PHRN Board

The PHRN Board is chaired by Professor Brendon Kearney and is comprised of up to six members. The primary role of the PHRN Board is to provide oversight and strategic direction for the PHRN.

The PHRN Board's Charter outlines the purpose, structure and conduct of the Board.

PHRN Board Membership

Professor Brendon Kearney (Chairman) 

Professor Kearney presently works as a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Adelaide, practicing as a Consultant in the Haematology Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Cancer Service with a private practice based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He also has management responsibilities for pathology services at the RAH.

For 10 years he was Deputy Chairman of the Medical Services Advisory Committee, Australia's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Committee for assessment and recommendations on procedures, devices and diagnostics. This involved the establishment of policies and systems for HTA assessment directly linked to reimbursement decisions.

Professor Kearney has chaired numerous committees, including, the Health Prioritizing Advisory Committee on Technology, which he has chaired since 2003. He has been Chair and Chief Executive Office of the South Australian Health Service, Chief Health Office and Chief Executive of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

He has been the Director of the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science from 1983-2008. He was a member of the Productivity Commission Review that recommended the present Private Health Insurance scheme that has for two decades been a vital part of Australia's health system. He has served on the National Health and Medical Research Council for twelve years. He was awarded the Sydney Sax medal for services to health and an AM for contribution to emergency services and health research.

Professor Robyn Owens 

Professor Owens is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Western Australia (UWA) . Professor Owens has responsibility for research policy development and leadership of the University's research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.  

Professor Owens has a BSc (Hons) from UWA and a MSc and a DPhil from Oxford, all in Mathematics.  She worked at l'Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, continuing research in mathematical analysis before returning to UWA to work as a research mathematician.

She has lectured in Mathematics and Computer Science at UWA, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Berkeley, as well as for shorter periods in Thailand and New Zealand.  Her research has focussed on computer vision, including feature detection in images, 3D shape measurement, image understanding, and representation. She is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a winner of the UK Rank Prize.  In 2012, Professor Owens was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Owens led development and research training through her previous role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Research Training) at UWA.  Prior to this, she was Head of the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering at UWA. She is currently Chair of the Universities Australia DVCs (Research) committee and a Board member of the Australian Astronomy Observatory Advisory Council and the Integrated Marine Observing System.

Ms Lindley Edwards 

Ms Edwards is a specialist adviser in merger, acquisition, divestments, fund raising, strategic consulting and licensing for growth in public and private companies. She is the Group CEO of AFG Venture Group a corporate advisory group specialising in Australia, Asia and International cross border transactions.
She has a track record of successful advising to private and public companies. Previously Lindley worked with international and local banks as well as has worked on a secondment basis for Boston Consulting Group.

Ms Edwards is an accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Governance of ASX Listed Companies and is currently undertaking a Doctorate. Ms Edwards is a non-executive Director and Advisory Board member of various organisations  and Government bodies.

Ms Edwards has been a state finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen’s awards for Private Sector with less than 100 employees. In the year 2000 she was admitted to the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

 
Ms Elizabeth Foley 

Elizabeth Foley is an experienced CEO and non-executive director with a proven track record of developing businesses and leading transformational change. She is a leader with demonstrated ability to develop strategy, set direction and deliver solid growth with a focus on the customer in both health and financial services. 

Ms Foley was CEO of Research Australia, from 2011 to 2015, where she proved herself to be a highly successful advocate at both State and Federal levels of government. Here she worked intensely and effectively with, and on behalf of over 160 universities, medical research institutes, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, med-tech, bio-tech, health services and consumer health advocacy organisations across Australia to realise their mission and ongoing viability.

Ms Foley is currently consulting in the digital health arena, with the Capital Markets CRC where she is leading the development of a bid to establish a Cooperative Research Centre in digital health. In January 2017 she became Chair of Rare Voices Australia, the national organisation for representing people who live with a rare disease.

With over 14 years board membership experience, including 6 on AXA’s unit trust company board (FUM of $12B), over 20 years in senior management in financial services and being a Fellow of the AICD, Foley brings strong commercial acumen and governance to the PHRN Board.

She has a Bachelors of Business, (marketing) and a Masters of Commerce (finance), and is also a Fellow of Finsia.

Ms Stephanie Miller 

Ms Miller has worked for 25 years as a senior executive in the not for profit and public sectors leading consumer focussed housing, health, mental health and disability organisations in Australia and the UK. Her last role was CEO at the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS) which is an organisation that assists people from a refugee and migrant background who have experienced torture or been traumatised prior to arrival in Australia. Prior to joining STTARS she was the Executive Director of the Health Consumers' Alliance of South Australia (2009-2014).

While in the UK, Ms Miller gained a Masters Degree in Management and Social Responsibility from Bristol University.

Ms Miller is a trained IAP2 practitioner and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement with Fielding Graduate University in the United States.

Ms Miller brings with her a wealth of experience in the area of consumer and community participation and will be a valuable member of the Board as the PHRN moves into its next phase.

Dr Diane Watson 

Dr Watson has held chief executive, management and senior scientist positions in Australia and Canada. In Australia, Dr Watson established two organisations dedicated to independent reporting on the performance of health care organisations and local health systems. In 2014 she sat on the independent panel that reviewed the Population Health Research Network.

In Canada, Dr Watson held senior management positions in organisations dedicated to improving and supporting health services and policy research. She has held senior scientist positions and helped establish data linkage capacity at Alberta's Child and Youth Data Laboratory and expand data linkage capacity at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. In 2005, Ds Watson was a Harkness Fellow in the International Health Policy Program with the Commonwealth Fund.

Dr Watson is currently on leave of absence from the PHRN Board.

Tim Trumper

Experienced CEO, Advisor and Non-Executive Director in high-performance global and Australian companies spanning: Big Data, Internet, Digital Transformation, Automotive, E-commerce, Financial Services and Media.

Tim is an Advisor to Quantium, Australia’s leading data and analytics company, a Director of the NRMA and holds interests in several high growth innovative companies. He has an absolute passion for data driven innovation, strategy and Director’s roles in Data Governance and Innovation.

He has worked in and with leading global and Australian organisations including PBL (Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd), Time Warner and Microsoft.
Tim has held Board roles in listed ASX companies including Infochoice and Julia Ross Recruitment/Ross Human Directions.

Along with fellow directors and Chairman Hon. R J Hawke, Tim established The Bestest Foundation. This charity has raised over $4,000,000 for disadvantaged Australian children.