Foundation Board

The Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Foundation is responsible for all fundraising and sponsorships associated with NeuRA. All positions on the NeuRA Board and the NeuRA Foundation Board are honorary. Grant Simpson 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).


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.


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.


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.