asa board of directors

The ASA, like all other companies limited by guarantee, is governed by a constitution. Proposed changes to the constitution must be submitted to the ASA members for consideration at a general meeting and require a minimum of 75% majority vote to pass.

As set out in the constitution, the ASA Board of Directors consists of up to seven sonographer members elected by members and two external Directors with complementary skill sets who are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is governed by a detailed governance charter.

The Board of Directors appoints a president and vice-president, as well as participants on sub-committees – Sonographer Advancement Working Party, Finance & Risk Committee and the Governance Committee – and various representative positions.

Risk management is integral to all well governed organisations and continues to be a high priority for the ASA.

The 2015/16 ASA Board of Directors are:

Tony Forshaw, President
Tony Forshaw was appointed as a Director in 2014 and President in November 2015. He is the course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Cardiac Ultrasound at QUT and also maintains a clinical role at Hearts 1st in Brisbane. Tony is the founder of the Echo.Guru education website. Tony is an active volunteer for the ASA contributing to the Cardiac Special Interest Group and the Sonographer Advancement Working Party.
Tony Parmiter, Vice President
Tony Parmiter was appointed as a Director in May 2013 and Vice President in November 2015. Tony is presently the Senior Specialist Sonographer at Repat Radiology, Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide and has spent time volunteering previously for the ASA as a sub-editor on the soundeffects committee.
Dr Jennifer Alphonse, Director
Dr Jennifer Alphonse is a general sonographer, working in ultrasound for over 20 years and specialising in O&G for the past 12 years. Jennifer graduated from The University of Sydney with a Post Graduate Diploma (Ultrasound), Bachelor Applied Sciences (Nuclear Medicine) and in 2015 with a PhD. Her thesis titled ‘Frontomaxillary facial angle in early pregnancy’ contained five peer-reviewed published papers. Jennifer supports continuing education and has a keen interest in research, holding a position at UNSW as a research sonographer and a clinical sonographer in the private sector. Jennifer is a member of several ASA ultrasound committees, including the O&G Special Interest Group, Education Advisory Committee and Future Directions Forum. She is also a reviewer of O&G manuscripts for international journals.
Erika Cavanagh, Director
Erika Cavanagh was appointed as a Director in 2014. She was previously the Chief Sonographer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney for 9 years, but has recently moved to Brisbane and taken up a position as a senior sonographer in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Erika has been an active member since 2002, volunteering on several committees including the NSW Branch Committee and the Sonographer Advancement Working Party. Erika has a very keen interest in sonographer education and advanced practice, and is currently studying a Master of Sonography at the University of South Australia.
Sarah Colley, Director
Sarah Colley was appointed as a Director in September 2013 and served as Vice President from July 2014 to November 2015. She gained her DMU in the 1980s and entered the world of private radiology in Sydney. Sarah was involved in the establishment of the ultrasound postgraduate qualification at Sydney University. She then worked with Toshiba for 19 years and later at Sydney University. Sarah holds an Honorary Associate position for ultrasound teaching of medical students and works for Siemens Healthcare in an Applications role.
Michele Dowling, Director
Michele Dowling began her career in London, with an undergraduate degree in radiotherapy from St Bartholomew's Hospital. After moving to Sydney, she added a second degree in diagnostic radiography through RMIT. Michele has been working in the field of medical ultrasound for 20 years, since qualifying through The University of Sydney in 1998. She worked at Southern Radiology in Sydney for many years, ending up as Group Practice Chief Sonographer, managing a team of 45 sonographers, including students, across nine locations. Her current position is with a new independent enterprise, which has a specialist focus on obstetrics, paediatrics and MSK.
Steve Mackintosh, Director
Steve Mackintosh works for Pacific Radiology in Palmerston North as a Senior Sonographer and MRI Unit Charge.He is studying towards a Master of Health Science through Auckland University. Steve is the first New Zealand member to be appointed as a Director to the ASA Board (2014). He has strongly supported the ASA’s expansion into New Zealand and is providing a Kiwi voice on the ASA Board of Directors.
Silvano Palladino, External Director
Silvano Palladino is currently the Executive Director of PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA and was appointed to the ASA Board in April 2015. He has a strong interest in the professional and workforce matters affecting the health sector and is involved with various professional and government bodies tasked with these issues. Silvano is a Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s Faculty of Science and was a member of the Faculty’s Foundation Committee responsible for the establishment of the Faculty and its Fellowship program. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Medicine.
Lars Schiphorst, External Director
Lars Schiphorst was appointed in early 2011 as the ASA’s first External Director. Lars is a member of the Governance Committee and is Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee. As a management consultant he has worked in a wide variety of industry sectors ranging from financial services to government and not-for-profit to resources in both Australia and overseas. He is also Deputy Chair at Link Community Transport, and a Director at Bentleigh Bayside Community Health and at Building4Business Pty Ltd.