Board of Directors and Executive

The Board of Dietitians Australia are responsible for governing the Association. The Board comprises of eight elected Directors including the President and Vice-President.

The Board are supported by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other members of the senior management team.

Tara Diversi, Chair – President

Experience and expertise
Tara Diversi is the 17th President of the Dietitians Association of Australia. To complement her MND, Tara also holds an MBA, PGradDipPsyc, PGradCertPsyc, GradCertEducation and is a Graduate of AICD.

For over 16 years, Tara has worked extensively in Nutrition and Dietetics within the private sector, as a teaching-focussed academic, policy consultancy, communications, and in her current role as CEO of Sophus Nutrition, a digital health company.

As a member of DA since 2003, Tara was awarded the Young Achievers Award (in memory of Joan Mary Woodhill) in 2009, and has previously served as a National DA Media Spokesperson and as the convenor of the Dietitians in Private Sector Interest Group (DIPSIG). She regularly presents workshops, webinars and lectures for DA, the health sector and corporations and is a professional member of the Professional Speakers Association.

Tara’s work has been varied, she started her private practice as a new graduate and has been an advocate for multiple-income streams and life-by-design since. She is the National Clinical Dietetic Adviser to DVA and Entrepreneurship Facilitator at YEP Entrepreneurship Facilitators. Tara was previously a teaching-focussed lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the foundation team as an Assistant Professor at Bond University.

Tara is passionate about dietitians and empowering members to advocate for our profession and better nutrition for the individuals and communities we serve.

BHSc, MNutr&Diet, GradDipPsyc, PostGradDipPsyc, GradCertHEd, MBA, APD

Past Presidents

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong, Vice President

Experience and expertise
Melissa is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1985. She has held clinical dietetic positions in a variety of hospital settings in Australia and the UK and has taught dietetic and diabetes educator students at several universities. Melissa is currently Manager of Nutrition and Dietetic Services at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. She has been a member of DA since 1987, contributing to several state and national interest groups and committees for both DA and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association including being a member of the Australian Dietetics Council Accreditation Reviewer Pool for 9 years. She is currently in her third term as a Director on the Board of DA. She has been the Board representative on the Journal Strategic Planning Committee, the Food Regulatory and Policy Committee and most recently on the Professional Development Advisory Committee.

BSc, GradDipNutDiet, AdvAPD

Glenn Cardwell, Director

Experience and expertise
Glenn Cardwell is an Advanced APD who has written four nutrition books, including the international best seller Gold Medal Nutrition (5 editions, translated in two other languages), a life member of Sports Dietitians Australia (a professional body he helped establish), and a life member of Nutrition Australia for services to nutrition education. He has run his own company since 1996, consulting broadly to the food industry, locally and internationally, in particular to the mushroom, asparagus, cherry and banana farmers. His company has also been responsible for managing a total of $2.92 million of government grants over 10 years. Currently, he is engaged in a mushroom research program at Curtin University and the National Measurement Institute. He has been on the organising committees for the past three Perth DA conferences, the 2017 Hobart conference, the Corporate Sponsorship committee and the Member Engagement Advisory Committee.

GradDipAppSc, Grad Dip Diet, BSc, AdvAPD

Jemma O’Hanlon, Director

Experience and expertise
Jemma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 13 years experience across the foodservice, food manufacturing and public health sectors. A strategic thinker and with a strong business acumen, Jemma has led teams of dietitians in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Jemma has extensive experience working with the media and is passionate about communicating messages that are engaging and create behaviour change. Jemma is currently the Research & Development Manager at Hort Innovation and manages the Health, Nutrition, Food Safety and Value Chain projects. These align with her values of supporting Australian farmers and encouraging Aussies to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), APD

Dr Katrina Campbell, Director

Experience and expertise
Katrina is an Advanced APD with a unique combination of expertise in research, clinical dietetics, academia, management and consultancy. She currently holds a strategic health service-wide conjoint in Health Services Research (Allied Health) in Metro North and Menzies Health Institute. She leads pragmatic clinical and implementation trials measuring patient, health service and economic outcomes. She also has an international profile in renal nutrition and published more than 100 papers in this area.
Katrina is passionate about building the dietetic profession to challenge the status quo, evaluate outcomes and harness opportunities to improve the health of all Australians.

Bachelor of Health Science(Nutrition and Dietetics), PhD, AdvAPD

Fiona Willer, Director

Experience and expertise
Fiona Willer is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who combines academic research, university lecturing and public speaking with creating professional development resources and training for health professionals through her business, Health Not Diets.  Her research areas are dietetic private practice benchmarking, inter-professional learning, health consciousness and dietary quality and the integration of weight neutral lifestyle approaches (including Health at Every Size® and the Non-Diet Approach) into the practice of health professionals, particularly dietitians. Fiona has served on the boards of international and domestic organisations including HAES Australia, the Association for Size Diversity and Health and now Dietitians Australia. Creator of the innovative Unpacking Weight Science professional development podcast, Fiona has great enthusiasm for both interrogating weight research and overusing food and eating metaphors in everyday life.

B.A. (English & Anthropology), B.HlthSc (Nutrition & Dietetics)(hons), PhD (expected 2020), AdvAPD, AIDN, MAITD