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Biographies of SRA Board


John Garbutt

John is a Stroke survivor and had previously worked in human resources senior management positions in the NSW Public Service. He represents the Association on the Health Consumers Network of NSW as well as being an active member of WAGS Stroke Support Group. John is also an active member of the Scallywags Support Group.



Judith Thornley

Judith is the coordinator of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Stroke Recovery Club as well as President of Aphasia NSW. Her husband Ray had his Stroke in 2009. Judith was honoured with a community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Pennant Hills in 2013 for her work with the Stroke community in Hornsby.



Linda Glanfield

Linda, a well-respected health practitioner and has been a member of the Stroke Recovery Association for more than eighteen years. She was awarded Life Membership of the Association in 2012 at our 35th Birthday celebrations. Linda has recently retired after a long and distinguished career in rehabilitation and aged care services with NSW Health.


 Public Officer

Stuart Chalmers

Stuart had his Stroke in 1993 and has been a board member for the past ten years. He was awarded an OAM in 2010 for his services to survivors of Stroke in his other community involvements in the Newcastle area. Stuart has also been involved with the growth and development of the Hunter Stroke Olympics having been part of that committee for over fifteen years.



Pam Short joined the Board in 2017. She is a veterinarian who has 35 years experience as part-owner of a large Sydney veterinary practice. She has previously served on the Board of the Australian Veterinary Association and has been a long-serving executive member of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Association. She had a stroke in 2013 and is also a committee member of Aphasia NSW.


John Tass had his Stroke in 1999 and has been a member of the WAGS group for over eleven years as well as a foundation member of the WYSS Stroke Support Group in Wyong. John is also the coordinator of the Scallywags group a sub group of WAGS providing valuable support to working aged men after Stroke


Jim Towers became involved with the Association through his work at Royal Rehab where he was the Community Relations Manager 2006 – 2016. Jim is enormously passionate about disability services and will utilise some of his time in retirement in volunteering his time with the Association. Jim was instrumental in the establishment of the Sydney Olympics Games day in 2012 and has continued his involvement with that event during his time at Royal Rehab.