Our Board

The Wesley Medical Research Board, chaired by Mr Peter Allen, consists of skilled and dedicated men and women who govern the organisation and seeks to contribute to and assist with fundraising for medical research.

Mr Peter Allan | 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 BioPharmaceuticals 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 | Chief Research Advisor

 A/Prof John Allan has been an obstetrician and gynaecologist VMP at The Wesley Hospital since 1984. He is the Chief Academic Medical Officer of UnitingCare Health and Head of the UnitingCare Health Clinical School. He has a strong interest in research and developed the IVF clinic at The Wesley Hospital in 1988. He is a Clinical Consultant for Cook Medical and is the Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee.

John served as Honorary CEO for one year, then transitioned into his current role as Chief Research Advisor at WMR, where researchers and staff can leverage his wide-ranging knowledge and experience in research.

Dr 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 and sold it in 2009. 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 Peter Crowley

Peter is a highly experienced business leader and public company director with 15 years’ experience leading public companies and 17 years’ experience serving on public company boards both in Australia and overseas. His international business experience covers diverse industries including construction materials, building products, mining, transport, industrial chemicals and automotive components. From early 2003 until his retirement in late 2015, Peter led GWA Group Limited. Peter also served on the Business Council of Australia from 2009 until his retirement.

Dr 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 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 is an editorial board member and reviewer of a number of journals.

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.

Richard Lizzio

As Group Executive, Health for UnitingCare Qld, Richard has executive responsibility for four private hospitals in QLD including The Wesley Hospital, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Buderim Private Hospital on Qld’s Sunshine Coast, and St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay.

Richard also served as QLD/NT/WA State Manager for Healthscope where he was responsible for nine private hospitals, including Gold Coast Private, Brisbane Private, Sunnybank Private, Peninsula Private, Darwin Private and the Mount Hospital in WA.

Richard also holds an extensive commercial background including the not for profit sector in health, aged care and education.

Dr John Lumley

John Lumley is a colorectal surgeon practicing at the Wesley Hospital. He has been involved with the development of laparoscopic colorectal surgery since 1992.  He continues to run  laparoscopic courses demonstrating new technology and techniques. His major surgical interests include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and defaecatory disorders.

John has served on the executives of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, the Colorectal Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Colorectal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Ms 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. 

She 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.

Dr Christine Foley

Dr Christine Foley commenced as the Director of Clinical Governance with UnitingCare Health in December, 2016.  She worked in senior leadership roles within Catholic health and aged care for the past 11 years, gaining a unique perspective from working in private not-for-profit health and aged care settings as a nursing leader. Prior to this, she worked as a senior nursing leader at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as an Assistant Director of Nursing.

Mr Charlie Sartain

Charlie Sartain joined the WMR Board in 2009. Charlie has more than 30 years’ international mining experience.  He was Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata’s global copper business for nine years from 2004, during which he oversaw the growth of the business to become one of the world’s leading copper producers, with operations and major projects in seven countries. Prior to that, he held senior executive positions in Latin America and Australia 

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.

Mr Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is currently acting Group Executive Health with UnitingCare Health, based in Brisbane. Prior to working with UnitingCare, Gareth was based in Sydney with Little Company of Mary (Calvary Hospitals) as National Manager Funder Relations and he relocated to Brisbane to work with UnitingCare Health.

As an Accountant, Gareth has over 30 years’ experience, involving senior leadership positions in non-profit, faith-based organisations, as well as in private sector companies. With a strong background in health finance, Gareth has mainly operated in the private hospital sector but has also spent time in the aged and community care, Private Health Insurance, health software and health services sectors.

In addition to accounting studies, Gareth has completed a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) and has post-graduate qualifications in Finance and Strategy.