Board

Board

The PHRN Board is chaired by Professor Ian Smith 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 Ian Smith  

Ian is Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) at Monash University, playing a University-wide leadership role.

Previously at Monash University, Professor Smith was a National Health and Medical Research Council-funded Professorial Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Ian is an accomplished medical researcher and is recognized as a leader in his field. This research has resulted in over 250 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at international meetings, many as a plenary speaker. His research has had a direct impact on human health and has led to changes in clinical practice. Ian was a co-founder of a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company and he continues to collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ian serves on six international editorial boards and over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of national and international societies and has had an active involvement in the organisation of numerous national and international scientific meetings. Finally, he has held and continues to hold, a variety of national and international senior government and non- government advisory board/committee memberships.

Professor Tim Colmer  

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

Professor Colmer is a plant physiologist and enjoys working across various academic disciplines to support research at UWA, including research infrastructure initiatives. His substantive position is as a Teaching and Research academic in the School of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Science. His contributions to coursework teaching have been recognised by two national awards. He has supervised 35 PhD students to completion.

His research is on abiotic stress tolerance (salinity, flooding, and drought) in grain crops, forages, turfgrass and halophytes. He has long-standing collaborations with key scientists in various countries (e.g. Argentina, Denmark, England, India and Japan) and success in winning competitive grants, publishing in well-ranked journals, and engaging with industry. He has a strong service record (e.g. degree coordinator; postgraduate coordinator; editor of scientific journals; organising conferences/workshops; President of Australian Society of Plant Scientists) and successful leadership experience, as Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning; Head of School; Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research); and currently interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Professor Colmer is a Board member of the Integrated Marine Observing System, Microscopy Australia and the Population Health Research Network.

 Tim Colmer PHRN Board Member
Professor John McNeil  

After graduating in medicine from the University of Adelaide Professor McNeil undertook specialist training to become qualified as a consultant in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology.  He completed a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at Melbourne University and   was awarded a National Heart Foundation overseas postgraduate research scholarship to study epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In subsequent years he has held clinical appointments as a visiting specialist physician at the Austin, Alfred and Monash Health.

In 1986 he was appointed directly to the Monash Chair of Social & Preventive Medicine based at the Alfred Hospital.  Over subsequent years the department (now a School) evolved around a core of methodological skills in epidemiology, clinical medicine, biostatistics & data-management to become prominent  in clinical, public health and health services research. Much of his work centred around large scale clinical trials and clinical registries.

His broader leadership roles have included service on the Boards of Management of the Alfred and Austin Hospitals,  Ambulance Victoria, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Orygen Youth Mental Health Research Institute,  Dunlop Medical Research Foundation, , the Colonial Foundation, the, Victorian Public Health Research and Education Consortium and Water Quality Australia. He has also served on a range of Ministerial Committees advising on issues ranging from renal failure services to medical staff salaries, location of organ transplantation services and patent safety. He has also served on a broad range of committees of the NHMRC, TGA, Victorian Department of Health, Food Authority for Australia & New Zealand, Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, National Blood Authority and various charities and NGOs. He also  spent 10 years as Secretary of the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.

John McNeil PHRN Board Member

Mr John Bancroft  

Mr Bancroft has over 20 years’ experience in industry and 20 more in academia and government, working across Australia, NZ, the UK & EU, Canada & The USA, India, East Asia & the Pacific Rim. He has led sales & marketing, investment generation, knowledge exchange, innovation, impact generation, IP exploitation and business growth teams, and overseen the winning of over $200M of revenue and investment income. He is currently CEO of QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation).

He is a graduate Chemist, a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and Visiting Professor in Science and Innovation. He has experience in many sectors, territories and business models, and has worked in companies ranging from SMEs to global multinationals. He has successfully won multiple $multi-million orders and helped to create $multi-million businesses. He produced and delivered Graduate and Staff Training Schemes for four major organisations that were aimed at helping technical and business development colleagues to better support one another.

Mr Bancroft has served on a number of Boards including the Science Data Processor (SDP) Management Board, the International Advisory Board of the “ARCHIE-WeST” HPC Centre at Strathclyde University, and the Industry Advisory Board of the “N8” (The Universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York) HPC Service. He was also a Director of the GTMA, the UK’s Trade Association for Manufacturing Companies.

He has been an invited Speaker at innovation and entrepreneurship conferences, describing how to win investment into and promote economic growth from, HPC and e-infrastructure technologies and resources, in London, Paris, Manchester, Strasbourg, Dresden, Toronto, Seoul, Singapore and Beijing. He has personally been instrumental in researching, developing and exploiting new materials, devices, processes and systems, and is a named inventor on three materials patents.

John Bancroft Board Member

 

 

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