John Grill AO

Governance

NeuRA is established as an independent not-for-profit company, Neuroscience Research Australia.

The NeuRA Advisory Council are all honorary members, with The Hon Justice Anna Katzmann the Chairperson.

Foundation Board Members

The Hon Justice Anna Katzmann BA (Hons) LLB (UNSW) (Chairperson)
Independent Director, 2013 – present
The Hon Justice Anna Katzmann is a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. At the time of her appointment in 2009 she was a Senior Counsel for New South Wales and the President of the NSW Bar Association, an elected office, only the second woman in the history of the Association to hold that position. She was a practising barrister for nearly 30 years. Justice Katzmann is a former member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences. She has a long-standing interest in mental illness and mental well-being. For several years she was an Official Visitor at Gladesville Hospital and the Chair of the Mental Health Tribunal for Cumberland Hospital. As President of the NSW Bar she spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness of mental ill-health and to promote the mental well-being of barristers. She has been a director of the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation since its inception in 2008. The Foundation has been at the forefront of efforts to increase awareness of depression and anxiety amongst the legal fraternity and is concerned to reduce distress and disability by encouraging the promotion of good mental health and the elimination of unnecessary study and work practices that may contribute to depression, anxiety and related disorders.

Alice Kase BBus FCA FTIA CTA (Deputy Chairperson)
Independent Director, 2016 – present
Alice is a Private Client Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and specialises in advising families and senior corporate executives. Key areas of focus relate to her clients’ personal wealth, tax, retirement, superannuation, estate planning and philanthropic activities. She has over 20 years experience and has a particular interest in superannuation as well as diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Alice is regularly involved with discussions and liaison between PwC and the ATO and regularly presents to the market on topics related to her areas of expertise. Alice is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Clyde McConaghy BBus MBA FIoD-UK FAICD
Independent Director, 2013 – present
Chairman, Investment Committee, 2014 – present
Clyde McConaghy is the founding Managing Director of Optima Boards, an international board and corporate advisory firm, acting as an independent director and providing strategic counsel to companies, NGOs, and founders and families. Until 2013 he was Group Managing Director and advisor of one of Australia’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. He directed a portfolio of publicly listed, private and venture capital investments as well as significant international funds management and philanthropic interests. Clyde had a successful international career in publishing, media and technology. He is currently a director of an ASX listed international software company and a public unlisted company in the cancer research sector. He was founding President and CEO of the United Nations-endorsed Global Peace Index (GPI) and has presented the GPI to media and institutions worldwide including the United Nations, the OECD, CSIS, SIPRI and the Washington DC Press Club. He is a published author with an established track record of success in business and philanthropy on a global scale.

Barry Shepherd PSM GradDipPSM
Independent Director, 2010 – present
Former Nominee SESLHD, 2005 – 2010
Former Nominee UNSW, 1991 – 1996
Chairman, Building Committee, 2008 – present
Barry Shepherd is the former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of SESIAHS, Director of Corporate Services for SESIAHS and Director, Capital Redevelopment and Executive Director, Corporate Services for Western Health Service, Melbourne. He served as a NeuRA Director during the institute’s formative years and was re-nominated to the Board by the Area Health Service. Barry has extensive expertise in the health and medical research sector and the delivery of major projects.

Prof Peter Schofield BScAgr (Hons) FAAHMS PhD DSc
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, 2004 – present
Member, Building Committee, 2008 – present
Member, Nominations Committee, 2010 – present
Member, Investment Committee, 2014 – present

Norbert Schweizer OAM BA LLB (Chairman)
Independent Director, 2015 – present
Member, Nominations Committee, 2015 – present
Norbert Schweizer is the founding partner of Schweizer Kobras, Lawyers and Notaries and is an accredited business law specialist. He has extensive experience in corporate and business law, property development and inter-generational corporate and personal succession planning. Norbert has been a long-time advisor to local and overseas businesses and investors in Australia. He is chairman of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and deputy chairman of B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages. Norbert is a former chairman of the Silver Committee of the Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, a former president of Emanuel Synagogue (of which he is a life governor) and a non-executive director of a number of companies in the electrical transmission and distribution and building services industries. In 2010, Norbert was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for services to the German community in NSW.


Foundation Board Members

The Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Foundation is responsible for all fundraising and sponsorships associated with NeuRA. Norbert Schweizer is Chairman of the NeuRA Foundation Board and Prof Peter Schofield, CEO of NeuRA, is a member. All positions on the NeuRA Foundation Board are honorary. Grant Simpson is the Foundation Director.

Norbert Schweizer OAM BA LLB (Chairman)
Independent Director, 2015 – present
Member, Nominations Committee, 2015 – present
Norbert Schweizer is the founding partner of Schweizer Kobras, Lawyers and Notaries and is an accredited business law specialist. He has extensive experience in corporate and business law, property development and inter-generational corporate and personal succession planning. Norbert has been a long-time advisor to local and overseas businesses and investors in Australia. He is chairman of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and deputy chairman of B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages. Norbert is a former chairman of the Silver Committee of the Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, a former president of Emanuel Synagogue (of which he is a life governor) and a non-executive director of a number of companies in the electrical transmission and distribution and building services industries. In 2010, Norbert was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for services to the German community in NSW.

Chad Barton BBus CA
Director, 2016 – present
Chad Barton is a Chartered Accountant and has been Group Chief Financial Officer at The Star Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: SGR) since joining in June 2014. His responsibilities include finance, treasury, investor relations, property development, procurement and the company-wide efficiency program. Prior to his current role, Chad was CFO of Salmat Limited and CFO of the Australian and New Zealand business of Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Chad lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

Stephen Blackman MBA FFin AAusIMM AGIA
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 BA (Hons-Econ) GradDipAppFin 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 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.

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 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.

Sophie Wong MBMSc
Director, May 2017 – present
Sophie has enjoyed a varied career spanning marketing and sales director in hospitality through to being a partner in a private capital concern that invests and facilitates the coming together of companies and investors. Similarly, she has wide experience in philanthropic and mental health settings through her social work. She has a number of degrees relevant to those tasks, including qualifying as a psychotherapist and a Masters Degree in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine. Underpinning all of this is an educational background that was based in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia allowing her fluency in several Asian languages.

Sophie has worked in private practice and volunteered as a counsellor at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross amongst other not for profit organisations. In the corporate sector, particularly in recent years due to the strategic change and recent influx of Chinese investors, she has become more involved making frequent trips to China to develop relationships and assisting in negotiations of her private company interests.

Currently she is undertaking a professional doctorate in management combining insights from the complexity sciences and theories of organising at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.