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Brenda Shanahan

Ms Brenda M Shanahan
BEc BComm
Chair, SVI Board
Ms Shanahan has a research background in finance in Australian and overseas economies and share markets.  She is Chair of Challenger Listed Investments and a non-Executive Director of Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd; DMP Asset Management Ltd and Kimberley Foundation of Australia Ltd. She is a former Chairman of St. Vincent’s Health Ltd, former member of the Australian Stock Exchange, and former Executive Director of a stockbroking firm, a fund management company and an actuarial company.

Susan Alberti

Dr Susan M Alberti AO
Dr Alberti AO is co-founder and Managing Director of DANSU Group and associated companies. She has a strong commitment to fundraising and promotion of medical research, in particular, juvenile diabetes. Dr Alberti is Chair of the SVI Foundation, Chairman of the Victoria University Foundation and also Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club and Co-Chair of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation.

Jim Best

Professor James Best
MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCPath, FRCP Edin, MD (Hon, St Andrews)
Professor Best is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne. He is Chair of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Committee and a member of the Council.  Professor Best is a member of the National Heart Foundation Research Committee, Chair of the Victorian Prostate Cancer Research Consortium and the Victorian Medical Insurance Agency, and inaugural Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research Network. Professor Best has previously been a Board Member of three different metropolitan health services in Melbourne, including St Vincent’s Health.

Professor Richard Fox
Professor Fox was Director of Research at St Vincent’s Health from 2007-2013 and Director of the Department of Clinical Haematology and Oncology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne from 1985-2006. Amongst many roles, Prof Fox has has also been the President of Cancer Council Victoria and Chair of the Cooperative Centre for Cancer Therapeutics.


Paul Holyoake

Mr Paul Holyoake
BEngMech (Hons) MEngSci
Mr Holyoake is currently Executive Chairman, Oakton Limited, an ASX listed, information technology services company.
From June 1988 to June 2005, Mr Holyoake was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Oakton Limited.

Karen Inge
Ms Karen Inge
MS Inge is an accredited practising dietitian with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in the areas of sports dietetics and nutrition communication. Ms Inge is the founding member and Past President of Sports Dietitians Australia and founding Head of Nutrition at the Victorian Institute of Sport. She has been a Director of the Institute of Health and Fitness, Melbourne since 1989. She is a respected  nutrition commentator for media and is heavily involved in community service and philanthropy.


Thomas Kay

Professor Thomas WH Kay
Professor Kay is Director of SVI. He holds a Professorial appointment within the Department of Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne. He also holds the position of Honorary Endocrinologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Professor Kay’s research interests are in the area of autoimmunity, particularly of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

John MacFarlane

Mr John T Macfarlane
Mr Macfarlane is Chairman of Deutsche Bank Group, Australia & New Zealand following seven years as President & CEO of Deutsche Bank, Japan. An economist by training, Mr Macfarlane held senior positions with Bankers Trust in Sydney, New York and New Zealand until its acquisition by Deutsche Bank in 1999. He has served as: Director of the NZFE; member of the Global Markets Executive Committee, the Global Banking Executive Committee and the Global Regional Management Committee of Deutsche Bank; and Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Deutsche Bank Executive Management Committee.

Stephen Marks

Mr Stephen Marks
Mr Marks is the Managing Director of Stephen G.Marks & Co. Pty. Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of The Institute of Company Directors in Australia. He was formerly Chairman of the Sothertons Chartered Accountants National Board and Managing Partner of the Melbourne office. He has recently retired as the Director of Probity Services for RSM Bird Cameron. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Orygen Youth Health and the Investment Advisory Committee of DMP Asset Management Ltd.

Trish O'Rourke

Professor Patricia O'Rourke
RN, Grad Dip App Sc (Nursing), GAICDProf
Patricia O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer of SVHA’s Public Hospitals Division. Prior to this, Patricia was the CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne for five years. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care industry, including nursing and senior management roles. Patricia’s other positions have included Chief of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, providing strategic and operational advice to the Hospital CEO and clinical leadership to the Executive. Through her leadership of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and its partners, Patricia has been instrumental in the significant progress made towards establishing the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD), the first biomedical engineering research and education Centre in Australia. Patricia currently serves as a Director on the Boards of VESKI and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and holds key roles within many other Boards and Committees in NSW and Victoria. Patricia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Harvard Business Club of Australia.

Chris Page


Mr Christopher Page
Mr Page has been a career banker for almost 40 years. His most recent role was as Chief Risk Officer for ANZ. Prior to that he spent 34 years with HSBC. From 2005 to 2007 Mr Page was also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He established his consultancy business, Earnest Knight and Company Pty Ltd in January 2012. In addition to his role on the Board of SVI, he also is on the Board of a number of ANZ’s partnership banks in Asia.
Peter Riley

Mr Peter Riley
Mr Riley was a Senior Partner/Executive Director in the Tax Consulting Division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne for approximately 19 years until 30 June 2010. In that role he had considerable experience in advising high wealth individuals, their families and their businesses, on investing in and outside of Australia, specialising in taxation and business advisory issues in relation to property development, corporate advisory, funds management, high wealth families and estate planning. He has current and past appointments with a number of professional bodies. On 1 July 2010 Peter founded Alandal Consulting Pty Ltd, a boutique firm advising high wealth families and their business arms. In addition to his role with SVI, he has a large number of roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Greg Robinson

Mr Gregory Robinson
BSc(Hons) MBA (Columbia)
Mr Robinson was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Newcrest Mining Limited in July 2011 following almost 5 years as the company's Director of Finance, responsible for the Group's finance function, strategy, planning and business development activities. Prior to joining Newcrest, Mr Robinson was with the BHP Billiton Group for the period 2001 to 2006 where he held the positions of Project Director of the Corporation Alignment Project, Chief Finance and Chief Development Officer, Energy and Chief Financial Officer, Petroleum. He was also a member of the Energy Executive Committee and Group Executive Committee. Before joining BHP Billiton, Mr Robinson was Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch & Co and headed the Asia Pacific Metals and Mining Group.