Board Members

Frank Lewins   |


Frank has been chairman of the Board since 2012. With undergraduate degrees and a PhD in the social sciences, he was formerly Professor of Sociology at The Australian National University. Having studied or worked in seven universities in Australia, Canada and China, Frank acquired considerable management experience over and above his teaching and publishing record.

Stewart Wood   |

  Company secretary

Stewart brings to the Board over 40 years of experience as a Government and Private Company Director and is the Company Secretary for the charity. Stewart has used his commercial experience to assist in the expansion and restructuring of the Company’s trading activities. He is passionate about ensuring that the Charity maintains its position as a key provider of the vital palliative care services that the Sunshine Coast community needs.

Sue Mason-Baker   |

  Managing director

Sue has been Treasurer since 2010 and became the Managing Director in March 2017. With a degree in Business (Accounting) and having worked at executive levels in acute hospital, primary health and community service settings, Sue brings a broad range of skills and experience to the table. She is a member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bev Barton   |

  Retired Health Professional

Bev obtained qualifications as a registered nurse and held senior positions within the hospital system in New Zealand where she and her husband also built and operated an aged care centre and retirement village. Bev has been involved since 2006 and has always been passionate about end-of-life care. She is an active and successful fundraiser for the charity.

Phil Dance   |


Phil joined the board in 2020. He trained as a town planner at the University of Queensland and practiced in that field for all of his professional life. He worked at both state and local government levels before establishing his own consultancy, based for many years in Townsville. Phil is no longer active professionally but hopes his experience can help Mingary Care become a reality.

Jessica Popple   |


Jessica joined the Board in 2021. She is a Solicitor with Pippa Colman & Associates in Maroochydore and practices in family law, domestic violence and wills and estates matter. Jess is also the President of the Sunshine Coast Law Association and sits on the board of the Suncoast Community Legal Service amongst others. Jess is hopeful that her experience in the area of wills and estates can assist the Board in providing those types of services for those who need it in their later stages of care.