The QPP Board’s primary function is governance; this means that members of the QPP Board main commitment and business should be focused on QPP’s purpose, its mission and vision. The QPP board has in effect delegated the responsibility of the day to day operations of QPP to the management team.
The Queensland Positive People Inc. Constitution allows for seven positions on the Board of Directors. Elections are held annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) with board terms lasting for two years. However, sometimes there may be a vacancy for a board position during a term. In this event the remaining board members may appoint a person to the board for the remainder of the board term. Any new Board member must also be eligible to sit on the QPP Board.
Please note: the Central Zone Board position has been filled. Expressions of interest are still sought for the Northern zone and Southern zone positions.
Current Members of QPP Board
President – Mark
Mark was diagnosed in 1985, and soon after left a promising career in industry to commit the remainder of his life to the HIV sector. After joining both the Queensland AIDS Council and Queensland Positive People around 1990 he became involved in PLHIV advocacy and was soon elected to the President of the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA) as well as to a number of state and national Committees. He decided however that the real power to make change lay inside government and he moved into Queensland Health and remained there for almost the next 20 years acting in Principle Policy Adviser roles in HIV and Sexual Health. After retiring in 2015, Mark returned to his passion of working in the community sector and has rejoined the QPP Board. His passion now lies in reshaping QPP’s future for the longer term.
Vice President – Shane
Shane has been an active member of the HIV+ community since the mid 80s. Since that time he has worked and volunteered with many HIV+ organisations such as ACON, BGF, ANKALI, PLNSW and managed Stanford House, a supported accommodation service for PLHIV. Shane was on the board of Acceptance Sydney for a decade from 1980 at a time of protest and advocacy for the LGBTI+ community and later the HIV+ community. Acceptance Sydney was a player in organising the Mardi Gras, the formation of ACON, MCC, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling service and Stanford House. He has served on the board of Stanford House for 20 years and PLNSW.
Shane is new to Qld, having retired to Cairns some years ago and is active in a number of community groups mostly to do with nature and the environment.
Secretary – Matt
As a results driven, highly motivated and successful operator, Matt has previously held numerous, high-level, managerial positions responsible for growth, change and achievement. Matt has a Master of Business and his strong interpersonal, communication and networking skills allow him to enjoy valuable professional relationships and increase opportunities.
Matt holds a place on the Queensland Premiers LGBTIQ+ Roundtable Advisory Group and has worked extensively as a Crisis Counsellor for Lifeline supporting people, most recently in north Queensland, during the major floods affecting their lives and homes. Another of Matt’s recent achievements was, as Project Manager, establishing the first ever Pride House to be held in Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Treasurer – Lance
As an openly gay man who has lived with HIV for 21 years, Lance Schema has a first-hand understanding of the health, social, and economic issues facing his communities. He has held senior leadership roles domestically and internationally in the HIV, Sex Worker, Disability, Housing and LGBTI+ Health responses with a particular focus on marginalised populations within these communities. He is a proud activist for his communities, and takes pride in his standing within them. Lance acknowledges the privileges that come with being a cis-gendered gay white male and wishes to express his commitment to equity and justice for all marginalised and disadvantaged people.
Manal is a women living with HIV, juggling family life, work and study. Manal has joined the Board to be more involved and gain a deeper understanding and insight into the organisation and how everything works.
Central Zone Member – Karel
Karel (Karl) has been a member of the PLWHIV Community for the past 31 years and is actively involved with his local community on the Sunshine Coast through his volunteering with youth, housing and spiritual organisations. He has worked closely with QPP and QuAC for many years, being a member of both Boards and programs.
Karl has also had diverse experiences and involvement with the broader community as a Lifeline counsellor, Ambulance Officer, Hospice volunteer, Funeral Director and Trust Member of the Vipassana Centre.
Northern Zone Member – Kevin
Kevin has been an active participant in this community and has been volunteering in the sector since 2002. He brings many skills to this role from his background, which includes a joinery trade, administration, sales and management experience.
Kevin has held Board positions for both QuAC and PAC and held the Director position of Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia. Kevin is well-known for his contribution, donating a lot of his time generously to different organisations over the years.