Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors continue to invest their time and expertise in the stewardship of our organisation. We are proud to say that all of our Board members serve Cerebral Palsy Alliance on a voluntary basis.

Paul Masi

Paul Masi


Paul has been a Director since March 2013. He is the President of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee, the Services and Marketing Committee and the Property Committee.

Paul is a Non-Executive Director of Shaw and Partners Ltd and of Argus Property Partners, Chair of Greenwich Capital Partners Pty Ltd, and holds Board appointments with The Girls and Boys Brigade and Chairs The Girls and Boys Brigade Foundation.

Paul was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Austock Group from March 2010 to March 2012. Formerly he was Country Head and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia.

Andrew Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan

Andrew has been a Director since August 2010. He is Vice-President of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Chair of the Research Committee, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, and a member of the Ethics Committee.

In 2011, after eight years in the role, Andrew retired as Chair of the Disability Council of NSW, the official disability advisory body to the NSW Government. He has more than 40 years’ experience in broadcasting, communications and media, having spent his career at the ABC.

Andrew is the Principal of AB Communicates where he advises on communications and media. He also manages his winery at Queens Pinch Vineyard in Mudgee.

Stuart Comino
B. Com, Executive MBA, CA, MAICD

Stuart has been a Director since September 2017. He is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of the Property Committee.

During Stuart’s 26 year career with Coca-Cola Amatil he held senior positions in finance and general management at a group and operational level, including CFO for CCA’s Australian and Indonesian businesses, and most recently as General Manager for CCA’s Coke Vending and Neverfail Spring Water businesses. Prior to his extensive career at CCA, Stuart held various roles at Coopers and Lybrand.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNSW, an Executive MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stuart’s brother Peter had Cerebral Palsy and benefitted during his life from the services provided by the Company. Stuart has a passion to ensure that people with cerebral palsy have the best possible quality of life through access to the life changing equipment and services provided by the Company. He is committed to supporting the Company achieve its mission, particularly through helping to raise funds for vital research into the cause, treatment and prevention of cerebral palsy.

Kathryn Dent

Kathryn Dent

Kathryn has been a Director since August 2013. She is Chair of the People, Culture and Organisational Development Committee and a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Kathryn was admitted as a lawyer in 1994. She has practised exclusively in workplace relations law for over 20 years.

Kathryn is a Director of People + Culture Strategies, a specialist labour and employment law firm and management consulting business. She has a particular interest in workforce development and human resources management in the disability sector.

Hiam Sakakini

Hiam Sakakini

Hiam has been a Director since June 2017.

She is a member of the Research Committee, and the People, Culture and Organisational Development Committee.

Hiam has been working with several Fortune 500 companies over the past 14+ years. Her most recent employment has been with Google where she spent ten years building internal business units and then shifted into the heart of the People & Culture strategy team focusing on navigating change through building stellar leadership teams.

Taking that experience Hiam has founded a Culture Change consulting practice and regularly speaks and writes on topics around Women in Business, How to Motivate Millennials and The Future of Work.

Hiam is passionate about helping organisations to thrive through times of change and ambiguity.

Leanne Wallace

Leanne has been a Director since May 2016. She is chair of the Services and Marketing Committee.

Leanne is a Senior Adviser at Nous Group with a focus on consultancy services for government.

Prior to joining Nous in 2009, Leanne worked for over 30 years in the NSW public sector including 13 being appointed as Deputy Director General, Public Sector Workforce Office with the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet and Director, Primary and Community Health for NSW Health.

In 2014 Leanne was awarded a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Leanne is Chair of the Board for Jannawi Family Services and a Board Director for Jannawi Connections.

Jacqui Wisemantel

Jacqui Wisemantel

Jacqui has been a Director since November 2014. She is a member of the Fundraising Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee and the Property Committee.

Jacqui provides specialist advice and services in respect of PR communications strategy, digital concept, brand presence, corporate image, sales portfolio or social currency.

For the past 20 years, Jacqui has worked in the media, marketing and communications sector, specialising in event management, project management and public relations.

Johanna Garvin

Johanna has been a Director since August 2018. She is a member of the Research Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committee.

Johanna is currently employed at Create NSW as a Communications Officer in its Strategic Communications Unit. Johanna supports the team to promote the work of the organisation, to showcase the strength of NSW’s creative industries, and to develop the organisation as a leader in creating awareness and opportunities for diverse groups.

Johanna holds a Bachelor of Communications and Media at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

In 2018 Johanna was the first Australian to complete seven marathons, on seven continents, in seven days in a wheelchair for the World Marathon Challenge. Johanna undertook this challenge to raise both funding and awareness for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

John Sintras

John has been a Director since June 2018. He is a member of the Services and Marketing Committee.

John was previously a member of the Board from August 2009 until his resignation in January 2016 following his decision to relocate to New York where he was employed as President of Global Business Development and Product Innovation at IPG Mediabrands. During his period in New York, John served as one of the founding Directors on the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation Inc.

In early 2018, John returned to Sydney, and commenced as Chief Audience and Content Officer at SBS, Australia’s multicultural and Indigenous broadcaster, where he had end-to-end oversight of SBS’s Audience and Content strategy – specifically its brands, marketing approach, audience engagement and analytics.

In August 2019, John commenced a new role as CEO of digital transformation consultancy Yango Group.