW Support Groups. He is a regular speaker at the Parkinson’s NSW Newly Diagnosed workshops and recently initiated a support group on Norfolk Island. He recognises the importance of peer support and is committed to ensuring that people living in rural and remote areas have the same level of access to care.
Martin is an accomplished Marine scientist with over 20 years of experience working in the Tertiary Education sector. He is also Chief Science Officer of the Walking Tall research group, established to develop the Walking Tall mobile phone-based application. It is a gait re-training tool which allows people living with Parkinson’s to set their own training time and pace before delivering a rhythmic metronomic beat designed to trigger movement.
Chief Executive Officer
Jo-Anne Reeves has more than thirty years of experience in the for-purpose and related sectors in Australia.
She worked in a variety of senior and consulting roles including communications, fundraising, bequest management and corporate relations before being appointed CEO of Parkinson’s NSW in early 2017.
Prior to taking up her current role, Jo-Anne was General Manager of Fundraising and Marketing for Disability Services Australia. She has a wealth of experience in the for-purpose sector and has worked with organisations such as Vision Australia, the University of New South Wales, The Westmead Children’s Hospital and the New South Wales Breast Cancer Institute.
In her role as CEO of Parkinson’s NSW, Jo-Anne is responsible for diversifying sources of funding to enable the expansion of services for people living with Parkinson’s. She is strongly focused on advocating and seeking funding for services across the State to ensure people have equity of access to be able to live the life they choose.
Other key projects she is directing include the placement of more community-based Parkinson Neurological Nurses, the development of stronger governance and more open communication with the Support Groups across the state and forging industry partnerships.
Mary Kay Walker
Chief Operating Officer
Mary Kay Walker
Mary Kay Walker is the Chief Operating Officer of Parkinson’s NSW Ltd.
In that capacity she is Deputy to the CEO and a key member of the Senior Leadership Team – responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all operational and financial-related activities of Parkinson’s NSW.
Mary Kay joined the organisation in 2018 following a 32-year career in key finance and administration roles in Australia and the United States. Her sector experience spans superannuation, credit management, retail, commercial aviation, and accounting.
She holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Sydney. In addition, she has a Diploma in Securities and Financial Markets from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.