Board Members

HeartKids Australia Inc is governed by a board made up of State representatives along with various skill-based appointments.

The current Board comprises of:

  • Chairman: Brian E Pereira
  • Vice Chair: Dr Anne Fletcher
  • Treasurer: Matt Tognini
  • Directors:  Jayne Blake, David Harrison, Wayne Crofts, Bev Barber

Brian E Pereira – Chair
Mr Pereira brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to HeartKids Australia. With a number of board position over the past years, Brian is a commercially astute entrepreneur with the experience to lead our charity into a new phase of growth and development. Brian is passionate about allowing children to be children regardless of their social background or physical situation. Brian takes the reins from outgoing Chair, Mr. Stephen Sheppard who has built a strong foundation and governance process over the last three years for the fledgling Charity.

Dr Anne Fletcher – Vice Chair BSc, MSc, PhD, FAICD, FAIMS
Anne Fletcher is a non-executive director, currently serving on the boards of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and HeartKids Australia. Anne is a member of the Therapeutic Goods Authority Advisory Committee on Biologicals. From 2005 to December 2012 Anne was on the board of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, where she chaired the Major Buildings Committee of the Blood Service board which oversaw the development and construction of the three principal operating centres for the service in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In her early career Anne worked as a scientist in charge of diagnostic laboratories. Later after undertaking postgraduate study she pursued a career in medical research at the University of Sydney and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and was effective in building productive research collaborations. Later Anne managed the Australian research program of the newly formed national blood service where she acquired senior executive experience. In 2002 Anne established a health consultancy (Growing your Knowledge) which provided consultancy advice to the biotechnology, health and medical research sectors. During the course of her career Anne has been instrumental in establishing and managing several research funding schemes, including a medical research fund for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion. From 2005 to 2007 Anne served on the inaugural Consultative Council for the Victorian Cancer Agency, a Victorian government-funded initiative to provide translational research funding to the Victorian cancer research and cancer health care services. Anne joined the HeartKids board in August 2010 and established the Research Advisory Committee soon afterwards.

Matthew Tognini – Treasurer
A Partner of Keady Humble Tognini Chartered Accountants, Perth, Matthew is a registered member of the Institute Chartered Accountants since 1988. Matthew graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Business, Major in Accounting. His extensive business experience is a valuable asset to HeartKids Australia. Matthew is the parent of a heart kid and has been on the Board of HeartKids WA since June 2007.

Jayne Blake – Director
An experienced Company Director with broad cross-functional expertise including key Executive roles in Finance, Sales, Commercial and Customer Relations. Inspirational leader with a track record of developing and executing strategy to drive rapid business development and growth. In her corporate career Jayne worked for Vodafone Group in various General Manager roles in both the UK and Australia, in Finance, Commercial and Customer Service functions, until becoming Sales Director in 2004. Bringing all this experience together Jayne established JBC International in 2009 specialising in assisting other organisations to effectively plan for and drive business growth.  Through JBC, Jayne has achieved success in coaching and consulting assignments in the Corporate, SME and Not-For-Profit segments.