Senior Leadership Team

Samantha Hunter

Chief Executive Officer

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Sam has led OTA as Chief Executive Officer for over four years, commencing in September 2018, and was appointed by the Board to steer and position OTA to represent, support, strengthen and resource the continually evolving occupational therapy profession.

Lea Rawlings

Chief of Staff

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Commencing with OTA in 2016, Lea Rawlings is experienced across the association with roles as WA Divisional Manager, Special Project Manager, and General Manager, Divisions. Currently as Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO, Lea works closely with CEO Samantha Hunter, the Office of the CEO team members and Senior Leadership teams to represent and collaborate with the portfolios to ensure delivery of the current Strategic Plan and supporting the development of our next strategy. Lea plays a key role in embedding organisational strategies into the day-to-day operations of OTA, including the Reconciliation Action Plan and the OTs in Action social justice groups.

Alissa Fotiades

General Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations

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Alissa holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) degree and has extensive experience as a senior lawyer and policy advisor across a range of government, health and insurance settings. She has over 20 years' experience across the health portfolio gained through working in a diverse range of clinical and government sectors. Prior to joining OTA, Alissa worked with Alex to lead the government relations team at the Environment Protection Authority and was an advisor in external affairs and health policy at WorkSafe Victoria.

Alexandra Eather

General Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations

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Alex worked in Victorian state government for nearly 20 years and brings a wealth of experience in government relations and communications. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce (Hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Communications and Media Studies. Before working at OTA, Alex worked with Alissa to manage the government relations team at the Environment Protection Authority. Before that, Alex worked in government relations at WorkSafe Victoria for several years, where she worked on many complex and controversial policy and stakeholder issues.

Erin Garner

General Manager, Occupational Therapy

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Erin is an experienced occupational therapist who has worked across a range of health areas including public health, community practice and private practice. Erin's clinical experience is predominately in the area of spinal cord injury, in both adult and paediatric settings. Erin has been involved in several research activities and publications, and holds a Master of Advanced Occupational Therapy, as well as a Master of Business Administration.

Brooke Carter

Executive Advisor

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Brooke is experienced across many areas of business and has worked across a range of industries in Australia and the UK. Initially starting her career in nutrition, Brooke has since focussed her energy on contributing to initiatives that improve health and wellbeing for people and organisations.

Rebecca Meyer

General Manager, Membership & Engagement

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Rebecca joined OTA in 2014 as National Manager, Conference Events and Business Development, setting up the inaugural team that brought management of OTA's national conference, sponsorship and advertising in-house.

Cynthia Noh

Finance & Risk Manager

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Cynthia began her journey with OTA in 2018 as an Accountant and has since evolved into the pivotal role of Finance & Risk Manager. With five years of unwavering commitment to OTA's success, Cynthia's responsibilities extend beyond traditional finance functions.

Michelle Oliver

A/General Manager

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Michelle is a passionate and focused occupational therapist with extensive experience within clinical and professional leadership roles, working for over 15 years within the public mental health sector in South Australia.











































































































































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