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SMA Australia Committee of Management 2013/14
Certified Financial Planner
Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning)
Through her job as a Financial Planner, Andrea is passionate about educating the community on the benefits of managing your finances through a strategic, ever evolving financial plan. After learning about SMA and SMA Australia through Julie and the associations desire to educate the general public on SMA and the effects of SMA, she quickly jumped at the chance to get involved. Andrea’s aim is to help the Association through personal fundraising as well as adding her expertise to the Management Committee.
Master of laws (juris doctor), Bachelor of Science
I first became interested in genetics after my cousin’s child was born with cystic fibrosis. I went on to study human genetics at university. I am passionate about supporting research into genetic disorders and want to help grow the Association so that it can continue to make meaningful contributions to research and treatment of spinal muscular atrophy, in addition to supporting the families and individuals affected. My friends would describe me as pragmatic, ambitious and spirited. I am also community-minded and motivated by a desire to help others. I understand it takes a lot of hard work to be successful but I have never shied away from hard work. One of my favourite quotes is that “there are no shortcuts to any place worth going” and I would like to help SMA Association of Australia get to a place worth going! I work as an employment lawyer at a mid-tier commercial law firm. In my spare time I like to play hockey, hike, travel, and spend time with my partner, family and friends.
Associate Diploma in Business – Accounting
Robyn has spent the last twenty years in the bookkeeping sector. She has great attention to detail and is keen to help out the SMA affected community. This is Robyn’s second year on the committee.
Bachelor of Business – Major in Accounting (B Bus)
Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
Public Practicing Accountant
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
With over 20 years of Accounting and Finance experience within the Biotech, Photographic, Graphic and Medical industries, my skill sets are vast. The past nine years I have been working at Biota which is a leading anti-infective drug development company, based in Melbourne, Australia and Oxford, United Kingdom. It was an Australian Publicly Listed Company until recently when we listed on the NASDAQ. Over the years at Biota I have participated in the company’s growth to a Top 200 ASX-listed company, which involved liaising will all levels of management and supervising consultants, the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley processes, corporate governance, Board committees as well as regulatory reporting. SMA provides me with the opportunity to use my accounting skills as well and my understanding of the Research environment to help progress the funded research side of the SMA work.
Advanced Certificate in Residential & Community Services – Youth and Child
Certificate 3 in Children’s Services
Faith has also seen the effects of SMA firsthand, having been a friend to Julie for eleven years. This year she has decided to become more involved by taking up a position on the committee. Trained in childcare, she is inspired to bring awareness about SMA into the general public. Faith looks forward to leading by example, actively campaigning and fundraising for SMA Australia. She is not afraid to get her hands a little dirty, especially when the payoff is potentially enlightening someone new about SMA.