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Our board

Mr Raymond Spencer
Mr Raymond Spencer

Mr Raymond Spencer was born in Adelaide and studied at the University of Adelaide. 

Raymond has extensive business experience derived from living and working in the USA, India and Europe and brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organisational culture and mergers and acquisitions. 

Raymond was appointed to the SAHMRI Board as Chairman on 21 December 2009. He is also Chairman of the South Australian Economic Development Board (EDB) and Chairman or board member of a number of private and public companies in Australia and the U.S.A. He is an investor in and director of a number of private companies and is a member of the investment committee in three US-based venture funds. 

Highly experienced in directing international projects, Raymond has worked in eighteen countries including the United States, Australia, India, UK, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. He has also advised corporations and not-for-profit groups on organisational, cultural, and leadership initiatives.

Mr Alan Young AM
Deputy Chair
Mr Alan Young AM

Mr Young is Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Baker Young Stockbrokers Limited. He is also the current Founder/Chair of Belvidere Winery, Chair of the Australian Central School of Art, Chair of Solstice Media Ltd, Co-Founder/Chair of Flinders Medical Centre Foundation, Founder/Chair of Flinders Bio Medical Enterprises Pty Ltd, Director of Signostics Inc, Director of Hub IT Pty Ltd, and Member of Business Development Advisory Panel of St Vincent de Paul (SA) Inc. 

In 2009, Mr Young was awarded the Order of Australia as a Member in the General Division for service to the community, particularly through business advisory roles with health, medical research and education organisations. 

In 2013, Mr Young was made a Companion of the University, Flinders University an award recognizing his contribution to the University through his commitment to medical research. 

Mr Young’s strengths lie in funding, establishing and developing new businesses and endeavours to trade in the long-term, and in business management advice.

Professor Steve Wesselingh
Executive Director
Professor Steve Wesselingh

In October 2011 Professor Wesselingh took up the position as the inaugural Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Professor Wesselingh has also been appointed as the Infection and Immunity Theme Leader for the institute. 

Professor Wesselingh was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, from 2007-2011. Prior to taking up the Deanship, he was Director of the Burnet Institute an independent medical research institute specialising in infectious diseases, immunology and public health. 

Professor Wesselingh undertook his undergraduate and doctoral training at Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins in the United States. 

Professor Wesselingh is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development. He has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.

Ms June Roache
Ms June Roache

June Roache was appointed to the Board on 12 February 2014. 

She also holds Board positions with the SA Forestry Corporation, the Essential Services Commission of SA, the SA Football Commission and the History Trust of SA. In addition she is the Chair of the Adelaide Football Club’s Performance Standards and Integrity Committee. 

June has worked in a number of senior executive roles including as Chief Executive of SA Lotteries, and held a number of governance roles. These have included Vice President of the World Lottery Association, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association, Board Member of Business SA and Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. 

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Management. 

Emeritus Professor John Hopwood AM FAA
Emeritus Professor John Hopwood AM FAA

Professor Hopwood established the Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit (LDRU) - a large multidisciplinary group researching lysosomal storage disorders nationally and internationally. 

Under Professor Hopwood's stewardship, the LDRU has become world-renowned for its research capabilities in this area and the translation of research findings into state-of-the-art diagnostic services and therapeutics. The LDRU has remained at the international forefront of research into the diagnosis, treatment and biology of lysosomal diseases. 

The LDRU has generated several world firsts, particularly the isolation of the genes involved in some of these disorders and the development of first-ever FDA- approved treatments for two disorders, which in 2005 and 2006 were marketed world-wide. These outcomes have led to improved quality of life for patients and multi-million dollar royalty returns to South Australia. This represents one of the largest public sector commercialisation outcomes in South Australia and possibly Australia. 

Professor Hopwood has mentored 23 PhD students and 35 Post-Doctoral scientists; has over 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 30 international patents and over $35 million in competitive research funding.

Ms Loretta Reynolds
Ms Loretta Reynolds

Loretta Reynolds is a Corporate Partner and Chair of large Australian corporate law firm Thomson Geer. Loretta works full time in mergers and acquisitions and is individually recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific (2013 & 2014) in the Private Equity category for her "extensive experience in fund formation, handling of buyouts, and work for superannuation funds", and was "praised for the very well-honed process and consistently high standard of her work, her reliable meeting of deadlines, and her excellence in the fund set-up and management space". Loretta is also recognised as a "thoroughly experienced M&A lawyer" in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2012), and is ranked as a "preeminent" corporate lawyer (South Australia) in Doyle's Guide (2012). 

Loretta is also Deputy Chair of the Royal Flying Doctors Central Operations Section and represents the Section on the National Board. 

Loretta is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA. Loretta has completed the FINSIA/Kaplan Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and the Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice I & II at The University of Queensland. She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Professor Colin Stirling
Professor Colin Stirling

1984 B.Sc. (Microbiology) 1st class Honours, University of Edinburgh, UK1987 Ph.D. Genetics. University of Glasgow, UK 

Professor Stirling was appointed as President and Vice-Chancellor at Flinders University on 1 January 2015. Prior to that, he was Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University, Western Australia, having been appointed first as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in 2011. 

He has extensive experience in university and corporate governance both in the UK and Australia and has served on a wide range of government committees, advisory boards and funding bodies. He is a lifetime member of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. 

Professor Stirling is a highly successful researcher in molecular genetics and has held several prestigious research fellowships. He spent over 20 years in academic research, firstly at UC Berkeley, in the lab of Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, then later at the University of Manchester (UK) where he became Professor of Genetics in 1998. While at Manchester he also served in a number of senior management roles and was appointed Vice-President in 2008. 

Professor Stirling has published extensively in a wide range of leading journals in addition to winning a series of prestigious prizes and awards. Born and educated in Scotland, his qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology) with first class honours from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Professor Mike Brooks FACS FTSE
Professor Mike Brooks FACS FTSE

Professor Mike Brooks has held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Adelaide since July 2008. He carries responsibility for the overall research strategy of the University, strategic research investment and the gamut of associated support services, including research grants submission and handling, research student degrees, scholarships, and quality assurance activities, integrity and compliance, infrastructure and equipment, and research contracts and commercialisation. 

Professor Brooks has oversight of University’s five research institutes, namely the Robinson Research Institute (focusing on reproductive and intergenerational health); the Environment Institute; the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources; the Waite Research Institute (focussing on agricultural sciences); and the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing. 

Professor Brooks is a leading international researcher in computer vision and image analysis. His work has seen wide commercial use in the security and defence industries and has resulted in international awards. He has published many influential papers in the areas of auto-calibration, structure from motion and video surveillance. Professor Brooks is a former Head of the School of Computer Science where he still holds the Chair in Artificial Intelligence. 

Professor Brooks is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Associate Editor of the International?Journal of Computer Vision, and serves as a non-executive director on several boards. 

He obtained a PhD from the University of Essex and has held visiting researcher positions at INRIA (Sophia Antipolis), MIT, University of Oxford, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Frauhofer/Karlsruhe University and Gunma University.

Professor Marie Wilson
Professor Marie Wilson

Professor Marie Wilson is Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) of the University of South Australia Business School.  Professor Wilson has a track record of delivering in both industry and university leadership, and under her direction the UniSA Business School is becoming nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in applied research and in the education of global professionals.

Since gaining her initial degree in Science at Florida State University Professor Wilson has studied and worked across the globes and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies – including one of the world’s largest IT firms.  Professor Wilson’s specialities include the management of performance (with a focus on professionals and knowledge work), decision-making and the human side of entrepreneurship and economic development.  She has published and lectured extensively in these areas.

Under Professor Wilson’s Leadership the UniSA Business School’s MBA has been awarded a Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA) five-star rating for the seventh year running, gained continuation of the highly prestigious EQUIS accreditation (which looks for a balance between high academic quality and professional relevance) and the launched both the new Centre for Business Growth in partnership with ANZ, and the new Institute for Choice.

Professor Wilson holds a Juris Doctor (JD) in contract and employment law, a PhD in management and has over twenty years of university leadership experience, including senior roles at Griffith University and The University of Auckland.  She also has extensive experience in start-up and high technology ventures, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, and a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Managers (AIM) and The Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).

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Adelaide 5000
South Australia

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PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.