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Trish Foundation's Board of Directors


Jenny Comanos

Jenny’s career was in education. A mother of four, she is now retired and resides with her husband on the North Shore.

After completing her teacher training Jenny worked with the Department of Education. Several years, later she completed a Diploma of Special Education and was then one of a ‘hand-picked’ team at The Queenscliff Diagnostic Centre, teaching children who were brought there from all over New South Wales.

Following this Jenny worked for twelve years at a private boy’s school.

Jenny also served on the Board of The Sydney Grammar School Foundation for eight years, raising funds and organising major fundraising events for the Foundation.

Wendy Dodd

Wendy has been employed in the jewellery trade since 1965 involved in all aspects of the business including staff education and management, only taking time out to have 3 daughters and to accompany David when he was overseas in 1972 and 1980.

She still works part time for a Gold Dealer and brings a variety of skills to the Board.

She has been a Board member since inception. 

Niall King OAM

Niall King owned and managed a plumbing company involved in construction, design, commercial and industrial installation of Plumbing, Drainage, Gasfitting and Fire Services from 1973 until 2002 when he retired to take on the role of full time carer for his wife Carole who has profound disability due to advanced Multiple Sclerosis.

Niall has until recently been a member of the Rotary Club of Strathfield, holding several board positions over 25 years of service and has also worked as a volunteer at MS Society events and at the Studdy Centre, Lidcombe for over 20 years.

Niall has been a supporter of the Trish Foundation since 2002 and organised Golf Day fundraisers through the Strathfield Rotary Club from 2002 to 2010, raising approximately $250,000. A further two events were held in 2011 and 2012 adding an additional $143,000.

Niall has been honoured with Rotary Awards: Paul Harris Fellow 2003, Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire Pin 2007, Service above Self 2009

Niall has also been honoured with other Awards: OAM 2011, Strathfield Citizen of the Year 2011, Sydney Inner West Volunteer of the Year 2011, NSW Carers Award 2013.

John Roberts

Having known Trish since they were both teenagers, and having witnessed firsthand the suffering Trish so bravely endured, John has been a supporter of the foundation since inception. When the foundation’s goal to find a cure or preventative strategy for MS is realised, John knows too well how life altering this will be for all concerned. Accordingly, John was honoured to be invited to join the Trish MS Board in 2017.

John’s early career was with Australian Airlines, and subsequently with QANTAS when the two airlines merged. This career path saw John progress through various roles including retail sales, telephone sales, system software testing, system software development, and business process analysis and improvement. John was selected to participate in QANTAS’ Lean Six Sigma training programme, culminating in GE Aircraft Engines’ Customer Six Sigma Black Belt Training in 2006. John was a divisional Annual Excel Award Winner for 2007 – nominated for ongoing demonstration of exceptional leadership.

In 2011 John was recruited into UGL Limited, when a previous manager from his QANTAS days invited him to apply for a position, once again reporting to her, within the Bids and Tenders Team for the Freight Rail line of business. This position largely involved designing and developing systems and processes to produce quality bid and tender submissions. After nearly seven years of service at UGL, John was recruited by Downer to join their Major Projects team, and is presently tasked with improving their bidding systems, as a Bid Systems Engineer.

Jeremy Wright BE(Hon), MBA, GAIDC

Jeremy’s working career focused on marketing with international, interstate and local organisations involved in advertising, the performing arts, the energy sector and telecommunications.

He began his involvement in not-for-profit activities in 1985 as a board member of Sydney Dance Co. In 1989, Jeremy and his wife Marilyn, launched Red Nose Day in NSW and followed up by directing a successful prevention campaign for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome . He also assisted in launching Jeans for Genes Day and has served on the Boards of the Starlight Foundation and Telstra ChildFlight.

From 2004, Jeremy served as the founding Chief  Executive of MS Research Australia (MSRA), facilitating over A$25mill as part of an international research effort, aiming to solve multiple sclerosis.

Having retired from MSRA in 2013, Jeremy has taken on several project management roles, in medical research and Indigenous affairs. He is also on the Board of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and since 2016 has been Chairman of Synergy & Taikoz Ltd.

Joshua True

Josh joined the Trish MS Board in 2018 having been on the Trish MS Ball Committee since 2011. 

Josh has been involved in high school education since 1999. He has worked in Independent and Catholic Secondary Schools in NSW during this time. Josh has held many roles throughout his career and has been a member of school executive committees and education advisory teams specifically with regards to Technology and its use in classrooms.

Josh has a Bachelor of Education and a diploma in Networking. He is currently employed by Sydney Catholic Schools as an e-Learning Coordinator.

Josh has been a Zone Chairman for the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal since 2013.

Phil Newman

Phil Newman was employed in Computer Operations with Qantas Airways during the 1970s following which he worked in the computer industry for a further fifteen years, becoming a freelance Systems Analyst.  In the late 1980s Phil entered the business world, owning and operating Paringa Pet Foods, a pet food manufacturing company which produced and distributed pet food throughout Australia and overseas through a number of export channels.  The business was sold in 2011 and Phil has since enjoyed mixing retirement with property development ventures.  An avid traveller, Phil is also involved in Rugby Union, as President of Petersham Rugby's Old Boys Association.

"I first become involved with the Trish MS Research Foundation in 2012. It was obviously a wonderful cause, and I noted it had inspirational leadership and a unique philosophy of covering its own costs, allowing for every dollar raised to be put directly into research.  Great research progress was being made, and it was not a difficult choice to decide to contribute some of my time to the cause. I felt humbled and fortunate to be asked to join the board and assist in continuing to push down the path to find a cure for MS,” said Phil.

Roy Langsford OAM

Roy Langsford had a successful career in the Finance Industry, retiring from the Commonwealth Bank at Executive Level in 1998. With 41 years experience in the many facets of banking, he brings many and varied skills to the Board.

He was seconded to the Malaysian Government under the Australian Development Assistance Bureau Program as Advisor to the National Savings Bank, Bank Simpanan Nasional. This appointment involved the establishment of a network of branches across Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak and the implementation of accounting and audit procedures.

He is the Foundation’s Treasurer.

Carol Langsford OAM

Carol Langsford was employed in the family jewellery business and later became a Professional Tennis Coach, coaching winning Tildesley Shield teams at Ravenswood School for Girls and Roseville College.

She served on Tennis Australia’s Player Development Board and as a National Selector. She was a Board member of Tennis New South Wales for twelve years and was a member of the Participation (Chair), Player Development, Tournament & Sanctioning, Strategic Planning, Women’s Selection, Executive, Coaches Examination, Social, Women’s Advisory Committee, Membership, Competition & Events, Referee Appointment, Player Development & Community Tennis and Marketing & Sponsorship Committees. She was Tennis NSW delegate to the NSW Olympic Council and was a member of the Ministerial Women in Sport Advisory Council in NSW. She brings many skills to the Board including Corporate Governance, event management, marketing and communication.

She holds a Diploma of Freelance Journalism with the Australian College of Journalism and is the Chairman of the Trish Foundation.

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