Board of Directors

Chair

Mr David Turner

David Turner holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering Science and Master of Business Administration.

David holds the position of Director Engineering Testing and Certification Services at the Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS). He is responsible for the NATA accredited testing and inspection services associated with explosion protected equipment used in underground coal mines and in other gas or dust explosive environments.

Previously, David was the authorised representative and directly responsible for the operation of all Energex’s NATA accredited laboratories covering electrical, temperature and humidity calibrations and measurement and for Energex’s NATA inspection accreditation.

David’s association with NATA goes back over 20 years through the management of accredited laboratories covering five separate fields of accreditation and inspection services, including the roles of signatory and authorised representative. He was elected to the Council in 2001 as a Members’ Representative for Queensland and continued to represent the Queensland members on Council to June 2013.

Vice Chair

Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch

Sanmarié Schlebusch has a number of qualifications in medicine and business. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, an Associate Fellow of the College of Health Services Management, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is the Staff Specialist Microbiology / Clinical Microbiologist for Forensic and Scientific Services, Health Support Queensland. She is also one of the medical microbiologists at Pathology Queensland. Previously she was the Director of Microbiology of Mater Pathology, Mater Misericordiae Ltd. Brisbane. Her clinical expertise includes Water Quality Management, Public Health, and Infection Prevention and Control. She is well published and recognized for her research and expertise in innovative technologies for diagnosis of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. She is currently undertaking research on the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome using a metagenomic approach. She further contributes to translational medicine and research as senior lecturer with the University of Queensland.

Sanmarié is a Board Member and was previously the Treasurer for Women’s Health Queensland Inc. She has served in a number of management and governance roles within the health industry.

She is an experienced medical practitioner and pathologist and brings insights in contemporary diagnostics including microbial genomics. She joined the NATA Board in 2018.

Dr Lawrence Bott

Lawrie Bott is the Vice President and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). He holds a MBBS (Hons) degree from University of Sydney and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lawrie has extensive senior management experience as the CEO of Southern IML Pathology and the Chief Medical Officer of Sonic Healthcare, Australian Pathology. Lawrie also has long and in-depth experience in strategic planning, business planning, budgeting and financial management. Additional Board experience includes positions on the Quality Assurance Programmes Pty Ltd, RCPA (2002-2017), and Australian Association of Pathology Practices Board (2010-2012).

In 2013, Lawrie received the Meritorious Service Award from the RCPA. Lawrie also became a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2000 for his services related to bowel cancer screening in the Illawarra region, NSW.

Mark Burgess

Dr Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess is an experienced technology manager with over 25 years’ involvement leading NATA accredited laboratories. He has a background in electronics and scientific instrumentation, and more recently, specialising in fire safety, holding senior positions in Australia’s manufacturing sector.

He holds a PhD for research in regulatory development, a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In his current role as Director, Infrastructure Technologies for CSIRO, Mark leads science teams covering a diversified range of testing, accreditation and certification services.

An active member of NATA Council from 2009-2014, he also participates in the Commonwealth and National Agency Standing Forum. Mark fulfils a number of other advisory roles including Councillor for Standards Australia, Member of the Australian Board Building Codes Committee, and alternate member on the Victorian Heritage Council.

Ms Tracey Farrar

Tracey Farrar is an experienced leader in pathology operations management with more than 20+ years’ working within pathology for both private and public providers. Tracey has a background in Microbiology where she worked as a scientist for many years before changing to administrative management operations within pathology. Tracey has specialist knowledge in pathology quality management, risk management and business continuity, and work health and safety management.

In her current role as an Operations Manager she is known for seeing a future and building a path towards it, utilising resources wisely, being agile and decisive in decision making and building lasting change and a culture of accountability.

Tracey has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science, a Diploma in Risk Management and Business Continuity and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration working towards an MBA.

Mr Eric Swayn

Eric holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Lab Sc) and a Graduate Certificate in Management.

Eric has been in the pathology industry since 1999 working as a scientist, laboratory manager and senior executive. This has included the establishment of new facilities, consolidation of facilities and the introduction of advanced technologies.

Eric is a multi-disciplined scientist with a passion for operations, quality, technology and business development. He has been instrumental in the pursuit of workflow efficiencies and best practice approaches to laboratory operations.

Eric is currently CEO South Australia and Northern Territory and National Procurement Manager at Australian Clinical Labs and is based in Adelaide.

Ms Agnes Tan

Agnes Tan holds a Bachelor of Food Technology and a Master of Health Administration. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), a Member of the International Association for Food Protection and a past Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology and AOAC International. She is an Approved Analyst for the Microbiological Analysis of Food, under the Victorian Food Act (1984).

Agnes chairs the Standards Australia Committees on Food Microbiology (FT035) and Legionella Methodology (FT020-01). She has been the head of the Australian delegation, representing Standards Australia on the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) Committee (TC34/SC9) on Food Microbiology since 2007. She is the recipient of the Standards Australia Awards for Outstanding Service—Community and Materials (2004) and Meritorious Contribution – International (2019).

Agnes was Senior Scientist at the MDU Public Health Laboratory, University of Melbourne, for 37 years.

Agnes has been an assessor with NATA for more than 35 years. She also chaired the Biological and Life Sciences Accreditation Advisory Committees for many years.

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Benefits of being a NATA accredited organisation

NATA accredits organisations to perform testing and inspection activities for their products and services. This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices. When you choose to become NATA accredited, you can be sure of a number of competitive advantages for your business.
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Competence
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