Ryan Talsma

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Management (University of Canberra), Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (Deakin University). Fellow – Governance Institute of Australia, Fellow – Institute of  Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand, Professional Member Economics Society Australia


Before being appointed CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia at the end of 2020, Ryan’s career traversed both public and private sector roles.

His public sector experience includes more than a decade’s experience working in senior manager roles across Federal, state and local government agencies. Promoted to the senior executive service in 2013, he has:

  • worked in Australian Government roles with the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Health and Ageing as well as Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs;
  • worked in relevant State Government roles – where his experience includes leading the implementation of several individualised funding arrangements for people with disability as a Senior Manager in the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria).

Alongside his public sector experience, Ryan has around eight years’ experience in management consulting – servicing clients across Australia and internationally. His experience in this context includes holding roles in top tier firms – most recently as a Managing Director with FTI Consulting Inc. and earlier as an Associate Director with Deloitte.

Why the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

Ryan enjoys working for the benefit of a cause.  He considers his role as CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation – focused entirely on improving the lives of people with neuromuscular conditions – as an enormous privilege.