The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation are proud to work with Dame Quentin Bryce and Professor John Pearn as the Co-Patrons of our organisation.

Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce  has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and now Australia.

On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role. On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Ms Bryce had become a Dame in the Order of Australia.

Professor John Pearn AO AM

Major General John Pearn has served as one of Australia’s most senior doctor-soldiers. Professor Pearn is Senior Paediatrician at the Queensland Children’s Hospital where he has served as a full-time staff clinician since 1968. His major clinical, research and teaching interests in paediatrics and internal medicine have included medical genetics, clinical toxicology, bioethics and accident prevention.

Major General John Pearn also served in a second career in the Australian Defence Force, rising progressively through various senior command and executive positions in the Defence Health Service. In 1998 Major General Pearn was appointed Surgeon General to the Australian Defence Force and served in this role until his retirement in 2000.

Board of Directors

Safeguarding the Mission and Vision of GMRF

The Board of Directors act as guardians of the Foundation’s mission and vision. Board Members are ideally placed to stand back and take a detached view of potential future directions. They are instrumental in formulating: what GMRF plans to achieve, where it wants to be, and how it plans to get there. In doing so, the Board works closely with the CEO of the Foundation to further the research goals and monitor program effectiveness.

Dr Amanda Dines OAM (Chair)
Director General Health Reserve – Air Force at Royal Australian Air Force

Mr Justin Greenwell (Deputy Chair)
CEO Greenslopes Private Hospital

Professor Scott Bell
Chief Executive Officer, The Translational Research Institute (TRI)

Professor Stephen Gray
Professor of Finance at the University of Queensland Business School and Chairman of Frontier Economics

Mr Brendan Cox
CEO, Legacy Brisbane

Dr Bernadette Boss, CSC
Strategic Advisor

Dr Robert Herkes
Chief Medical Officer for Ramsay Health Care

Lady Jane Edwards AM Chevalier (Fr) ONM (Fr) FAICD FAIM                            Chairman and Chief Executive BBS Communications Group


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Executive Committee

The role of the GMRF Executive Committee is to implement the strategic direction of the Board of Directors and to oversee the day to day management of the Foundation in line with our vision, mission and values.

Ms Miriam Kent GMRF Chief Executive Officer

Ms Megan Naylor GMRF Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Professor Darrell Crawford GMRF Director of Research

Dr Suzanne Elliott GMRF Associate Director of Clinical Trials

Ms Julieann Keyser GMRF Director of People and Strategic Partnership

Ms Lorraine Higgins Director of Marketing and Business Development

Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has been established by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) Board of Directors to provide independent expert advice to the Board to ensure the highest quality research is considered, supported and delivered by the Foundation.

  • Dr Amanda Dines OAM (Chair)
  • Prof Scott Bell
  • Dr Robert Herkes
  • Dr Andrew Khoo
  • Dr Ian Gardner
  • Dr Richard Skoien