Our Board

The HOPES Inc board consists of a dedicated group of committed volunteer members.

Learn more about the HOPES Inc Board

HOPES Inc are always looking for new talent to add to our board. If you’re are interested, please contact us.

Alison Jacob


Alison is now retired after 35 years in the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, most recently as Deputy Secretary of both Departments. 

She has an honours degree in psychology and a Master of Special Education and has worked with people living with disability and their families throughout most of her career. She is currently registered as a non-practicing psychologist and assists several community organisations particularly in relation to policy and strategic planning.

Sue Hodgson

Vice President

Sue has had almost 30 years experience living and working with people with acquired brain injury, having co-founded Headway Tasmania in 1986, and then becoming a founding member of HOPES in 1993.

Sue has a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Masters Degree in Social Science (social research). She is a past chair of the Ministers Disability Advisory Committee and is passionate about people living with a disability having the right to productive lives in the community.

Marion Cooper

Treasurer and Public Officer

Marion has had 35 years living and working with people with an Acquired Brain Injury, serving on the Board of Headway as Fund Raising Coordinator for many of these years.    She is the founding Director of the Des Cooper Foundation that provides funds to support people living with brain injury, their families and friends.

She has been providing community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay and involved with many other community projects for many years.

She was awarded an OAM in 2018 in recognition of her contribution to the community.

Harun Abdullah

Board Member

Harun worked in the community sector for 11 years assisting men with issues concerning homelessness and drug and alcohol.

Harun has been employed in the Australian Public Service for 27 years and currently works for the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) in a face to face customer service role.

Harun has been actively involved in Muslim community organisations for over 30 years and is currently Trustee of Hobart Mosque  and a Board Member of the Islamic College of Melbourne.

He has a B.A (Hons) from University of Tasmania with majors in History and Political Science.

Harun has personal experience of Acquired Brain Injury and the challenges faced in making a successful return to employment.

Harun is an enthusiastic supporter of Hobart Hurricanes in the T20 Big Bash.

Gillian Whitehouse

Board Member

Practising qualified Physiotherapist for over 50 years.

  • Scope of work has been wide reaching including general conditions e.g.  medical, surgical, respiratory, neurology  & special interest in both clinical and  holistic approaches within the spheres of Women’s Health ,  health promotion,  neurology and gerontology.
  • In all settings i.e. Acute, Community Health for over 30 years, Aged Care
  • Enjoyed working in a multidisciplinary team framework
  • Trainer and Assessor Cert IV for over 15 years which included creating and delivering training packages that contributed to Allied Health Assistants in Tasmania (Cert IV); this qualification only expired in recent years

Board directorship positions held include:-

  • Anglicare Tasmania- for 10 years
  • District 9830 Rotary (Tasmania) -over 10 years
  • Parkinsons Tasmania (current)

Married with 2 adult sons, and enjoys time with them and their families (including 3 grandsons)