Our people

It takes an incredible team to accomplish the work we do, with insights, guidance and elbow grease from a diverse range of people.

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors works closely with our CEO to steer Healthy Male’s strategic direction, governance framework and organisational operations. Their diverse array of expertise — including corporate governance, non-profit governance and academic leadership — provides critical insights to help drive Healthy Male’s success. 

Emeritus Prof David de Kretser AC, MBBS, MD, FRACP, FAA, FTSE, LLD, LLD (Hon) FRACOG (Hon), FRCOG (Hon), FRACGP (Hon)

Founder

David has a passion for men’s health that can be traced back to his early studies. In 2000, he founded Andrology Australia (Healthy Male) as he recognised the lack of information, training, and research on male reproductive health. After taking on the position as 28th Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011, David returned to the Board of Directors to continue his valuable work.

David is internationally recognised for his lasting and invaluable contribution to public health as a researcher and leader in the field of reproductive biology. His broader service to the Victorian and Australian community has also been recognised with a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006.

A/Prof Doug Lording AM MBBS, BMedSci, FRACP

Patron

An ally of Healthy Male since its inception in 2000, Doug is a retired endocrinologist and andrologist, with 40 years of practice-centred experience around sexual medicine and testosterone use in men, and involvement in trials of many medications used in these conditions.

Doug worked at Cabrini Health from 1979, including a 15-year tenure as Medical Director, during which time he set up an education and research institute and initiated university departments in the private hospital sector.

He is the founder and President of Men of Malvern Inc., a charity dedicated to supporting the health and welfare of men, and chairs the Scotch College Foundation and is a school Council Member.

In June 2020, Doug was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to medicine,  endocrinology and andrology, and the community.

Shane Tanner 

Chair

Shane is an experienced and driven executive, founder and director with experience across multiple industries including biosciences, telecommunications and healthcare.

Shane has a strong background and interest in health. He was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of the Mayne Group and the inaugural Chief Executive of Symbion Health, one of Australia’s leading providers of pathology, radiology and primary care medical services. Shane brings extensive experience in strategic planning and positioning, negotiation, business development and capital raising.

Prof Robert McLachlan AM, FRACP, PhD

Medical Director 

Rob is a consultant andrologist and has been integral to Healthy Male from its inception as Andrology Australia in 2000. He has been Medical Director since 2006. In November 2020, Rob was awarded Life Membership of the Endocrine Society of Australia.

Over Rob’s 30-year career, he has been passionate about educating doctors and the community about male reproductive health, particularly to normalise discussion of sensitive topics and to encourage men to seek help from their GPs. He continues to develop evidence-based learning materials and tools needed for better health outcomes and to train the next generation of specialists in the field.

His research interests include male reproductive hormones, testosterone therapy, and male infertility. As a past president of the Fertility Society of Australia, he has a strong connection in fertility practice and has raised the profile of infertile men involved in IVF. Rob has received several awards for his clinical research and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2016 for services to medicine in the field of endocrinology.

Simon von Saldern

CEO and Director 

Health has been a common theme throughout Simon’s career, accounting for almost 20 years of his professional life — from fundraising to public relations, marketing, and management. Simon is interested in the health industry because of its challenging nature and the fact that it is an area that is always changing.

When taking on the role of Healthy Male CEO in early 2017, Simon made it his goal to make a sustainable difference in the area of male health by ensuring that men have the tools they need to lead healthier lives.

Simon strives for Healthy Male to continue on its path of being a change-making organisation by breaking down the societal stigmas that exist around male health and the idea of men seeking help.

Simon’s experience in various leadership roles throughout his career means he is exceptional at bringing different groups and organisations together for the same outcome.

Mark Bernhard

Board Director 

Mark is a globally experienced executive who has worked throughout Asia, Europe, the US, and Australia. Mark brings expertise in corporate policies, procedures, risk management and financial management.

Mark has attained compelling finance skills throughout his career as both an executive director and non-executive director.
Mark’s previous roles include Non-Executive Director of SAIC – General Motors, Non-Executive Director of Holden Special Vehicles, CFO and ExCom Member of Shanghai General Motors, Chairman and Managing Director of GM Holden, CFO of General Motors China and Australia, and CEO & Managing Director of General Motors Australia.

Mark was awarded the Silver Magnolia Award in 2015 from the Shanghai Municipal Government. He also received the 2014 Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance.

Mark has a passion for diversity. Between 2017-2018, he was a member of Male Champions of Change, a coalition of male leaders who step up beside women to achieve gender equality. He was also a key player in driving Holden towards achieving Workplace Gender Equality citation status. Today, Mark is a Non-Executive Director of Carbon Revolution, an Australian company that designs and manufactures advanced technology wheels.

Natalie Davey

Natalie Davey

Board Director 

Natalie has over 25 years of experience as an executive brand and marketing specialist across financial services, utilities, automotive, sports and the creative industry.

Natalie has carved out a reputation for tackling complex business problems and initiating deliberate strategies and organisational change to solve them. Natalie brings experience in marketing strategy, brand, digital and data. More recently, Natalie led the brand and marketing transformation at Cricket Australia, driving the digital and data strategy, elevating the fan experience, growing player connection and focusing on the growth of the next generation of fans into cricket.

Natalie is a mother to two young boys and is a strong advocate of teaching them to take action on their health.

Dr Keith Gleeson,  FRACGP, BMed, BAppSc

Board Director 

Keith is a Biripi/Daingutti GP and has committed most of his medical working life to the Aboriginal Community Control Health Sector, working in remote, rural and urban regions of Australia. Today, Keith works as a locum doctor travelling around Australia. He is passionate about improving the health outcomes of all males in a holistic way.

Keith is a Board Member of the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association and the General Practice Training Advisory Committee. He contributed to the publication of the articles Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Prostate Cancer Healthcare and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in General Practice: An introduction to teaching and learning.

Through his involvement with Healthy Male, Keith would like to see the Australian Government addressing the ‘Closing the Gap’ targets and improving Indigenous men’s health outcomes. Keith brings focus and expertise in Indigenous health and primary healthcare as well as geographical knowledge of the issues men are presented in rural and remote regions of Australia.

David Magill

Board Director 

David is an experienced government relations and public policy executive. Over 25 years, his diverse career has seen him work across the energy, automotive and mining industries, farming, and politics, fostering a significant understanding of rural, remote and city communities. 

David has lived and worked throughout Western Australia in farming, as an on-site and FIFO geologist, and for rural and city Federal MPs and a senator. He then worked in the corporate sector for Peter Holmes à Court in Sydney, and as a director of GM Holden in Melbourne and member of General Motors’ global public policy team. David is a senior manager for government and community relations at AGL Energy.

David has extensive experience working with Federal and State governments and is passionate about good public policy, government advocacy and an active corporate sector making positive change in the community. David is a strong supporter of diversity and equality in workplaces. With his broad experience, David is helping Healthy Male to make a positive difference for men and their families throughout Australia, in line with the Australian Government’s National Men’s Health Strategy 2020-2030.

Prof Rob Newton DSc, PhD, MHMS, BHMS(Hons),
AEP, FACSM, FESSA

Board Director 

Over 40 years of working in academia and human performance has seen Rob develop a strong interest in men’s health, particularly during his time at Penn University in the US where he completed research on the decline of strength and function in older men. During his career, he has published over 800 papers — including 400 referred scientific journals — two books and 16 book chapters.

As Professor of Exercise Medicine at Edith Cowan University, Rob is researching exercise medicine as neoadjuvant, adjuvant and rehabilitative cancer therapy to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and enhance cancer patient’s quality of life.

In 2019, Robert was awarded Western Australia Scientist of the Year for his research and advocacy for exercise as an essential medicine for cancer patients. In 2020, he was awarded a fellowship from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Working with the National Committee for Exercise as Medicine and the ARC Health and Medical Committee, Robert brings expertise and a vital understanding of health issues that older men face, particularly the physiological changes that occur as men age, to Healthy Male.

Prof Ben Smith MPH, PhD

Board Director 

Ben is passionate about championing the issue of men’s health and bringing it into civic discussion, as well as developing effective strategies to reduce preventable illness among men.

Ben is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and has spent 20 years working in academia. He has authored over 150 publications, and his research is oriented towards chronic disease prevention, healthy ageing and addressing the health impacts of social isolation and disadvantage.

Reflecting his commitment to effective public health policy and programs, Ben has worked extensively with federal and state health departments, and with non-government agencies including VicHealth, Musculoskeletal Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia, among others. Internationally, he has served as a consultant for UNICEF and the World Health Organisation. Ben currently works with the End Loneliness Together coalition, a leading organisation that addresses social isolation and loneliness. He is also part of the leadership team of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney.

In 2014, Ben was awarded a fellowship by the Australian Health Promotion Association in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to health promotion in Australia.

Audit and Risk Committee

The Healthy Male Audit and Risk Committee is composed of accomplished individuals from the corporate finance and non-profit finance sectors. They have a strong focus on the financial obligation and risk mitigation of our organisation and ensure we build a strong financial base from which to achieve our mission.

Mark Bernhard (Chair)

Non-Executive Director, Carbon Revolution
Board Director, Healthy Male

Natalie Davey

Co-Founder, Cricket for Climate
Board Director, Healthy Male

Prof Rob McLachlan AM, FRACP, PhD

Medical Director, Healthy Male
Director of Clinical Research, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Consultant Andrologist, Monash IVF group
Professor of Andrology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Simon von Saldern

CEO, Healthy Male

Organisational committees

Organisational committees and advisory groups ensure that Healthy Male receives the best possible evidence, experience and information to assist with decision-making processes, planning and development. Members are experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds.

Management Committee

Members of our Management Committee have strong experience in senior management roles and bring invaluable insight to Healthy Male’s policies, operations and programs. 

Prof Ben Smith MPH, PhD, BSW (Hons) (Chair)

Professor of Public Health (Prevention and Health Promotion), The University of Sydney 
Board Director, Healthy Male

Prof Bernie Marshall BSc (Hons), DipED, MPH

Emeritus Professor, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Academic, Deakin University

Prof Rob McLachlan AM, FRACP, PhD

Medical Director, Healthy Male
Director of Clinical Research, Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Consultant Andrologist, Monash IVF group
Professor of Andrology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University

Simon von Saldern

CEO, Healthy Male

Advisory groups

Healthy Male has a range of Advisory Groups that play an invaluable role in the information and education our organisation offers. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group leads our organisation in how we approach and advocate for strategic and systemic change to improve the wellbeing of First Nations men. Our General Practice Advisory Group and Health Practitioner Advisory Group provide advice from an operational level to ensure our resources are relevant and applicable to health practitioners and their male patients.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Health Reference Group

Dr Mick Adams BSW, BAppSc, MA, PhD (Chair)

Senior Research Fellow, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Edith Cowan University

Jason Bonson GDipIndigHP

Northern Territory Health

Karl Briscoe GCertPubSecMgmt, MPH

Building a strong, viable, resilient organisation that demonstrates value and stands the test of time

Jack Bulman BHIthSc

CEO, Mibbinbah Spirit Healing

Anthony Castro

A/District Manager, Population & Primary Health Care Outreach, Top End Regional Health Services, NT Health

Dr Keith Gleeson BMed, BAppSc, FRACGP

General Practitioner, Ochre Medical Centre Boggabri
Board Director, Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Dr Jacob Prehn BSocSc, MSW, PhD

Indigenous Fellow – Lecturer, University of Tasmania

General Practice Advisory Group

Dr Glenn Duns MDCM, MPH, FRACGP (Chair)

General Practitioner

Dr Sovan Dey

General Practitioner

Dr Elina Safro

General Practitioner

Dr Filip Vukasin

General Practitioner

Health Practitioner Advisory Group

Michael Whitehead BNurs, MClinNurs (Chair)

Men’s Health Clinical Nurse Consultant

John Brown JP, GDipHlthSc, FACN, RN

Primary Health Care Nurse

Kendall Gow MNurse, PGrad Cert Diabetes, BHSc (Nutrition), BSc (Nursing)

Nurse Practitioner, Men’s Health Urology

Devlin Higgins BExPhys (UNSW), MPhty (USyd), AEP, AES, ESSAM, APAM

Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist

Ryan Hon BSci(Hons), DPT, MMSKPT, APAM

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Honorary Adjunct Research Officer

Dr Jo Milios BASc PhD MCAP

Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist

Luke Mitchell BNurs, MPH (Sexual Health)

Prostate Nurse

Aaron Richardson BNurs, GCertCM, GCertSTWM

Clinical Coordinator

Jacob Roberts RN, Grad Cert (Emerg), ANI

Clinical Nurse-Hyperbaric and Diving Medical Unit (RHH), Authorised Nurse Immuniser, Registered Nurse-Australian Antarctic Division

Faisal Sabih BHlthSc, GDip HP, GCert DE, GCertPCan

Primary Health Care Nurse

Timothy Stewart B.Pharm Sci, M Pharm, JP

Pharmacist

Helen Storer DipCom&ChldHlth, DipPM

Practice Manager, Practice Nurse

Mark Thompson BSc, GCertSexHlth

Registered Nurse Div. 1

Expert advisors

From GPs working with male patients to researchers pioneering innovation in treatment — our Expert Advisors bring a grassroots perspective to everything we do. This diverse range of clinicians, scientists and educators is critical in ensuring Healthy Male’s content is accurate, practical and effective for improving the wellbeing of all Australian men and boys. 

Prof John Aitken PhD, ScD, FRSE, FRSN, FAHMS, FAA, BSC, MSC

Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle

Christopher Brett-Renes MSW, MScMed, GradDipPsych, BPsycSc

Psychosexual Therapist
Allied Health Lead, LGBTIQ+ Suicide Aftercare, Mind Australia
State Co-ordinator (VIC), LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation

Dr Sarah Catford MBBS (Hons) BBiomedSc FRACP PhD

Endocrinologist and Andrologist, Alfred Health, Monash Health, Royal Womens Hospital
Research Fellow, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

A/Prof Eric Chung MBBS, FRACS

Professor, University of Queensland
Associate Professor, Surgery, Macquarie University Hospital

Teddy Cook

Vice President, AusPATH
Director, Community Health, ACON
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Prof Mathis Grossmann MD, PhD, FRACP

Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of Andrology, Austin Health
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne

A/Prof Jeremy Grummet MBBS, MS, FRACS

Deputy Director, Urology, Alfred Health
Director, Australian Urology Associates
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Monash University

Prof Roger Hart MBBS MD FRANZCOG FRCOG CREI

Reproductive Medicine Specialist, University of Western Australia
Medical Director, Fertility Specialists of Western Australia
National Medical Director, City Fertility

Prof Dragan Ilic BSc, Grad Dip Rep Sci, MSc, PhD

Head of Medical Education Research, Monash University
Director, Teaching and Learning, Monash University

A/Prof Darren Katz MBBS, FRACS

Clinical Director, Men’s Health Melbourne

Dr Michael Lowy MBBS FAChSHM MPsychMed

Sexual Health Physician, Sydney Men’s Health

Dr Jo Milios BASc PhD

Principal Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist, Complete Physiotherapy & Men’s Health
Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Prof Moira O’Bryan PhD

Dean of Science, University of Melbourne

Michael Pope BSc

Clinical & Community Resources Officer, Hunter New England & Central Coast Primary Health Network

Dr Stella Sarlos MBBS FRACP PhD

Endocrinologist, Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Peninsula Endocrine Associates
Director, Clinical Training, Monash Health

Dr Ie-Wen Sim MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FRACP

Consultant Endocrinologist and Andrologist, Monash IVF, Monash Health, Western Health, Eastern Health, Epworth HealthCare
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Monash University
Lecturer, Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne University

Prof James Smith BAppSc Hons (Hum Movt), BEd, GCPH, PhD, FAHPA

Father Frank Flynn Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
Director, Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing – Northern Territory
College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University
Deputy Dean, Rural and Remote Health NT
Matthew Flinders Professor (Health and Social Equity), Flinders University

Dr Anna Watts MBBS, FRACP

Endocrinologist, Ballarat Health Services

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