Dr Karen Luxford - Director/ Chair
Dr Karen Luxford is a strategic and outcome-focused executive with 15+ years of innovative leadership in health in Australia and US. Dr Luxford is an expert in leading new approaches in health care, engaging collaboratively with a range of stakeholders, communicating achievements and is focused on making a difference. Dr Luxford is a motivational leader known for defining goals, developing strategy, attaining resources and energizing teams to consistently deliver results.
Dr Luxford is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), Australian Association for Quality in Health Care (FAAQHC) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (FISQua).
Dr Luxford was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice, Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston focussing on high performing, patient-focused organizations in the USA. Dr Luxford was formerly General Manager of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre.
Professor Jason Abbott - Director
Dr Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales having undertaken his PhD in surgical treatments for Endometriosis associated pain. He is currently President of The Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and a member of the FIGO menstrual disorders group. He is the International Editor for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology and Associate Editor for Human Reproduction and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is the Chairman of the Practice Committee of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has more than 100 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in gynaecological surgery and supervises PhD, masters, and honours students in the area of gynaecological surgery.
Donna Ciccia - Director & Cofounder
Donna originally studied Fashion Design/Business, and after battling chronic health conditions, Donna went on to study Holistic Nutrition and Homeopathy. In 2018, Donna was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and was Blackmore's Women & Wellness - Change Being for 2019. Donna is a Member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Implementation of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis. She is a Director of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and is an Australia Day Ambassador.
Donna was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001 at the age of 31. Donna’s personal experience has motivated her to set up Endometriosis Australia. Her goal is to pay it forward for the next generation of women so that successful treatment and cure can be found.
Dennis Robertson FCA - Director
Dennis has over 40 years of professional experience in audit, taxation and business services with Weston Woodley & Robertson serving as a Partner from 1973 to 2010 and is now a consultant to the firm. Dennis was Chairman of GMN international from 2002 to 2004. GMN is a leading international Accounting Affiliation, being ranked in the top 30 groups. Dennis has a long history of service to the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having served on NSW State Council and various committees. Dennis was awarded the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Meritorious Service Award in 2003. Dennis is experienced in the field of charities &, not for profits. His younger daughter, Claire, has Endometriosis.
Leonie Kyriacou - Director
Leonie Kyriacou is a partner at Pigott Stinson Lawyers where she leads both the commercial law and workplace relations practice groups. In her role as a head of the workplace relations group, Leonie advises a broad range of clients including various industry bodies. She has represented clients at government and other enquiries dealing with workplace relations, award related matters and discrimination law. In addition to her workplace relations practice, Leonie also has a substantial commercial law practice where she specialises primarily in competition law, intellectual property matters and the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements. Leonie is passionate about improving outcomes for women and girls in Australia. She is proud to be associated with Endometriosis Australia and its work to both ends the silence around endo and seek better health outcomes for women suffering from this devastating disease.
Mariana von Lucken - Director
Mariana von Lucken is a Tax Partner at HLB Mann Judd where she works with both private and corporate clients. Mariana is highly regarded by both clients and peers for her problem-solving skills and her ability to achieve quick results that are both practical and commercially astute. Mariana specialises in working with research & development and early-stage innovation companies with regards to maximising entitlements, other areas of practice include inbound and outbound investments including transfer pricing. She currently co-chairs the Profession Development committee and Women in Tax Committee of the Taxation Institute. Endometriosis is not well known or understood by many women, so when Mariana was told she had endometriosis and would need to have surgery to remove it, she was in shock. She wishes she had been better informed.
Past Board Members
Jodie Dunne - Cofounder
Jodie is an experienced HR professional with proven experience in performance management policy and process, employment relations, delivering training and development activities and training administration, negotiation, building and managing high-performance teams, change process, management and implementation.
Jodie has had a successful professional and academic career. Studying a Bachelor of Health Science and then working in rehabilitation. This was followed by a successful career in Human Resource roles around the country. Jodie has a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Master’s in Business majoring in HR.
Jodie was originally diagnosed with endometriosis in 2004 although experienced symptoms from her late teens. After a number of surgeries for endometriosis Jodie was diagnosed with stage IV in 2012 endometriosis. It is Jodie’s experience with endometriosis and the hope that her daughter will not face the same challenges that have that lead her to seek out others to build an organisation such as Endometriosis Australia.
Paul is the Independent Chair of NPP Australia Limited and also chairs the Retail Finance Intelligence (RFi) Advisory Board and Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors. He is a non-executive director of Austbrokers and LIXI Australia. Paul has over thirty-five year’s experience in banking and finance having served as Managing Director of Mortgage Choice, Permanent Trustee and Heritage Bank, as well as senior executive roles with Westpac in Sydney and London. I’m honoured to join the Endometriosis Australia Board and hope to contribute to its growth and development. Having seen at first hand the devastating impact it can have on a woman’s life and wellbeing, I’m determined and committed to the organisation’s vision of putting an end to endo.
Ashley Cox - Director
Ashley began his career in the UK becoming a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 2005. Following a move to Sydney in 2007, Ashley became an Australian citizen in 2012. Ashley has over ten years experience with KPMG as a Transaction Services specialist in both Australia and the UK and has been involved in due diligence work in relation to acquisitions both buy and sell side, management buy-outs and capital market transactions across a number of industries and sectors primarily specialising in Healthcare and Private Equity. With a baby daughter on the way, Ashley was excited at the opportunity to join Endo Australia and help make a difference to women’s health in Australia.