Board & Executive
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.
Janina Jancu was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in November 2019.
She has more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the not for profit, government and corporate sectors. A qualified lawyer she brings extensive experience in the areas of finance, risk management and corporate governance.
She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, served as a director of UNSW and has acted in an advisory capacity on not for profit boards.
Janina has previously held roles with Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, UNSW, the City of Sydney and Spotless Services Limited. She is currently the Director of Operations at ReachOut Australia.
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.
Nicole Schleicher was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in November 2019.
She has more than 20 years of experience in key roles within the not-for-profit sector. Her experience includes managing service delivery and systems, quality, strategic projects, research and evaluation and administration.
Nicole has held program development, operational and policy management roles with The Smith Family, Baptist Community Services NSW, Wesley Mission, and The Benevolent Society.
She is currently General Manager of National Services for RedKite
The Hon. John Watkins AM
John Watkins AM
John Watkins AM was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in August 2021.
John has had a rewarding and successful career with extensive experience in senior leadership roles including Deputy Premier of NSW, Minister, CEO, University Chancellor, Board Director and Chair.
John was CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW for nine years retiring from that position in October 2017.
John graduated in Arts and Law from the University of NSW. He also holds a Master of Arts from Macquarie University and a Diploma of Education from Sydney Teachers College. He worked as a teacher for 16 years until his election to Parliament in 1995.
Rachel Tanny was appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW in November 2021.
With more than a decade of community leadership and advocacy work for vulnerable people, Rachel brings a deep understanding of both the aged care industry in Australia as it currently stands and insight into forthcoming changes. She also has experience in innovation incubation with a focus on big picture strategy within a risk assessment framework leading to financial growth and sustainability.
She holds a Diploma of Business Governance from the Institute of Community Directors Australia as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond. She currently sits on the Multicultural Advisory Committee for Waverley Council and on the Jewish Board of Deputies.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of COA Sydney, Inc.
Roy Wakelin King, AM
Roy Wakelin-King, AM
Roy Wakelin-King is a passionate and committed leader who has held very senior positions across a range of government, private sector, and not-for-profit organisations.
Roy is currently President of the Thirroul Surf Lifesaving Club where he chairs the Executive Board that is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction for one of the largest surf clubs in NSW outside of Sydney.
Roy has extensive experience in executive leadership, with a highly successful career in transport and logistics, delivering multi-billion dollar services and infrastructure programs, particularly for communities in regional NSW.
Roy was the Chief Executive at the NSW Taxi Council where he led the NSW Taxi Industry through a period of unprecedented disruption and transformation arising from the arrival of the ridesharing platform Uber, as well as the NSW Government’s point to point transport reforms.
As Chief Executive of the World Youth Day Coordination Authority, Roy led the NSW Government’s support to the highly successful World Youth Day 2008, a major international event that won great acclaim for Sydney and NSW.
Roy has held a number of Board appointments including with the Redfern Waterloo Authority and Australian Technology Park Sydney Ltd Boards, as well as the Board of the NSW Tow Truck Authority. Roy has also held the position of Company Secretary.
Roy served as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army, which included active service as part of the multi-national force that delivered humanitarian and security aid to war-torn Somalia.
Roy was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his service to public transport and his role in leading Government support to World Youth Day 2008.
Roy has a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Course.
Graeme Cartwright, an expert in finance and governance, has been appointed to the Board of Parkinson’s NSW as a Director. He also serves on the Boards of Northside Community Services and the Hurstville and Rockdale Friendly Society.
Graeme has over twenty years of experience in managing Australian share portfolios for industry super funds and governments. He has expertise in finance, governance, compliance, and audit.
Graeme’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, as well as Graduate Diplomas in Applied Investment, Finance and Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Company Directors Course.
Outside working hours, Graeme is a cricket umpire in the Sydney Cricket Association and the local cricket district and in winter is a technical officer for the Sydney Hockey Association. Graeme is married with three adult children and a recently acquired Labradoodle.
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.