Governance

In 1984, the New South Wales Parliament passed the Garvan Institute of Medical Research Act that incorporated Garvan as an autonomous, non-profit research institute. Garvan's affairs are overseen by two Boards of Directors: the Garvan Institute and the Garvan Research Foundation Boards

The Garvan Institute Board is empowered to determine policy and to control the affairs of the Institute as laid down in the NSW Parliament Garvan Institute of Medical Research Act 1984. The Board approves and supervises the delegation of authority to its various committees. Garvan’s Board meets quarterly and comprises 15 members, nominated by Garvan's various stakeholders and appointed by the Governor of New South Wales and the Executive Director of the Institute, who is also appointed by the Board.

The Garvan Research Foundation Board was established in 1981 to assist and support the newly-formed Garvan Research Foundation. The Foundation provides the Institute with an additional source of research funds by attracting financial support from companies and individuals. Over the years, the Foundation has evolved to become Garvan's marketing and fundraising arm. The Garvan Research Foundation Board is subject to the ultimate direction of the Garvan Institute Board.

Garvan Institute Board of Directors

John Schubert AO

John Schubert

Chair, Nominated by the Trustees of St Vincent's Hospital

Dr Schubert is a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Plc, chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and member of the Garvan Research Foundation Board.

Previously, he was CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Pioneer International Limited, Chairman of WorleyParsons Limited and G2 Therapies Ltd, Chairman and MD of Esso Australia Ltd, and non-executive director of Hanson Plc.
 

Annabelle Bennett AO SC

Annabelle BennettThe Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC was until recently a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. She is presently Chancellor of Bond University and on the Advisory Council for Questacon.

Dr Bennett has extensive knowledge and experience in intellectual property arising from her position as a Judge, as a Senior Counsel specialising in Intellectual Property and as President of the Copyright Tribunal.

 

 

Annette Cunliffe RSC

Annette Cunliffe

Nominated by the Sisters of Charity

Sister Annette was the Sisters of Charity Congregational Leader. She has been president of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, President of Catholic Religious Australia, Inaugural Chair of the Stewardship Board of Catholic Health Australia, and a senior lecturer at the Australian Catholic University.

She is one of two executive officers of the National Committee for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in Australia.
 

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon

Nominated by the Garvan Research Foundation

Mr Dixon, Chairman of the Garvan Research Foundation, also sits on the boards of Crown Resorts Limited, Adslot Limited and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is an Ambassador to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

He has worked in the media, mining and aviation industries, and was Chief Executive of Qantas Airways from 2001 to 2008 and Chairman of Tourism Australia from 2009 to 2015.
 
 

Stephen Johns 

Stephen Johns

Nominated by the Garvan Research Foundation

Mr Johns is Chairman of Brambles Limited and a former chairman and non-executive director of Leighton Holdings Limited and Spark Infrastructure Group, and former non-executive director of Westfield Group.

He has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Company Directors.

 

Anne Keating

Anne Keating

Nominated by the NSW Minister for Health

Ms Keating is a director of Goodman Group Ltd, Reva medical Inc and GI Dynamics Inc. She is also Chairman of Houlihan Lokey, Australia, an investment bank and is a governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation.

She has served on many public company boards and was an inaugural director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

 

Thomas John (Jack) Martin

Thomas John (Jack) Martin

Nominated by the Federal Minister for Health

Emeritus Professor Martin is a John Holt Fellow, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of
Melbourne. He was previously the of Director of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the Chairman of the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine.

A Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Australian Academy of Science, he was also President of the International Bone and Mineral Society.
 

John Mattick AO FAA

John Mattick

Nominated by the Garvan Board of Directors

Professor Mattick is the Garvan Institute Executive Director and Conjoint Professor at UNSW / St Vincent's Hospital Clinical School. Previously he was foundation Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.

His many awards include the Australian Government Centenary Medal and the Human Genome Organisation’s Chen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Human Genomic and Genetic Research.
 

Helen Nugent AO

Helen Nugent

Nominated by the NSW Minister for Health

Dr Nugent is Chairman of Australian Rail Track Corporation and a non-executive director of Origin Energy. She has been chairman of Veda Group, Funds SA, Swiss Re (Australia), and Sydney Airport and a non-executive director of Macquarie Group, Mercantile Mutual, and the State Bank of NSW, among others.

She is an Officer of the Order of Australia and a recipient of the Australian Government Centenary Medal.

 

Patricia O'Rourke

Patricia O'Rourke

Nominated by the Sisters of Charity

Professor O’Rourke is the CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia’s Public Hospitals Division. She also serves on the boards of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, VESKI and the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Harvard Business Club of Australia.

 
 

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Nominated by the Trustees of St Vincent's Hospital

Dr Kelly is a founding partner of One-Ventures and serves as a member of the Investment Committee and Risk Management Committee and is Managing Director of the Fund Manager. An Australian physician, serial entrepreneur and experienced biotechnology and life sciences executive, he currently has over 30 years experience in clinical medicine and medical science and 20 years experience in commercialising life science related technologies in Australia, Europe and North America.

 

Rodney Phillips

Rodney Phillips

Nominated by UNSW Australia

Professor Phillips, Dean of UNSW Medicine, is an immunologist whose research impacted the world’s understanding of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. He described, for the first time, how the HIV virus evades the body’s immune defences.

Previously, Professor Phillips was Vice-Dean of Medical Sciences at Oxford University and Director of the Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research.

 

Anthony Schembri

Anthony Schembri

Nominated by the Sisters of Charity

Professor Schembri, CEO of St Vincent’s Heath Network, holds academic appointments with the St Vincent’s Clinical Schools, of UNSW and Australian Catholic University.

He is a director of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, co-chair of the Nursing Research Institute and a trustee of the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Unit.

 
 

Russell Scrimshaw

Russell Scrimshaw

Nominated by the Federal Minister for Health

Mr Scrimshaw is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sirius Minerals Plc and the Executive Chairman of Torrus Capital P/L.

Previously, he held executive positions at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG), Commonwealth Properties Ltd, EDS Australia, Mobilesoft Ltd, Telecom New Zealand Australia Pty Ltd, Garvan Research Foundation and Athletics Australia.

 
 

Jillian Segal AM

Jillian Segal

Nominated by UNSW Australia

Ms Segal is currently a director of NAB, Deputy Chancellor UNSW, Chairman of AICC (NSW) and the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a member of the Australian War Memorial Council and Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.

She has been a senior regulator, lawyer and a director of other listed and Government organisations.

 
 

 

Garvan Research Foundation Board of Directors

Geoff Dixon

Chair

Geoff Dixon

Mr Dixon is a director of the Garvan Institute Board and also sits on the boards of Crown Resorts Limited, Adslot Limited and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and is an Ambassador to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

He has worked in the media, mining and aviation industries, and was Chief Executive of Qantas Airways from 2001 to 2008 and Chairman of Tourism Australia from 2009 to 2015.

 

 

Jane Allen

Jane Allen

Ms Allen runs a Governance Advisory business. Previously she was a managing partner at Egon Zehnder, where she also held a leadership role across Asia Pacific. A member of Chief Executive Women, Ms Allen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.

She has also worked for Procter & Gamble in the US and Australia.




Bruce Baird AM

Bruce Baird

The Hon Bruce Baird was a member of the Australian Trade Commission and parliaments of NSW and the Commonwealth from 1998-2007.

Mr Baird is Chairman of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and sits on the boards of Sydney Theatre Company and Cubic International. He is also a patron of the Asylum Seeker Centre. 




Gabriel Farago

Gabriel FaragoMr Farago practised as a solicitor and barrister for over 30 years, specialising in commercial disputes in Australia and overseas, before becoming a full-time international thriller writer.

His books –The Empress Holds the Key and The Disappearance of Anna Popov – were released in 2013/14. In 1984, Mr Farago became a member of the Knightly Order of Vitez.




Loftus Harris AM

Loftus Harris

Mr Harris is a professional non-executive director and an advisor to industry and government. He has been chair and member of numerous national, state and industry bodies concerned with issues of economic development, international trade and investment, infrastructure, innovation and technology.

He previously held various executive positions in the NSW, Queensland and Commonwealth public sectors. 

 

 

John Landerer CBE AM

John Landerer

Mr Landerer, CBE, AM, LLB (Syd), LLD, is a solicitor and director of a number of private companies.

He is a Fellow of the University of Sydney, Honorary Doctor at Macquarie University, Fellow of Tel Aviv University, Member of the Order of Australia, Commander of the British Empire and Commander in the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity.

 


 

John Mattick AO FAA

John Mattick

Professor Mattick is the Garvan Institute Executive Director and Conjoint Professor at UNSW / St Vincent's Hospital Clinical School. Previously he was foundation Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland.

His many awards include the Australian Government Centenary Medal and the Human Genome Organisation’s Chen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Human Genomic and Genetic Research.

 
 

Simon Mordant AM

Simon Mordant

Mr Mordant is Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners.

He is also the Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, a board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, MOMA PS1 in New York, Wharton Executive Board in Asia and a member of the Executive Committee of Tate International Council and a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

 

Helga Neidhart RSC

Helga NeidhartDr Neidhart is an Australian Catholic University Senior Lecturer, Educational Leadership and a director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and the Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham. She is a member of the Australian Bishops’ Council for Pastoral Research, and the governing councils of Guildford Young College, Mount Carmel College and the Association of Catholic Colleges, Hobart. Dr Neidhart was the Principal of St Columba’s College for approximately 20 years. 

 
 

Brad Rees

Brad Rees

Mr Rees is involved in a number of charitable, arts and educational interests and is a director of a private investment company. He was a managing director and equity partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Mr Rees was with the firm for 23 years and provided financial and investment banking advice to corporations and governments in Australia and overseas.

 

 

John Schubert AO

John Schubert

Dr Schubert is a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Plc, chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and member of the Garvan Research Foundation Board.

Previously, he was CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Pioneer International Limited, Chairman of WorleyParsons Limited and G2 Therapies Ltd, Chairman and MD of Esso Australia Ltd, and non-executive director of Hanson Plc.


 

Jeanne-Claude Strong

Jeanne-Claude Strong

Dr Strong is a qualified medical practitioner. Dr Strong established and ran three medical clinics in Melbourne and Sydney, focusing on occupational, sports and preventative medicine and stressing the importance of lifestyle management.

She was a member of the Advisory Board of Bluearth and has a passion for yacht racing with an occasional foray in international regattas.