Foundation leadership

Andrew Giles
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Giles

Andrew joined the Garvan Research Foundation in 2011.

Prior to joining Garvan he was CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He also worked with leading not-for-profits including The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children, The Scots College, Bellevue Hill, The University of Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

As well as being CEO of Garvan Research Foundation, Andrew is a Director of Research Australia, and a Director of Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Mara-Jean Tilley
Director of Philanthropy

Brad Timms
Director of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising


FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Garvan Research Foundation Board was established in 1981. The Foundation provides an additional source of research funds by attracting financial support from companies and individuals. The Board is subject to the ultimate direction of the Garvan Institute Board.

Russell Scrimshaw

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Mr Scrimshaw is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sirius Minerals Plc and the Executive Chairman of Torrus Capital P/L, the Australian Philanthropic Fund, the Scrimshaw Foundation and Scrimshaw Nominees P/L. Previously, he held executive positions at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG), Commonwealth Bank, Optus and IBM. He was also a non-executive director of Genome.One, Commonwealth Properties Ltd, EDS Australia, Mobilesoft Ltd, Telecom New Zealand Australia Pty Ltd, and Athletics Australia. Mr Scrimshaw is a non-executive director of the Garvan Institute.

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Chris Goodnow

Chris Goodnow is an internationally renowned immunologist. He joined Garvan in 2015. Chris has an extensive background on the faculty of Stanford University and the Australian National University, and in biotechnology start-up companies. He is best known for integrating molecular genetics and genomics with immunology, for which he received numerous awards and election to the Australian Academy of Science, the UK Royal Society, and the US National Academy of Science.

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.

Hamish McLennan

Mr McLennan is a media and marketing industry executive with over 30 years’ of experience.  He is Chairman of REA Group and a non-executive director of Magellan Financial group. He was Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ten Network Holdings until July 2015 and prior to this he was Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corp (formerly News Corporation). Mr McLennan has also held the role of global Chairman of Young & Rubicam, part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. 

In 2017, Mr McLennan joined technology start-up Tiger Pistol in an advisory capacity. He has previously served on the Boards of Directors for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the US Ad Council.

 

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Nick Abrahams

Mr Abrahams is the Global Head of Technology and Innovation at Norton Rose Fulbright and has deep commercial expertise and global networks in the technology space.

He is a non-executive director on ASX300 software company, Integrated Research. He is a director of the Institute for Economics and Peace and is on the board of the Vodafone Foundation.

Mr Abrahams is past President of the Australian Communications and Media Law Association and writes regularly on technology and future trends for The Australian Financial Review. He is the author of the No.1 Kindle Business book Digital Disruption in Australia.



Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe

Ms McCabe is the Head of Lifestyle for Nine.com.au 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.