Advisory board

Rick Olive qualified as a dentist in 1975 with BDSc (Hons) from the University of Queensland then undertook specialist training in orthodontics.  After a further couple of years as a lecturer at UQ he entered specialist orthodontic practice in 1981 and retired in 2016.

Dr Olive has served on the ADAQ Branch Council, including as Branch President in 1985; the ADA Federal Council and as ADA Federal President 2014 to 2016; the Dental Board of Queensland in 1994 and as President/ Chairman of that Board from 1996 to 2007; as Director of the Australian Dental Council and as President of ADC from 2002 to 2004; Councillor of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Inc. and President from 1998 to 2000.

Dr Olive was a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Orthodontists. He was Chairman of the Sydney International Orthodontic Congress Committee. Dr Olive has served on a number of ADA Inc Committees.

Dr Olive recently retired as an Army reservist. He held the rank of Colonel and served as Head of Corps of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps in 2013 to 2014. He has a long association with the UQ as a part-time teacher and is appointed as an Adjunct Professor.

He has been the ADA nominee on the Advisory Board of the Australian Dental Health Foundation (previously the Australian Dental Association Foundation) since 2014

Mike Covey joined Henry Schein in early 2012 and was appointed Managing Director in mid 2014. In 2017 Mike moved into the VP and Managing Directors role for the Australian Dental business. In 2019 his position expanded to cover both Australian and New Zealand dental organization, which he currently holds.

Mike served as President of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) in 2014-2016, which during his time he played a key role in developing the dental industry’s support of oral health care provision in Australia.

Prior to joining Henry Schein, Mike was the ANZ Regional Director for Nobel Biocare. Previous work experience includes management roles in the contact lens industry, marketing and clinical roles in Australia, North America and Europe. Early in his career, Mike trained as an Optometrist with clinical and research roles based in Australia and Tanzania. His qualifications are a Bachelor of Optometry (1st Class Honours) and Masters of Optometry.

Alex Abrahams is the Founder of Pacific Smiles Group.

Alex has overseen the development of PSG from a group of partnerships to an incorporated entity on 1 January 2003. Alex is a dentist with a special interest in dental implants. Alex is a member of the Australian Dental Association and a member of the Australian Osseointegration Society (Implants).

Alex joined the Advisory Board of the Australian Dental Health Foundation on 1st April  2019.

Susan Cartwright BDS, Dip Clin Dent, M Ed (Hons) graduated from Otago University Dental School in 1983 with a BDS and completed a Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology with Distinction in 1998. She has worked in private dental practice in Hamilton, London and Auckland. Susan completed a Masters Degree in Education with First Class Honours in 2010 while working as the Head of the Oral Health Department at AUT University. In September 2010 Susan took up the role of Scientific Affairs Manager for Colgate Oral Care in the South Pacific region. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Dental Faculty.

Susan has an interest in the prevention of dental disease and oral health promotion and has provided dental aid in Northland, for orphans and prisoners in Cambodia, and to Balinese kiwifruit pickers in Te Puke, New Zealand. Susan looks to enhance sustainability objectives especially in regard to improving the oral health of populations.

Susan is a new Board Member for the ADHF, a member of the ADA Sustainability Special Purposes Committee and will serve as a Councillor on the IADR Network for Practice-based Research in 2021.

Chris Wilson is a currently serving as a Federal Councillor.  He has been on ADA NSW Council since 1999 after becoming involved in his local ADA Division (Newcastle) in 1986. Chris has served as ADA NSW President and has participated in many other ADA NSW and Federal Committees over the years. After finishing dentistry at the University of Sydney in 1979, Chris worked for 18 months as a salaried dental officer then went to work for a private practice in Raymond Terrace, Six months later he bought the practice and still practices there on a full-time basis.

When not working, one of Chris’s regular activities is a yearly charity motorcycle ride for the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service to raise money for their Dental Outreach Programme which helps bring dental services to remote communities.

Wes Lambert CPA, FGIA (Cert), MAICD is the CEO of Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA), the national industry association representing the interests of more than 47,000 restaurants, cafés and catering businesses across Australia. He sits on the ATO’s Shadow Economy Advisory Board, the Children’s Tumour Foundation Board in addition to his recent appointment to the ADHF Advisory Board.

Wes previously served as Executive Director, Secretary and Financial Controller for Pacific Restaurant Group Ltd (Kingsleys, ChopHouse, & Jamie’s Italian), Australia’s first public unlisted Full-Service Restaurant Group, from where he was responsible for the restructure and IPO of the Group as well as securing the Master Franchise Agreement for Jamie’s Italian in Australia/NZ.

Prior to that Wes was an Investment Banker in Restaurant Capital before owning and managing multiple hospitality venues in Asia and the United States and for over 20 years, has progressively built his executive hospitality level change management, lobbying, negotiation, governance, finance & accounting experience in diverse roles across multiple industries and sectors around the globe and enjoys the art of deal making. He possesses a strong work ethic; a can-do attitude with the problem solving ability to make anything possible. “No” and “I can’t” are not in his vocabulary.

Grace Liang is an experienced finance and strategy professional who has over 10 years of leading industry experience. 

She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CAANZ), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Commerce  (Accounting and Marketing) from the University of Melbourne and has completed further studies in Agile Project Management (SCRUM). 

Grace currently works at Evolution Trustees as an Associate Director. In her previous role, Grace was a Senior Manager (Performance and Reporting) at the Primary Health Network (a not-For-profit government initiative), where she established the Performance and Reporting team to drive strategic planning, value-add analysis and process improvement. 

She commenced her career at EY in the Audit and Assurance Division and shortly thereafter transitioned to the Transaction Advisory Service division focusing on due diligence, corporate restructuring and real estate engagements across a broad range of sectors.

Grace also has extensive experience in governance and stakeholder management and is also currently a board member of Haileybury College, a leading independent school in the Asia-Pacific (based in Melbourne) and board member of the Centre for Biblical Preaching.