Our Board

Our Patrons

Hon Paul de Jersey AC

Chief Patron

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC is the 26th Governor of Queensland and representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queensland’s Head of State.

    Hon Paul De Jersey AC
    Chief Patron

    His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC is the 26th Governor of Queensland and representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queensland’s Head of State.

    A/Prof John Allan


    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. 

    Emeritus Professor John Pearn AO

    Professor John Pean is a senior pediatrician, academic, doctor-soldier, researcher and writer. John was awarded his higher Doctorate of Medicine and is the author of over 500 papers.

    Mr Martin Albrecht AC


    Martin Albrecht is a prominent Australian businessman, best known for his service as Chairman, previously CEO and former Wesley Medical Research Chairman. 

      Our Board

      The Wesley Medical Research Board, chaired by Mr Charlie Sartain, consists of skilled and dedicated people who govern the organisation and seek to contribute to and assist with fundraising for medical research.

      Mr Charlie Sartain


      Our Chairman, Charlie Sartain, joined the Wesley Medical Research Board in 2009. Charlie has more than 30 years of international mining experience as a mining engineer and senior executive. Over the past six years he has also served as an independent non-executive director on several Australian and international listed corporate boards. He was a two-term member of the Senate of The University of Queensland (UQ) and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at UQ.

        Dr Claudia Giurgiuman

        Chief Executive Officer

        Claudia is the Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Medical Research. She has over 20 years’ experience in the research field including as a biomedical researcher in epithelial pathobiology and hepatology andsenior management positions held in the not-for-profit sector at the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Icon Cancer Centre and Mater Research. She is President and Chair of the Women in Technology Board and Chair of the independent Research Advisory Committee for the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation (Wishlist).

          Mr Michael Krieg

          Board Member

          Michael Krieg has over 30 years experience, commencing
          his career as a nurse before becoming the General Manager of The Wesley Hospital in 2017. Michael is the Group Executive Hospitals, UnitingCare Queensland.

            Mr Peter Crowley

            Board Member

            Peter is a highly experienced
            business leader and public
            company director with 15 years
            of experience leading public
            companies and 17 years of
            experience serving on public
            company boards both in
            Australia and overseas.

              Dr Ian Dickinson AM

              Board Member

              Dr Dickinson has been an
              orthopaedic surgeon at The
              Wesley Hospital for over 25
              years. He has also served as
              Chairman of the Queensland
              Branch of the Australian
              Orthopaedic Association.

                Prof MaryLou Fleming

                Board Member

                Prof. Fleming is Head of the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. She has over 25 years experience in public health and health promotion.

                  Ms Cheryl Clayton

                  Board Member

                  Cheryl Clayton is the Director
                  of Clinical Services at The Wesley Hospital and Director
                  of Mercy Super. She has worked in senior leadership roles within public and private health sectors.

                    Dr James Aylward

                    Board Member

                    Dr Aylward is an innovative
                    researcher and an active mentor for tech start-ups in health sciences. Dr Aylward was recently awarded
                    the 2018 Clunies Ross Innovation Award for developing Picato, an anti-skin cancer drug.

                      Dr John Lumley

                      Board Member

                      Dr Lumley is a colorectal surgeon practising at The Wesley Hospital. John has served on the executives of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, and the Colorectal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

                        Ms Mairi McNeil

                        Board Member

                        Mairi McNeill was General
                        Manager of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in December
                        2018. Mairi is an experienced
                        healthcare executive who has
                        worked in the private industry for over 23 years.

                          Dr John Rivers

                          Board Member

                          Dr Rivers is a practising
                          cardiologist and founding
                          member of the Queensland Cardiovascular Group. John has
                          extensive experience in business development and governance in the healthcare industry.

                            Mr David Hairsine

                            Board Member

                            Mr David Hairsine is a highly
                            experienced business leader with many years of driving growth strategy as General Manager, Finance and Treasury at mining company PanAust Limited and now works in a
                            consultant role to the same.

                              Mr Neal O’Connor

                              Board Member

                              Mr O’Connor was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 25 Nov 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and has extensive experience in the resource industry bringing expertise in Corporate Governance and Risk Management to the Board. Mr O’Connor also holds a Non-Executive Director role at Mitchell Services Limited and was formerly General Counsel and Company Secretary, and an Executive Committee member of the global Xstrata Copper mining company.

                                Mr Des Olling

                                Company Secretary

                                Des Olling has a long history as a Company Secretary in private and multi‐national companies. He joined WMR in May 2016 as a volunteer and was appointed Company Secretary in June 2018.

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