Tanya Hall CEO and Founder
Tanya has contributed over 10 years work within the not-for-profit sector. Through her own experience of living with heart disease she founded hearts4heart in 2011, a National organisation supporting, educating and advocating for Australians living with heart disease. Through Tanya’s hard work and advocacy, hearts4heart has grown exponentially and is now seen as an expert voice in the field of patient education and support for heart disease and arrhythmia’s. Tanya is often called upon to present at clinician, research and industry conferences and contacted by the media to contribute to cardiac related stories.
As CEO of the only cardiac patient advocacy group actively involved in market access discussions with Government, Tanya has been successful in re-energising the Australian cardiac community in the patient access to therapies discussion. She has also united Industry companies through roundtable meetings and regular teleconferences, to bring a single voice to the issue. Tanya has also made significant contributions through her involvement at the AIPS post budget breakfast, the Parliamentary Committees of ‘Friends of Heart & Stroke’ & ‘Friends of Medicine’.
Early detection and patient access to therapies across the globe is Tanya’s goal. Tanya’s passion to both raise awareness of heart disease and ensure patients have treatment and access to proven therapies, has seen her establish relationships with key stakeholders including clinicians, politicians and health industry members.
Tanya is involved in a number of cardiac committees across Australia including the Cardiac Devices Registry Steering Committee of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
She is the is a recipient of a 2012 CALI (Community, Action, Leadership and Inspiration) award and was a finalist for the Body and Soul Woman of the Year in 2013. Most recently Tanya won the Medical Technology Association of Australia Outstanding Achievement Award 2015 and the Global Bakken Invitation Award which is awarded to those who have been implanted with medical technology and are making a difference contributing in communities all around the world through charitable service.
Clinton Licht Treasurer
Clinton has significant experience in the understanding of financial management, audit practices, corporate governance skills and a willingness and ability to think and act strategically.
He excels in understanding a business’ aims and leading the strategy and plan to achieve future goals and objectives for operational growth and consolidation.
Having been born in South Africa, and having travelled and lived extensively in numerous geographies, he brings a degree of diversity , experience and a unique perspective crossing different backgrounds and cultures.
Clinton is a full member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and has an undergraduate and Master’s degree in finance and accounting.
Penelope Barr Director
Penelope’s interest in hearts4heart developed out of her own experience as a patient with a heart condition and a lifelong commitment to service communities. Penelope is globally and nationally awarded for technology, innovation, marketing and leadership expertise. Her diverse career has spanned 25+ years working at the forefront of agile, lean and digital transformation; program directing; strategy; and change management in financial services, media, technology, start-ups, superannuation and professional services. Penelope is ably supported by strong professional and academic credentials – Graduate of the Australian institute of Company Directors; Masters of Business (Computing); Graduate Diploma of Project Management; Graduate Diploma of Marketing and Tourism; Certified Scrum Master; Masters of Marketing (deferred).
Penelope has 4 sisters so grew up knowing that within her house, nothing was impossible but observing that this was not the same experience outside the door. Penelope is committed to contributing to a better world for her daughter, her family and all patients.
Tracy Busse Director
Tracy is a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivor. In addition to her own personal experiences, she has a family history of arrhythmia and sudden death. She is passionate about assisting others in similar circumstances. Subsequently she was involved in hearts4heart for a couple of years prior to joining the Board as a representative for patients. She is also a volunteer in a pet pal program, visiting those who are socially isolated with her caring dog. She has enjoyed being active in her community whilst raising her family.
Tracy has over 30 years of experience in hospitality and Human Resources in South Africa, Australia and the UK. Her experience includes 5 years in a not-for-profit community development organization in Cape Town and 13 years with a water retailer in Melbourne. She has also run two small businesses, a restaurant and currently a transitions/career coaching consultancy where she works with individuals and small groups to assist them with career/health transitions and emotional resilience. She has studied HR/organisational psychology in both South Africa and Australia up to Masters Level.