The new board comprises of independents, University of Wollongong and Local Health District reps

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute has welcomed a governance restructure, including the introduction of three new independent board members.

The new members include Dr Stephen Andersen OAM, Patrick Reid and Maree Kerr, and their appointment means IHMRI has been accepted as an independent institute by the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes.

While IHMRI is an independent not-for-profit, it is also a joint initiative of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District and the University of Wollongong.

IHMRI Executive Director and CEO Distinguished Professor David. J Adams has welcomed the new independent governance.

“I look forward to working with Stephen, Patrick and Maree on our board. They bring a wealth of experience and a stronger connection to the Illawarra community,” he said.

IHMRI Chief Operating Officer Kara Lamond said that a strong representation on the board helps organisations like IHMRI thrive.

“As a registered charity, IHMRI relies on the contributions of people like Stephen, Maree and Patrick who willingly give up their time to help an organisation that they believe in. Without the support and valuable contribution of our Directors, IHMRI would not have the skills and experience it has today,” she explained.

The new Directors join existing independents, Acting Chair Tim Berry, and Professor Simon Gandevia. The board also includes UOW representatives Professor Jenny Martin and Professor Alison Jones, and ISLHD’s Margot Mains and Dr. Bruce Ashford.

Dr. Stephen Andersen

Dr. Andersen is a medical doctor who graduated from University of Sydney, and has worked throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.

In 1979, he founded Southern Pathology with a staff of only four people, and built it to the organisation we know today. Dr. Andersen received a University of Wollongong fellowship in 1998, and in 2012 was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

He has worked on numerous advisory boards over forty years, including the Wollongong City Mission, the Salvation Army, Lifeline South Coast and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board.

Patrick Reid

Patrick Reid is a seasoned industry executive, leader and strategist.

Patrick was a Non-Executive Director of IRT Group since February 2017, before becoming Interim IRT Group CEO from October 2017.  In February 2018, he was appointed as IRT Group CEO.

He is the immediate past CEO of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), was a long-term member of the Australian Government’s Aged Care Sector Committee, is a former Chairman of the Government’s Aged Care Workforce Advisory Group and was a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing.

He is a Partner of the Capital Chemist Group, sits on a number of boards as a Director and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Maree Kerr

Maree is an experienced CEO and General Manager within the private and not-for-profit sectors.

She has held positions on international and national committees including WHO, BlueScope, the Minister for the Illawarra and Parliamentary Secretary and the Cancer Council.

Maree sits on a number of boards, from financial institutions to not-for-profits. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds Diplomas in Business and Management and an Advanced Certificate in Training and Development.

She is also a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Institute for Strategy, Innovation and Leadership.

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