Meet the Board

Allan Ryan // President
BSc (Hons), MEng. Sci., MAICD

Appointed: 28 March 2012

Allan Ryan is a leading researcher and consultant who provides expert advice to businesses to improve performance and be sustainable in today’s rapidly changing world. He is an Adjunct Professor at the UTS Business School, founder and Executive Director of Hargraves Institute and Director at Managed Innovation International. Before starting research at the Australian Graduate School of Management he spent 13 years in senior executive roles in a leading not for profit organisation.



Nigel Corne // Vice President

Appointed: 26 October 2016

Nigel is an experienced and qualified Chairman and Director of listed public, unlisted public and private companies. Past roles include National Chair of the Australian Hotel Association (Accom), Vice President of AHA NSW, Director of Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau and Managing Director of Tourism, Hotels and Leisure Limited. Nigel has extensive non-executive committee and management experience in the industries of tourism and hospitality, franchising and trade and investment, together with community service organisations and not for profits. Nigel is Vice President of Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW and Chair of the Governance and Strategy Committee.



Cosimina Pupo // Director
Cert (Mgt), Dip (Counselling)

Appointed: 19 December 2007

Cosi is a senior probate paralegal and former director of the Independent Living Centre. She is involved in the Tutor Patient Partner Program, and is also a member of the National Arthritis Consumer Reference Group (NACRG). Cosi applies her experience of living with chronic pain to assist others, especially working adults.




Murray Smith // Honorary Treasurer (from February 2018)

Appointed: 26 October 2016

Murray is a non-executive company director and chartered accountant with specialist restructuring and insolvency skills. Murray was previously a partner at McGrath Nicol and KPMG, having spent over 30 years working with troubled and impaired businesses, and advising banks, corporations and Government. After retiring from professional practice in 2014, Murray commenced non-executive director roles with Slattery Auctions Australia and the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority. Murray has both personal and family experience with osteoarthritis. Murray was appointed Treasurer in February 2018.



Dr Davinder Singh-Grewal // Director

Appointed 15 May 2018

Dr  Davinder Singh-Grewal is a paediatric rheumatologist. He is appointed at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, The Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and The John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle. Davinder is a Clinical Associate Professor at both The University of Sydney and The University of New South Wales. He has completed a PhD in the field of Juvenile Arthritis and also a Masters in Medical Science.




Robert Lagaida // Director
BEc, MCom,Grad Dip Information Systems, FCPA, GAICD

Appointed: 15 May 2018

Robert is a former Executive Director of Finance, Commercial and corporate Services of HealthShare NSW and eHealth NSW.  He retired in late 2017 and was recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours list and awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to financial management in the health care sector in NSW.




Peter Stewart // Company Secretary
MA MBA Bachelor of Laws LLB

Appointed: 30 June 2018

Peter is an accomplished commercial lawyer who brings broad-ranging legal expertise, extensive senior management experience, and a high level of commercial acumen to his role as Company Secretary. Peter also has extensive experience in advising within the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.





The Board is currently supported by three committees, the Clinical Governance and Research Committee, the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, and the Governance and Strategy Committee.  These committees support the Board and management team to oversee and implement principal activities.