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NDF Structure

A prime aim of the Foundation is to co-ordinate the involvement of all parties involved in philanthropic work within the Australian dental industry. The Foundation acts as a coordinating and fund raising body with actual delivery operations directed by State Advisory Committee Members under the direction of a NDF State Chairman. Each State Chairman is a Director and a Board Member. They are able to represent the requirements of their respective states at executive level and share their knowledge and experience.

Each state has a part time State Coordinator who works under the supervision of the National Coordinator who reports directly to the NDF Board.

The Federal ADA has committed to providing ongoing administration and other back office support to assist the National Coordinator.


NDF Board of Directors,picture taken at the recent 2015 NDF AGM. 
From left to right: Dr Russell Gordon,Mr Simon Bailey,Dr Peter Waltham,Dr Dennis Gregory, Dr Henry Gilkes,Dr Julee Birch and Dr David Digges.

Dr David Digges (Chairman)


Dr Russell Gordon

Dr Peter Waltham

Dr Henry Gilkes





Dr Julee Birch


Dr Jim Rushton                                       



Mr Mike Covey

Managing Director, Henry Schein Dental, Australia

Mike joined Henry Schein in early 2012 and was appointed Managing Director in mid-2014. He is responsible for ​all Henry Schein dental business activities in Australia. He is currently Immediate Past President of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) after serving as President from 2014-16. During his ADIA President role, he played a key role in developing the dental industry’s support of oral health care provision in Australia.

Prior to joining Henry Schein, he was the ANZ Regional Director for Nobel Biocare. Previous work experience includes management roles in the contact lens industry, marketing and clinical roles in Australia, North America and Europe. Early in his career, Mike trained as an Optometrist with clinical and research roles based in Australia and Tanzania. His qualifications are a Bachelor of Optometry (1st Class Honours) and Masters of Optometry.

Mike joined the Board of the National Dental Foundation in early 2017.



 Lesley Morgan joined the National Dental Foundation in November 2016.

Lesley has worked for many years in financial services for a global investment bank based in London and Tokyo. During that time she held a number of roles, including managing teams involved in trade processing and documentation functions, as Co-Head of the Finance, Administration and Operations in Tokyo, as New Business Coordinator and a Project Manager on a number of projects associated with new business and process improvement. Lesley has come to the NDF with a strong desire to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged members of the community. 



Ms Kylie Heath


Position vacant



Wendy Chin began her role with the National Dental Foundation in January 2016 and is based at the Australian Dental Association NSW (ADA NSW) Branch in St Leonards.

Wendy is passionate about volunteering! Finding ways to connect people to meaningful causes so they can have an opportunity to give back to the community, is what motivates her. She started out in the corporate sector but followed her passion for volunteering into the not for profit sector in 2003. Wendy has worked in various not for profit organisations including St Vincent de Paul, United Way Sydney and The Centre for Volunteering, over 13 years and has built strong skills and expertise in Volunteer Management and Coordination.

Wendy will be utilising her passion for volunteering and skills in volunteer management in two ways:

Wendy is excited about the role with the National Dental Foundation and seeing how her contribution will grow the impact of the work of the National Dental Foundation in the NSW community.

South Australia

Dianne Travers has recently been appointed to the position of SA State Coordinator in August 2016.  Dianne brings an enormous amount of industry experience in the dental profession, as well as a passion for helping the disadvantaged in South Australia.
Dianne is currently also working as a Registered Dental Hygienist in a private dental practice, as well as the resident Dental Hygienist in a large aged care facility. Dianne has worked in the dental industry for over 25 years. Dianne is a compassionate person, with an interest in advocacy and equality of health, completing post graduate studies in Public Health in 2015.  She looks forward to applying these skills in advocacy for health and equality while working with the National Dental Foundation. Dianne is currently studying a Diploma in Project Management.
Dianne is excited about this new journey working with the National Dental Foundation where she will strive to help change the lives of disadvantaged people by relieving pain, restoring self-esteem and bridging the gap in inequality of access to dental health.

Western Australia

Andrea Paterson