Janakan RavindranQualification MB BS (Adel)

Career: Janakan is currently a Staff Specialist in the Neurology; Stroke Units at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; Head of the Neurology; Stroke Service at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He also works as a neurologist in private practise. His special interest area is in Adult Neuromuscular and Neuro-immunological Disease and conducts a clinic in this area at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Janakan has had a special interest in muscle disorders since the time of his training as a neurologist. Janakan hopes working with Muscular Dystrophy SA will enable a link to be established between the Muscular Dystrophy SA community and the hospital system.

David Woolcock


David Woodcock – Qualifications:  B Bus (Management Information Systems), University of South Australia | MBA, Deakin University | Company Directors Course, GAICD

Career:  David is the General Manager at Not for Profit Accounting Specialists and has had an extensive career in the financial services sector, holding executive positions with Westpac, National Australia Bank and Elders Financial Planning. With key strengths in leadership, general management, business development, and finance, David brings an array of skills developed in the corporate and not-for-profit arenas.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA:  David is currently studying Psychology at a post-graduate level and is committed to actively contributing within the not-for-profit sector. He is energised by the relentless pursuit of a cure for MD and other neuromuscular conditions, and to the delivery of high quality services and advice to those seeking the support of MD.

John Caruso


John Caruso – Qualifications:  Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws

Career:  Partner – Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA:  Muscular Dystrophy South Australia is something that I am passionate about because it is a not for profit incorporated association that offers a range of services to children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions.  It does so by funding research to find treatments and cures, by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Allan Bretag


Allan Bretag – Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Adelaide 1965; PhD, Adelaide 1971; Postdoctoral Training, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, University of the Saarland, Germany 1972-1973

Career: Lecturer level A, The University of Adelaide 1966-1970; Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor, South Australian Institute of Technology 1970-1990; Associate Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1990-1997; Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1997-2005; Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia 2005-Present.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Allan’s doctoral research was on muscle function and the mechanism of the muscle disease myotonia congenita. A maintained research interest in muscle diseases has led to long-term voluntary work for Muscular Dystrophy SA.

David Noble


David Noble – Qualifications: Bachelor of Managment – Labor Relations (University of South Australia), Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate IV in Frontline Management.



Rebecca Baines – Qualifications:  Bcomm (accounting), Adelaide University; CA;MBA, University of South Australia

Career: Rebecca is Finance Manager at Duncan Basheer Hannon where she runs all aspects of their finance and manages the finance team.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Rebecca has a passion for using her skills to help not-for-profit entities and especially Muscular Dystrophy due to their work helping improve the lives of children and adults with neuromuscular conditions.



Jenny Boroughs – Qualifications: BCom (Accounting), CA

Career: Jenny is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as a Business Manager for a private aged care provider. Jenny previously worked for over 10 years in financial external audit, auditing numerous not-for-profit organisations and also worked as a Risk Manager for an aged care provider.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Jenny believes it is important to give back to the community and believes that Muscular Dystrophy SA’s work is vital for those in SA living with neuromuscular condition.

Mark Elliot


Mark Elliott – Qualifications: BCom (UniSA), MBA (UniSA)

Career: Mark has worked in numerous senior executive roles across many sectors including health, government, aged care and the not-for-prolfit sector leading finance, IT, HR and marketing teams.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Mark has a passion for supporting NFP sector and has worked in the sector for several years, as well as having personal experience supporting someone with neurological condition. Mark believes strongly in the role Muscular Dystrophy plays in having a positive impact on peoples lives.


Madeleine Davis – Qualifications: Bachelor Of Management (Marketing)

Career: Madeleine is a senior, high performing communications and engagement specialist with a demonstrated record of delivering high quality outcomes in both the private and public sector. She has a strong leadership experience in highly complex, politically sensitive, customer focused organisations including the South Australian Government, Coles Myer, Westfield and Flight Centre.

Most recently as the Director, Communications for the South Australian Government’s Nuclear Consultation Agency, Madeleine spearheaded the states’s largest every state-wide consultation program, which successfully garnered feedback from over 50,000 South Australians.

Prior to that, during her time at Defence SA, Madeleine was a key contributor to South Australia capturing the $50 billion Future Submarine Program and $40 billion Frigate Program- which will be transformation for the states’s economy and advanced manufacturing sector.

Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Being involved with Muscular Dystrophy is a a great opportunity to give back to the community and be inspired by others.