Our Board

The Board of HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania works in partnership with the CEO to ensure we continue to provide caring support for families with children who have Childhood Heart Disease (CHD).

The role of the Board is to govern, direct and monitor the organisation, to provide good governance, to ensure compliance and to set the strategic direction of the organisation.

More than half of the Board are either parents of heart children or adults with CHD. All Directors are volunteers who contribute their time and experience to serving the HeartKids community.

Chair: Tania Tytherleigh
Vice-Chair: Paul Lunardi
Treasurer: Anthony Flapper
Secretary: Robert Cugno

General Board Members:
Jonathan Mackley
David Cervelli
Erin Cervelli
Anthony Mahady


Introducing our Board:


Ms Tania Tytherleigh – Chair
Tania has served on the HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania Board since October 2012, and is a also a member of the Marketing and Fundraising Subcommittee of HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania and state representative on the HeartKids Australia Board. Tania is a parent to heart child Flynne.

Tania has over 25 years of experience in Learning Design and Development and is the founder and director of the Master Trainers Institute Australia. She is a Master Trainer, professional public speaker and Executive Coach who works with many of Australia’s leading organisations. Tania also lectures in Marketing and Communications.


Paul Lunardi – Vice Chair
Paul LunardiPaul was appointed to the board of Heartkids Victoria/Tasmania in December 2014 and is also a member of the Marketing, PR and Awareness Committee.

Paul has forty years experience in the real estate industry and is currently Managing Director of Nelson Alexander Real Estate. Both Paul and his company are active and passionate about delivering meaningful responses to the needs of worthwhile causes within the community.

Paul is a member of both the REIV (Real Estate Institute of Victoria) and A.I.C.D (Australian Institute of Company Directors). He is also an Licensed Estate Agent (C.E.A.)  and an Accredited Auctioneer.


Anthony Flapper – Treasurer
Anthony Flapper
Anthony has been a Board member of HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania since October 2013, and also a member of the Finance, Audit, Risk and Governance Committee. His involvement commenced via his connection with Rotary who organise an annual gala raising funds for HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania.

Anthony is a Partner in an Accounting and Financial Planning practice in Essendon Fields, having joined the firm after finishing his degree in 1999. He is a member of the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors), Family Business Australia accredited adviser, and holds qualifications allowing him to practice Accounting and Tax as well as Financial Planning and Wealth Management. On his weekends he can be seen rolling a few down on the greens of Essendon Bowls Club where he is head coach and spending time with family and friends.


Robert Cugno-page-0 (2)Robert Cugno – Secretary
Robert has served on the HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania Board since October 2015 and is also a member of the Marketing and Fundraising Subcommittee of HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania.

Robert has had an extensive career in education leadership and management with numerous Victorian Universities. He is now the founder and director of two businesses, PerformGrowProsper and Future U. Robert believes in the power of conversation and relationships between people and how these simple strategies can be applied for a greater good.

In his limited spare time Robert can be found spending time with his family, coaching a local women’s soccer team or supporting one of his two AFL teams, the Richmond Tigers and the Old Paradians AFC.


Anthony Mahady
Anthony joined the board of HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania in early 2016.  He is an experienced lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Legal studies), a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Applied Finance.  Anthony is currently working in the financial services sector in Melbourne.

Anthony has two young children (one with a heart condition) and has joined the board of HeartKids to assist in its desire to see a life unaffected by CHD.  While any free time is usually taken by his children he can occasionally be found on a basketball court or golf course, or watching his beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos.

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