Lee Michaelis (Chair) is the Principle at The Organik Store in Glenelg, SA. Lee has extensive background within the media, having spent over 20 years with senior management experience in sales and marketing roles. Lee has also spent over four years within the insurance category as State Manager of SGIC. Bringing a diversity of opinion and experience to the board derived from the benefit of dealing with many businesses during her career Lee is passionate about The Hospital Research Foundation and the tireless work undertaken by the staff and researchers, all with the aim of delivering first class medical research.
John MacPhail (Deputy Chair) is a partner of Finlaysons, one of Australia’s oldest commercial law firms where he heads the Intellectual Property, Technology & Commercialisation group. John has more than 25 years’ experience working in law firms in London, Sydney and Melbourne. He is a past President of the Copyright Society of Australia, and taught part-time as a postgraduate university law lecturer and professional examiner on intellectual property subjects. As a practicing lawyer he advises clients working in a wide range of industries, particularly biotechnology, wine, retail, sports marketing and sponsorship, ICT and the medical/healthcare area.
Leading cardiologist Professor John Beltrame brings a medical perspective to the board. He has degrees in both science and medicine, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the European Society of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is the Michell Professor of Medicine and a senior consultant cardiologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Professor Richard Ruffin is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He has more than 20 years experience working as a Respiratory Physician at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Health Service after 12 years at Flinders Medical Centre. Professor Ruffin trained at Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne before spending three years as a respiratory research fellow at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Professor Ruffin is interested in teaching and training undergraduate and postgraduate students. In terms of research, he continues to participate in projects such as a population study of risk factors for chronic disease and asthma and the role of zinc in asthma.
Associate Professor Richard D’Andrea has been a Chief Medical Scientist in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Haematology/Oncology Department since 2005. A/Prof D’Andrea has published extensively in the area leukemia, the molecular genetics of blood diseases and the biology of stem cells. He is an inventor on 3 patents which have been granted and licensed. He is a member of the Grant Review Panels for the NH&MRC (Oncology) and the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and is co-Chair of the Organising and Scientific committees for the New Directions in Leukaemia Conference which is held every 2 years. He is on the Executive of the Australian Familial Hematological Study (AFHCS) and is currently a member of the Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Sub-speciality Groups in the Haematology Directorate, SA Pathology.
Ken Milne is the Director of Milne Architects Pty Ltd and adds a different aspect to the board. He received a Diploma of Architecture at the University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Until recently, he was also a board member on the Chapter Council of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.
Melinda OLeary commenced working for Nova Defence in 2002. As Human Resource Manager she has used her extensive experience to assist Nova with recruitment, introducing Human Resources procedures, workforce planning and the development and implementation of new business systems. Prior to joining Nova Aerospace, Melinda held senior positions in several recruitment firms. She has been the State Operations Manager for Select Staff, and State Manager for both Manpower Services and Kelly Services. Melinda who completed the company director course in 2008 and joined the board of The Hospital Research Foundation in 2010.
John Hender is the State Manager of Perpetual Ltd Private Wealth Division. He has worked extensively in the financial services industry for over 25 years. He has been involved in sales and marketing, consulting and business development as well as management. John has a long history of community work and has been a board member of the Research Foundation for eight years.
Luciana Larkin is a respected partner of Tregloans, an established Chartered Accountancy practice. Her key expertise is financial analysis & evaluation of complex tax & business transactions and application of business acumen & experience in accounting & taxation to deliver effective outcomes. Luciana brings this professional expertise & strong focus on accountability & governance to THRF Board together with experience from other not-for-profit boards.
Paul Flynn (Chief Executive Officer) is an innovative and entrepreneurial Executive who has earned a stellar reputation for achievement during a multifaceted career in both the Finance and Not for Profit sectors. He has been acknowledged for his contribution by being awarded the 2005 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in SA/NT and was also awarded the 2006 Equity Trustees Australian CEO Award for Innovation. Paul is passionate about the opportunity to help medical and scientific researchers in their important voyage of discovery which will benefit all Australians. Paul brings advanced skills to The Hospital Research Foundation in the areas of Leadership, Sales Management, Property Development and Management, Change Management, Financial Risk Management, Employee and Organisation Development and Employee Relations. He is delighted to be working with the team at THRF and The Institute, contributing to the health and well-being of all Australians.
Risk and Governance
John MacPhail (Chair), Ken Milne, Prof Richard Ruffin & Paul Flynn
Finance & Audit
Luciana Larkin (Chair), John Hender, Paul Flynn & Anna Nolan
Melinda O’Leary (Chair), Lee Michaelis, John MacPhail, Paul Flynn, Briony Willoughby
John Hender (Chair), Lee Michaelis, Paul Flynn, Steve Rodda, Fiona Smithson