Alexandra Hordern

Alexandra Horden 

Alexandra is an experienced policy, strategy, and advocacy professional with over a decade of experience in advocating for both consumers and business sectors. She has worked both in government and in the private sector, building coalitions of support for necessary changes and advocating from that base. Alexandra has worked on a number of successful campaigns to drive regulatory and policy change and brings a strong focus on co-design to this work.

Alexandra has seen first hand the impact living with pain has on people’s lives, with family members having experienced chronic pain for several decades. Alexandra joined the board of Chronic Pain Australia to help amplify the voice of people living with chronic pain, reduce the stigma people living with chronic pain face, and ensure the Chronic Pain Australia community are heard and supported effectively.

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Fiona Hodson
Vice President

Fiona is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia and has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery over the last 22 years. She was a member of the Pain Taskforce to develop the NSW Pain Model of Care in 2011, Pain Project Officer for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Pain Management Network, which culminated in the launch of the Pain Network website March 2014, and remains an active member on the pain network executive and other working parties
Fiona was President of the Australian Pain Society (APS) from 2017-2019 with a particular interest in pain in the elderly. During her tenure on the APS board, she coordinated the revision of the internationally recognized Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Management Strategies, 2nd Edition (RACF2), as well as being a co-author. 
Fiona’s passion for advocating for people experiencing pain is evidenced by her ongoing clinical and consumer representation on various national committees, working parties and has been an active board member of Chronic Pain Australia since 2010 and is currently, Vice President.
Meshal Althobaiti

Meshal Althobaiti

Meshal is an experienced dispute resolution and litigation lawyer and practices in commercial disputes and regulatory matters. He acts for Australian and foreign clients across a range of industries including transport, government, property, and real estate. He also acts for and advises creditors and interested parties in relation to rights and remedies in administration, receivership, liquidation, and bankruptcy.

 Meshal brings a deep understanding of the legal and financial responsibilities required to assist organisations in achieving their objectives. With this understanding, Meshal’s focus is to help Chronic Pain Australia and its community thrive.

Daniel Kenney

Daniel Kenny 

Daniel is a senior infrastructure professional with over twenty years of project, program, and operations management experience, as well as over a decade's active service in the Royal Australian Navy. He has worked successfully with a variety of blue-chip clients to deliver major infrastructure projects and provide project advice to meet client objectives.

He is passionate about AFL and likes to keep active. Daniel joined the Chronic Pain Australia board to have a positive influence on the destigmatisation of chronic pain and to help Chronic Pain Australia to be a more effective voice for chronic pain sufferers.

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Gayle McNaught
General Board Member

Gayle is a scientist and communicator with over twenty years’ experience in public awareness, community education and advocacy. Working both in-house and as a consultant, Gayle has advised many research, business, government and not-for-profit organisations on
how to successfully communicate complex scientific concepts to increase engagement and support.

Gayle has considerable experience in the health and medical research sector with deep knowledge of the scientific process and the translation of research into improved clinical services and better health outcomes. She also has a particular interest in using evidence-
based health communications to encourage and support positive behaviour change.

Living with rheumatoid arthritis has given Gayle personal experience of chronic pain and driven her passion for reducing stigma, improving access to pain management services and ensuring that the voices of lived experience are integrated every step of the way.

Natalie Harbert

Natalie Harbert 
General Board Member

Natalie brings over 20 years’ government experience in personnel management, finance, and leadership in a variety of challenging environments. She has a passion for United National peacekeeping activities and providing support to not for profit organisation in achieving
their goals

Natalie is a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute. Her academic qualifications include a Masters in Management (Project Management) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Natalie is a strong believer that both people and the right culture are paramount and at the centre of any successful organisation.

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Sonja Cronje
General Board Member

Sonja has three decades of professional experience across the health, higher education, and international development sectors. Passionate about public health and social justice, her expertise includes health policy and advocacy. 

She has been the driving force behind several national and global health promotion and education initiatives in the areas of cancer care, contact lens education, and blindness prevention.

Sonja is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has substantial Board support and company secretary experience. Her other qualifications include a Research Master’s in Optometry, a Master’s in Public Health, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  She is currently working towards a Diploma in Life Coaching.