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.

Neil Hewson has been an ADA Federal Councillor since 1996,  has chaired and served on most ADA Victorian Branch committees and as past branch and federal presidents.

Neil serves federally as Chair of the ADA Honours and Awards and Dental Informatics and Digital Health committees and is Vice-Chair of the Constitution and Policy Committee.

Julie Toma MBA FAMI GAICD has significant expertise in executive leadership and board roles in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and is currently the Head of Marketing and Communications at Catholic Healthcare.

Julie began her career in Biomedical Science, going on to complete a Master of Business Administration and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Graduate Course. She has successfully leveraged the combined expertise of science and marketing in a number of large, global corporations including Sonic Clinical Services, Cochlear, Kimberly-Clark Healthcare and Becton Dickinson (BD).  

Julie is currently on the Advisory Board for the ADHF and a Board Director for the Barbara May Foundation. Previous board and committee roles include LiveBetter; the Asthma Foundation ACT; Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Marketing Awards for Excellence Judge and prior AMI NSW State Committee Chair and is a current member of the Cancer Australia Research Grant Advisory Committee.

Julie was a finalist in the CEO Magazine Executive of the Year Awards 2019 & 2017, shortlisted for the Telstra Business Women’s Award in 2019 and was awarded Life Membership by the AMI in 2019 for her contribution to the marketing profession. 


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.