Board of Directors


The governing committee of the Council is its Board of Directors which is established in accordance with, and governed by the provisions of, the Council’s Constitution. The Board Charter defines the purpose, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. Such definitions as exist in the Board Charter are to be followed in the conduct of the operations and business of the Council.

Shane Patman

PhD (Curtin); BAppSc(Physio)(Sydney); MSc (Curtin); Grad Cert Uni Teaching (Notre Dame Australia); Grad Cert NFP Leadership & Management (Notre Dame Australia) FACP; GAICD]

Chair, Director (Perth)

Shane Patman is an Associate Professor within the School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia, coordinating the cardiorespiratory stream. Beyond Notre Dame Shane is actively engaged with the physiotherapy profession. In 2016 he completed a second term as Vice‐President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Since 2007 he has been involved with regulation, registration and accreditation via the Physiotherapists’ Registration Board of Western Australia, the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Council. His contributions to the physiotherapy profession through his clinical, regulatory and academic experience have been acknowledged via the Australian Physiotherapy Association WA Branch President’s Award (2013).  Additionally since 2011 he has been the inaugural President of the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists. He served on the Australian Physiotherapy Council’s Accreditation Standing Committee for nine years (Vice-Chair 2013 -15), and assisted in drafting the Council’s current Constitution (2014).


Claudia Bels

BEc/LLB (Hons), Grad Cert BA (Exec), GAICD

Independent Director and Member Audit & Risk Committee (Sydney)

Claudia Bels is a director with extensive legal, corporate governance, risk management, compliance and financial expertise. She has over 25 years’ experience across the government, member services and international banking and finance sectors. Claudia previously held the role of General Counsel & Board Secretary for Export Finance and Insurance Corporation and General Counsel (and Chief Risk Officer) for the Law Society of New South Wales. She is currently an Independent Director of Australian Settlements Limited and Australia & New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited and chair or member of a number of Audit & Risk Committees.


Marcia Griffin

BA, Dip Ed, BCom, GAICD

Director (Melbourne)

Marcia Griffin was the CEO of Pola Cosmetics, a business that she grew from a start-up to a multimillion dollar business, earning her the recognition of Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 1995. She sold her share of the business in 1997 and wrote a business biography, High Heeled Success. Since that time she has been a Non-Executive Director on numerous Boards, including PMP Ltd, Tourism Victoria, and The World Master Games and has authored a second book, Finding New Meaning in Life. Her current roles are as a Chair with the CEO Institute, a Director at National Seniors and Care Connect, as well as being recently elected to Stonnington Council as a Councillor.


Pat Maher

BSc (Hons), BPhty, MPhty (Rural & Remote Health), Grad. Dip PSEM, GAICD

Director and Chair Audit & Risk Committee (Adelaide)

Pat Maher has worked as a health clinician in acute and sub-acute care across metropolitan and rural settings. He also has senior policy, service purchasing and management experience in acute care, rehabilitation, community health and community services across federal, state and territory governments. He has led national health workforce reform programs in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce, rural health and expanded scope of practice. He has held senior roles in Ministerial appointed bodies as well as in professional and accreditation bodies including as Chairperson of the NT Physiotherapy Registration Board. He was the National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) (2009-2010) and served on the APA Board from 2006-to 2011. Pat is currently Deputy Director, Engagement and Grants, SA Department of Communities and Social Inclusion.


Kathy Grudzinskas


Director (Melbourne)

Kathy Grudzinskas has been continuously employed as a physiotherapist in hospital and community settings in South Australia and Queensland since 1981. She is currently the Executive Director of Clinical Support Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Kathy has a strong interest in governance and has served as a practitioner member of the Physiotherapy Board of Queensland, Physiotherapy Board of Australia and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Lucinda Chipchase

PhD, M App Sc, GAICD

Director (Canberra)

Lucy Chipchase is a Professor and an Associate Dean (Clinical) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Lucy has extensive experience leading and designing entry level physiotherapy programs. Her research has evaluated teaching and learning innovations in entry-level and post professional physiotherapy education. In the learning and teaching space, she has conducted innovative research in the areas of graduate preparedness, curriculum design, inter-professional education and clinical education. In addition, she has a strong focus on culturally responsive practice and cultural diversity in health and health education. She has held a prestigious UQ Teaching Fellowship and a U21 Teaching and Learning Fellowship.