Our Board

The board brings a diversity of expertise, experience and skill to the Fiona Wood Foundation. All members share Fiona's passion - to minimise the devastation and suffering caused by burn injury.

Professor Fiona Wood FRACS AM

Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for the past 20 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation).


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Fiona Wood

Anthony (Tony) Kiernan

Tony was appointed Chairman of the Foundation in July 2014 having joined the Board earlier in the year. He was formerly a practising lawyer.  

Tony is currently Chairman of BC Iron Limited and, Venturex Resources Limited and a director of Chalice Gold Mines and South Boulder Mines , all listed on ASX.

He is well versed in the not for profit and charity sectors having been a director and Chairman of Anglicare (WA) for over 20 years. Previous involvement included being a trustee of TVW Telethon and a board member of the Child health Research Foundation.




Tony Kiernan

Sam Barbaro

Sam was appointed to the Board in January 2014. Mr Barbaro is a practicing solicitor with more than 16 years’ experience. Mr Barbaro spent over 10 years working in private practice, with specific expertise in corporate law, energy and resources, administrative law, compliance and regulatory (including privacy, planning & environment) and governance. He then became a corporate solicitor at the Electricity Network Corporation (t/a Western Power).

Sam was appointed General Counsel of Western Power in December 2014, which is the Executive Manager of the Legal and Governance business unit .  He has extensive experience advising corporations and Boards. His present role at Western Power includes being the Western Power Company Secretary.



Sam Barbaro

Ron Bennetts

Ron has been a board member since the inception of McComb Foundation in 1999. He has an Education and Finance background. ABC author of several Finance related books. Former Manager Public Relations ASX Perth , Partner of JBWere and Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Held position of Treasurer FWF, currently retired and has an occasional consultancy that works principally with not for profit organisations. Founding member and current Board member and Chair of Finance Committee of McCusker Alzheimers Research Foundation.

Former Lay person on the PMH and King Edward Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. Former Redkite Councillor WA.




Ron Bennetts

Dr Dale Edgar

A senior physiotherapist and researcher for over 20 years, the past 17 have been devoted to the specialisation in provision and improvement of burn survivor and acute trauma rehabilitation in a number of Australian burns and plastic surgery units. Dale has first class honours degree in physiotherapy and a PhD.

Dale lectures for the Schools of Physiotherapy at Curtin University of Technology (WA); University of Notre Dame (Fremantle, WA); and, James Cook University (QLD) and has a clinical lecturer appointment to the School of Surgery, University of Western Australia. He supervises and mentors medical, public health and physiotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate students in research. Dale is the Chair of the International Society for Burn Injury (ISBI) Rehabilitation Committee, Chair of the Allied Health Group Australian & New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA), a Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Burns Node Expert Reference Group and Senior Physiotherapist, Royal Perth Hospital, Burn Service WA.

Dale Edgar

Geraldine Erridge

Geraldine is an Associate Director at BDO. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1999. She has extensive experience in general taxation advice and self-managed superannuation advice as well as providing a number of services to high wealth individuals.
Geraldine was appointed to the Fiona Wood Foundation board in January 2014.





Associate Professor Mark Fear

Mark graduated from Oxford University in 1996, completing his PhD (University of London) in 2003.

Since 2006, Mark has worked with the Fiona Wood Foundation, establishing a basic science research programme in the field of burn injury and scar formation. Together with Fiona he established the Burn Injury Research Unit at the University of Western Australia.

Mark has been an external and grant panel reviewer for the NHMRC for the past three years, been awarded both NHMRC and ARC funding and reviews many papers for journals in relevant fields. He has also worked since 2010 in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia, primarily on medical curriculum development and delivery.


Mark Fear

David Fyfe

David works as an Executive Manager in the utilities sector and has operated in senior management roles across varied environments. He has an Honours Degree in Engineering and post graduate qualifications in business. David is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

David is a survivor of the 2002 Bali bombings which claimed the lives of over 200 people including 88 Australians. He was severely injured and received significant burns. David was treated by the staff at Royal Perth hospital under the leadership of Fiona Wood.

David is passionate about the research that the foundation undertakes. He is a recipient of the “spray on skin” technology that the Foundation developed and wants to assist the foundation in furthering research to ensure a better quality of life for burns patients.

David regularly presents as a keynote/motivational speaker at events throughout Western Australia.

Dave Fyfe

Clare Kuzich

Clare has a background in both health and business. She has an MA in psychology and studied nursing at St Thomas' Hospital, London. After many years in health Clare is currently director of insight Environmental.

Community volunteering and fundraising has always been important to Clare. in recent years she has been on the organising committee of the SolarisCare Red Sky Ride and has participated both as a rider and a volunteer.

As a board member Clare is keen to use her combined knowledge of health and business to assist in raising awareness of the Foundations achievements, and future potential. In so doing the goal is to secure sponsorships and donations sufficient to enable the Foundation to continue its mission - to increase survival rate from burn injury and improve the quality of life post injury, in both mind and body.


Clare Kuzich

Professor Suzanne Rea MB, Bch (Hons), MRCSF, FRCSI(Plast) PhD

Suzanne is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital (previously at Royal Perth Hospital) and Princess Margaret Hospital, with a specialist interest in burns surgery. Her research work has been awarded by the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association and the American Burns Associaltion, and she has also successfully received major funding support for her research projects, a testament to the validity of her work.

Strongly involved with the Foundation’s scientific and burns related research, Suzanne’s primary goals for the Fiona Wood Foundation are to assist in growing the burns team, particularly in regard to the medical and surgical side of burn management and how the burn scars can be influenced. She aims to see the Foundation evolve to be a world leader in holistic burn care, focussing on patient survival as well as quality of life post injury (both physical and psychological).  

Suzanne Rea

Pauline Rowe

Pauline is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Counselling and has spent her clinical years working with Multiple Sclerosis patients, the Mosman Counselling Service and currently holds a position at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors’ Association of Western Australia.

For over thirty years Pauline has been heavily involved in community fund-raising efforts and has dedicated her time to volunteer counselling. Pauline strives to have a positive impact on those that come to her for counselling, aiming to assist them in moving forward and living productive and peaceful lives.

Pauline and Fiona met through their children who attended school together, and from this forged a friendship which has lasted twenty years. Over this time Pauline has been involved in fundraising efforts for the Foundation and now as a board member, hopes to dedicate even more time to raising essential funds. She has been inspired by recent research by the Foundation on the plasticity of the brain and how this may be involved in a holistic approach to the healing process.


Pauline Rowe

Marie Stoner

Marie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science with Distinction and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Science.   Marie is  co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation) and has been a Board Member since its inception in 1999.

Marie has been actively involved in medical research for the past 20 years and has been internationally recognised for her work with the ‘spray on skin’ technology.  In 2005, along with Fiona Wood she won the Clunies Ross Award for her contribution to Medical Science in Australia. Together with Fiona, Marie was also awarded the inaugural Australian Technology Achievement Award, which honours scientists notable for the breadth and depth of the positive impact of their technological and scientific innovation.

Marie was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Clinical Cell Culture – C3 (now Avita Medical) a bio-medical company founded to commercialise the ‘spray on skin’ technology and was awarded a 40 under 40 Business Award which recognises West Australia’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

Marie is committed to the original vision of ‘scarless healing’ that she and Fiona had when first establishing the Foundation and will continue to assist the Foundation in working to achieve this goal.


Marie Stoner



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