Director, Raine Medical Research Foundation
University of Western Australia
I have worked in research management and medical research for over 18 years. I received a BSc (Molecular Genetics) from Curtin University and went on to achieve Honours in Microbiology at UWA. I then worked for a small biotech company, Ozgene Pty Ltd, as a research assistant. I graduated with a PhD in cancer biology from UWA in 2007 and undertook postdoctoral positions at the Telethon Kids Institute and the Tumour Immunology Group at UWA. During this time I was an active committee member of several medical research Associations, was an external grant reviewer for the National Health and Medical Research Council and invited chair at local conferences.
In 2012, I started a position as a Research Development Adviser for the Faculty of Medicine at UWA and was an active member and treasurer for the WA Chapter ARMS committee. I have since completed my Masters of Business Administration at Curtin University (with Distinction) and the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation program. In 2015, I started in a project manager role with the Raine Medical Research Foundation and was appointed as Director of the Foundation in 2018. In this role, I am responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundations’ strategic priorities in consultation with the Raine Board and advisory committees. This includes the development and implementation of strategies for diversifying income, stakeholder engagement, and partner relationship management. I currently manage seven Boards/committees in relation to Raine Foundation activities and act as Executive Officer. I also manage the end-to-end processes of nine different funding programs, with a total funding distribution of approximately $3mill each year.
I have recently attended the ARMS Advanced Level Accreditation program and was awarded a scholarship by UWA to attend the AICD Company Directors course. This course was invaluable in broadening my governance and administration skills. My strong experience in research management/governance and newly gained skills in relation to being a company Director will be highly applicable to the ARMS General Board member role.