Our Team

Our dedicated Senior Leadership Team has the experience and determination to deliver on the Lung Foundation Australia strategy.

Mark Brooke Chief Executive Officer

Mark Brooke has over 25 years of executive experience leading a diverse range of organisations in the not-for-profit and for purpose sectors, including inaugural CEO of HeartKids Limited, CEO of Asthma Australia, CEO of Playgroup Queensland and leadership roles at Police Citizens Youth Clubs in both Queensland and New South Wales.  He is focused on leading client-centric and sustainable charities that are closely connected to the communities they serve. Mark believes that the best way for organisations to achieve impact for their clients is to apply sound commercial principles, to ensure a reliable revenue stream and good governance. His success is built on the collaborative development of a high level strategy for an organisation, which has enabled me to effectively address structural and historical inefficiencies. Mark has qualifications in business and strives to lead by empowering excellence in his staff and by harnessing the community’s energy and support behind a united vision.


Phone: 0417 076 090

Chris Emery General Manager, Operations

Chris Emery is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector. Chris joined Lung Foundation Australia in 2009 as the Director of Operations and is responsible for finance, IT, administration, Human Resources and Treasury. He was also appointed as the Company Secretary for Lung Foundation Australia in 2016. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Email: chris@lungfoundation.com.au

Kelcie  Herrmann General Manager Clinical Programs, Research and Innovation

Kelcie joined Lung Foundation Australia in January 2018 as General Manager of the COPD National Program. Kelcie oversees the delivery of a range of COPD programs and services, including education and training (consumer and clinical), pulmonary exercise, clinical guidelines (COPD-X) and a PHN funded COPD project focused on workforce capacity building within the Murray region (VIC). She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist by background and maintains her clinical competencies whilst working at LFA. She is passionate about consumer focused health-care and has diverse experience in the not-for-profit sector. Her strong project management skills and in-depth knowledge of the health system and health policy help her deliver responsive programs and services which are grounded in an evidence-based approach to chronic disease management. Kelcie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and a Certificate in Project Management.

Email: kelcieh@lungfoundation.com.au

Kirsten Phillips, General Manager Consumer Health Programs and Partnerships

Kirsten Phillips is a qualified occupational therapist and has worked across a variety of health services and organisations both in the UK and Australia. Kirsten brings a wealth of experience and unique perspective to her role as General Manager, Consumer Program and Partnerships, with a keen focus on quality consumer engagement across all aspects of LFA’s work. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and also has a Masters in Health Science.

Email: kirstenp@lungfoundation.com.au

Christa Bayer General Manager Development

Christa Bayer is an experienced senior leader specialising in NFP strategy, management, fundraising and philanthropy. She has held senior roles with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia and Perpetual Private’s Community and Social Investments as well as numerous roles across the commercial sector in both Australia and Canada. Christa is responsible for Lung Foundation Australia’s fundraising and philanthropy programs nationally. She is responsible for developing strategies to build relationships that foster all levels of giving in support of Lung Foundation Australia’s Strategic Plan. With support from her team, Christa manages activities across our donor base. Strategic engagement with key stakeholders across business and pharmaceutical partners is also an important part of her role. Christa holds a Master of Arts in Communication.

Email: christab@lungfoundation.com.au