Board of Directors and CEO

 



Susan Day, President

IBCLC, Advanced Diploma in Management, Diploma in Breastfeeding Management

Susan has been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor for ABA since 1993 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2003. Susan has held many volunteer roles across various levels of the Association including, Group Leader, Branch Treasurer, Breastfeeding Information Manager and Senior Manager for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces. Susan is also a Trainer and an Assessor with ABA, focusing predominantly on health professional education. She has been a director on the ABA Board since 2010, including Vice-president 2013–2016. 

Susan has previously worked in private practice as a Lactation Consultant and in the not-for-profit sector in Indigenous maternal and infant health. Currently she works in finance and administration in small business in her home town of Kalgoorlie WA. However, her primary focus for the next year is in leading ABA in its work to support, educate and advocate so we can increase breastfeeding rates in Australia.
 



Louise Pennisi, Vice President
LLB/BA (Italian & Japanese) LLM TEP GAICD, GIA (Cert)

Louise is a Governance Executive and Policy Solicitor with over 10 years post admission experience in private practice, governance and policy law reform. 

Corporate governance is an area of practice Louise particularly enjoys as it brings together law, policy and strategic direction. 

Louise also has a special interest in succession and health law and has worked with key government departments, judicial stakeholders as well as the legal and the medical profession in furthering policy law reform in these areas. 

Since admission to the legal profession Louise has pursued further studies by obtaining a Masters of Law at the Queensland University of Technology, being conferred with certificated membership of the Governance Institute of Australia and successfully completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course one month before giving birth.  

Louise also has a passion for languages and writing, and has published articles on policy, health and succession law in Queensland Law Society’s Proctor, Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Dr Q and the Lexis Nexis Retirement and Estate Planning Bulletin. 

Louise is often invited to present on succession law matters at Queensland Law Society courses. As a new mum practising in policy, corporate law and governance, Louise is a passionate advocate of breastfeeding and in providing support to parents, families, carers and workplaces to encourage and increase breastfeeding rates.
 


Robyn Hamilton


Margaret Grove
B.A. (Hons), Dip Ed, M.A., Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Margaret Grove has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1983. She has held a variety of roles in ABA including Group Leader, trainer and assessor. Margaret was a director on the ABA board from 2001 for 7 years, 3 of these as National President. 

Margaret was the community representative on the Advisory Panel for the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) for 5 years from 2009. In her paid work, Margaret is the author of HSC maths textbooks and is a retired maths teacher.

Margaret lives in Sydney with her husband Geoff. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
 

 


Karin Collinson, Honorary Treasurer
MBA (Tech Mgt), BEng (Elec)

Karin has been a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor since 1992, and has held many group, branch and national volunteer roles in the Association, including Group Leader. Karin is also a Trainer and an Assessor with ABA, focusing predominantly on training new volunteers.  

Before retiring, Karin's paid work positions in the last 15 years were various senior leadership positions within the Australian Taxation Office, with responsibility for strategic litigation, law design and implementation, strategic decision making and responsibility for large teams and budgets. 

Karin holds a Bach of Commerce from UWA, a Masters of Advanced Taxation from UNSW and is a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute.

Karin is a passionate advocate of breastfeeding and of the need to provide support to parents and workplaces to encourage and increase breastfeeding rates.

As an ABA member for more than 30 years, Karin is proud to now serve as a Director to ensure breastfeeding is recognised as important and culturally normal in Australia.


 


Grace Corbiau


Grace Corbiau, Director

LLM (Public International Law), BA Hons (International Relations)

After completing an Honours degree in International Relations at the Australian National University, Grace started her career working for international non-governmental organisations in Brussels, where her work focused on human rights and anti-discrimination. Grace then spent 7 years working at the United Kingdom's Representation to the European Union, in Brussels, on justice, security, human rights, and immigration policy.

Grace went on to complete a Masters of International Law at the University of Kent. Grace's two children were born in Brussels, where she became an active member of La Leche League Belgium and the Brussels Childbirth Trust. Upon her return to Sydney in 2014, Grace became involved with her local ABA groups, including as a guest speaker. She also runs an attachment parenting support group in her local area, with over 650 members. 

Grace is currently working for the NSW Department of Justice. In addition to being a busy working mother, she is also a Director on the Board of the International French School of Sydney. Grace's family has a long association with the ABA, and she is proud to now serve as a Director to ensure breastfeeding is recognised as important and culturally normal in Australia.

 


 


Scott Williams


Scott Williams, Director
Exec MBA, Masters Advanced Practice Nursing, BA Pediatric Nursing, GAICD
Chief Executive Officer North Eastern Community Hospital 

Scott has worked within the healthcare industry for over 20 years and with a nursing background and has held many clinical and management roles in both community and hospital settings. Scott has also held a variety of senior executive roles within public and private health across both Australia and the United Kingdom. 

In addition to his CEO role Scott has been active in serving on several Boards at a local and national level which have included Ronald McDonald House Charities and Heart Kids SA/NT Currently he is serving as a Director on the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council and as the Chairman of the General Practice Registrar’s Australia Board.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Frieda Maher 

Frieda runs a strategy and sales consulting firm that uses the best of people and technology to grow our clients’ revenue and improve productivity.  

Her experience includes 20 years in sales and IT leadership roles in global multinationals and ASX100 businesses, before establishing a consulting firm that transforms the sales and service capabilities of clients ranging from sole proprietors to large corporates.  

Frieda joined ABA in 2003, shortly after the birth of her first child and qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor and Community Educator in 2009. She has been actively involved as a volunteer at all levels, with a particular interest in supporting ABA through social media, as well training and mentoring new volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Steve Miller 

Bachelor of Computing (Hons) - Monash University, Masters of Business Administration (executive) - University of NSW

Steve is an IT professional with more than 20 years experience implementing marketing and analytics solutions for some of the leading brands across the UK, ANZ and Asia.  He’s passionate about the success of his customers and loves to use his technical skills to solve complex problems.

Steve lives in Melbourne, is the proud father of 4 breastfed children and a strong advocate for breastfeeding.

 




For more information about the ABA Board of Directors, see the information guide and the ABA Director position description.

 

ABA Chief Executive Officer
 

 

Acting Chief Executive Officer – Kate Nuttall