Prof Peter Schofield outside NeuRA building

Leadership

Prof Peter R Schofield, FAAHMS BScAgr(Hons) PhD DSc
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NeuRA
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales

Appointed Institute head in 2004, Prof Schofield 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 and was appointed a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute becoming head of the Neurobiology Research Program. His research interests focus on identifying genes that lead to mental illness and to dementia.

Prof Simon Gandevia, PhD MD DSc FAA FRACP
Deputy Director, NeuRA
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC

Prof Gandevia is one of four Founding Scientists of NeuRA; Founding Member of the Governing Board of Mayne Clinical Research Imaging Centre, NeuRA; Co-Director of the Spinal Injuries Research Centre, NeuRA; Conjoint Professor at UNSW; and Clinical Neurophysiologist at PHH/POWH. He undertakes innovative studies in integrative human neuroscience. Currently he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Dr Kate Johnston, BA, PhD, GDipIT, MBA 
Chief Operating Officer, NeuRA

Kate is Chief Operating Officer at NeuRA with extensive experience leading the operations for healthcare and biomedical research start-ups and complex organisations in challenging biomedical multi-partner environments. A native of Ireland, Kate has led a multi-faceted career as a business leader, researcher and academic. Before joining the NeuRA team, Kate was a healthcare and biomedical research operations consultant working out of Brisbane, Australia and prior to that COO for the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane. Kate was a recipient of Melbourne Business School’s scholarship for her Senior Executive MBA studies which she completed in 2019.

Ms Carole Renouf
Executive Director, NeuRA Foundation

Carole Renouf has had a very productive career in the not for profit sector leading fundraising and communication teams and in short order, progressing to leading premium organisations as CEO. Her NFP career began with the Australian Consumers’ Association, where she honed her advocacy, journalism and media skills. She led WWF Australia’s fundraising and communications, before moving onto the Science Faculty at UNSW and then taking up the position of CEO of Garvan Research Foundation for five years. There she grew fundraising income from $2.5m per annum to $15m and also raised $40m for the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, working hand in glove with the Institute Chair Bill Ferris AC. Her next move was to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, where she led as CEO for four years, increasing income from $17m to $24m per annum and significantly differentiating NBCF amongst breast cancer charities. Subsequently, she managed the campaign to raise $25m for the redevelopment of St Vincent’s Private Hospital through the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation. This fundraising goal was achieved within one year. Carole then took a career break in Spain, and return to work in London for Cancer Research UK leading their Prinicipal Gifts team (gifts of GBP 1m+). In October 2020, she returned to Australia for family reasons and took up the role of Executive Director NeuRA Foundation.