Board of Management
The Board of Directors provides the overall management, governance and direction of the Stroke Recovery Associations’ services. There are seven members (of whom at least four are people affected by Stroke), who are elected from the general membership of the Association at our Annual General Meeting.
John Garbutt – President
John is a Stroke survivor and had previously worked in human resources senior management positions in the NSW Public Service. He represents the Association on the Health Consumers Network of NSW as well as being an active member of WAGS Stroke Support Group. John is also an active member of the Scallywags Support Group.
Judith Thornley – Vice President
Judith is the coordinator of the Hornsby/ Ku-ring-gai Stroke Recovery Club as well as President of Aphasia NSW. Her husband Ray had his Stroke in 2009. Judith was honoured with a community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills in 2013 for her work with the Stroke community in Hornsby.
Linda Glanfield – Secretary/ Treasurer
Linda, a well-respected health practitioner and has been a member of the Stroke Recovery Association for more than eighteen years. She was awarded Life Membership of the Association in 2012 at our 35th Birthday celebrations. Linda has recently retired after a long and distinguished career in rehabilitation and aged care services with NSW Health.
Stuart Chalmers – Director
Stuart had his Stroke in 1993 and has been a board member for the past ten years. He was awarded an OAM in 2010 for his services to survivors of Stroke in his other community involvements in the Newcastle area. Stuart has also been involved with the growth and development of the Hunter Stroke Olympics having been part of that committee for over fifteen years.
Pam Short – Director
Pam Short joined the Board in 2017. She is a veterinarian who has 35 years experience as part-owner of a large Sydney veterinary practice. She has previously served on the Board of the Australian Veterinary Association and has been a long-serving executive member of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Association. She had a stroke in 2013 and is also a committee member of Aphasia NSW.
Jim Towers – Director
Jim became involved with the Association through his work at Royal Rehab where he was the Community Relations Manager 2006 – 2016. Jim is enormously passionate about disability services and will utilise some of his time in retirement in volunteering his time with the Association. Jim was instrumental in the establishment of the Sydney Olympics Games day in 2012 and has continued his involvement with that event during his time at Royal Rehab.
Professor Shih-chang (Ming) Wang – Director
Ming moved to Canberra from Malaysia when he was 11, and completed his medical training at the University of Sydney in 1979. He then trained in Diagnostic Radiology at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was the Head of Radiology at the University of Singapore and went on to become Professor in 2007. He returned to Australia in 2008, where he became the became the first full Professor of Radiology in NSW, at the same time joining Westmead Hospital as a Staff Specialist in Radiology. He helped create a new RANZCR imaging curriculum at the University of Sydney. In Singapore, he established the National Breast Screening Programme, served at the National Chair of Diagnostic Radiology training. Ming took medical retirement from Westmead Hospital in August 2012 after experiencing a severe cerebral Stroke at the age of 55.
Michelle Sharkey – Public Officer
Stroke Recovery Association, Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Sharkey is currently serving as Public Officer.