Board of Directors


Chair of Urban Lifesavers, Gerard Smith, has a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Melbourne, is a Registered Architect with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

After working in England on community housing projects, he became a Director of Smith+Tracey Architects in 1982 and was Chairman until he retired in 2017. He is extensively involved in Educational and Community Projects through both the architectural practice and as a member of the community.

Gerard’s primary roles were to ensure the delivery of quality projects for clients and to mentor both new directors and staff at Smith+Tracey.

Gerard was a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Keilor East in 1983, President in 1994-1995 and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a District Governor’s Representative in 1995-1996. He is now an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club.

Anne Holland
Founding Director

Anne Holland, co-founder of Urban Lifesavers, is a public access defibrillation advocate, educator, presenter, speaker and author of international top ranked book ‘Back in a Heart Beat’.

Anne is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications in coronary care and more than twenty years’ experience in critical care nursing. She is also an accredited First Aid trainer, nurse immuniser, and former lecturer at TAFE.
Following the loss of her husband, Paul, to cardiac arrest, Anne became a passionate advocate of education to raise community awareness of the lifesaving role of defibrillators, by removing fear and empowering others to take immediate action to potentially save a life.

Anne is an experienced and accomplished speaker on the subject of improving survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest by layperson use of AEDs. She has a particular interest in promoting workplace safety and duty of care and her vision is to see automated external defibrillators (AED) included as key components of the emergency First Aid equipment available in all public spaces and workplaces.

Her book ‘Back in a Heart Beat’ busts the myths associated with sudden cardiac arrest and explains why bystanders can safely and effectively use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and restore someone to life.

It is Anne’s belief that anyone can be an urban lifesaver, if they just know how. She founded Urban Lifesavers to increase public awareness about the significance and incidence of cardiac arrest and how easily bystanders can save another’s life by quickly applying an AED. The ultimate goal is to achieve legislative change so that AEDs become standard inclusions in workplace First Aid kits.

Anne is a Rotarian with Brighton Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Linn Maskell
Founding Director

Linn Maskell, a founding director of Urban Lifesavers and passionate advocate of public access defibrillation, has been a primary school teacher for 40 years and has taught in both government and private schools.

She has a degree in Special Education focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder and has been a sessional lecturer at Melbourne University and Coburg Teacher’s College for Special Education and Mathematics.

She has also written curriculum documents for the education department in the area of mathematics and teacher professional development.
Linn was a councillor for the City of Brighton for four years. She has been a Rotarian since 1997, is past president of Brighton Beach Rotary Club (2012-13 & 2016-17).

She is a Rotarian at Brighton North Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Sarah Cleaver

Sarah Cleaver has a Bachelor of Science from University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University and recently completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Federation University.

Sarah has 10 years’ experience working as a physiotherapist, both in Australia and the UK. She gained project management experience working on two Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded projects in her role at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne.

In 2015, Sarah became a business partner at Health 4 Women Physiotherapy. She is also the Australasian distributor of Solidea Medical Compression products.

Sarah’s interest in Urban Lifesavers and passion for reducing deaths from sudden cardiac arrest intensified following the death of a close friend in 2014.

Alison Foenander

Alison is a Chartered Accountant with over 28 years’ experience working within the financial services industry. Alison has extensive experience working with private clients providing the full range of financial services ranging from accounting and taxation services, financial planning and wealth management, estate planning, intergenerational transfer of wealth strategies, asset allocation, superannuation and investment strategies and philanthropic activities, including establishment and operation of private foundations.

Alison is an authorised representative of Apogee Financial Planning and together with Phil Bretherton established Donegan’s Wealth Advisers in June 2012. Alison completed a Bachelor of Business (Acc) at RMIT and has subsequently completed a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning through the former Securities Institute of Australia (now the Financial Services Institute of Australia) and a Master of Laws(JD) at Monash University

Alison’s focus is on providing highly personalised financial advice to clients and developing long term relationships with clients.
In her spare time Alison is a passionate Hawthorn supporter and enjoys watching her three sons play sport, particularly hockey. Alison is also heavily involved in both club and regional hockey and is an advocate of the development of, and participation by players of all ages and abilities in the sport of hockey.​

Maree Porter

Maree has a bachelor of commerce from University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

A highly commercial Finance Executive with extensive experience in Manufacturing, Agri, FMCG and B2B companies, Maree has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to drive business performance.

After commencing her career at Deloitte, Maree’s career has included key finance roles within large multi-nationals including Nufarm, Orica, George Weston Foods and Huntsman Chemicals. Her early career included both external and internal audit roles and most recently, Maree was Head of Finance for Nufarm’s Australia & New Zealand Region, incorporating 4 businesses.

Maree is passionate about business partnering and building customer focussed teams. Her key strengths include clear and direct communications, considerable knowledge of broad business concepts and the ability to think strategically. Maree will bring Finance Skills, Focus on Governance and enthusiasm for the cause to the board of Urban Lifesavers. She is expecting to gain board level experience, develop new friendships / network and satisfaction of ‘giving back’