Ms Melinda OLeary

Ms Melinda OLeary (Chair) is a co-founder, and consultant with Nova Systems, an Engineering and Project Management company, which employs more than 300 staff around Australia, Singapore and The United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Nova, Melinda held senior positions in several recruitment firms including State Operations Manager for Select Staff, and State Manager for both Manpower Services and Kelly Services. She joined The Hospital Research Foundation in 2010 as a Board Member has used her extensive experience in business and HR both at a board level and as former Chair of the HR committee. She joined the Board of the Lifetime Support Authority in October 2013 and is a former board member with “Time for Kids”. Melinda has been a Time for Kids volunteer carer since 2006.


John MacPhail

John MacPhail (Deputy Chair) is a partner of Lynch Meyer Lawyers, a leading Adelaide law firm providing a vast range of useful services for small-to-medium enterprises, large corporations and not-for-profit organisations. 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 practising lawyer he advises clients working in a wide range of industries, particularly medical and healthcare, biotechnology, wine, retail, sports, marketing and sponsorship, and ITC.


Professor John Beltrame

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 Cardiology Academic Lead for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

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Professor Peter Hewett

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 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and has held three NHMRC grants. Prof Hewett is also currently chairman of the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital Clinical Review Committee and teaches at the Adelaide University Masters Course in Minimally Invasive Surgery.


Ken Milne

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. He is a Past President and former Chapter Councillor of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, he was National Chair of RAIA Public Affairs Committee & Awards Director. He was also a Board member & Deputy Chair of the Rostrevor College for 10 years overseeing the formulation & introduction of the College Master Plan.


Luciana Larkin

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.


Dr Stephen Rodda

Dr Stephen Rodda 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 Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.


John Woodward

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 a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. John joined the Board of The Hospital Research Foundation in 2013.


MaryLou Bishop

For the last 23 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. She joined The Hospital Research Foundation in 2014.


Valerie Timms

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. Five years ago she created her own independent real estate company – Timms Real Estate. Valerie is a skilled coach and mentor within the property sector and is dedicated to serving the community and helping others achieve business success.


Air Vice-Marshal Brent Espeland AM (retd)

Brent Espeland enjoyed a career in the Royal Australian Air Force spanning 36 years.  He is an experienced commander, having held unit and formation command twice as well as having tenure as the Air Officer Commanding Training Command and Deputy Chief of Air Force.  His final military service position was on secondment to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he was responsible for the coordination of security and intelligence at the national level for the Sydney 2000 Games.

A second career followed with ten years in senior sports administration at the Australian Sports Commission with a focus on the governance of national sporting organisations, sports science and medicine and the fight against drugs in sport.

Now retired, he works actively in support of a number of worthwhile causes.  He is National President of the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association, immediate past National President and current South Australian President of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia, a Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Round Table, a member of the Air Force Heritage Advisory Committee and is especially pleased to serve as a member of the National Council of the Australian Air Force Cadets.

He is also actively involved as a founding and steering group member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations which works closely with the Australian government, the opposition and the cross benches to shape policies for past, present and future members of the Australian Defence Force.

More recently, following the merger of The Repat Foundation with The Hospital Research Foundation he became Chair of the Board of Governors and a Board Member of those respective organisations, and in June 2016 was appointed Chair of the Veterans’ Advisory Council to the South Australian Government.


Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC (retd)

Alison Creagh is the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. She is also a Member of the Australian War Memorial Council, a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation and The Repat Foundation 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

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.


Board Sub Committees

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, Brent Espeland, Paul Flynn, Anna Nolan



Finance and Audit Committee

Luciana Larkin (Chair), Melinda OLeary, Alison Creagh, Ken Milne, Paul Flynn, Anna Nolan, Briony Marshall

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Valerie Timms (Chair)John McPhail, Melinda OLeary, Paul Flynn, Briony Marshall