Foundation Board

The Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Foundation is responsible for all fundraising and sponsorships associated with NeuRA. Dr Nikki Williams is Chairman of the NeuRA Foundation Board and Prof Peter Schofield, CEO and Executive Director of NeuRA, is a member. All positions on the NeuRA Board and the NeuRA Foundation Board are honorary. Roewen Wishart is Foundation Director.

Foundation Board Members

Stephen Blackman, NeuRA Foundation Board
Mr Stephen Blackman MBA FFin AAusIMM AGIA
Independent Director, 2014 – present
Member, Finance Risk Audit & Compliance Committee, 2014 – present
Mr Stephen Blackman is the inaugural Managing Director of Oresome Resources Pty Ltd. He has over 35 years of “Natural Resources” experience, spread between working within international mining companies in UK and Australia and providing financial and management services to international mining, oil and gas and forestry industries.

His professional qualifications include Associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators (1968); Fellow of the Financial Services of Institute of Australasia (1973); Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia (1983) and Victorian Councillor (1984-85); Associate of the Institute of Corporate Managers (1989); Associate of Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (1974) and Sydney Branch Committee Member (2001-06); Professional Member of Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc (2010); Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013); and Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (1990).


Graeme Bradshaw, NeuRA Foundation Board
Graeme Bradshaw BEc FFIA CFRE
Director, September 2007 – present
Graeme founded the Sydney office of fundraising consultancy DVA Navion (formerly Downes Venn and Associates) in 1984. Graeme retired from DVA Navion in 2009 and now works as a consultant. Graeme is a qualified accountant and has a background in marketing research, advertising and public relations. He is a past president and Fellow Emeritus of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and was a member until recent years of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (USA). Graeme serves as an honorary member of the Board of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Foundation.


Christine Cameron, NeuRA Foundation Board
Christine Cameron BA (Hons) ASIA GAICD
Director, August 2014 – Present
Member, Investment Committee, 2014 – present
Christine is the Head of Institutional and Strategic Relationships at Maple-Brown Abbott Investment Managers. Christine has 30 years of management and leadership experience in the financial services industry across some of Australia’s foremost financial services brands and globally recognised institutions. She has held senior positions in institutional sales and service, consulting, product management and strategy development.


Ian Harris, NeuRA Foundation Board
Ian Harris BSc MComm (Mkting) GAICD
Director, June 2011 – present
Ian is the General Manager of Health Haus Communications, a healthcare PR and strategy consultancy. In this role, Ian combines his experience in pharmaceutical marketing with excellence in creative consumer PR, promotions and communications. Ian has spent 20 years working across marketing and strategy in senior management roles in the pharmaceutical sector. He has a wealth of experience in strategy development, communications, marketing, public relations and working with the not-for-profit sector.


David Karpin, NeuRA Foundation Board
David Karpin AM BCom (Hons) MBA LLD (Hon) FCPA FAICD FAIM FFin MACS (Senior)
Director, June 2011 – present
After a long executive career with the Rio Tinto Group David Karpin had an extensive period as a non-Executive Director of private and listed public companies in Australia and overseas. Roles he has held include Chief Financial Officer of CRA, Managing Director of Argyle Diamonds, Chairman of Melbourne Health, Chairman of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, and Director of Placer Dome Inc., Coates Hire Ltd., bio21 Ltd. and Melbourne Business School. David was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Management at ANU for ten years, and led the Australian Government Task Force on Leadership and Management Skills from 1992 to 1995. In 1996 David was made a Member of the Order of Australia.


Ian Kennedy, NeuRA Foundation Board
Ian Kennedy OAM
Director, May 2009 – present
Ian has had a 40-year career in direct marketing and was the founder in 1972 of what was the largest independent direct marketing agency in Australia, Bond International. Ian is an inductee in the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame. As Director of Marketing at advertising agency George Patterson, he was the architect of the Sydney Olympics 2000 ticketing campaign and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Ian is the currently Marketing Director and part owner of Australian Natural Care Products and Subscribe-HR. He is the National President of The Starlight Children’s Foundation and was the Chairman for seven years.


Dr Paul Nicolarakis, NeuRA Foundation Board
Dr Paul Nicolarakis MBBS BSc(Hons)
Director, May 2014 – present
Paul is Chief Executive Officer of Lorica Health Pty Limited and Principal Advisor to Capital Cooperative Research Centre. After completing degrees in medicine and neuroscience at Sydney University and his residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Paul began exploring the interface between health, data and policy, seeing him lead an award winning Aged Care electronic medical record start up prior to joining Microsoft as their analytics clinical lead, engaging with senior health leaders across the Asia Pacific and Middle East. Prior to his current role, Paul served as a Senior Adviser to Federal Health Minister The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP.


Nikki Williams, NeuRA Foundation Board
Dr Nikki Williams BA(Hon) PhD
Director, June 2014 – present
Chairman of the Board, June 2014 – present
Member, Nominations Committee, 2014 – present
Dr Nikki Williams is MD of EnergyLogica, a Non-Executive Director of Tellus Holdings, an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Patron of Women in Mining (NSW). Previous roles include CEO and Company Secretary of the ACA, ACALET, the NSW Minerals Council and PACIA. Dr Williams has served as the coal industry shareholder representative and a Trustee of the AusCoal Superannuation Fund. Prior to her return to Australia, she was a senior marketing and business development manager working the African, Asian and European geographies with Shell International. She has expertise in climate change, energy and industry policy, political advocacy and trade negotiations. Dr Williams has held an array of memberships throughout her career. She was an accredited energy expert with the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe, Chair of the Federal Government’s Industry Advisory Board for Chemicals and holds a PhD in International Relations in the field of Terrorism.


Prof Peter Schofield, NeuRA Foundation Board
Prof Peter Schofield BScAgr(Hons) FAAHMS PhD DSc
Director, September 2007 – present
Member, Building Committee, 2008 – present

Member, Investment Committee, 2014 – present
Appointed head of Neuroscience Research Australia in 2004, Peter graduated from the University of Sydney with the University Medal and was awarded a PhD in genetics from The Australian National University in 1985. He undertook postdoctoral positions in biotechnology in the US and the University of Heidelberg. Peter was appointed a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute in 1993, becoming head of the Neurobiology Research Program in 1999. His research interests focus on identifying genes that lead to mental illness and to dementia.