Board Members

Janakan Ravindran


Qualification MB BS (Adel)
Career: Janakan is currently a Staff Specialist in the Neurology/ Stroke Units at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; Head of the Neurology/; Stroke Service at the Lyell McEwin Hospital. He also works as a neurologist in private practicse. His special interest area is in Adult Neuromuscular and Neuro-immunological Disease and conducts a clinic in this area at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Janakan has had a special interest in muscle disorders since the time of his training as a neurologist. Janakan hopes working with Muscular Dystrophy SA will enable a link to be established between the Muscular Dystrophy SA community and the hospital system.

John Caruso


Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws
Career: Partner – Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Muscular Dystrophy South Australia is something that I am passionate about because it is a not for profit incorporated association that offers a range of services to children and adults living with neuromuscular conditions. It does so by funding research to find treatments and cures, by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Alan Bretag


Qualifications: BSc (Hons), Adelaide 1965; PhD, Adelaide 1971; Postdoctoral Training, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, University of the Saarland, Germany 1972-1973
Career: Lecturer level A, The University of Adelaide 1966-1970; Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor, South Australian Institute of Technology 1970-1990; Associate Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1990-1997; Professor of Physiology, University of South Australia 1997-2005; Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia 2005-Present.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Allan’s doctoral research was on muscle function and the mechanism of the muscle disease myotonia congenita. A maintained research interest in muscle diseases has led to long-term voluntary work for Muscular Dystrophy SA.

David Noble


Qualifications: Bachelor of Management – Labor Relations (University of South Australia), Certificate IV in Financial Services, Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

Rebecca Baines


Qualifications: Bcomm (accounting), Adelaide University; CA;MBA, University of South Australia
Career: Rebecca is Finance Manager at Duncan Basheer Hannon where she runs all aspects of their finance and manages the finance team.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Rebecca has a passion for using her skills to help not-for-profit entities and especially Muscular Dystrophy SA due to their work helping improve the lives of children and adults with neuromuscular conditions.

Madeleine Davis


Madeleine Davis, Director Communications

Madeleine is a senior, high performing communications and engagement specialist with a demonstrated record of delivering high quality outcomes in both the private and public sector. She has strong senior leadership experience in highly complex, politically sensitive, customer focused organisations including the South Australian Government, Coles Myer, Westfield and Flight Centre.

Most recently as the Director, Communications for the South Australian Government’s Nuclear Consultation Agency, Madeleine spearheaded the state’s largest every state-wide consultation program, which successfully garnered feedback from over 50,000 South Australians.

Prior to that, during her time at Defence SA, Madeleine was a key contributor to South Australia capturing the $50 billion Future Submarine Program and $40 billion Frigate Program – which will be transformational for the state’s economy and advanced manufacturing sector.

Mark Elliot


Qualifications: BCom (UniSA), MBA (UniSA)
Career: Mark has worked in numerous senior executive roles across many sectors including health, government, aged care and the not-for-profit sector leading finance, IT, HR and marketing teams.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Mark has a passion for supporting NFP sector and has worked in the sector for several years, as well as having personal experience supporting someone with neurological condition. Mark believes strongly in the role Muscular Dystrophy SA plays in having a positive impact on people’s lives.

Jenny Boroughs


Qualifications: BCom (Accounting), CA
Career: Jenny is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as a Business Manager for a private aged care provider. Jenny previously worked for over 10 years in financial external audit, auditing numerous not-for-profit organisations and also worked as a Risk Manager for an aged care provider.
Why Muscular Dystrophy SA: Jenny believes it is important to give back to the community and believes that Muscular Dystrophy SA’s work is vital for those in SA living with neuromuscular condition.

Glen Butler