Deborah Rolfe 


Deborah Rolfe AM

Partner, Maliganis Edwards Johnson

Deborah was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory and as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1986.

Since then, she has been employed as a barrister and solicitor in the private and public sectors in Canberra and is currently a partner with Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Barristers & Solicitors.

Deborah specialises in personal injury litigation, which encompasses workers compensation, motor vehicle accidents and medical negligence.  She is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, ACT Women Lawyers’ Association and Patron of the “IGA East Row House” Rooftop Foundation Inc.

Deborah is married to a local businessman, is the proud mother of 3 young men and balances her work and family commitments with participation in local and national charity and community events.


Tony Henshaw 


Tony Henshaw

Independent Corporate Director and contributor to volunteer/not-for-profit initiatives

Tony Henshaw retired in 2011 after a career in the information technology industry spanning more than 35 years. His career includes working for the Australian Government, Australian listed and unlisted software developers, international IT services companies and for Telstra. For more than 25 years, Tony managed significant business units serving customers in both Australia and the Asia/Pacific region.

Tony has managed the sales and/or service delivery operations of a range of companies including EDS Australia, EDS E business Asia Pacific, Telstra’s Federal, State and metropolitan Local Government business and Unisys Corporation’s Asia Pacific outsourcing business. He has substantial experience dealing with the needs of government as a supplier and as the manager of significant projects.

In semi-retirement, Tony has moved to a combination of volunteer/not-for-profit activities, some consulting and a small number of company directorships. He chairs the CBR Innovation Network and is a Board Member at NICTA Ltd. He also chairs the Program Board for the Digital Canberra Challenge. He is Deputy Chair of the Canberra Hospital Foundation and Deputy Chair of Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT (TADACT). He is also a non-executive director of a small market research technology company called Twist of Lime. He also volunteers with Indigenous Community Volunteers, advising indigenous communities and businesses on business planning and corporate governance.


Veronica Croome 

Veronica Croome

ACT Chief Nurse, ACT Health

Veronica (Ronnie) Croome commenced as the ACT Chief Nurse in February 2009.

While most of Ronnie’s working life has been as a nurse, Ronnie had a timely break from her career to try her hand at small business ownership. Managing a busy delicatessen 7 days a week while challenging, did not fulfil her life-long ambition to be a nurse leader. After 4 years, she returned to Royal North Shore Hospital where she managed first, the Intensive Care Units and then the Division of Medicine. She went on to become the Director of Nursing at Gosford Hospital, a position she held for 7 years.

Prior to her move to the ACT, Ronnie worked as the area Director of Nursing at Northern Sydney Central Coast Health. Ronnie has several qualifications in management and public health as well as a strong clinical background in acute care.

In 2013, Ronnie was awarded the Honoured Friend of CIT and reached the finals in both the ACT Public Service Excellence Awards in Leadership and the ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards in Government and Community Services.


Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Principal NOUS Group

Ian has 25 years’ experience in operational management of hospital, community health and mental health services at the state and federal levels. His expertise includes leadership of strategic and operational health service planning, design and implementation of major health infrastructure projects, and developing and implementing health service performance frameworks. He has a thorough understanding of operational management, covering system performance and financial and human resource management.

Before joining Nous, Ian was deputy director general at Canberra Hospital and Health Services, responsible for leading and managing a tertiary hospital and associated community health and mental health services. Prior to that, he performed senior roles in ACT Health and the Australian Department of Health. He also sat on the Research Advisory Board of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute.

Ian enjoys spending time with his partner and young children. He is a keen skier and a frequent gym attendee, and likes to relax by reading and solving cryptic crosswords.



James Willson

James Willson

Founder and Managing Director, Cre8ive

James Willson founded CRE8IVE back in 2001 and today enjoys his position as Managing Director. Starting the business in the arena of web and graphic design the business quickly evolved into a market leader in the field of branding, campaign creation and rollout as well as web development. Today the business employs about 25 people and has clients in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Over the years James has worked on numerous campaigns on a national and a local level and is across all disciplines of the business.

James sits on numerous boards including Affirm – The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, The Commonwealth Club, The Salvation Army – RSA Board, The Brumbies - Commercial Advisory Board. He is also the Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia.

A known contributor to Canberra James acknowledges that the city is a great platform to create oneself and at the same time contribute to the fabric of the city.

James has being an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, appeared in the BRW Fast 100 list and received numerous awards within the area of business.

James loves working at the forefront of technology and combining this with the finest individuals he believes that CRE8IVE will continue to grow and develop through the success of a client’s objectives.



Nick Glasgow

Professor Nicholas Glasgow

Retired Dean, Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Medicine Biology and Environment and Dean, Medical School at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia (BHB, MBChB, MD, GradCertHigherEd, FRNZGP, FRACGP, FAChPM) 

His clinical disciplines are general practice and palliative medicine. He has held appointments with the University of Auckland, the University of the United Arab Emirates, the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. His doctoral thesis examined the interface between primary and secondary care in a rapidly developing country. His research interests include asthma and respiratory health, chronic disease care, health system research including health workforce, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has twice been a Harvard Macy Scholar.

Notwithstanding an increasing and high administrative and service load, he continues to publish regularly with 2 Book Chapters, and over 80 research and scholarly papers. He is regularly invited to speak at international meetings on matters related to primary health care and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Prior to taking up the Dean’s role in 2008, he was Professor and Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at the Australian National University from 2003. The research agenda of the Institute focused on health services research and the nexus between research evidence and policy formulation.

Professor Glasgow is currently President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand and has served on a number of Australian Government committees including the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (core member), the Australian Health Information Council and the Asthma Expert Advisory Committee.


Tony Lafferty 

Dr Tony Lafferty

Senior Paediatric Specialist, Canberra Hospital

Dr Tony Lafferty is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and a former Clinical Director of Paediatrics. Tony graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand, then moved to Melbourne to train in Paediatrics. He then trained in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Royal Children's Hospital. He returned to Melbourne in 2000 as a visiting NIH Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Monash University after spending 2 years in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the NIH in Maryland, US.  

In 2001, he accepted a position at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth where he worked for 4 years before moving to Canberra in 2005. Since arriving in Canberra, Tony helped to establish a Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes service and has continued his clinical and research interests in obesity, children's diabetes and growth disorders, and all aspects of paediatric endocrinology.

Tony is passionate about working together with fellow staff to make the Paediatric Service and the Canberra Hospital a place that we can be proud of where people from Canberra and surrounds receive the best possible patient centred treatment and care.


Kate Mathias 

Kate Mathias

Marketing and Communications Manager – Free Trade Agreements 

Australian Trade Commission

Kate is a strategic communications specialist, with experience across all facets of marketing, advertising and public relations. She has extensive project management and financial control expertise, having held positions in government, non-profit and private sector organisations.

Graduating from the University of Canberra in 1998, where she earnt a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations and Advertising), Kate has gone on to complete two post graduate diplomas.

Kate is passionate about evidence based marketing and has produced dozens of effective advertising campaigns, many award winning.

An active member of the community, Kate has served on many committees over the years, almost exclusively for charitable causes, and has been a member of the Canberra Hospital Foundation Board for three years.