MPAN is governed by a board. Its purpose is to ensure the organisation is true to its mission, to set policy and to support and promote the association. MPAN has assembled a board of representatives from a range of key stakeholder groups.
Angela Scaffidi co-founded SenateSHJ in 2002. She leads SenateSHJ’s Change Practice and works with public and private sector organisations on complex change initiatives, from improving processes to driving cultural change. SenateSHJ now has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
She has worked in consulting for more than 20 years, including with McKinsey & Company and Turnbull Porter Novelli.
She has won a range of national and international awards for her work in communication, including two Golden World Awards from the International Public Relations Association.
Angela is also on the board of Challenge, which supports children and families living with cancer. She is a member of the Broadmeadow Schools Network Advisory Board and former chair of the Department of Education and Training’s School Advisory Group. Angela is also a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and an accredited user of the Four Rooms of Change®.
MPAN is based in SenateSHJ’s Melbourne office.
Dr Jodie Ward
Dr Jodie Ward is a Forensic DNA Specialist passionate about using DNA technology to identify unknown deceased and missing persons, and provide their families with answers. She is considered an international expert, thought leader and media spokesperson for the DNA-based identification of missing persons.
In 2015, Dr Ward was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate world-leading DNA techniques for identifying large numbers of victims of crime, armed conflict and mass disasters. She has since devised, published and promoted a number of international best practice recommendations for the establishment of an Australian DNA identification program for missing persons.
Dr Ward was recognised as one of Science and Technology Australia’s 2017 Superstars of STEM and Australian Financial Review’s 2018 100 Women of Influence for pioneering a specialist DNA identification facility in NSW. This unique capability is now being used nationally by the police and armed forces to assist with the genetic identification of both modern and historical human remains.
In her academic roles, Dr Ward leads research in the exploration of emerging DNA technologies for improving the DNA profiling of compromised bone samples. She recently delivered a TEDx presentation describing her journey as a forensic humanitarian championing for the introduction of a national DNA program to resolve Australia’s unidentified and missing person cold cases.
Dr Ward obtained a PhD in forensic molecular biology from the Australian National University, and has postgraduate qualifications in management and higher education. She is a member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Society of Forensic Genetics, and a committee member of the NSW Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.
Leisa is an experienced transformation leader in delivering large scale domestic and international projects and organisational culture change.
Her passion for people, empathy, and coaching supports individuals and teams to operate at peak performance. Leisa has the ability to lead complex change from initiation-to-delivery and has experience delivering large scale projects for action on climate change. More recently Leisa has been leading organisational culture change programs to embed effective change practices, build change adaptive leaders and increase business resilience. Leisa was part of the Organisational Change team at UniSuper who were finalist in the AHRI Org Change award 2016.
Leisa is passionate about the role of Integrative Neuroscience and has completed formal studies through the NeuroLeadership Institute. She has a key focus in applying science-based strategies to help harness the potential of individuals and teams to create a culture of high engagement, deep connections and great performance. Coupled with Change Management and Executive Coaching accreditation, Leisa currently consults to organisations on the strategic and operational aspects of delivering change effectively.
Leisa is a thought leader in Change coaching and capability. She is constantly curious about the future of work, bringing fresh insights, research, and best practice into the organisations that she works with.
As a Board Member for MPAN, Leisa is focused on delivering key strategic and operational outcomes to ensure we grow the organisation in a sustainable manner in order to continue to support the families of missing persons.
Catherine is an integrated marketing communications specialist with experience on both client and creative agency side in the Asia-Pacific region. She has worked in marketing roles for brands such as Siemens and Coca-Cola and more recently holds the role of Chief Customer Officer at Powershop Australia.
Calling Melbourne home, Catherine previously worked for five years in Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia helping global brands such as Google, Coca-Cola and MTV grow in new markets.
Catherine was recently named in CMO Magazine’s 2018 CMO50 list. In her time with Powershop, the company has been recognised for its innovative approach to marketing in national media such as the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, and was named as one of the top 10 most disruptive brands in Australia and New Zealand by Marketing Mag in 2017.
As a board member of MPAN, she is looking forward to bringing her corporate experience and creative passion to a brilliant organisation that is having a positive impact and driving change for families and communities.
Sue has worked as an advocate for older people for four decades. The range of her involvement has included roles as Corporate Partnerships Manager at YMCA Victoria; CEO of COTA Victoria; Manager Policy & Programs at Sport & Recreation Victoria; advisory positions and committees to state government; founder of Global Alliance on the Rights of Older People Australia; and more recently Sue has taken on the challenge of establishing a social enterprise for older people in Australia.
Sue is passionate about good governance of not-for-profits, and the role of a board in contributing actively to the outcomes of the organisation. She also brings expertise in advocacy, fundraising and an extensive network.
Sue also holds the positions of Director, International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and Grants Advisory Panel for Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation.