In accordance with NHMRC Enabling Grant requirements GRA has established 3 committees:
- Management Committee
- Scientific Advisory Committee
- Independent Appeals Committee
The Management Committee (MC)
operates under defined terms of reference and provides management and oversight of the day-to-day management of the GRA facility. The MC role is to ensure that appropriate ethical standards are met, ensuring open access to all researchers, and overseeing the resolution of any disputes consistent with NHMRC Enabling Facility Access Policy.
The GRA MC comprises the four Chief Investigators and the Facility Manager.
- Professor Peter Schofield BScAgr, PhD, DSc
Executive Director & CEO, Neuroscience Research Australia
- Assoc Prof Juleen Cavanaugh BSc, MS, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
- Dr Susan Forrest BSc (Hons), D Phil, BA Business
Director, Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd
- Professor John Hopper BA, MSc, PhD
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
- Steve Turner BAppSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, Grad Cert Man
Facility Manager, Genetic Repositories Australia.
A Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) which consists of nine members. The SAC membership reflects a skills-based committee, with an appropriate mix of expertise to allow the SAC to provide advice in all areas of operations of the GRA facility. GRA’s SAC provides strategic advice and reviews progress towards establishing and operating GRA as an NHMRC Enabling Facility, including advice on governance, management and operations. The SAC is comprised of a majority of external appointments & includes all members from the GRA MC and the Facility Manager (Ex Officio).
External SAC members are listed below:
- Professor Graham Macdonald
Formerly External Licensing Coordinator, Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia)
- Professor Don Chalmers
Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania
- Theo Magoulas
Assistant University Solicitor, University of Technology Legal Services
- Professor Phil Mitchell
Head School of Psychiatry, University of NSW
- Dr Bruce Ross
Health Solutions Executive, Health Solutions Group Microsoft Australia.
An Independent Appeals Committee (IAC) of 'eminent persons' who are independent of GRA and represent a range of consumer, scientific and social scientific disciplines. The IAC has been established to resolve any dispute concerning access to or operations of the facility and comprises individuals outside both Management and the SAC.
The IAC comprises the following members:
- Professor Ron Trent
Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Peter Kemp
Founder of Kemp Strang Lawyers
- A Consumer or Community Representative
(Position currently vacant).