Foundation Board of Directors

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.

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon - Chair

Mr Dixon is the Chairman of the Garvan Research Foundation and also sits on the boards of Crown Resorts Limited and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

He 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.

Michael Cannon-BrookesMichael Cannon-Brookes

Mr Cannon-Brookes is a Director of Cannon-Brookes Consulting Pty Ltd. He retired from IBM in July 2012, where he was IBM’s Vice President, Global Strategy for Growth Markets, based in Shanghai, China. Mr Cannon-Brookes, a UK citizen, took Australian citizenship in 1994. He graduated with Honors in Law from Cambridge University. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in July 2013.

Gabriel Farago

Gabriel Farago

Mr 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 latest books –The Empress Holds the Key and The Hidden Genes of Professor K– were released in 2013/16. In 1984, Mr Farago became a member of the Knightly Order of Vitez.

Loftus Harris

Loftus Harris AM

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 Mattick

John Mattick AO FAA

Professor Mattick is the Garvan Institute Executive Director and Conjoint Professor at UNSW Sydney / 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 McCabe

Helen McCabe

Ms McCabe is the Head of Lifestyle for at Nine Entertainment Co. Prior to this she was Editor-in-Chief at the The Australian Women’s Weekly, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Night Editor of The Australian and held key roles on The Daily Telegraph.

She is also on the board of the Australian Indigenous Education Fund and an Ambassador for Adopt Change. 

Simon MordantSimon Mordant AM

Mr Mordant is Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners. He is also the Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Lend Lease Barangaroo Public Art Committee, a board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, MOMA PS1 in New York, Wharton Executive Board in Asia , a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome 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.

John Schubert

John Schubert AO

Dr Schubert is Chairman of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and a director of the Garvan Research Foundation Board. He has held positions as Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Plc, and Qantas Airways Limited, Chief Executive Officer of 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 graduated in Medicine, has a post graduate degree in Applied Finance and Investment, BA (literature), was on the Board of Bluearth, flew her Beechcraft Baron from California to Australia via Europe, and races Etchells yachts including recent wins in the Australasian, Queensland and Victorian state championships.


Peter YoungPeter Young, AM

Mr Young formally joined Standard Life Investments in 2013 as their Australasia Chairman. He is also currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Theatre Company, and a member of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority Board.

He is a recipient of the Centenary Medal and in 2008 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to business and commerce.