Muscular Dystrophy Queensland is fortunate to boast a dedicated Board, who ensure the organisation remains focused on achieving our vision. Currently our board consists of the following directors:
Mr. Victor Attwood
||Victor was appointed to the MDQ board in 2016 and has been its highly respected and dedicated Chairperson since 2017. Victor brings to the board his extensive experience in the public sector, in governance, and also his experience of living with a neuromuscular condition. At the age of 21 Victor was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neuromuscular condition.
Victor was a member of Ipswich City Council from 2000 and Deputy Mayor from 2004 until his retirement from politics in 2016. Victor sits has served on several boards and actively supports many local community groups, school and sporting clubs as well as the army of volunteers dedicated to supporting them.
Mr. Tony Biggar
||Tony is the founding Legal practitioner and Director of Big Law Pty Ltd solicitors of Strathpine. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and from 1986 to 1998 carried on practice in Monto. Since 1999 he has practiced in the Moreton Bay Region. Tony was appointed to the MDQ board in 2016 and is a committed Director. His legal expertise continues to add value to decision making on our skills based board.
As well as general expertise Tony’s areas of specialty are property law, business law and wills and estates. For many years, Tony has been a member of the Property Law and Practice Committee of the Queensland Society. He regularly presents papers at seminars; continues to act for a number of clients from the North Burnett Region; and is the Honorary Solicitor for several community organisations in Monto. Tony is married to Wendy who is an Occupational Therapist and they have three adult children.
Mr. Gavin Ruddell
B.Com CA RCA
||Gavin is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor and a Director of Nexia Brisbane Audit with almost two decades of experience in public practice and commercial finance roles. As well as his financial skills set, he brings to the board considerable expertise in corporate governance and risk management.
Gavin holds Bachelor of Commerce and is completing a Masters of Applied Finance and is a Justice of the Peace. Gavin’s expertise has already been invaluable in managing current challenges resulting from recent transformational change in the business environment. Gavin was appointed to the board in April 2020.
Dr. Cullen O’Gorman
BSc (Hons) MBBS PhD
||Cullen O’Gorman, is a specialist Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist. He is the Head of Neurology at Brisbane’s Mater hospital and also consults at the Princess Alexandra hospital. He completed his undergraduate studies in the UK and Australia and postgraduate fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. He is interested in caring for patients and their families affected by neurological disease.
Dr O’Gorman’s health perspective ensures that Muscular Dystrophy Queensland balances the health and disability needs of our neuromuscular community. He was appointed to the board in 2018.
Dr. Natasha Taylor
BVetSC(Hons) BVetBiol (Hons)
||Dr. Natasha Taylor was appointed to the MDQ Board in September 2017.
Natasha is a veterinary surgeon and business owner and brings to the board her expertise in owning and operating small businesses. Natasha is a single mother of two children, one of whom lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Mr. Bob McDowell
||Bob is a pharmacist and has been a pharmacy owner for over 30 years. He is a member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and has served on the Qld branch committee for 12 years. During that time, he has been a member of various committees and has also held the position of Vice President Finance. As well, Bob was a member of the Local Advisory Committee of Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd (PLD) and was twice President of the Alderley Kindergarten.
Diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD), he enjoys helping others living with neuromuscular conditions in his role as company director of MDQ. Bob was appointed to the board in 2019.
Mr. Tristram Peters
||Tristram Peters is the Head of Community Engagement at Clickability, a disability service directory that helps match NDIS participants with providers. He’s also the co-host of the Grow Bold with Disability podcast, exploring with his guests the funny, taboo, and uncomfortable side of living with disability.
Tristram is also a keen powerchair football player, having represented both Queensland and Australia. He sits on the Queensland Powerchair Football Association (QPFA), Australian Powerchair Football Association (APFA), and Asia Pacific Oceania (APO) executive committees for the sport, helping steer power football’s development.
His Labrador, Jasper is also the coolest dog in the world.