Meet the Board

Frankie Forsyth // PRESIDENT (23 January 2020)
BA, GradDipOHS, Dip(Trng&Dev)
Appointed: 27 September 2012

Frankie is an educator, facilitator and business owner who has worked in Government and private enterprise across several industries. She has mentored and assessed other teachers F2F and online for over 25 years. Recognised as a digital early adopter and leader in the e-learning community, her international experience includes working in the UK, China, and India. She has lived in Tasmania since 1993 and enjoys gardening, social media, net surfing and connecting with colleagues across the globe. Frankie has a BA (Edinburgh University), Grad Dip. OHS Mgt, Dip. Training and Development and accreditation in Business, Mentoring, Tourism.

Fred Howard // VICE PRESIDENT (27 October 2021)
Appointed: 27 September 2017

Fred graduated from Curtin University in WA, working in WA, Victoria, and TAS before being appointed Manager of Podiatry services at the Royal Hobart Hospital. After 12 years the role had expanded to include state-wide management of public podiatry services. Following a Departmental restructure, he was appointed Area Services Manager, taking on responsibility for a disparate range of services including Aged Care Assessment Team, Youth Health Services, Community Rehabilitation Unit, Health Promotion, State-wide Clinical Genetics Service, and facilities management. Fred’s major interest has been around integrated care for the management of chronic disease. As a clinician Fred was heavily involved with the management of high-risk feet and in collaboration with the Endocrine Department established the first High-risk Foot Clinic at the RHH. This clinic is well established 25 years on.

Brian Claridge // TREASURER (27 October 2021)
Appointed: 25 September 2008

Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1994 Brian took up a position with the Southern Business Enterprise Centre, assisting and advising small businesses and prospective small businesses. After the centre closed due to a change in Federal Government policy Brian joined an accounting partnership and obtained employment with the Division of General Practice South as Business Operations Manager. In 2010 he left GP South to establish his own accounting practice in North Hobart, building a successful business before retiring in 2020. He continues to be involved in the Rotary Club of North Hobart and enjoys bushwalking. Brian first served as Treasurer from 2008 – 2017, returning to the role in 2021.

Rhys Jones
Appointed: 20 September 2007

Rhys graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1983 and gained registration as a pharmacist in 1985. Initially working as a pharmacist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and then moving to community pharmacy. Rhys owns and manages the Rhys Jones Pharmacy in Bellerive and is also a UTas preceptor for pharmacy students. Rhys received the lifetime achievement award in 2021 for services to the profession and was a Pharmacy Board member for nine years from 2002 before becoming Chair of the Tasmanian Pharmacy Authority, a position he held until recently.

Alison Park
Appointed: 24 September 2009

Alison trained as a nurse at the Launceston General Hospital, after which she worked in rural Victorian hospitals in Paediatrics. Returning to Tasmania, Alison worked at Campbell Town District Hospital before leaving to undertake midwifery training at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Hobart. Working at the Royal Hobart Hospital as a Midwife, Clinical Nurse and Charge Nurse, Alison was appointed Assistant Director of Nursing and then spent 15 years as the Nurse Co-Director for Women’s and Children’s Services. After the onset of rheumatoid arthritis Alison had to retire early. She became a volunteer Warm Water Exercise Leader with AOTAS in 2004, assists weekly on the InfoLine, and participates in the Community Speakers Program. Alison provides a strong consumer voice on the Board and in early 2012 was appointed to Arthritis Australia’s National Arthritis Consumer Advisory Group.

Ari Magalhaes
Appointed: 27 October 2021

Ari Magalhaes is a Senior Business Strategist with an established track record of delivering successful projects within both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, including working with Boards and Executive Teams of numerous organisations to redevelop risk frameworks, strategies, and transformation plans. A graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with qualifications in economics, and international management, Ari is a proactive leader passionate about making organisations perform better by helping them approach problems and structure solutions differently. Ari lives with arthritis, having been diagnosed in her teenage years.