WMR Board

The Wesley Medical Research Board, chaired by Mr Peter Allen, consists of highly qualified, skilled and dedicated men and women who not only govern the organisation but are actively committed to fundraising for medical research.

Chairman - Peter AllenMr Peter Allen, Chairman

A WMR Director since 2005, Peter Allen is a former partner in and consultant to national law firm Allens Linklaters and is a Notary Public. He is currently Chair of Bio Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd, Nucrush Group and Riverside Marine Group, and a Director of Ensham Workers Entitlement Fund Pty Ltd. In the community, he is a past president of the MS Society of Queensland, past chair of the Revenue Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society and a former member of a Human Research Ethics Committee.

A/Prof John Allan

John Allan is the Head of UnitingCare Health Clinical School. He is a Director of Gynaecology and Medical Education at The Wesley Hospital and Deputy Chief Medical Officer (Medical Education) at UnitingCare Health. John is also a member of the UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee. He has an active interest in clinical research and also produces the annual community ANZAC concerts at The Wesley Hospital.

Dr Jim Aylward- sqDr Jim Aylward

Dr Jim Aylward holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Monash University and worked in medical research labs in the US for 5 years, before joining CSIRO. He founded his own biotech-drug-development company, Peplin, in 1998, based on his own IP. Peplin Ltd was acquired by Leo Pharma A/S in 2009 for USD287.5m.

Dr Aylward has continued to help small tech startups in a mentoring capacity through iLab in Toowong (2004-2010) and the Mentoring for Growth program (Queensland Government). He was an assessor for the Australian Technology Showcase (2009-2012). Dr Aylward was joint winner of the 2012 LSQ Excellence award, in recognition of his contribution to the life sciences industry.

Mr Christopher Barnard

Chris Barnard is Executive Director of JBWere and Chair of Uniting Church Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He has been involved in the non-profit sector for over twenty years having been a Director of Bluecare and Churches of Christ Care. He has chaired the Queensland Aged Care Planning Advisory Committee for the Federal Government and is currently a committee member of Somerville House Foundation (Investment Committee). Chris has a Bachelor of Business from QUT, an MBA from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning.

Andrew Barron - sqMr Andrew Barron

Andrew Barron is the General Manager of St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital since July 2013 and has worked with the hospital since June 2008. Prior to his appointment as General Manager, Andrew was St. Andrew’s Director of Corporate Services. He served as Chief Operations Manager for Invivo Medical before joining UnitingCare Health.

DSC00152_webDr Ian Dickinson

Dr Dickinson has been an orthopaedic surgeon at the Wesley Hospital for over 25 years. His major clinical and research interest has been in orthopaedic oncology.

He has been Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee and Board Member at the Wesley Hospital, Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

He has also served as an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, as Chairman of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Chairman of the Orthopaedic Department of Princess Alexandra Hospital, and as Trustee of the Queensland Orthopaedic Research Trust. He serves on the Wesley Research Committee, and is an editorial board member and reviewer of a number of journals.

He has a keen interest in classical music, opera, golf and sailing.

ProfMaryLouFleming Professor MaryLou Fleming

Professor MaryLou Fleming is Head of School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. She has experience in University administration, teaching and research in higher education and public health and health promotion for over twenty five years.

She has been a member of Boards such as the St Andrew’s Hospital Board and Research Institute, the Board of the National Heart Foundation in Queensland and Health Promotion Queensland and Chair of the Quality Management Committee for Breastscreen Queensland. She has been a panel member for NHMRC project grants and the National Endeavour Awards selection panel. She is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia.

She has undertaken and completed a range of program and policy evaluations and workforce analysis and translational research in community and school settings, for non-government organisations, the Queensland Health Department, the Commonwealth Department of Health and the NHMRC.  She has undertaken consultancy work for the WHO on public health in Vietnam and the South Pacific.

Mr Collin Myers

A WMR Director since 2004, Collin Myers is an investor relations consultant with a strong background in media and public affairs. Formerly a political reporter in Brisbane, Canberra and London, he worked as Senior Adviser to the Australian Prime Minister and was MIM’s long time head of corporate affairs.

Collin serves as President of the Queensland Youth Orchestras and a Director of the Queensland Private Enterprise Centre. He was formerly Chair of the Queensland College of Art and the TN Theatre Company, Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Biennial Festival and a Director of the Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme and the National Heart Foundation.

DebO'TooleMs Deborah O’Toole

Deborah has extensive experience and expertise as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for listed companies in a range of industries.

She was appointed as QR National’s Chief Financial Officer in December 2007 after a career that included 20 years in the mining industry. She was CFO of MIM Holdings Limited for six years and is a former CFO of Queensland Cotton. Deborah was a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for CSIRO up until May 2011.

She is a former Director of companies including Norfolk Group Ltd and has served as a member of the Queensland Biotech Advisory Council, the Workers Compensation Board of Queensland, Queensland Country Health Society and subsidiary companies of MIM Holdings Ltd including overseas corporations. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Banking and Finance School of the Queensland University of Technology.

paterson_david_1Professor David Paterson

Professor David Paterson is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. He is the author of 350 peer-reviewed publications and more than 20 book chapters. He has practiced medicine and conducted clinical research in Australia, the United States and Europe, and has given invited lectures in 30 countries. He was the AMA’s Bancroft Orator for 2013.

Dr Luis Prado

Dr Luis Prado, Director of Medical Services at The Wesley Hospital, joined the WRI Board in 2007. He brings extensive health care experience both as a clinician and a manager. Following early years in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Luis held executive medical positions at The Prince Charles Hospital and in the Sunshine Coast Health Services. Luis is Chair of the UnitingCare Health Safety and Quality Committee and a member of both the National and Queensland Open Disclosure Committees.

Dr Mellissa Naidoo

Dr Mellissa Naidoo is a specialist medical administrator and Director of Medical Services at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.  She has a Master in Health Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.  Dr Naidoo has previously served as Board Director of Noah’s Ark Disability Services and been awarded a Joint Australian Government and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Board Diversity Scholarship.

Mr Charlie Sartain

Charlie Sartain joined the WMR Board in 2009. A leading Queensland-based mining industry figure, Charlie has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian and global mining industry. In the earlier part of his career, Charlie had extensive executive experience with MIM Holdings Limited, culminating in his appointment as its most senior executive in Latin America. After the takeover of that company by Xstrata PLC in 2003, he then spent nine years as CEO of Xstrata’s global copper business, with operations and projects spanning eight countries.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of ASX-listed companies ALS Limited and Austin Engineering Limited. He also has board roles with the University of Queensland as a Member of the UQ Senate and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Minerals Institute.