Our Board of Management

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland is fortunate to boast a dedicated Board of Management, who ensure the Association remains focused on achieving our vision. Each year, during our Annual General Meeting the board is elected by the Association’s members.

Currently our board consists of the following members:

Lorna Peters – President

Lorna Peters Lorna is a committed educator who has worked in primary, secondary and special schools and she is currently principal of a primary school in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. She is married to Ian and has a son Tristram who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

For many years, Lorna has been actively involved in the organisation of both local and state sporting opportunities for those with muscular dystrophy and others who are reliant on motor wheelchairs for everyday mobility. In her spare time, Lorna enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and scrapbooking. Lorna is enjoys her role on the Board as she is strongly committed to enhancing life’s opportunities for those with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions.

Graeme Newton – Vice President

Graeme Newton A broadcast engineering specialist working with Broadcast Australia, Graeme has served on the executive board of various community organisations in the Cairns area including FNQ Disabled Children’s Support Group as well as the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Graeme’s relationship with MD Queensland developed through his youngest son, Michael who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Michael lived until he was 23, passing away in September 2014.

Graeme has served on MD Queensland’s Board of Management since 2005, previously as Secretary then was elected President in 2008 and held the position until 2010. He has held the position of Vice President since 2011.

Ian Godbold – Secretary

Ian Goldbold Ian Godbold is a professional marketer with more than thirty years marketing experience in Australia and overseas. He is currently Principal Consultant of Godbold & Associates, a business marketing and promotional strategy firm based in Brisbane. An advocate of the concept ‘marketing is action’, Ian has a history of making things happen within practical constraints of budgets and available resources.

Ian was approached by the MD Queensland board for his expertise in marketing. He became a Director in late 2009.

Ken Robertson – Treasurer

Ken Robertson Ken has over 33 years experience as a chartered accountant and heads up Nexia Brisbane as CEO, and is a board member of Nexia Australia ranked in the top 10 firms nationally.

He works primarily in the areas of Taxation, Corporate Finance and Advisory Services, Audit and Assurance, and Succession and Estate Planning. Ken is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Adviser, a Registered Company Auditor, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and was awarded the Institute of Chartered Accountants Microsoft Excel Award for Small Business, a national award for systems design.

In his spare time Ken is a keen motorcyclist and while he no longer has a Harley Davidson has participated in the past as a HOG member on the MD runs.

Helen Posselt – Director

Helen Posselt Regarded as a leader in her field, Helen is a physiotherapist and neuromuscular advisor who has dedicated her life work to furthering knowledge of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and advocating for those living with the condition. Her important work and educational materials have become sought after internationally.

In 2004 the Queensland Government recognised her contribution to the community in the ‘Smart Women – Smart State Awards’ for her work with Queensland boys with DMD and in 2005 for her work on ‘Laura’s Choice’, an educational DVD aimed at informing women at risk of being DMD carriers of their reproductive choices and of the tests available to them regarding conception and pregnancy.

Helen continues her work producing videos for the Centre for Disease Control in the United States, to aid early diagnosis of all inherited neuromuscular conditions. Known and respected by many in the Queensland muscular dystrophy community through her lengthy service as case worker and physiotherapist with MontroseAccess, Helen retired in February 2010 and took on the role of Director with MD Queensland in October 2010.

Victor Atwood – Director

 Victor Attwood Victor Attwood emigrated from Ireland as a young child with his parents, brothers and sister and has lived and worked in the Ipswich region for nearly 50 years.  He has two adult children who also still live in the Ipswich Region.

At the age of 21 Victor was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a hereditary neuromuscular condition. His eldest son was also diagnosed as a young child with the condition.

Victor worked at the Railway Workshops as a Fitter for 15 years, beginning until he was dismissed in 1998 due to his condition. Undeterred, Victor was first elected to represent residents of Division 3 Ipswich in 2000, and was appointed as Deputy Mayor on 7 April 2004. Following his election wins in 2008 and 2012., he held this role until retiring in 2016.

Victor has undertaken a number of other commitments not only council, but a wide range of NFP Boards and a vast array of community groups. Victor is a community minded person and will always actively support the efforts of many local community groups, school and sporting clubs as well as the army of volunteers dedicated to supporting them.

Anthony Biggar – Director

 placeholder Anthony was appointed to Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s board at its Annual General Meeting held on 8th November 2016.