Our board and team
The board of the Aspen Foundation comprises of:
Amelda Keys GAICD (Chair)
Amelda (Mel) is a shared owner of Aspen Medical and is Chair of the Aspen Foundation. Mel is a qualified Social Worker and has had an extensive career in the child and family, Health and Disability sectors. Mel also has qualifications in Business, Pastoral Care and Mothercraft Nursing and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mel is passionate about giving back to the community and for many years now, she has been involved with and supported numerous Not for Profit organisations, in particular in the areas of disability, indigenous health, housing and food rescue.
Glenn Keys AO (Co-founder of Aspen Medical)
Glenn Keys is the co-founder and co-Executive Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Glenn had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His service saw him undertake a range of tasks from training to test flying and engineering to logistics support for Army aircraft.
In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen Medical with his long-time friend, Dr Andrew Walker. A decade on and Aspen Medical has a team of over 2,000 and operates across 3 continents and 14 countries, from Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK.
A passionate advocate of business having a Social Purpose, Glenn has placed social responsibility and community involvement at the heart of Aspen Medical’s culture. A percentage of the company’s profits are allocated to the Aspen Foundation, which was established in 2009 and today is dedicated to the rackling health issues that are often forgotten or missed by larger campaigns. For example the Foundation has been involved in the eradication of the eye disease Trachoma as well as scabies in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.
On a personal note, Glenn also sits on a number of Boards in the healthcare sector, disability sector and social businesses. In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In November 2014, Glenn was awarded the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and represented the ACT at the National Australia Day Awards in January 2015. Glenn is the founder and Chair of Project Independence, a housing initiative for people with intellectual disabilities, which was officially launched in Canberra in February 2015. He and his wife has provided the funding and support to establish and operate this project. In 2017, for distinguished service to the community of the ACT, through contributions to disability, business and commerce and as an advocate for corporate social responsibility, Glenn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the general division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dr Andrew Walker B.Med, B.Med Sci (Hons), MBA (Excutive Chairman and Co-founder of Aspen Medical)
Andrew founded Aspen Medical in 2003, with business partner, and life long friend, Glenn Keys, to provide outsourced health solutions for Government and other large Organisations. Today, Aspen Medical is a highly successful International Company employing some 2200 personnel in Australia, the Pacific, West Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the USA.
In 1998, prior to founding Aspen Medical, Andrew started Matrix Healthcare Pty Ltd, a national, vertically integrated healthcare business around the diagnosis and treatment of Skin Cancer before selling to IPN (a Division of Sonic Healthcare Ltd).
Andrew is a ‘serial entrepreneur’ having started some 10 businesses including being a Founding Director of ASX listed Resonance Healthcare Ltd and Ritract Ltd. From 2006 to 2010 he was founding Chairman of Generic Health Pty Ltd a provider of generic pharmaceuticals which was successfully sold to Indian multinational, Lupin Pharmaceutical Inc. In 2007 he helped found and became Chairman of Flexicar Pty Ltd, a disruptive car share business which was later sold to Hertz International. From 2008 to 2011 he was a Founding Director at investment bank, Wingate Group.
In 2014 Andrew was inducted into EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame. In October 2016, EY named Dr Andrew Walker and Glenn Keys the 2016 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year.
Andrew is the Past-Chairman of the Melbourne Chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation. He has graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Medicine and Medical Science from Newcastle University and on graduation won the AMA Prize for 1986. In 2015 he was appointed a Conjoint Professor of Practice at the Newcastle University’s School of Medicine. He also has a MBA from The University of Melbourne. Andrew won the University of Newcastle Alumni Award 2016 for National Leadership.
Before starting his business career, Andrew was as officer in the Australian Army in Australia’s elite parachute regiment. Andrew’s hobbies include flying (Power and Soaring), classic cars and reading.
The board is supported by Aspen Medical Staff:
Craig Fitzgerald - Executive General Manager - International Operations & CSR l CEO Aspen Foundation
Craig served 20 years in the Australian Army, primarily as an Infantry Officer. On leaving the Army in 2005 Craig joined Aspen Medical and since then has held a number of positions within the organisation, from Country Manager Solomon Islands to Director Operations (2006-2011).
In 2012 Craig was appointed the National Manager of Aspen’s Defence contract. Currently Craig is Aspen’s General Manager for Overseas Operations. He is responsible for Aspen Medical’s overseas entities in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, UAE and West Africa. As well as opening new markets in US, Asia, Europe and Africa.
In September 2014 Craig was a member of the Aspen team that negotiated contracts with USAID and DFAT (Department Foreign Affairs and Trade) for the establishment of Ebola Treatment Units in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In November 2014 he deployed Liberia to set up the programs.
Craig is also the CEO of the Aspen Foundation and Director Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Aspen Foundation supports organisations working on eradicating diseases in indigenous communities in Australia (primarily Trachoma and Scabies) as well as funding indigenous nursing scholarships. Aspen’s CSR program focuses on disability support and advocacy services in Australia and overseas. Craig has a Masters of Management, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company’s and is currently studying Impact Investing. He is also the Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber Social Enterprise Taskforce and holds a number of board positions on both for profit and for purpose organisations.