Our Board

Beata Koropatwa, Chair

Beata Koropatwa has a strong track record of successful business development and leadership for over 20 years. She holds a number of key positions including Founder and CEO of Auslaser Business Solutions, Founder of The Confidante P.L. She has been responsible for the company’s strategic direction, development, growth, and success. She was the chair for eight years for The Hunger Project in New York. She was the Finalist for Executive of the Year Awards 2013 for CEO Magazine.

It is often said, “Where your passion lies, your heart and mind will follow”. This quote is perhaps the reason why, although she started out in the legal sector, she quickly found herself thriving in the business world as she found it exciting and fulfilling. With its ever changing environment and evolution, it brings opportunities for learning and being of service to others. She holds and has held a number of board positions and been Chair to various entities. Her involvement at board level spans the private, community, government and not-for-profit sectors. Her particular strength is that of leadership, bringing people together, inspiring, motivating and coaching to achieve a common goal through collaborative team efforts. Communication, negotiation, networking and having a great understanding of client requirements are her core strengths. She has coached and inspired many CEO’s, executives and entrepreneurs to succeed for over two decades. Her passion for helping others goes beyond the business sector as she is deeply committed to making a significant difference outside the business world with her philanthropic ventures and giving her time to causes she cares about.

Francesca Manglaviti - Chief Executive Officer, Director

Francesca Manglaviti joined the CCA Board of Directors in 2008, having spent three years as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer. Francesca has held senior management positions in not-for-profit, commercial and government organisations. She offers significant experience in strategic planning, liaison with government, stakeholder management, education and developing organisational capacity.

Phil Picking, Director

Philip Picking, ACA, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Retired. He has extensive experience in the consulting engineering business as a Financial Controller with AECOM Australia and WE Bassett Consulting Engineers after commencing with Deloittes, John Holland, Wandel & Goltermann and the Public Transport Ombudsman Victoriia. Philip has lived with Crohn’s disease since his mid-twenties.

Paul Pavli, Director

Professor Paul Pavli trained in Gastroenterology at Concord and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney and has had an ongoing interest in the basic science and clinical aspects of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) since he finished his specialist training. Paul completed a Ph.D. in gastrointestinal immunology at the Australian National University (ANU) and has pursued an active research program studying the causes of IBD.  Working with researchers from the ANU, he helped establish the Australian Familial IBD Register in the early 1990s, and more recently, has been studying the role of bacteria in triggering IBD.

In parallel, he has helped develop a clinical service in IBD at Canberra Hospital where patients have access to all facets of treatment including clinical trials of novel therapies and nursing, surgical, nutritional and psychological support for patients and their families. Paul has maintained an active role as a teacher and mentor for undergraduate medical students, hospital resident staff, and advanced trainees in Gastroenterology who wish to specialize in the management of IBD. He has also served on a number of Federal and Territory government bodies and professional organizations including the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC), now the Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Medicines (ACPM), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and Therapeutic Guidelines.

Dr Greg Moore, Director

Dr. Greg Moore is an IBD specialist gastroenterologist. He founded the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Unit at Monash Medical Centre in 2006 and oversees a specialised IBD clinic. Greg coordinates a busy clinical trials unit, undertakes ongoing research and combines private practice and undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.  He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Medicine Monash University and supervises research students. Greg is also a member of Australian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Association, the peak medical IBD group, and is a sought after speaker at both scientific and public forums.

Anita Reilly, Director

Anita Reilly has a long association with CCA and served in an executive position for 20 years with CCA Queensland, which merged with CCA in 2009.  She runs CCA’s IBD Helpline and has an intimate knowledge and understanding of IBD with over two decades of experience working with and providing help to the IBD community. Anita has also felt the impact of IBD at a close, personal level for more than 30 years as her son, now an adult, has had Crohn’s since two-years of age.   Outside of her involvement with CCA, Anita co-owns a small business in the building & construction industry.

Alma Besserdin, Director

Alma Besserdin is the Founder and Director of Wimmigrants, an organisation dedicated to assisting migrant women rebuild their careers in their chosen country. Alma is a specialist in career coaching, mentoring and leadership. She is a change-maker helping women of all nationalities integrate into Australian life and realise their full potential.

Alma assists women in interpreting the idiosyncrasies of the Australian business landscape and shows them how their skills and experience can be translated and utilised within an Australian business context. Her unique experience of an entrepreneur, business professional and migrant means she has lived the, often daunting, experience of moving countries and starting again. Alma enables her clients’ empowerment during what can be a vulnerable and uncertain transition from home country to new country.

With 30 years’ experience in business, Alma is a natural leader and an agent of change. She holds a Bachelor of Law and post graduate qualifications in Human Resource Management. She is a CHARI member at the Australian Institute of Human Resources, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Alma is also neuro-linguistic practitioner, leadership coach and a public speaker. Prior to founding Wimmigrants of Australia, she has held senior executive roles in leadership development, human resources management, change management, culture change and business transformation within medium and large private and government organisations in various industry sectors, financial services, telecommunications, retail, utilities; manufacturing, government, regulatory and not for profit.

James Morvell, Director

James Morvell has been a director of CCA since late 2015. He is a partner at the national law firm, Hall & Wilcox, where he practices predominately in the area of corporate law and in equity capital markets and M&A transactions. James is able to offer insight and expertise in governance and compliance and, as such, he is a member of the Board’s governance committee. He also has experience working within a large corporate organization, having spent two years working as a Senior Attorney for The Walt Disney Company in Tokyo, Japan. As a consequence of working with and for many different corporate and not-for-profit entities, James is able to offer strategic and legal input to his fellow directors and to management with regard to CCA’s governance structure and operations. At the age of 14, James was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

David Reckenberg, Director

David Reckenberg is a lawyer who has worked both ‘in-house’ and in private practice in the wealth management industry for over 20 years. During that time he has also held senior operational (non-legal) management roles. David currently works part time as a special counsel with Hive Legal. David enjoys using his strong technical expertise and communication skills to help financial services organisations achieve key strategic improvements by ensuring compliance with regulatory obligations; rationalising products and operations and launching new products. After more than 20 years working in this industry, specialising particularly in superannuation law, he has a strong network of peers. David is also studying part time to obtain a graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language. He started supporting CCA quite a few years ago after a family member was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.