Supporting people in hospitals across South Australia through vital health and medical research and improved patient care.
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THRF adopts extremely high transparency standards when reporting our financials.
Supports research into the detection, management & treatment of breast cancer.
Funding research into prostate cancer prevention, detection & treatment.
Improving heart health through advances in knowledge & research to beat heart disease.
Our aim is to reduce & eliminate the high incidence of chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
Supports health and wellbeing research & programs for veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.
Driving collaboration, innovation & research to develop best-practice arts, design & health programs.
Supporting world-class stroke research to improve prevention, diagnosis & acute treatment to cure stroke.
Providing donor stool to treat patients with bowel conditions and foster research into faecal transplant as a treatment.
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Dr Stephen Rodda (Chair) is Chief Executive of UniSA Ventures Pty Ltd, the technology commercialisation and investment management arm of the University of South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide gaining a first class honours degree, a PhD in Biochemistry and was awarded the University Medal. Subsequently he was awarded the prestigious CJ Martin and Arthritis Foundation fellowships for post-doctoral training at Harvard University. Dr Rodda has a combined 16 years of experience in the areas of scientific research, research management, technology commercialisation, investment management and corporate governance. Dr Rodda holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.
John MacPhail (Deputy Chair) is a partner of Lynch Meyer Lawyers, a leading Adelaide law firm providing a range of services for small-to-medium enterprises, large corporations and not-for-profit organisations. John has more than 30 years’ experience working in commercial law in firms in London, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide as an intellectual property and technology law specialist. 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 practising lawyer he advises clients working in a wide range of industries, particularly medical and healthcare, biotechnology, wine, retail, sports, education and research, marketing and sponsorship, and ITC.
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, the American Heart Association and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is the Michell Professor of Medicine and the Director of Research for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network’.
Professor Peter Hewett is a Clinical Professor of Surgery with the Adelaide University Discipline of Surgery and is Head of Colorectal Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He has published more than 130 articles in peer reviewed journals and has held three NHMRC grants. Prof Hewett has developed and is the coordinator of the Adelaide University Masters Course in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He is chairman of Colorectal Surgery which is a busy 8 surgeon private colorectal practice based in North Adelaide.
Luciana Larkin is the lead partner of Tregloans, an established and respected Chartered Accountancy practice. As a sharp and strategic thinker, she applies her expertise in financial, complex tax & business transactions to deliver effective outcomes. Luciana brings this professional expertise and strong focus on accountability & governance to the THRF Board together with experience as a trusted advisor to numerous other Corporate Boards and not-for-profit bodies.
John Woodward has more than 25 years’ experience in technology related change programs, projects and consulting services across industries including the health, water, energy, and entertainment sectors. John is Non-Executive Director at Statewide Super, an Elected Member (Councillor) with West Torrens City Council, and lectures at the University of Adelaide (Masters of Project Management). John holds an MBA specialising in technology management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. He is also certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. John joined the Board of The Hospital Research Foundation in 2013.
For the last 26 years MaryLou Bishop has run a surgical devices company selling highly technical operating room equipment into our largest hospitals across SA, WA and NT. MaryLou has a strong understanding of the medical world and the health industry. In 2014 MaryLou was elected a councillor to The Town of Walkerville. For spiritual and artistic nurturing MaryLou has become involved in the philanthropic Chairman’s Circle which supports The Adelaide Festival of Arts. She joined the Board of The Hospital Research Foundation in 2014.
Valerie Timms has more than 18 years experience in Adelaide’s competitive real estate industry. After only two years, Valerie was the number one sales person for a large franchise group and went on to run her own award winning office for nine years. Six years ago she created her own independent real estate company – Timms Real Estate. Valerie is a skilled salesperson, coach and mentor within the property sector and is dedicated to serving the community and helping others achieve business success.
Alison Creagh is the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. She is also Chair of the Board of Governors for THRF’s charitable affiliate, The Road Home and a Committee Member of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project.
Alison was educated at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and joined the Australian Regular Army in 1985 graduating from the Officer Cadet School Portsea. Alison retired from the Army in 2015 as a Brigadier after a 30 year career and remains a member of the Australian Army Reserve.
During her career in the Army Alison held numerous appointments from Lieutenant to Brigadier in a range of roles including operations, capability development, acquisition, personnel management, public affairs, strategic communication and event management. She commanded the Defence Force School of Signals, responsible for delivering Information and Communication Technology training to the Australian Defence Force, and the independent 145th Signal Squadron. She served on operations in Cambodia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Alison was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation for significant contributions to roles during her career.
Alison has a Master in Management Studies (Project Management) and a Master in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales, and Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Studies and Communications and Information Systems. She was awarded a CEW /WLIA scholarship in 2014 to attend the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School.
Paul Flynn (Chief Executive Officer) came to The Hospital Research Foundation team in 2009 to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. Paul 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 a previous recipient of the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in SA/NT and was also previously awarded the 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 as well as Hospitals and Universities, contributing to the health and well-being of all Australians. In November 2017, Paul was appointed as an independent Director of Medvet Sciences Pty Ltd, the medical research support and commercialisation arm of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network in SA Health.
Andrew Mannix is a General Manager with Liebherr Australia, engaged in delivering and supporting Liebherr’s world leading, ultra class, mining equipment to Australia’s Mining Industry.
Prior to joining Liebherr in 2013, he spent 23 years in the Defence Industry initially in Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management. Andrew served 12 years as a General Manager within BAE Systems leading and growing three business units. Andrew is a proven leader of large and diverse businesses that have employed thousands of Australians nationally, accompanied by significant financial responsibilities. He spends time supporting community sporting clubs in administration and coaching and has been a board member of The Road Home since late 2014.
Through spending a significant part of his career in the Defence Industry, Andrew has worked amongst people serving in our Defence Forces, shoulder to shoulder with veterans in businessand has seen and listened to Australian service men and women before and after deployment.
Whilst Andrew believes his contribution to The Road Home doesn’t compare to the contribution people have made in the service of their country, he is proud to contribute in a small way to their need for care when it is required as part of the Board of Governors.
Well known as a cook, teacher, entrepreneur, author and radio personality, Rilka Warbanoff started her career in the family business, winning the South Australian Tourism Award in 1982. She later established an executive placement business, acting as a global corporate head-hunter and twice being named a finalist in the prestigious Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards.
She was the voice of culinary culture on the Drive program on 774 ABC Melbourne before returning to Adelaide where she published Rilka’s Feasts in 2012 and joined FIVEaa as resident foodie and guest presenter.
Realising that up to 40% of Australians have some type of dietary restrictions, Rilka set up her cooking school to teach people how they can prepare cost-effective, nutritious food in their own kitchens without sacrificing flavour and variety.
Business Development Committee
MaryLou Bishop (Chair), Valerie Timms, Paul Flynn, Fiona Smithson, Briony Marshall, Karen May
Governance and Risk Committee
John MacPhail (Chair), Stephen Rodda, John Woodward, Paul Flynn, Anna Nolan
Alison Creagh (Chair), John Woodward, John MacPhail, Brock Sperryn, Paul Flynn, Briony Marshall, Anna Nolan
Finance and Audit Committee
Luciana Larkin (Chair), Stephen Rodda, Alison Creagh, Ken Milne, Paul Flynn, Anna Nolan, Briony Marshall
Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
Valerie Timms (Chair), John McPhail, Stephen Rodda, Paul Flynn, Briony Marshall