Our Board


David Kay

David Kay – Board Chair

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics), Bachelor of Arts(Public Policy), Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, Master of Public Policy

Career: David is a Director of KPMG’s Health, Ageing and Human Services team. He has more than ten years’ experience in advising governments and large not-for-profit organisations on human services sector reform, program review and evaluation, strategic and operational planning and operational improvement. The majority of David’s recent work has focused on the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the disability sector’s response to and readiness for the NDIS.

Interest in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation: David lives with Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy and want to ensure that the views and perspectives of people with muscular dystrophy are central to discussions and decisions on matters which affect them.


Victor Attwood

Victor Attwood

Career: Victor’s career spanned across a number sectors however his passion for fighting against unfairness and creating better outcomes for the community has run as a common thread throughout. From his early career as a tradesman with Queensland Rail where his peers appointed him shop steward and to his last and most professionally rewarding role, being elected as a councillor with Ipswich City Council and appointed Deputy Mayor from 2004 until 2016.

In addition to a directorship with MDF, Victor is Chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Queensland. He serves on several boards and actively supports local community groups, school and sporting clubs as well as the army of volunteers dedicated to supporting them.

Interest in supporting muscular dystrophy: Victor brings to the board his extensive experience in the public sector, in governance, and also his experience of living with a neuromuscular condition, having been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at the age of 21.



Brendan Murphy

Qualifications: BEng, Mining Engineering (Hons), MFin

Career: Multiple senior operating mining roles across a range of commodities and mining methods for both global and local mining companies.

Interest in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation: Brendan’s interest in muscular dystrophy is primarily due to his youngest brother Conor who passed away due to complications with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2014. Conor was inspirational in his efforts as a disability advocate and Brendan’s interest is in carrying on this work.


John Salmon

John Salmon

Qualifications: Auxiliary Nursing, credentialed Minister of Religion, Diplomas in Counselling, Office Administration, Arts – Professional Writing and Editing

Career: After training as an Auxiliary NurseJohn spent 12 years doing ward duties after which he then worked in administration, coordinating rosters, nursing staff leave, payroll data and ward statistics.

Interest in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation: John was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy “of some type” at 14 years old, but later was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). John has tried never to let his disability stifle the dreams and visions he has had for his life. John is a people person with a desire to help those in need wherever he is able, through whatever avenue is available.


Julian Slater

Julian Slater

Qualifications: Master of Public Policy (ANU), Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (AIPM), Bachelor of Management (UC)

Career: Julian retired from the Australian Federal Police in 2018 as an Assistant Commissioner following a 34-year career working in both operational and leadership roles. Julian is now Visiting Fellow at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNET) and lecturer at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

Interest in supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation: Julian’s mother and aunt were both diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) in their 50s. In 2014 Julian was also diagnosed with LGMD. Julian wants to contribute to supporting those with muscular dystrophy and their families.