Our Team

Parkinson’s Queensland Staff Members

Chief Executive Officer

Miguel A. Diaz MBA

Miguel joined PQI as CEO in February 2020 after a career spanning the Arts, Corporate and Not for Profit sectors. Miguel has held senior roles with organisations including PwC, EY, Minter Ellison, TAFE Queensland and Camp Quality. He has also served on a number of not for profit boards and as Chair of a Queensland Government board.

Miguel’s passion is to make a difference to the individuals, communities and organisations he engages with. When he is not at work you will find him enjoying time with family and friends, exercising, playing football (round ball) or playing music.  

Once upon a time Miguel was a professional singer with stints performing in the Phantom of the Opera and with Opera Australia so he can sing for his supper.

Business Services Manager

Rachel Jeffrey

Rachel started with Parkinson’s Queensland in 2015 and has held roles within administration, member and business services. Having also worked within a university setting, Rachel’s varied experience complements the Parkinson’s Queensland team with operational activities including finances and CRM management.

Rachel is a graduate of Griffith University with majors in Business Management and Human Resources and has a keen interest in data analysis and reporting.

As the glue that holds the Parkinson’s Queensland team together, Rachel loves knowing that the work she does assists in making a difference to people with Parkinson’s in Queensland.

Administration Support Officer

Fiona Webb

Fiona began her service with Parkinson’s Queensland as a volunteer and it quickly became apparent that she was a much needed part of the team.

Now the ‘right hand’ to our Member Services Manager – Fiona’s interaction with our members and those within support groups has made her a popular and knowledgeable team member, you might even see her occasionally at a Members Event or Zoom Support Group Meeting!

Fiona is our fitness fan and we count on Fiona to lead “Team Parkinson’s” to victory during our sporting events and competitions. Fiona also leads “Team Parkinson’s” in the office each day by aiming to support each and every person living with or impacted by Parkinson’s in whatever way she can!

Community Engagement Officer

Michelle Stafford

Michelle comes to Parkinson’s Queensland with a broad and wide ranging background centred around community based and not for profit organisations and some work within all levels of Government.

Her expertise is not only in community engagement, connectivity and partnerships, but also in organisational development through education and training. Having had the privilege of working across a lot of Queensland in past roles, she appreciates the dynamic of regional and remote Queensland as well a metropolitan regions and looks forward to working with them all in this role.

Life with a husband and two dogs keeps things interesting with outings, travel and house renovations regularly in planning or doing stages.

Michelle is a graduate from Central Queensland University studying Welfare and Leisure Management, later adding to this education with Diploma of Business and Training and Assessment certifications.

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Vanessa Codling

Vanessa started with Parkinson’s Queensland in June 2021, bringing with her over 10 years’ marketing management experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Vanessa is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communication, and a keen interest in all things fundraising, events, and branding.

When not working, you’ll find Vanessa at a local art gallery, reading a good book, or creating her own abstract painting.

Vanessa loves using her expertise to help Queensland’s Parkinson’s community.

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