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The Health Consumers Queensland Board is community-based with a range of skills and experiences in consumer representation and community engagement. They meet regularly to provide strategic direction and oversight of Health Consumers Queensland’s work.

Our board

Mark Tucker-Evans


Mark Tucker-Evans has been involved with Health Consumers Queensland since its inception in 2008. He was the inaugural Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee and became the first Chair when Health Consumers Queensland was established as an independent organisation.

Mark is the Chief Executive of COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland, Chair of Institute of Healthy Communities Australia; Queensland Health Consumers Collaborative;  and an Executive Member of the Queensland Clinical Senate.

Previously Mark has held CEO roles within research, media, industry and professional associations in NSW and Queensland and developed significant expertise in issues related to consumer and community engagement and age-friendly cities and communities.

Why am I here?

I am passionate about creating a health system and services that are co-designed with health consumers. I believe it is only then that we will have an effective and efficient health system which meets the community’s needs.

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Dr Erin Evans


Erin is a specialist educator and advisor in complexity management, systems and strategy.  She is the discipline lead of systems thinking and complexity management at QUT Graduate School of Business where she lectures to the MBA, Executive MBA and executive programs.

In Australia and internationally, Erin has consulted in a range of industries and areas including health, Indigenous communities, defence, financial services, technology and education. These include:

  • Organisational development
  • Strategy
  • Change management

Erin’s PhD was in the field of medical biotechnology and she has worked for over 10 years in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry as a global project and quality manager.

Erin has been a Director on the Health Consumers Queensland Board since 2014. She is also on the Board of One Health Organisation and the Australian Organisation of Quality. She’s also been a board member of Integral Institute Australia, Latin Dance Australia, Brisbane Independent School, Executive Leadership Advancement Network, and Kigoma Development Promotion Agency.

Why am I here?

I am passionate about health and believe that improving the health system can only arise through a holistic approach that integrates the needs and voices of all, including consumers and carers. I want to bring my skills of working with complex systems and passion in health care to create better outcomes to meet the needs of all communities.

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Steve Russell


Steve is a life long health consumer and an active health consumer advocate for over 40 years.  His professional experience includes social justice and human resource program manager with the Commonwealth Government in the ACT, NSW and QLD, a community development consultant to all levels of government and community sector and an elected local government councilor.

He has held numerous positions as member and chair of Public Sector advisory and consultative committees on health and environment matters.  He has been Chair of both Innisfail District Health Council and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Health Community Council.  He is currently a Director of the Board of Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

He operates a small tourism business in Far North Queensland in partnership with his wife and is an aspiring recluse.

Why am I here

As a long term health consumer I have been fortunate to be able to actively participate in the management of my particular health needs.

It became very obvious that not all health consumers are so fortunate and many have great difficulty navigating the health system. I am hopeful that through Health Consumers Queensland I can share my skills and experience to enable consumers to more actively manage their health needs and shape the health system.