Board of Directors

Ruby Red Foundation is a volunteer organisation governed by a Board of Directors who each bring unique expertise and experiences to the Foundation. Currently over half our current board members are representative of the MPN community either as patients themselves or carers of those living with MPNs.


Roy Wallace   BBus(IS,ECom), MECommc

Chair & Director

  • Over 15 years commercial experience as a trusted advisor to Boards/C-level Executives
  • Proven track record leading key strategic initiatives for some of the world leading organisations - healthcare, financial services, oil & gas, government and not-for-profit
  • Significant healthcare experience leading the commissioning of some of the world's most advanced operating theatres and emergency departments, including CSSD and Anesthesia
  • Founded the Australian charity Blue Sky Project, impacting the lives of less fortunate children across Indonesia, Cambodia, Ukraine, Nepal and Burma.

Sophie Gibson   BBus(Mktg, MedSci)

Founder & Executive Director

  • Healthcare marketing and communications specialist for over 15 years
  • Experienced in health brand management for market leaders Nurofen, Pzifer, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and MSD
  • Previously delivered healthcare professional communications, education and patient support activities driving positive change for better healthcare outcomes
  • Sophie's daughter Stephanie was diagnosed at 12-months old with JAK2+ Essential Thrombocythaemia (ET) - one of the world's rarest cases of paediatric MPN diagnosis

Lisa Manion   BA Design(Int.)


  • Highly capable Design Manager experienced in interior design with a demonstrated history working within the financial services industry
  • Strong arts and design background graduating from the Sydney College of Arts
  • Skilled in interior architecture, management, design, and contract negotiations
  • Recently diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythaemia (ET), Lisa is a passionate patient advocate for the Foundation

Jonathan Prosser   MA


  • Highly capable and driven professional with international experience across over 15 different industry sectors
  • Previously held leadership roles driving success for global consulting firms and market-leading think-tanks
  • Diplomatic experience working within international embassies, research bodies and foreign governments
  • Keynote speaker on business innovation and international affairs

James Williams   BCom, LL.B, FGIA, FCIS


  • Lawyer and governance practitioner with over 30 years experience in commercial and corporate law
  • Acted as General Counsel for multiple listed companies and major corporates
  • Industry experience across financial services, manufacturing and health sectors
  • Previous not-for-profit experience at Board and Executive level for notable national charities

Dickson Koh   BAcc, DipMgtAcc, DipAccFin, CPA


  • International experience across multiple industry sectors providing risk management and assurance consulting services
  • Specialised in financial banking and asset management for large multi-nationals
  • Demonstrated outcomes delivering uplift and improvement to internal processes, financial statements and control audits
  • Passionate about giving back to the community and helping to improve the lives of others

Donna Collett   DipAppSc, BBus, MBA


  • Leading expert in commercialisation with over 20 years experience across sales, marketing and senior leadership roles
  • Extensive experience across healthcare sector including major teaching hospitals, biotech firms and large pharmaceuticals including Amgen, Novartis, AstraZeneca and MSD.
  • Successfully managed change across a number large-scale corporate mergers and launched several major new international brands
  • Previously held a number of leadership roles across the not-for-profit sector including aged care, health and the arts

Dr. Laura Issa   PhD, MBA(Tech.), GAICD


  • Highly credentialed pharmaceutical and life sciences professional with over 10 years commercial management experience
  • Published medical scientist with expertise across endocrinology, oncology, gene regulation, and epigenetics
  • Proven track record of cultivating and executing value-based external partnerships that advance research, enable product commercialisation, and grow brands
  • Passionate about healthcare innovation and regular keynote speaker

Anastasia Christou   BEcon&Fin

Company Secretary

  • Experienced financial consultant with expertise in governance, risk and compliance.
  • Currently completing industry-leading company secretary and governance training with the Governance Institute
  • Strong administrative and commercial acumen underpinned by Bachelor of Economics and Finance
  • Previous experience with not-for-profits across multiple community based organisations

Anne Collard   BBus(Acctg) CPA


  • Certified CPA accountant with extensive experience in commercial and operations decision support and financial analysis
  • Proven track record providing prudent advice and implementing financial controls across both large multi-nationals as well as small-medium businesses
  • Diverse range of industry experience including packaging, food and beverage, fast moving consumer goods, and building products.
  • Previously diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythaemia (ET) following a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)