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

Robyn Hamilton, Honorary Secretary
MAppSc (Library&Info Mgt), GradDipLibSc, BA (Hons) Musicology, Cert IV Breastfeeding Education (Counselling), CertIV Breastfeeding Education (Community)

Robyn Hamilton is a librarian with over 25 years’ experience in public and tertiary libraries, and has strengths in collection development, research and information management. As a curator of collections in the John Oxley Library - the heritage library within the State Library of Queensland, Robyn currently leads a team to develop content for the QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation legacy project. In this role, she manages the provision of content across the state, as part of training delivery, public programming and community collaboration. 

As a dedicated ABA volunteer since 2000, Robyn has held a variety of local, branch and national roles. She qualified as a community educator, then as a breastfeeding counsellor in 2001, working in her local group and on the Breastfeeding Helpline. She was a member of the Queensland branch team from 2006-2010, and served as Queensland Branch President from 2007-2009. As a director on the ABA Board since November 2010, Robyn was also a director on the Mothers Direct Board 2011-2015. 


Sarah Lowndes

Sarah Lowndes, Honorary Treasurer
BEc, MArts (Public Policy and Management), GAICD

Sarah is the Honorary Treasurer of the ABA, a position she has held since shortly after her appointment to the Board in May 2014. 

Sarah has a passion for numbers and utilises her numerical skills in her professional career as a Manager in Business Banking at the National Australia Bank; an organisation she has been with since 2007.

Prior to banking Sarah worked briefly in the pharmaceutical industry, spending time in Canberra in discussions with Government about public subsidisation of medicines and vaccines. 

Sarah started her career as an Economist with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. 

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash University), a Masters of Arts (University of Melbourne) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Sarah and her husband live in Melbourne with their three children: Justin (5), Macauley (2) and Isla (6 months).

Deborah Hiltham

Deborah Holtham, Director
MBA (Tech Mgt), BEng (Elec)

Deborah is a highly motivated and committed executive leader, with extensive experience in digital and strategic consulting across a range of industries, and in a global context.   

Her experience includes several years as a Chief Executive Officer in an ASX listed company environment, several years as a Board Director for not-for-profit associations, and Head of Consulting within a global Digital Services Provider.  

Her responsibilities have included leading consulting, business development, operations and resource management, financial and contractual management.   

Deborah’s strengths include creating clear strategic direction and vision, and leading, motivating my teams to work towards common goals, all with an underlying basis of operational excellence. 

Deborah has a genuine interest in different business functions and models, and how organisations can transform with and through digital technologies. She is motivated by helping others including teams, organisations and her family members to realise their full potential through support, encouragement, learning and personal health. 

Deborah has been a member of ABA since shortly after the birth of her first child in 2008, and has been a Board Director for the past 5 years. She is strongly committed to ensuring that the Association can assist in improving breastfeeding rates across Australia so that more families can benefit from breastfeeding just as her family has.

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.













Judith Gifford OAM, Director

BA (Hons) Dip Ed, Cert 1V Breastfeeding Education (Counselling), Cert 1V Breastfeeding Education (Community)

Judy Gifford grew up in Gosford NSW where she now lives. She taught French and Latin in 3 different NSW high schools and moved to Wagga Wagga, NSW after her marriage to John. She and John have 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren aged from 16 to 8. She retired from teaching before the birth of her first daughter. She joined the then Nursing Mothers’ Association (NMAA) in 1972 and rapidly became involved in establishing the Wagga Group. She qualified as a breastfeeding counsellor in December 1974, was Wagga GL for 4 years, in which time she travelled widely through the Riverina training other women to become counsellors and setting up about 10 groups.

In February 1979, she was elected to the NMAA Board and served 9 years. In that period, she held the roles of Vice-President, National President and Board member responsible for Publications. She has held many other roles at national, branch, regional and group level, but Association publications remain her focus and passion. She is Assistant Editor of Essence and responsible for the proofreading of the wide range of printed and electronic publications that ABA produces.

She volunteers weekly on the National Breastfeeding Helpline and is currently one of the two Coordinators planning the annual ACT/NSW Branch Conference.

The Board appointed Judy as an Honorary Member in 1991. In June 2011, she was awarded an OAM for services to breastfeeding.



Elizabeth Oei BA, Dip Ed, Breastfeeding Counsellor

Elizabeth is originally from Canada, but has lived ‘down under’ for over 40 years. She and Tian have 2 daughters, one son and one grandson. 

Elizabeth has been a counsellor with ABA for over 30 years, qualifying in November 1986. She has held a variety of roles in the Association, including group leader and as a director. 

She served on the ABA Board for 7 years, from 2001. In that time, she was Honorary Secretary and Vice President. She was the Queensland Branch President from 2010 for 5½ years and is currently a Queensland Assistant Branch President. She is also part of the proofreading team for the Association.


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


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