Board of Directors

The ADEA National Board of Directors are a group of diverse and capable professionals. These CDEs and independent directors are recruited through a formal process outlined in the Constitution 2019.

The President and other Office Bearers are elected at the Board meeting held during the Australasian Diabetes Congress.

 

Brett Fenton, President

Brett Fenton has been a CDE for 10 years, and continues to provide support to members of the ADEA. He has management experience at the Central Coast Local Health District, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and coordinating local, state and national projects.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education. He is a mentor and presenter, has participated in national camps for children with diabetes, and provides advice and clinical expertise for educational and pharmaceutical committees throughout Australia.

 

Tracey Tellam, Vice President

Tracey Tellam is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Ipswich Diabetes Service and has a strong focus on service delivery and the ongoing education of diabetes educators, mentoring and growth of new diabetes educators. Tracey aims to ensure that those living with diabetes receive the right care, in the right place, and in the right time frame.

Tracey has been on the steering committee for statewide Diabetes Clinical Network in Queensland for the past eight years. This network is responsible for many clinical improvements of care for people with diabetes across Queensland.

 

Maria Maieli, Finance Director

Maria Maieli holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from Southern Cross University and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Maria is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of Ellex Medical Lasers, an ASX listed company.

Maria has over 26 years of senior financial management experience in public and private companies, specialising in international tax and statutory reporting, corporate compliance, business strategy development, system improvements, risk management and governance. Maria is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia after completing her Applied Diploma in Corporate Governance and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Derek Finch, Independent Director

Derek Finch has over 22 years of experience in reengineering and is one of Australia’s leading contact centre specialists. Derek has worked in government, not-for-profit and corporates, both as a manager and as a consultant.

Derek is an experienced change manager, contact centre judge and conference speaker. He has been an active member of Auscontact and has held the role of National Director and National Chair.

 

Ann Bush

Ann Bush has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse. She is a CDE working in metropolitan acute care, rural community health and private practice. Ann has been a member of the ADEA-VIC Branch Executive for six years, and is a member of the ADEA Victoria Branch Conference Organising Committee. She has represented the ADEA as a member of a health advisory panel working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and is passionate about diabetes education.

Ann believes in the sustainability of private practice. Her focus is ensuring the the CDE role is evidence-based best practice and continues to support the lobbying and support for ADEA members.

 

Helen Phelan

Helen Phelan has been an ADEA member for 20 years, and holds a Master of Public Health. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney. During her time with the ADEA, she has held roles such as the ADEA NSW Chair, member of the Credentialling Committee and the ADEA-NSW Conference Organising Committee, Project Officer on the ADEA Mentoring Program Pilot Project. Helen is also a Director of the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation and and a reviewer of the Foundation’s grant applications.

Helen has worked as a paediatric nurse, clinical nurse consultant, a CDE, and has held positions at Tertiary Referral hospitals and Diabetes Australia NSW, as well as project management positions that develop and and nurture diabetes education in Australia.

 

Amanda Bartlett

Amanda is a registered nurse and certified midwife with over 30 years’ experience in health. She has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator for over 10 years working in both public hospitals and her own private practice. Amanda has mentored many CDEs supporting them to achieve their goals and is a guest lecturer at UTS.

She has previously held a directorship of ADIPS, served in the ADEA Complaints Committee and is the current chair of ADEA DIP SIG. She is involved with Medical Education and Scientific Council (MESAC) in an advisory role. She is passionate about supporting all people with diabetes, supporting ADEA members and furthering the direction of ADEA as a professional body.

 

Peta Tauchmann

Peta commenced her career in Diabetes Education in 1998 and quickly developed a love for teaching people about diabetes and self-management.  In 2003 she established Brisbane Diabetes Education Services and in 2015 was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner specialising in diabetes, chronic disease and primary care.   She has contributed to ADEA as Chair of the ADEA Queensland Branch, Private Practice Special Interest Group and Clinical Practice Review Committee and represents ADEA on Diabetes Australia’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Committee.

As a CDE and Diabetes Nurse Practitioner Peta aims to work collaboratively between all sectors of the health community as a senior nursing clinician while maintaining her focus on the care of people with diabetes in the primary care sector.  She is passionate about private practice and enjoys working in a speciality that is meaningful, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating.

 

Melissa Sinopoli

Melissa Sinopoli is a lawyer and Director of MacDonnells Law, a state-wide Queensland Firm. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and has significant experience in advising not for profits, private clients and government entities in commercial and corporate law, including regarding governance. Melissa has held board roles with various not for profits over the past 10 years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having completed their Company Directors Course accreditation.

Board of Directors

The ADEA National Board of Directors are a group of diverse and capable professionals. These CDEs and independent directors are recruited through a formal process outlined in the Constitution 2019.

The President and other Office Bearers are elected at the Board meeting held during the Australasian Diabetes Congress.

 

Brett Fenton, President

Brett Fenton has been a CDE for 10 years, and continues to provide support to members of the ADEA. He has management experience at the Central Coast Local Health District, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and coordinating local, state and national projects.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education. He is a mentor and presenter, has participated in national camps for children with diabetes, and provides advice and clinical expertise for educational and pharmaceutical committees throughout Australia.

 

Tracey Tellam, Vice President

Tracey Tellam is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Ipswich Diabetes Service and has a strong focus on service delivery and the ongoing education of diabetes educators, mentoring and growth of new diabetes educators. Tracey aims to ensure that those living with diabetes receive the right care, in the right place, and in the right time frame.

Tracey has been on the steering committee for statewide Diabetes Clinical Network in Queensland for the past eight years. This network is responsible for many clinical improvements of care for people with diabetes across Queensland.

 

Maria Maieli, Finance Director

Maria Maieli holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from Southern Cross University and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Maria is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of Ellex Medical Lasers, an ASX listed company.

Maria has over 26 years of senior financial management experience in public and private companies, specialising in international tax and statutory reporting, corporate compliance, business strategy development, system improvements, risk management and governance. Maria is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia after completing her Applied Diploma in Corporate Governance and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Derek Finch, Independent Director

Derek Finch has over 22 years of experience in reengineering and is one of Australia’s leading contact centre specialists. Derek has worked in government, not-for-profit and corporates, both as a manager and as a consultant.

Derek is an experienced change manager, contact centre judge and conference speaker. He has been an active member of Auscontact and has held the role of National Director and National Chair.

 

Ann Bush

Ann Bush has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse. She is a CDE working in metropolitan acute care, rural community health and private practice. Ann has been a member of the ADEA-VIC Branch Executive for six years, and is a member of the ADEA Victoria Branch Conference Organising Committee. She has represented the ADEA as a member of a health advisory panel working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and is passionate about diabetes education.

Ann believes in the sustainability of private practice. Her focus is ensuring the the CDE role is evidence-based best practice and continues to support the lobbying and support for ADEA members.

 

Helen Phelan

Helen Phelan has been an ADEA member for 20 years, and holds a Master of Public Health. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney. During her time with the ADEA, she has held roles such as the ADEA NSW Chair, member of the Credentialling Committee and the ADEA-NSW Conference Organising Committee, Project Officer on the ADEA Mentoring Program Pilot Project. Helen is also a Director of the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation and and a reviewer of the Foundation’s grant applications.

Helen has worked as a paediatric nurse, clinical nurse consultant, a CDE, and has held positions at Tertiary Referral hospitals and Diabetes Australia NSW, as well as project management positions that develop and and nurture diabetes education in Australia.

 

Amanda Bartlett

Amanda is a registered nurse and certified midwife with over 30 years’ experience in health. She has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator for over 10 years working in both public hospitals and her own private practice. Amanda has mentored many CDEs supporting them to achieve their goals and is a guest lecturer at UTS.

She has previously held a directorship of ADIPS, served in the ADEA Complaints Committee and is the current chair of ADEA DIP SIG. She is involved with Medical Education and Scientific Council (MESAC) in an advisory role. She is passionate about supporting all people with diabetes, supporting ADEA members and furthering the direction of ADEA as a professional body.

 

Peta Tauchmann

Peta commenced her career in Diabetes Education in 1998 and quickly developed a love for teaching people about diabetes and self-management.  In 2003 she established Brisbane Diabetes Education Services and in 2015 was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner specialising in diabetes, chronic disease and primary care.   She has contributed to ADEA as Chair of the ADEA Queensland Branch, Private Practice Special Interest Group and Clinical Practice Review Committee and represents ADEA on Diabetes Australia’s Medical, Educational and Scientific Committee.

As a CDE and Diabetes Nurse Practitioner Peta aims to work collaboratively between all sectors of the health community as a senior nursing clinician while maintaining her focus on the care of people with diabetes in the primary care sector.  She is passionate about private practice and enjoys working in a speciality that is meaningful, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating.

 

Melissa Sinopoli

Melissa Sinopoli is a lawyer and Director of MacDonnells Law, a state-wide Queensland Firm. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and has significant experience in advising not for profits, private clients and government entities in commercial and corporate law, including regarding governance. Melissa has held board roles with various not for profits over the past 10 years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having completed their Company Directors Course accreditation.