Our board

The members of the Authority (our board) are nominated by the Minister for Health and the appointments are made by the Governor-in-Council. Section 101 of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 states that in making nominations to the Governor-in-Council, the Minister must have regard to the need for diversity and expertise.

The following is a list of current membership:

Kirsten Mander



Kirsten is an experienced director, business woman and lawyer. She has had extensive experience as a senior executive and general counsel of a number of Australia’s top companies, including Australian Unity, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, TRUenergy and Smorgon Steel Group. She currently serves on a number of boards, including Swinburne University, the International Women’s Development Agency and the Consultative Council for Clinical Trials Research. Formerly she was Ethics Committee Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia and Risk Management Institute of Australia.

Nicki Mollard

BA/LLB(Hons) M.Bioethics

Nicki's area of expertise is where the law, medicine and ethics intersect.  She has a Masters degree in Bioethics from the Centre for Human Bioethics and published a first class thesis on the regulation of IVF in Victoria.  Nicki is a barrister practicing in Health law with particular interest in medical negligence, professional disciplinary matters and public health. Nicki is also a nationally accredited mediator. Nicki has researched and taught law at Monash University in the faculties of Law and Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at undergraduate and post graduate level for 15 years.  Nicki is a former board member of the Victorian Cytology Service.

Dr Rosalind McDougall

B.Sc/B.A,(Hons), B.Phil,PhD

Rosalind is a Research Fellow in Ethics at the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.  She is also affiliated with the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.  She studied at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford, and has published widely in clinical ethics and reproductive ethics.  Her research focuses on ethical issues around parenthood and families. 

Katrina Lai

GAICD, HBA, LLB,(Hons)/BA Finance

Katrina has extensive commercial and strategy experience. Her background includes senior executive roles at Telstra and strategy consulting across diverse industries with Boston Consulting Group. Currently, she is an independent consultant advising government and private sector organisations on strategy, transformation and organisational development. She also serves on the board of Hepburn Health Service. Katrina has an MBA and a law degree, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Frank Jackson


After a 21 year career in operations research, actuarial and computer science and artificial intelligence, Frank founded a business consultancy which he operated for another 20 years.  He has been on the board of numerous professional and community organisations including the Australian Society for Operations Research, Westgate Health Co-op, the Victorian Standing Committee on Adoption and Alternative Families and currently serves on the board of the Westgate Baptist Community and Westgate Community Initiatives Group. He also has personal experience as a donor of gametes and an adoptive parent.

Dr Ronald Carson

BSc(Hons) MSC PhD

Over the past three decades Ronald has been responsible for the design, accreditation and operation of IVF and diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Australia.  IVF centres under his direction were recognised as early leaders in improvement of IVF outcomes.   He has served as a consultant with the World Health Organisation Programme in Human Reproduction in China and Indonesia and more recently has taught in the Masters’ degree in Human Embryology at Monash University. Ronald has experience in health services planning and management at both board and senior executive levels.

Dr Lauren Burns

B.Eng(Hons), PhD

Lauren is a donor-conceived person who brings to the board skills in public education, community organising and research. She has previously worked on the executive committee of management of VANISH (Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help) and the VARTA donor register services reference group committee. She has been involved in community organising and peer support initiatives for donor-conceived people, including co-founding the VARTA-VANISH support network for adult donor-conceived people, co-producing the webclip and website for the RUDC public awareness campaign and managing the 2015 national conference for donor-conceived people. She has a PhD in engineering and her professional experience is a researcher in the aerospace industry.