The success, management and growth of WMR is driven by a team of dedicated employees with strong skills across relevant business areas.
This team provides support services to WMR researchers, administers research projects and clinical trials, manages the operational aspects of the organisation, and raises awareness and funds to underpin the organisation’s research activities.
In addition to this permanent workforce is a diverse team of professional researchers from within the UnitingHealth Care group and collaborative partner organisations.
Chief Executive Officer
Professor 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 more than 300 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.
Chief Operations Officer
Aaron Davis is the Chief Operations Officer at Wesley Medical Research, providing strategic and operational management to the organisation. He directs and manages the organisation’s operational business functions including: finance and administration, human resources, marketing and fundraising and oversees the management of the research team.
Aaron brings with him 13 years of operational and financial management experience in the Health and IT sectors. Aaron’s prior engagements include Finance and Administration Manager for Queensland Eye Hospital, a dedicated Ophthalmic hospital with 30+ Ophthalmic surgeons, and Operations Manager of Heart Care Partners, a large Queensland based cardiac services company employing 15 cardiologists. Preceding this Aaron was the Operations Manager of a London based software development company and earlier an Operations Manager in the pharmacy industry.
Aaron studied Commerce as an undergraduate majoring in Finance, Management and Leadership. Aaron’s areas of expertise lie in health management, finance and health IT.
Research Theme Leaders
Dr Kelley Foster
Kelley is the Research Manager at Wesley Medical Research, responsible for driving investigator-led research initiatives to maximise both the opportunity for, and capacity of clinicians to undertake research. Kelley manages all scientific research at the organisation, including management of the organisation’s Research Committees, budgetary and reporting oversight of all research projects and staff, and research engagement with clinicians, nurses and allied health staff.
Kelley brings to her position of Research Manager 19 years of experience in medical research. Previous roles have provided Kelley with the opportunity to work in basic research (stroke and schizophrenia) within hospital and academic environments as well as the pharmaceutical industry. Kelley’s prior positions include Research Manager at St Andrew’s Medical Institute (Brisbane), Senior Research Biologist at Merck & Co. (Philadelphia) and post-doctoral appointments at Duke University/Department of Veteran Affairs (North Carolina, USA) and the Perinatal Research Center in Brisbane.
Kelley has substantial experience in the management of clinical trials, clinical audit programs and research projects and has written successful NHMRC, US Veterans Affairs and AusHSI grant applications.
Kelley completed her PhD in pharmacokinetics at the University of Queensland and Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class) at the University of Tasmania. She also completed a Clinical Research Associate Professional Development Program in 2008.
Emma joined Wesley Medical Research in 2011 as Manager of WMR BioBank, and was the organisation’s Workplace Health & Safety Manager from 2011-2014.
Emma currently manages research support services from WMR for and engages closely with UnitingCare Health doctors across two research themes: Cancer and Women’s and Children’s Health. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences, majoring in Biological Sciences from Griffith University in 2007, and has previously worked for Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology in the Histology Department as a Supervising Scientist.
Emma has been a speaker and workshop presenter both nationally and internationally at scientific meetings and conferences, including the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) International Conference in 2013 and was a keynote speaker at the National Histopathology Conference in 2012. She was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Australasian Skin Cancer Congress.
Emma is currently undertaking postgraduate studies, studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Central Queensland University with a focus on innovation and change management.
Angela is a Research Manager at Wesley Medical Research, responsible for driving applied medical research within the themes of Surgical & Medical Innovations as well as Infections & Critical Illness.
Angela brings up to 9 years of experience in Clinical Trials Management and an additional 3 years of specialised Clinical Oncology Nursing to her position. Previous roles have provided Angela with the opportunity of becoming a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee over a 3 year period, whilst achieving her goal of gaining a post graduate diploma in Oncology Nursing.
Her previous role as a Clinical Trials Manager has seen her become a co-author in 10 publications across a variety of journals, combined with securing multiple research grants for Investigator and Industry Sponsored Research. Angela was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Mercy Award in the category of Clinical Services and received an outstanding award for recruitment to the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) 2014.
Dr Tamara Street
Dr Tamara Street is a Senior Research Fellow at Wesley Medical Research and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology. She is passionate about empowering individuals to enhance their wellness and is committed to taking action to reduce the rapidly increasing epidemics of preventable chronic diseases.
With expertise in areas of behaviour change management, occupational health and safety, training and performance enhancement, Tamara has worked as a consultant for both private business and public sector clients. She has built a reputation for delivering professional health and safety programs that achieve proactive corporate health and safety risk management and enhance individual wellbeing.
Tamara is an experienced applied researcher with numerous peer-reviewed
publications in scientific journals and books. Her pioneering research has been recognised through presentations at leading international psychology, and health and safety conferences in Australia, America, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Poland. In 2014, Tamara was awarded the Wesley Research Institute’s (now Wesley Medical Research) prestigious ‘Scientific Researcher of the Year’ in acknowledging her contributions to health research.
Rod joined WMR in 2008 with an extensive background in marketing, business development and relationship management gained in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Having worked in partnership with three large not-for-profit organisations in the health sector for more than six years, and in the corporate world for more than 20 years, Rod has helped many individuals and organisations experience the joy of philanthropy.
At WMR, Rod is involved in capital fundraising, corporate sponsorships, appeals, regular giving, bequests, memorial gifts, celebration gifts, workplace giving, online giving and donor relations. He is a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and holds qualifications in marketing and journalism.