Our Board

Dr David John Longstaff Joske, Chairperson, Independent Non-Executive Director

After training in Perth, Western Australia, and completing overseas research and clinical training in Switzerland and at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, Dr Joske was Head of Haematology at SCGH from 1994 – January 2012. He currently holds the position of Senior Clinical Consultant, Haematology and holds two NHMRC Grants in this area. He founded an award-winning Cancer Shared Care Project and the SCGH Brownes Dairy Cancer Support Centre in 2001. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the UWA Department of Medicine and the Haematology sub-editor for the Internal Medicine Journal of the RACP.


Graham Spencer-Laitt, Non-Executive Director

For 13 years Graham was a partner with a major law firm, dealing mainly with commercial law and international business transactions.  1987 saw him migrate to business and for 14 years he was the CEO of the Peters & Brownes Group. This company grew to become the largest ice cream company in Australasia and the biggest dairy company in Western Australia.  In 2002 Mr Laitt established Milne AgriGroup one of the largest integrated agribusinesses in Western Australia. AgriGroup comprises of Milne Feeds, livestock feed operations which also include Mt Barker Free Range Chicken and Plantagenet Pork. These brands are the strongest in WA and have been built on high animal welfare values. Animal welfare is core to Milne’s business with successful free range farming models for chickens and pigs.  Liveringa and Nerrima Stations are also an integral part of AgriGroup.


Dr Nigel Thomas, Non-Executive Director

Educated in England with a First Class Honours in Chemistry from London University and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from Oxford, Nigel’s early career was with Unilever in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Nigel fell in love with Perth during a visit and migrated here in 1982, joining Peters and Brownes, where he had a variety of roles in R&D, Ice Cream Manufacturing and Marketing, before becoming CEO. Nigel left Peters in 2005 for family reasons and established his own company, Marista Consulting. Nigel is married with eleven children and enjoys boating and scuba diving and playing Masters Hockey for WA. Nigel was Chairman of the Speech and Hearing Centre for ten years, a Director of Foodbank, and is currently Chairman of the Hearing Research and Support Foundation.


Patricia Williams, Non- Executive Director

Patricia Williams has been in the healing industry since 1977. She has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and currently works as a Registered Nurse at Royal Perth. Patricia’s extensive experience in orthodox medicine encompasses; burns, plastics and surgical nursing, renal, respiratory, acute medical, neurology and more recently oncology and palliative care. Patricia has been a volunteer therapist and member of the research committee at SolarisCare since February 2002. She currently is the Project, Education, OHS and the Carers Course Coordinator for SolarisCare Foundation. Patricia wrote the SolarisCare Mentoring Program and co-authored the Volunteer Orientation Guidelines, Standards and Protocols for therapists and the Carers Course Training Manual. She brings a broad knowledge base of orthodox and complementary therapies to Solaris Cancer Care and has a Diploma in Yoga Teaching and was the Director for Pranic Healing in UK, Ireland and Western Australia. She is a Senior International Instructor and Vice President for the Pranic Healers Association of WA. Patricia is an advocate for complementary Integrative therapy provided by qualified therapists in a safe and nurturing environment.


Kirsty Danby, Non- Executive Director

Kirsty has 16 years’ experience in the corporate communications and public relations arenas. She has worked as an in-house consultant for BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy and Alcoa. Kirsty is currently the Director for Platform Communications, a vibrant strategic communications and graphic design firm specialising in the global resources sector. She is a Business Partner with Simplicity from Complexity, a professional network applying the sharing economy to industry, and is a committee member for several organisations including AOG Women and WA Mining Club. Kirsty brings with her exceptional skills in many areas including communication, management and public relations.


John Philip Boucher Hassell, Non-Executive Director

John has exceptional business expertise and will be a great asset to the organisation. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic development and corporate governance as well as great insight into regional communities and organisational structure. John currently serves as a Non-Executive Director for Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd and holds a leadership position with the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority Advisory Board and AgriBusiness Council of Australia Ltd. In 2008 John established his own company, Perpetual Energy a biodiesel processing facility, where he continues as CEO. True to his roots John perseveres as a crop and livestock primary producer in the Pingelly region. John holds a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture from Curtin Muresk Institute of Agriculture and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Western Australia.