Board of Directors

The Board

Healthy Hips Australia has a small, enthusiastic board of directors. We also have advisors contributing to the direction of the organisation. We thank them all for volunteering their time and expertise.



Sarah Twomey -

Founder of Healthy Hips Australia, Mrs Twomey is an occupational therapist. She completed a business administration degree in conjunction with her occupational therapy degree, and now works part time in a voluntary capacity as the CEO and Chairperson. Sarah worked across numerous acute, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings in the West Australian Department of Health, leading to her appointment as the senior occupational therapist at Royal Perth Hospital, from 2010-2012, of the statewide rehabilitation service for people with acquired brain injuries. Sarah sat on the committee of management for the WA Occupational Therapy Association in a marketing role for three years. A mother of two children with hip dysplasia, Sarah was inspired to use her professional skills to establish and run Healthy Hips Australia.

Dr Nicole Williams -

Dr Williams is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon  specialising in the management of infants, children and adolescents with orthopaedic conditions. She had a particular interest and advances training in the treatment of infant hip dysplasia. Dr Williams has a public appointment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and is also a Senior Research Associate with the University of Adelaide, where she is involved in several projects aimed at improving understanding and treatment of orthopaedic conditions in children. She regularly conducts educational sessions for GPs, doctors-in-training and allied health practitioners.

Dr Bruce Matthews -

Dr Matthews studied chemistry at the University of Western Australia, ultimately leading to the award of a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry. He also achieved a bachelor of education degree from the same university. Bruce served in numerous leadership roles in both public and private schools, culminating in being headmaster of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School from 1998 to 2011. Bruce had 21 years of governance experience working with the board of governors of two independent schools. Since 2012, he has been on the board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, which oversees kindergarten to year 12 education in all schools in WA, and he is chair of its standards committee. Bruce has two granddaughters affected by hip dysplasia. He brings extensive experience in education and governance to the board of directors of Healthy Hips Australia.

Ruby Johnston -

Ms Johnston is a Senior Organisational Development Consultant and Human Resources specialist with over 10 years experience in the public sector. She has experience sitting on the board of a WA based parenting education not for profit organisation.  Ruby is a mother of one daughter, whom was treated with hip dysplasia as an infant. As a result of this experience Ruby has developed a keen interest in increasing awareness and support for hip dysplasia. 

Greg Godwin -

Mr Godwin is a partner of Moore Stephens who has over 25 years’ experience in providing auditing, assurance and advisory services.  Since migrating to Australia, from South Africa, in 2005 Greg has gained additional experience in the Local Government and Not for Profit sectors and enjoy travelling to all parts of Western Australia meeting clients and understanding their environments.

Chris Pearce -

Mr Pearce is a lawyer working across a diverse range of practice areas, with experience across all aspects of commercial and corporate law. Chris has acted for major accounting firms, several banks and other financiers, one of the world’s largestoil producers, the world’s oldest litigation funder, and many LSE- and ASX- listed companies. He sits on the Law Council of Australia’s Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee and has lectured in commercial and corporate practice for the Leo Cussen Institute’s Articles Training Programme. He has experience working for, and sitting on committees and boards of, a number of non-profit organisations.

Secretary & Public Officer

Robert Twomey - 

Robert has worked for more than 10 years as a human resources professional and is currently a senior human resources advisor for a prominent oil and gas company. Robert is a commercially focused HR and IR professional with the ability to diagnose an organisation’s effectiveness, provide vision for change and implement strategies to improve organisational performance, workplace relations, culture and engagement. He is passionate about contributing to the establishment of this not-for-profit organisation, having had a personal experience with hip dysplasia — with his two children impacted by it. Robert takes on this role as a voluntary public officer.