Our Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team CFO Dr Claudia Giurgiuman

Dr Claudia Giurgiuman

Chief Executive Officer

Leading the Executive Leadership Team, Claudia is the Chief Executive Officer at Wesley Medical Research.

Claudia is responsible for the achievement of the strategic goals of Wesley Medical Research and provides strong academic and research leadership for the organisation, whilst facilitating the overarching management and development of the organisation in Brisbane and beyond.

Holding over 20 years’ experience in the conduct and management of medical research which included work as a biomedical researcher in the field of epithelial pathobiology and hepatology, Claudia transitioned to senior management positions in research and not-for-profit organisations including the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Icon Cancer Centre, Mater Research, and Women in Technology (WiT).

Claudia has a PhD in Medicine, a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management, and is studying for a Master in Business Administration at The University of Queensland. She is Chair of the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation (Wishlist) Research Advisory Committee and former Member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institute Research Strategy Network Steering Committee and former Chair and President of the Women in Technology Board.

Cliff Kaye

Chief Financial Officer

Cliff is the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, at Wesley Medical Research.

Responsible for the strategic design and operations of the finance, risk, information technology, digital transformation and project management portfolios of Wesley Medical Research.  The CFO is responsible to the board for the generation and presentation of financial reporting strategy and analysis on an end to end basis.  The roles the effective, accurate, compliant and timely financial management accounting, financial investment, information technology, digital transformation, project leadership, risk management, and facility management services for Wesley Medical Research and its staff.

Cliff has over 20 years’ experience as a CFO and company secretary in both financial and education services, within listed public companies, the Queensland public sector, and more recently in purpose driven small to medium enterprises. 

Cliff has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy, a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Macquarie University), a Master of Business Administration (Australian Graduate School of Management), is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Secretary, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.         


Executive Leadership Team Head of Research Laura Pareezer.

Laura Pareezer

Head of Research Operations

Laura is the Head of Research Operations and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, at Wesley Medical Research.

Responsible for the management of the Clinical Trials Centre, the investigator-initiated research program and biobank at Wesley Medical Research, Laura began her career as a registered nurse in adult and paediatric care, including ward management. Continuing on, she has used her clinical knowledge and background to transition into senior project management, notably at Queensland Health and the Australian National University. Laura has extensive experience managing and growing clinical trial units and facilities for University of Queensland, Genesis Care and the Translation Research Institute.

In each role, she was key in building research capability and establishing credibility with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders including executives, academics, clinical staff and commercial sponsors. She has led a team of post-graduate students, research nurses, senior allied health clinicians and research assistants.

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